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Old 06-21-2011, 11:38 PM   #126 (permalink)
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4 springs in a pack, they offer an add a leaf as well, but with a SBC, SM420, Dana 18/OD, full cage, winch bumper, dual optimas, and a tank of gas they still look great. My Jeep leans to the driver side a tad since everything is offset that way, but that's about it.
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:59 PM   #127 (permalink)
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I don't have my front fenders on right now, and I do run about 1.5" body lift too... I can measure from the bottom of the frame straight down to the axle if you'd like?
Sure, bottom of frame to the axle tube surface would be great. Thanks!
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:50 PM   #128 (permalink)
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Sure, bottom of frame to the axle tube surface would be great. Thanks!
I'll get those for you tomorrow.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:53 PM   #129 (permalink)
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How does it 'handle' with the Holbrooks? I had a 73 CJ-5 with some kind of soft springs, (stockish height on 30" tires, for all I know they were just worn stockers) but boy that thing was scary above 50mph or going around any kind of corners. I once got pulled over for going around a corner at totally normal speeds, the cop thought I was goofing around and trying to flip the thing. I'd like a smoother ride, but I want to avoid this kind of thing.

What about axle wrap? I see you built a bar for that... I know you've got a lot more power than I do (I'm still running the 134).. but I'm curious how bad it is. How about axle wrap under hard braking?

My stock '2a springs handle decent, it corners nice and flat and flexes good enough. But boy it hurts when you hit a chuckhole at speed and it's leaning about 1-2" to the driver side even with an empty tank of gas...
I've put about 1 mile on it with no shocks since the spring swap (It's 1 step forward 5 back...I'm a hell of a better fabricator than mechanic
I did put the superlift shocks on (they're too short) and took it around the block. Haven't felt much body roll but I also wasn't trying to get it to do that. Hard breaking doesn't go hand and hand with my Jeep, but with the disc swap it will nose down but not a lot. With the V8, I wrapped up the superlift 1" spring pack and I do on this as well, so nothing to really compare to.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:54 PM   #130 (permalink)
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In other news, found my shift problem with my SM420
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:57 PM   #131 (permalink)
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Timing chain done... D30 swap, almost done. Needs new rotors and the other caliper needs to arrive. But, it's a bit wider stance, and the cage is cut out to re-make it to fit under the half cab.
They're so sexy without tops or cages
This picture is so sweet that it makes me want to sell my JK and dump all my time and money into my 3A!

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Old 07-02-2011, 09:15 PM   #132 (permalink)
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I'll get those for you tomorrow.
Front is roughly 8.5 rear is roughly 9.5
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This picture is so sweet that it makes me want to sell my JK and dump all my time and money into my 3A!
Thanks! Don't do it.... I kind of wish i had a JK....lol
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:39 PM   #134 (permalink)
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:42 PM   #135 (permalink)
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Ended up just needing to deck the heads, hone the cylinders, polish the crank, and vat it. New bearings and rings, glass bead the pistons, and re assemble it. It's as good as it gets short of spending a lot of $$. I let the machine shop re assemble the short block, I could have, but knowing me I'd fuck it up.
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Thanks! Don't do it.... I kind of wish i had a JK....lol
No you don't... I had one for almost 2 years. Maybe with the new motor it would not be bad, but the one I had was a turd eeven with the 6 speed. It was just too damn heavy.

FWIW I wheeled mine without front shocks for 3 years, I put shocks on and never noticed a difference other then my buddies no longer give me shit for not having shocks.
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No you don't... I had one for almost 2 years. Maybe with the new motor it would not be bad, but the one I had was a turd eeven with the 6 speed. It was just too damn heavy.

FWIW I wheeled mine without front shocks for 3 years, I put shocks on and never noticed a difference other then my buddies no longer give me shit for not having shocks.
I'd be trying to figure out hot to put a 5.9L CTD in one

I may run no shocks for a while, the springs are bouncy though.

Fresh short block


16 forward gears, 4 reverse? I'll buy that for a few hundy

I need to figure out why the OD is really tight in neutral.



Ended up trashing my stock Chevrolet cast aluminum spread bore intake. Tried to get the head shield off by tapping the rivets out in a round sort of way, broke off 2. Tried welding a nut to the other 2. Sheared em off. Then broke off a center drill in one of them. Yep, it's done! had to find another one. Just so happens this one was a good price, flows better, and fits my custom PS pump bracket



And a proper looking engine


Waiting on some minor parts to get in, then it's time to bolt it back in the heep and fire it up!


EDIT: no reason to comment on the harmonic balancer center bolt. I have one, and I drilled and tapped the crank as per a few pages back. The balancer isn't pressed on yet, that happens tomorrow
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:43 PM   #138 (permalink)
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The drivetrain looks good! Need to weld in some frame boxing tomorrow and make a some cover pannels for the firewall

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That just looks like a fun project! Would love to have a little goof off jeep like that!
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About time....one of my friends captioned this photo "Say ahhhhhhhh"


I think it needs an 8 ball on the OD shifter

The exhaust passes under the oil pan from passenger to driver, and while it's got 1 finger clearance, it was still too close to me. Rather than re route it (only place it can go) I wrapped it. I know a lot of people frown on wrapping since it traps moisture, but 1, I can never really seem to find moisture with it, and 2, with EGT's in the 350* range, I'm sure the moisture will cook out

And onto the next problem, do these go here:

Where the gasket won't reach since the cover is too short in the top, or do they go here:

Right above the manifold, where they height is dead on, and if it leaks, it will smoke like a chimney.... I can tig it onto the top front, my fear then is warping the cover since I don't have pulse, my idea for that is actually to just bolt them down to my spare set of heads.
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Sammy, you've got a pretty big problem I think you're already aware of. No crankcase ventilation! When your 283 was new it most likely was vented to the atmosphere through a tube coming from the intake manifold.
Sometime in the 60's we went to closed crankcase ventilation which is one valve cover with a hose to the air cleaner, and the other sucking vacuum from the intake manifold with a pcv valve.
Those valve covers are very cool, and highly sought after if original for correct restorations. To see you ruin them hurts me, but it is your choice. If they're reproductions? go for it!
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Sammy, you've got a pretty big problem I think you're already aware of. No crankcase ventilation! When your 283 was new it most likely was vented to the atmosphere through a tube coming from the intake manifold.
Sometime in the 60's we went to closed crankcase ventilation which is one valve cover with a hose to the air cleaner, and the other sucking vacuum from the intake manifold with a pcv valve.
Those valve covers are very cool, and highly sought after if original for correct restorations. To see you ruin them hurts me, but it is your choice. If they're reproductions? go for it!
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They're reproductions.
I know a lot of people run those cheesy chrome steel covers from Autozone with PCV, breathers, and oil fill in them already. I have the original tomato can (valley breather) in the back of the block, and I machined an adapter to go in the road draft tube that's a slight press fit that allows me to run a PCV valve. That still leaves me with no oil tube/breather in the intake since the Weiand unit doesn't have provisions for it, which is why I went with the moon breather. Even if they were original valve covers, I'd still not feel bad about cutting them. A lot ended up with the "O" drilled out for a breather anyway, and this is the cleaner route.
The moon units will act as the oil fill location as well as the breather. Now I'm not sure if I need to run 1 or 2, or the ideal mounting location. I want to say on the top would be best to keep oil from pooling up in the filter elements.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:46 PM   #143 (permalink)
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Been doing too much stick lately, my TIG quality has gone down...

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Should fire it up within the week
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A great pic

Just have to say.. that picture just speaks to me. It's like free Willy... go towards the light....
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35's.... I think they'll clear.
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Thanks! Don't do it.... I kind of wish i had a JK....lol
Sorry couldn't resist snapping this one this weekend



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Old 10-14-2011, 11:46 PM   #148 (permalink)
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Sweet
My friend Don has a JK on 35's...I love his Jeep. It's black and has been blacked out.
He's helping me get mine running and broken in. Next time he's over and my 47 is running I'll snap a pic of the 2.

I made a bitchin' CB mount for my Cobra 29, 23? channel CB that's right under the dash and barely cleared the trans shifter in 3rd gear, it's fully TIG welded, walked the cup on all the joints, it's gorgeous. Well, I realized when the drive train torques up and it's flexed out the shift lever will nail the CB...And I test fitted it about 4 times, perfect, except I didn't put the coax in...OOPS! So I'm at a loss. Guess I need to buy some POR15 for the frame and Bosch wipers first...
I'll re work it to clear.
Otherwise, I need to mount the fuel tank in a different location and get a different battery other than optima. I may try to find a blem yellow top to run it for now and get it running. I love my Jeep but my 08 Dodge CTD is slowly taking over my life and funds...




Oh, and DJ...Where's my BBCS?
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Any updates/progress on this one?



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Not much. I haven't even started the rebuilt engine yet. 14 hour days at school resulted in weekends with me doing nothing...
Best I have to offer is a shit cover I finished up today, still need to find some leather to make shift boots.

Even kept the accelerator rest...
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