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#556239 - 05/16/13 03:32 AM Re: Uh Oh... [Re: TonyR]
TonyR Moderator Offline
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Update: Ended up mothballing the CJ while I was contracting in AR. Back now and plan on placing body mounts this weekend. It's going slow but it is at least going.
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1986 CJ7/4.3/700R4/4:1 D300/AMC20 EZ-Locked/D44 Detroit/5.13/36" Wranglers/9.0RC
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#565393 - 01/12/14 10:00 PM Re: Uh Oh... [Re: TonyR]
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Catching up with a couple of productive weekends. The front axle was sitting just a little too far forward for the drag link with the springs I wanted to use, so we moved the steering box mount a couple inches forward on the frame and added a boxed reinforcement.

Photos attached.


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Steering Box Move 01.JPG

Steering Box Move 02.JPG

Steering Box Move 03.JPG


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Tony Roper - Veep and Web "Guru?"
Big Country Off-Road
http://www.bigcountryoff-road.com
http://www.itsnotabuick.com
1986 CJ7/4.3/700R4/4:1 D300/AMC20 EZ-Locked/D44 Detroit/5.13/36" Wranglers/9.0RC
1974 Bronco buggy - in pieces

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#565394 - 01/12/14 10:03 PM Re: Uh Oh... [Re: TonyR]
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Also cut off the front half of the front leaf hangers and added a nice 6" C-Channel bumper with a tapered profile to provide some needed rigidity to the K5 frame. Sam is quite a bit less likely to burn a hole through things with a torch, so he burned while I watched. The photo doesn't do justice to the finished product... it is dead sexy.


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Front Bumper 01.JPG

Front Bumper 02.JPG

Front Bumper 03.JPG


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Tony Roper - Veep and Web "Guru?"
Big Country Off-Road
http://www.bigcountryoff-road.com
http://www.itsnotabuick.com
1986 CJ7/4.3/700R4/4:1 D300/AMC20 EZ-Locked/D44 Detroit/5.13/36" Wranglers/9.0RC
1974 Bronco buggy - in pieces

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#567613 - 03/14/14 03:09 AM Re: Uh Oh... [Re: TonyR]
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Loc: Abilene, Texas
Update: lots done in the last few weeks. Body installed on 4 mounts, have a few more to build. Engine,transmission and transfer case mounted. Computer and EFI wiring done, engine fired right up running on a nurse tank. Core support mocked up, power brake booster installed and front brakes plumbed.

This weekend the list is long but distinguished... Wire exciter / regulator circuit to alternator, plumb rear brakes, mount fuel tank, plumb fuel pump, install rear driveshaft and CV yoke, build remaining body mounts, fab up rear bumper. Street legality will have to wait for another day.


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Tony Roper - Veep and Web "Guru?"
Big Country Off-Road
http://www.bigcountryoff-road.com
http://www.itsnotabuick.com
1986 CJ7/4.3/700R4/4:1 D300/AMC20 EZ-Locked/D44 Detroit/5.13/36" Wranglers/9.0RC
1974 Bronco buggy - in pieces

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#567690 - 03/16/14 05:26 PM Re: Uh Oh... [Re: TonyR]
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Got the rear seat pulled, and temporary fuel cell mounted to rear floor. The pickup inside the cell was rotten so had to fashion a new pickup tube. The fittings are all AN-8 which looks like 500% overkill.

Installed the fuel pump inside the frame rail and tapped the existing feed and return limes up to the engine compartment, adding a section to cross over to the lines dropping from the engine.

Cobbed up a set of Frankenstein radiator hoses until I can find something that fits a little better. Added 5/8" fittings to the plug in water pump and rear of intake. During this process, the thermostat housing was changed to an old-style SBC type to accommodate a larger hose.

Installed the B&M Truck Megashifter and adjusted the linkages. The bump up/down action will take a little practice. Also installed the twin sticks, which are now about 6" further left than they were due to the nearly flat clocking of the case.

Changed rear output yoke on the Dana 300 to a CV style and installed the rear driveshaft. Front one had to come back out for transmission pan trimming.

I think it is on track to be moving under its own power this next weekend.
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Tony Roper - Veep and Web "Guru?"
Big Country Off-Road
http://www.bigcountryoff-road.com
http://www.itsnotabuick.com
1986 CJ7/4.3/700R4/4:1 D300/AMC20 EZ-Locked/D44 Detroit/5.13/36" Wranglers/9.0RC
1974 Bronco buggy - in pieces

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#567914 - 03/23/14 06:11 AM Re: Uh Oh... [Re: TonyR]
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Update:

Mike bent me a sexy new rear brake line and I installed new calipers up front. Brakes were bled, but the pedal is still soft - booster is suspect as are the rear wheel cylinders. This stuff has been sitting the better part of three years.

Wired the regulator circuit / resistor and changed the master power switch over to a DPST from a SPST, to isolate the regulator from the ignition. Painless warned that the alternator can power the coil and computer after shutdown otherwise. Turns out that the cooling fan generates enough power to keep the engine running a few seconds, so it had to be isolated like the alternator.

Installed the throttle cable, bracket, and TV cable and calibrated idle speed, then had the computer relearn the IAC motor.

Sam helped me build a new crossmember for the front body mount. Actually he welded while I tried to stay out of the way. The result is pleasing to the eye.

I trimmed the transmission pan to clear the long-travel front driveshaft, and reinstalled the driveshaft. Plenty of clearance now. Fired it up and found reverse won't engage without a good bit of throttle. Ran out of time today, but will check the shift cable and fluid levels next work session.
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Tony Roper - Veep and Web "Guru?"
Big Country Off-Road
http://www.bigcountryoff-road.com
http://www.itsnotabuick.com
1986 CJ7/4.3/700R4/4:1 D300/AMC20 EZ-Locked/D44 Detroit/5.13/36" Wranglers/9.0RC
1974 Bronco buggy - in pieces

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#570024 - 05/27/14 07:00 PM Re: Uh Oh... [Re: TonyR]
TonyR Moderator Offline
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Registered: 09/26/04
Posts: 1292
Loc: Abilene, Texas
Update:

In an inhuman rush, the CJ was thrown together in time for the Lonestar Early Bronco Club Spring Roundup at K2.

Turns out my alternator wiring was improper for this application and I roasted a perfectly good alternator in the process. After a simple #194 lamp was added to the sense wire, the new unit charges well.

I added a temporary mount on the shifter console for the ALDL, CEL, and the sole instrument - a mechanical temperature gauge attached the the passenger side cylinder head. More instruments will follow and will be located in the dash once I decide on a layout.

The maiden voyage resulted in a couple of incidents. First, a nut backed off of one of the rear leaf shackles and had to be repaired. Second, the tack welds in the mocked-up crossmember failed on the trail and had to be redone. That's the danger of spreading work out over so long a time - I forgot that the thing needed to be finish welded.

The drivetrain I have no complaints about. It's quiet and has an unbelievably smooth action, allowing just the right amount of power to be dialed in. The TV cable will need to be adjusted as it holds first gear too long, and the B&M Truck Megashifter has got to be the *WORST* shifter for a rock crawler in the history of the sport. It'll get pulled in favor of a Winters ASAP.

The second trip was this last weekend, again at K2. A few more shakedown issues arose once we took it on some more challenging trails. The rear body mount bolts worked themselves loose and allowed the body to move a bit too much for the stock-style bell joint on the steering shaft. This resulted in the steering shaft falling out of the column. A hasty trail repair in the rain got us moving again, but I think I'll add the missing body mounts and build a nice steering shaft with plenty of travel.
_________________________
Tony Roper - Veep and Web "Guru?"
Big Country Off-Road
http://www.bigcountryoff-road.com
http://www.itsnotabuick.com
1986 CJ7/4.3/700R4/4:1 D300/AMC20 EZ-Locked/D44 Detroit/5.13/36" Wranglers/9.0RC
1974 Bronco buggy - in pieces

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