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What Did You Do To Your Jeep Today?

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Focker, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. Jan 24, 2020
    Focker

    Focker That's what I do, I know things and I fix stuff. Staff Member 2019 Sponsor

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    Pulled the CJ out of the garage and did the annual first startup of the new year. I can't believe how great this thing runs? It fires right up (except for the battery, it needed some charging) I'm actually getting a little bored with it. :oops:

     
  2. Jan 24, 2020
    ojgrsoi

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  3. Jan 26, 2020
    colojeepguy

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    Made a lot of sparks today....finished removing the front clip of the Willys, and cut off the front shock mounts and the old 4 cylinder engine mounts.

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    With the shock mount removed I was able to mock up my Scout II steering box....I think it going to do well as far as mounting to the frame and hooking up to the steering linkage but it's going to have a pretty horrible u joint angle at the base of the column.
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  4. Jan 29, 2020
    Rich M.

    Rich M. Shoe pusher

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    When you get weary of the short life span of fan controller parts. Notably temp switches that fail in half a dozen cycles.
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  5. Jan 30, 2020
    homersdog

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    Brad don't get bored with it. You live in the land of plenty when it comes to places to go wheeling. The jeep is a tool, 4wheeling is the other part of our hobby.
     
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  6. Jan 30, 2020
    Norcal69

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    I know a place you can go where your jeep wont bore you...... well for 3 days at least....:p
     
  7. Jan 30, 2020
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member 2020 Sponsor

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    either you got to wheel/drive it more....or I know of a willys wagon that will fill up all your spare time and keep you from being bored
     
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  8. Jan 31, 2020
    shadetreetim

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    While wheeling recently I realized I hate the spare on the side of the Jeep. At one point the bottom of the spare was dragging on the dirt and I had to back up and take a less desirable line. So I decided to try to find a rear spare tire mount. Amazingly I found one on eBay without the brackets for $20, although shipping was 3 times that. It arrived today. It had a small bend in one of the tubes, but a little adjusting by driving over it with my truck had it straightened up in no time.

    Knowing it was going to arrive soon, last night I started welding up the old spare tire mounting holes. Still need a light skim of bondo. I screwed on the new side marker light and shortened the wiring to it.

    Tonight I started experimenting with some scrap metal I had to build a mounting bracket. Here's the bracket bolted on. I'm somewhat happy with the design.

    On the latch side I still need to figure out what to do.

    I couldn't resist throwing the spare up there. Looks like I will need to relocate my license plate and 3rd brake light.
     
  9. Jan 31, 2020
    PeteL

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    Looks great. I hope you gave the body plenty of reinforcement at the mounts. These things were famous for tearing out the sheet metal.
     
  10. Jan 31, 2020
    melvinm

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    I might have A latch for that if Your interested in it ?
     
  11. Jan 31, 2020
    shadetreetim

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    I was playing around this afternoon and may have a simple solution. But may hit you up if I don’t like it after it’s built.

    I had read that. I plan on adding some backing plates. Wondering how the stock hinges mounted? I have bolts on either side of the body seam, and above and below the interior fender well. Structurally that seams pretty strong. Also wondering what all was mounted on the tire mounts that tore? Tire, Hi Lift, and 10 gallons of gas?
     
  12. Jan 31, 2020
    givemethewillys

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    Today I bolted together for the first time my T18 and dana 18. This is a huge milestone because I bought all of the parts at least 5 or more years ago, and am finally making headway. It makes such a difference having everything in the garage where i can go put around for an hour at a time!

    My dauntless has been at the engine shop for a few months now. I'm not in a huge rush, but I'm ready for it to be done. I think the guy is semi-retired so a bit slow, but supposedly he does good work so that's all I care about.
     
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  13. Feb 1, 2020
    tomasinator

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    When I was test driving my '68 project jeep a week or so ago, I slammed on the brakes to see if they'd work. They didn't work very well, but good enough to cause the windshield to slam forward down on the hood. I had forgotten to install the windshield catches on the dash. I found the catches in one of the many bags, in one of the many boxes, of old parts. That was a miracle. Before bolting the hold-downs to the dash, I used a wire wheel in a grinder to remove the old paint.
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    I was holding one of the clamps with vice grips and wire-wheeling off the paint. One second the clamp was there, the next second it was gone. The spinning wheel had grabbed the piece and flung it somewhere in the garage. I never heard the sound of it falling anywhere or hitting something. I crawled around on the garage floor, moved the compressor, and looked behind the workbench. I asked my wife to come help me find it. She's really good at finding things. I showed her the other clamp. Without moving, she reached to the tray at the back of the workbench and picked up the missing part. I had been looking for 15 minutes, she found it in 15 seconds.

    Even in the bracket's lowest position, the windshield clamp was was too loose. This isn't the original windshield to the jeep. The original is a rust basket case. The current replacement windshield is of some unspecified vintage. Perhaps the clamp position on the dash changed. Maybe it's the result of an old seal on the bottom of the windshield.
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    I ended up using a round file to slot the mounting holes of the bracket so I could slide the bracket down. Now the latches engages more tightly.

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    One more tiny chip off the iceberg of getting this thing back on the trail.
     
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  14. Feb 1, 2020
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    Most likely.
     
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  15. Feb 2, 2020
    baldjosh

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    I had the same problem...took a couple of old school black rubber bungies cut to length and glued them to the top of the old seal...the glue didn't work very well but the windshield sure locks in place better, as an added bonus the angle of the windshield is sharper...looks better and provides a bit more sight at the top.
     
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  16. Feb 2, 2020
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    Been ding some work on the fuel pump to check a few things taht didn't seem to be working right. When I rebuilt it a few years ago I found a lot of wastage in the fuel bowl area- I JB'd it at the time but it didn;t level very well so I decided while I had it off to clean it up a bit where the gasket goes


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    Spent most of the rest of the afternoon trying to get a bad valve out of the vac section.
     
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  17. Feb 3, 2020
    shadetreetim

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    Last week fellow Riversider and earlycj5 contributor jpflat2a kindly reached out and invited me to a local car meetup Saturday. The weather was beautiful and I'm always up to looking at some cool cars. It was a diverse collection of cars, I definitely had the dirtiest vehicle there. :rofl: Maybe I should have washed the mud off the rear bumper. Although, this nice lady did stop by and tell me my Jeep looked like it was prepared to go anywhere, and that she loved it. The '62 Biscayne I'm parked next to was neat. For several years I had a '61 Biscayne I drag raced in a now defunct California based Nostalgia Drag Race series, so I have a soft spot for those cars.

    It was nice meeting you Jim, and your clean flat fender. Sounds like Jim has been wheeling a long time now. Hopefully we can get out on some trails together.

    Returning home Saturday afternoon I did some more work on the tire mount, adding some side body support, a latch, and getting the tire mounted. Need to take it back apart and paint everything. I had ordered some color matched paint online, and its arrived so I'll be able to repaint that quarter panel the correct color. It won't match the faded, rusted, stained, scratched, scuffed paint everywhere else, but it'll look better than white primer. Maybe in a couple years it won't be noticeable.

    With the weather so nice I used the Jeep to do all my errands all weekend.
     
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  18. Feb 3, 2020
    commanlerwrangdo

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    My 67 Commando is like that, but most of the time the battery is still up and it starts. Yet once in a while the battery will be dead.
    Last year it sat all winter and fired right up with no jump start when spring thaw came. Always amazed at how old technology just works period.
    It may need more maintenance than today's tech, but I still prefer it.

    Ever see Jonathan W's you tube channel? He just got a 39 Chevy running that sat for 48 years. The owner died and the family is selling the property and the cars gotta go.
    There is an original Jeepster in the "barn" the old cars are in, but the family is keeping that one. Jon's been hauling out the others and buying half of them like the 39!
    It even idled once it warmed up a bit, the carb was fine!
     
  19. Feb 6, 2020
    shadetreetim

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    I believe I have found the fatal flaw in the design of this style of tire carrier. With only three points of mounting, 2 on the hinge side and then the latch up high on the drivers side, it is easy to flex the tire as the cross tubes allow a lot of movement. I put a temporary brace behind the carrier down low on the drivers side and the carrier became much more rigid. All that flex had to allow the tire to get some momentum as its bouncing, and really add stress to the sheet metal. No wonder the metal ripped eventually. I have built a second latch to install at the bottom corner of the carrier. That will give all 4 corners of the carrier a solid mount and should help mitigate some of the flexing and subsequently, some of the ripping.

    The spray can paint match I ordered looks to be the right color, as best as I can tell, as there's not an area to compare that hasn't faded over the years. (y) Still, bright and shiny new paint looks better than primer of any color, in my opinion. Some trail pinstriping will make it look better...
     
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    Fireball

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