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logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/3/17 7:31 a.m.

In reply to DrBoost :

Close, its a form of automotive glucose that is metabolized by the Jeep.

logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/3/17 7:34 a.m.
ebonyandivory said:
logdog said:

Isn't this the cutest thing you ever saw!

I think my Samurai carb could’ve beat that up in a fight.

Everybody knows a 2 on 1 barrel

fight isn't fair!

logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/3/17 9:52 p.m.

After a scuff and solvent wipe down, the stock bar from the CJ7 chassis was painted with Rustoleum Matte Black.  Fun fact, that color is a virtual match for the bumpers on work truck package Rams.

 

Mrs Logdog paints much better than I do.  She sprayed some base/clear to fix a boo-boo I did to her truck this summer and earned herself the job of go to painter for all projects.laugh

logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/3/17 9:56 p.m.

After the paint dried we set the bar on the Jeep.  I still need to mount it in new holes.  I filled all the hacked up old holes when I repaired the figerglass.  But I cleared up a chunk of garage floor.

 

logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/4/17 9:13 p.m.

I spent more time than I want to admit pressure washing the new wheels and they look about the same.  A wire brush takes whatever the brown staining type stuff off.  I need to go pick up some aluminum cleaner and soak them down.  I really don't want to scrub these things by hand. Im lazy!

 

DrBoost
DrBoost MegaDork
12/4/17 9:25 p.m.

I could find someone to powder coat those for you...

logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/4/17 9:40 p.m.

In reply to DrBoost :

Didnt we already cover this? cheeky

 

logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/6/17 6:13 p.m.

I thought I would clear off a little bench space and hang the power steering bracket on the engine.  Unfortunately the holes don't quite line up, as seen in the picture.

 

 I have NEVER had good luck with headers.  It doesnt matter what brand of car or what brand of header.  I ALWAYS have to tweak or modify something to get them to fit.  No matter how much the box lies and says they will bolt up.  The header that came on this 258 is no exception.  The bracket just kisses the cylinder 1 tube.  The choices are stick with the Armstrong steering thats currently on it, dent the tube, or grind a bit off the bracket.  Since the bracket is so meaty I am going to grind a little off of it but that project will go on the back burner for now.  

 

logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/11/17 9:39 p.m.

In my quest to rid the CJ5 of diamond plate, I decided to tackle the filler neck.

 

Surprisingly it wasn't glued to the body.  Just a few rivets.

 

 

logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/11/17 9:42 p.m.

The hose didn't actually go to the tank, nor does it fit.  It appears the previous owner was trying to use a rock hard old hose.  

 

logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/11/17 9:48 p.m.

It came with new stock flares, but only one is installed.  

 

The place the fuel filler was located would prevent the flare from actually mounting to the body.  So even if the diamond plate didn't bug me, I would have needed to move it.  I think I may use a TJ filler bezel and move it back.  Now I need to do some more fiberglass repair.

 

logdog
logdog UltraDork
12/18/17 7:09 p.m.

 

My dad is visiting for a couple weeks.  He doesn't move as well these days due to some health issues but he still enjoys spending time in the garage.  Over the weekend I had told him my plan for the wheels and while I was at work he started attacking them with the Harbor Freight wire brush assortment I bought for the task.  These things really clean up nice. 

 

The aluminum cleaner I bought and tried last weekend didn't work.  Whatever grime was on these was very chemical resistant.

logdog
logdog UltraDork
1/2/18 8:57 p.m.

Admittedly my cell phone camera isn't the best, but it appears I had a greasy fingerprint on the lens when I took pictures this weekend.

 

I pulled the straight steering column in preparation to swap in the tilt.  I was happy to see my measurements were correct and they are the same length.  I didn't want to give up any belly room.  I want to simplify the tilt column and see if I can swap over the turn signal from the straight column.  I need to paint the tilt column as well.  

 

logdog
logdog UltraDork
1/2/18 9:00 p.m.

I used the column removal as an excuse to go ahead and pull the diamond plate dash in prep for the stock dash.

 

I expected the wiring to need much more attention than it does.  I think a little time with some zip ties and clamps and it will clean up nicely.

logdog
logdog UltraDork
1/2/18 9:14 p.m.

I decided to pull the wheels for the first time and see what sort of attention the brakes will need.  

 

I knew there was an oil leak from the rear axle.  There was oil inside the wheel.  It looks like the previous guy tried to fix it with RTV.  Kinda surprised he didn't try and make a seal out of diamond plate.  laugh

 

It looks like these were all new parts fairly recently, but I will be replacing them due to oil contamination.  I also have some wheel studs to replace.

 

Both drums got a little damage from being persuaded to come off.

 

If red is the most racecar brake color, does that make blue the most offroad color?

logdog
logdog UltraDork
1/2/18 9:30 p.m.

One of the things I noticed when I brought it home was that the springs were waaaaaaay too stiff.  I could jump up and down on the bumpers and get virtually no compression.  I also wasn't sure if it was a 2.5 or 4 inch lift.  I was guessing 4 inch due to the stiffness of the springs (seems cheap lifts use stiff springs for some reason) and I found a couple measurements on a Jeep forum that seemed to confirm it was 4 inch.  I thought about removing some leafs from the springs on it, but I was able to get 2.5 inch springs from 4WD for cheap so decided to go that route (I really want to do YJ springs in the future but this seemed like an economical solution for the time being).

After pulling a rear spring to swap, it appears the springs that were on it were indeed 2.5 inch. hmmmmm.

 

So I decided to just pull the bottom leaf from the new packs.  We did it to all 4 and swapped them on to the Jeep.  The suspension actually moves!  Its soft and supple like all the well worn dollar bills this thing will inevitably cost me.  Im going to hang on to the old packs in case I want to do some fine tuning.  Plus, if I have learned anything from "Forged in Fire" I now have plenty of spring steel to make swords, knives, and other things that will "keel".

 

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