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New Jeep! My 48 CJ2A

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Patrick, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. Nov 29, 2015
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The difference in braking with the 10" front is nothing short of substantial. It also steers nice without the notchy knuckle bearings..;)


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  2. Nov 29, 2015
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    looks great. Better brakes and replacing those notched cups will make a world of difference. Its amazing how bad those knuckle bearing cups can get.
     
  3. Nov 29, 2015
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    Well apparently not all D25's are the same. This one is out of a early-mid 60's CJ5. I have no caster. I had installed 2* shims before, and even with those installed I measure between 0* and 1* caster, and it wanders all over the road. I had no idea this housing would be different than the old one...:(
     
  4. Dec 26, 2015
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    So, with the 1" Superlift springs and 1" of shackle lift, the Jeep has a pretty good rake to it. I'd like it to sit level. I could put shorter shackles on the rear, but I wouldn't mind putting shorter shackles on the front to gain a *little* bit of caster back. So, I ordered 2 1/2" springs for the front. Hopefully I can put stock length shackles on the front, and still lift the front enough to level the Jeep out. Pics to come when I get them installed.
     
  5. Jan 3, 2016
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    1 inch springs, and 1" lift shackles removed. Replaced with 2.5" springs, and stock shackles. The Jeep now sits level instead of nose down, and I gained 5* of caster (!). I now have 10* of caster, which is more than it needs. Tomorrow I'll swap the 6* shims for 2* shims. 6* should be good. Factory spec is 3*, but I like a little more; it makes them track a little straighter..[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Well played, sir. Looks good, the way it sits....level, as it should be. Unless it's a drag racer. Looking good. I am in awe of the steady progress you make on your projects. Don't know how you do it.
     
  7. Jan 3, 2016
    Patrick

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    I'm kinda picky about certain things....Like how they look, and more importantly, how they drive..:)
     
  8. Jan 3, 2016
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    I'll tell ya, I work on one or more of the vintage Jeeps almost every day. Yesterday was removing the hard top and installing a roll bar and soft top on my son's '59, and today the flatty springs, and putting some different bulbs in the Hella headlights I just installed on the Tux. There's always something....:) But, it's what I like doing.
     
  9. Jan 3, 2016
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    Very nice!
     
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    Thanks! I like this height/ stance. It's high enough to look good, but not too high to still look stock-ish.
     
  11. Jan 3, 2016
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    Oh, and I need to notch the skidplate; the front drive shaft is dangerously close at static height.
     
  12. Jan 3, 2016
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    Agreed! Great combination to be sure. I've got a '46 CJ2A myself (family heirloom) that I hope to one day get back on the road, if I ever get my other projects out of the way! The progress you make is truly astounding....
     
  13. Apr 22, 2016
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    I found a really nice fender for the RF. I'm going to do a little body work, and get this Jeep painted something besides olive drab. Stay tuned..:)
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    Woot woot - looking forward to following your always fast progress.

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  15. Apr 22, 2016
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    Not sure how fast this will happen. My son's Jeep is getting sprayed next week or the week after, so we'll still have to put it together. And, I still have a few things happening with the Tux.
    The 2A has had some plate steel welded on the rear corners and then just kind of feathered in with bondo, and I'm going to grind those off. The body corners underneath aren't really too bad, but they'll take some time to fix.
     
  16. Apr 23, 2016
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    This is a lower rear fender to frame tab. It didn't look like it had ever been off. Is this Picket Gray?
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  17. Apr 25, 2016
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    Any more details on your son's Jeep getting sprayed!?! You doing it yourself? If so....how? Where? Etc. I am trying to figure out what to do with my CJ-7, as I can't afford a full blown paint shop, but would like to freshen it up. On top of that, my son wants a color change. I had thought of attempting it myself, or perhaps working the body issues, and then dragging it down to Maaco. I didn't want to drop a lot of money on a kid driven Jeep, as I am certain it will have plenty of parking lot dings and what not. The only reason I am considering Maaco is because I don't own a gun, compressor, etc., and the price of getting the equipment would likely be less than a Maaco spray job. Tackling it myself does seem like a challenge I would be interested in though...
     
  18. Apr 25, 2016
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    It's at the high school auto shop and they've been working on it. Looks like next week they'll spray it. My son bought a gallon of Krylon Farm and Implement paint from Johnny's Carquest.
     
  19. Apr 26, 2016
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    Gotcha....thanks for the info! Are they doing a color change?
     
  20. Apr 26, 2016
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    Well, sort of. It was originally white, then it had what appears to be a decent blue paint job, and then it was painted olive drab with a brush...So they have lots of sanding to do..
     
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