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Old 04-30-2012, 10:09 AM   #151 (permalink)
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NICE!

Are you going to weld the tunnel in place or bolt it in?

Do you want my old CV/Represa (?) style front axles as trail spares? They seem to be in pretty decent shape. I have the inner and outer from my front axle. If not they are going in the trash can. Just pay shipping, and I get a big discount at work through FedEx. PM me if you want them. I would hate to see them go in the trash but I can't have all this stuff lying around forever.

I drove my Willys to work this morning It was 38F and Sunny, not really THAT bad. The new carb makes it SOOOOOOO much better to drive.
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:32 PM   #152 (permalink)
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thanks for the offer! but honestly, if something happens to these, i don't like them enough to fix them, i'll just use that as a good excuse to upgrade.

if you stumble upon some waggy 44's or a D30 like you used, let me know!

The tunnel as shown in the above photo is about 50% welded in, i'm going to go finish it up here in a little bit. then next i'm going to make another piece that will bolt on top of this.

congrats on driving the willys to work! i work out of the house, so sometime i have to drive it over to my wifes work and take her out to lunch

one of her coworkers is a restoration nut (working on a 43 currently), at first he turned his nose up at my hacked up civilian model, but after a short drive i turned him onto the concept of a willys you can actually drive around!
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:43 AM   #153 (permalink)
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man i'm stoked about how this came out! welding to the (totally shitty) existing sheetmetal was a PITA, but that hammered finish paint does a great job of making everything look nice!

i'm trying to get the interior a little better sealed up and reduce some of the noise and vibration. slowly but surly i'm going to weld up holes and fill stuff in. next is to build the removable cover with shift boots.

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Old 05-01-2012, 10:30 AM   #154 (permalink)
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That turned out really cool.

You know your going to have to redo it when you do the 4spd swap right
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:57 PM   #155 (permalink)
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Wow, all I can say is WOW!!! Nice build!!!
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:51 AM   #156 (permalink)
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That turned out really cool.

You know your going to have to redo it when you do the 4spd swap right
Yeah i'm digging it, good progress on the top cover yesterday, i think i'll have it substantially completed later today. of course i'll have to redo it later, this willy's has been rebuilt at least 4 times, why not another right? hahaha

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Wow, all I can say is WOW!!! Nice build!!!
thanks man! i just really love tinkering with this thing!

i drove it a good bit yesterday as well, man this thing is really to the point where it goes down the road soooooo good!

i really need to buy some electric wippers and a bikini top for it, about the only reason why i don't drive it dang near everywhere is that i don't want to get stuck in one of our afternoon thunderstorms. when i head into boulder i turn right onto south boulder road and get a jaw dropping gorgeous view of the mountains. sometimes i see that line of clouds on the divide and just say "oh shit...."

but we'll see, jeep budget has been further cut for the time being as we really need a tow rig/work truck. as good as it does go down the road, its not going to make it to moab on its own power!

the upside is, you can replace a lot of money with creativity and hard work when it comes raising a pet willys.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:19 AM   #157 (permalink)
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I think its more fun to build flat fenders out of used discarded obsolete parts anyways.....
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^^ totally!

i'm soooo happy with how this came out! today i hope to get the shift boots on, then i'm going to work on a hole under the gas pedal, then build a new gas pedal.

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That turned out good! I like the offset of the top cover flange. That gives it a little bit different look.
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i got this little project finished up, i'm really happy with the end result. Around these parts we can have a turn of the weather even on the nicest days, so it will be nice to have a little less air blowing up my pantlegs! Eventually i'll need to get a nicer tcase boot, but this is fine for now.



my good buddy jason also hooked me up with a bike rack, including a not shown extension for a total of four bikes. this is important, our closest ohv spot (left hand canyon) also contains our only legit shuttable downhill bike trails. it should make for some fun days where the shuttle bitch gets to enjoy some mild willys wheelin. not a bad deal!

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good job on the tunnel work, 'ell good job on the whole thing---always nice to have friends helpin' out one way or another.....chris
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:34 AM   #162 (permalink)
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Are both the shifter boots stock parts?
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I just noticed your rear seats. Are they just regular boat seats? Did you do anything special to mount them? I like the idea better than building my own rear seat.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:12 AM   #164 (permalink)
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i don't know if they are stock, but these are close enough that you could buy exact replicas from kaiserwillys.

i think this is the shift boot:

http://www.kaiserwillys.com/product/...ts-accessories

and this is the twin stick boot:

http://www.kaiserwillys.com/product/...ts-accessories

personally i'm not that thrilled with the twin stick boot, i just used it because i had it on hand. eventually i'll get one of these:

http://www.advanceadapters.com/produ...in-stick-boot/
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I just noticed your rear seats. Are they just regular boat seats? Did you do anything special to mount them? I like the idea better than building my own rear seat.
they were laying int he back, not bolted to anything, when we bought it. yeah, i think they are just regular boat seats. i made a box out of 3/4" MDF that they are mounted to, and it works quite well for a temporary solution. the box i have built is not really quite the perfect dimensions, i intend to build another one, fully finish it out and then figure out some sort of quick release mounting solution.

now that you mention it.... finishing up that project doesn't sound like a half bad idea.
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I forget that your not too far away, we gotta go wheel em sometime this summer! so what are your thoughts on t18 vs. sm465? i lean towards an sm465, but either would be a huge upgrade from the t90.
Grandpa Jeep and I are looking to do a run this weekend. I don't spend much time over here, so ping me on ecj5 for a quick response if you need it.

I prefer the SM465, but the T18 is a WHOLE lot smaller. I have a couple of those and an NP under the table if you want to talk about getting one. I tend to pick them up when I find them for good prices.
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Grandpa Jeep and I are looking to do a run this weekend. I don't spend much time over here, so ping me on ecj5 for a quick response if you need it.
I think this weekend i'm planning to hit jenny creek on a scouting mission, my neighbor has a crazy big fj40 buggy, i think sufficient for yanking my willys out of the snowbanks

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I prefer the SM465, but the T18 is a WHOLE lot smaller. I have a couple of those and an NP under the table if you want to talk about getting one. I tend to pick them up when I find them for good prices.
SWEET! chances are good i'll take you up on that sometime later this summer, i think i'd like to plan to do that over the winter.

I think of more immediate importance to me, is tracking down a suitable axle upgrade. maybe a cj d30 or waggy d44's, not really sure what, it just depends on what i happen to come across. so if you happen to spot something nice along those lines, let me know!
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If I had to do it over again I would do a D44 front, perhaps even with CJ D30 outers. That big brake D44 article in JP is pretty interesting if you want to run internal hubs and 5 on 5.5 with 13"+ rotors.

D44 front allows a much better gear selection and locker selection than the D30. I would probably use some JK gears, 3-series locker, 297 joint axles, etc. That would be a VERY strong setup for a light flat fender.
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yup, I agree with you 100%.

I think i would happily swap in a CJ D30, if i happen upon one at the right price. Mostly for the disk break upgrade, but also as it would have just enough strength that i think i could lock it without undue risk.

What i really want to do is snag some waggy 44's though! it would be nice to snap some up over the summer so i can work on them while playin with the flatty, then swap em in next winter.

we'll see, those have become increasingly more difficult to locate these day!
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Not all Dana 30 front where disc brake. Mine was a drum unit, I just made my own disc conversion. Personally I like it better than the factory jeep disc brakes or most other conversions because it is so simple.

The rotor goes OVER the factory wheel bearing hub instead of needing to be pressed on with the studs. Pull the caliper off with two bolts and the slide the rotor right off. The entire wheel bearing hub and spindle can be taken off in one unit once you get to the snap ring in the locking hub.

You already have a D44 rear correct? 4.88 or 5.38 gears?

Unless you narrow them I think the waggy axles would be a bit big. On the same note the J-truck stuff will work for a front donor too.
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nice, well perhaps i'll keep an eye out for a drum brake axle then, and review your thread if i happen upon one.

i think i'm 5.38 geared, or at least i'm supposed to be. i wouldn't assume anything on my rig...

i'll have to look at the wms measurements again, but personally i'd be thrilled to have my rig a couple of inches wider!
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Few more notes for ya....

-5.38 D30 ring and pinions are pretty expensive $250-300ish. That is what I want to run in mine, but dang that is an expensive set of small gears!

-The stock axles should be around the 51" wide range. The narrow track D30 is 54". I made that funky rear full float spacer thing for mine to make the stock early cj5 D44 rear match the new front axle.

-Last time I was down in the junkyard in Farmington, NM I remembered seeing a few J-truck and Waggoner axles. It might be worth the trip depending on how hard they are to find in your area.

-I like the 54" wide axle on my flat fender. Even with the 10-11" wide beadlock wheels its only 72" wide total. If I was going to build super custom stuff I would probably make the axles a little wider and run higher backspacing wheels to get the scrub radius down. I think that would help steering radius a LOT on these old jeeps.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:09 PM   #174 (permalink)
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3-series locker is a locker that is made for gears with a lower number....ie 3.54 or 3.73 gears. Its mostly just slang, so ignore most of what I say when I type thoughts down to quick....

To run the JK gears in a D44 you need that version of whatever locker you choose to run ( and a bearing adapter kit )
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i finished up some mods to the rear bumpstops yesterday evening, then took her around back to work on our stump removal project.

finally success during our lunchbreak today! the largest stump is out, and she couldn't resist a victory pose.



i think this suspension is working out really well, super stable, and i still have about 3/4" of uptravel to go both front and back, and at least an inch of downtravel available on the shocks.
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