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Old 05-21-2016, 07:06 PM   #26 (permalink)
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lol, I did the same thing today but on the other end.
I uses a 2.5 gallon bucket with kerosene in it and my garage sink with hot water.
my pressure washer hooked up to hot water is badass.
The pressure washer with hot water was very impressive
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:30 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I have most of,what I need, but I know I need the rear wheel cylinders. I'm good on the master, I picked up a dual conversion kit.
I got two brand new ones. I'll put them aside.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:14 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Planned on getting the rear axle together and painted, but ran into a problem. When I tighten the pinion yoke nut, the yoke gets to hard to turn.

I'm wondering if I have the wrong pinion seal. It seems the raised lip on the seal Hits the dust shield on the yoke.

Anyone have an ideal?


After this I thought I would paint and imstall the Ross box. When I start fiddling with it, something doesn't seem right.



The tube, and the shaft are bent. And my other Ross box has a broken ear on it. So I pulled the shaft from that one and made one good one.


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Old 05-22-2016, 06:40 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I think the seal might be in backwards
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I think the seal might be in backwards
I don't. Too much pinion preload maybe?
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:25 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I don't. Too much pinion preload maybe?
Preload is fine, it is backwards according to the pics on the KW site of the seal.
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:23 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Well if I'm going to wheel the 3A, I figured it was time to replace my homemade driveshafts.
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Old 05-30-2016, 05:56 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Like Nofender said, It's humbling working on these old jeeps, A simple pinion seal kicked my butt this week. Ends up that, the seal was in correct, buts it a newer style and does not fit with the pinion dust shield in place,


I had to cut it off, and I'm back on track
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:19 PM   #34 (permalink)
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After pretty much getting the 3A cooling issue squared away, it was time to start thinking about the 3B. I have a pretty good start on parts for it, but still need some things, So During my morning scan of CL. I find a 54 3b, The ad has all the good stuff, rebuilt this, new that, runs and drives needs bla bla bla. For a real good price, figure there is more to the story, but I make the call and find out its pretty much as described the lady says. The main thing I am looking for is a nice tub, and a running engine, and soft top, and if those are true it's a good deal. It was about 2 hours up in Maine, and since I store my trailer about an hour from my house, I was looking at 3+ hours to get there, so I figured I'd grab the trailer today, and go up tomorrow.

I call the lady and she says she has gotten 7 calls since placing the ad this morning, and 2 people are coming in the morning. Change of plans, get the trailer and get up there. I get there and it's better than described. She bought it 5 years ago from a guy who just rebuilt it, everything but paint. Axles, trans and TC, all look to be rebuilt, frame is mint, better than the good 3b frame I have here, soft top is new, Tub is a replacement tub, With the slightest surface rust starting to show.

Then I get the icing on the cake. The lady goes "oh, and I forgot, it has a new engine." 😛 She goes on to explain, that 2 years ago, she was having overheating issues, so she brings it to her mechanic, who can't find a problem with the cooling system, so he pulls the engine to look into it. He does not find the cooling problem, but finds a crack on the block. So she said she got a new rebuilt engine, so I figure it has to be better than what I have. The Cooling problem ended up being the fan.

I get it home and look through the paperwork, and she bought a complete fresh rebuilt engine from these guys! MDR Engines - About Us Who look to be the real deal! I might even still have 1 year of warranty left😊


I am so pumped, even has an OD, It has some bubba issues. Like an electric fan, and fuel pump, but nothing I can't undo.

I going too look at it closer this weekend, but I'm thinking I will use this as it is, as a build platform. Might not even paint it, It's black primer with some surface rust...I kind of like the look.







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Old 08-15-2016, 08:54 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Well shit!
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Old 08-16-2016, 03:18 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:11 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Well shit!
you were starting to get ahead of me...LOL


And it has the cutest little 27" Super Swampers
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:29 PM   #38 (permalink)
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you were starting to get ahead of me...LOL


And it has the cutest little 27" Super Swampers
If you wanted to part with the other 3B stuff, I have a friend that would be interested.
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:12 PM   #39 (permalink)
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I have the tacked together tub, 2 sets of good fenders, mint windshield frame, grill and 1 set of fiberglass fenders. Those all go together for $600. I have the f head of unknown cond, that's free. I have the front and rear axles front is complete, rear is missing hubs all brake stuff. $100 for the 2
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:36 PM   #40 (permalink)
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This thing is clean, The seller said there was a problem with the front end, it pulled and drove strange, which I confirmed when I drove it...found one front hub locked.





Bonus, a Warn OD






It also appears the builder had a bug for metal work, he made little things like the battery box and a cover for the fuel tank.



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Old 08-18-2016, 08:19 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Some people should not try fabrication we all know there are lots of opinions on fender well mounted rollbars, I for one, think they do provide a small margin of safety for the light wheeling i do, if mounted properly to a solid tub.

the one on the 3b i just picked up is not how to do it! would hate to see what happens in a roll. They even had a racing harness attached to it





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put a plate on top of the fender wells, put that bar back down there, and run a bead around it. done.
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:08 PM   #43 (permalink)
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It's nice having a stash of parts, I went to my Willys storage shed, and pulled out some steel wheels with some good tires, looks so much better than with the short fat swampers. I'm a Swamper fan, but not those.









Also so grabbed one of my favorite old school aftermarket parts, a original Con-Fer storage seat.
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Much better!
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Can you take some detailed pics of that storage seat? I saw one the other day and would love to replicate it on my build. Looks much better with the wheel and tire swap!

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just having that red stripe on the wheels removed, makes it look so much better.

Damn, it actually does look really good all flat black. I like that alot!

"murdered" as they used to say.

Please paint the headlight bezels and gas cap
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:40 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Those Con-Fer seats are rad. From my research, they were designed for FJ's?
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:24 AM   #48 (permalink)
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and i finally figured out what all these buttons and switches are. I have to say, while some of it isn't my taste, and sketchy, like the rollbar, the builder did a lot good work, the electrical is a quality reproduction harness, and all connection are done right, its not a pile of twisted wire and tape. he has the wipers controlled by a master switch, and the other switch was for driving lights that are gone. The push buttons are L & R motorcycle turn signals, and i found a hidden kill switch. All done with good heatshrunk connections.



My original plan, much like the other Jeep was to get it running, then take it apart and fix all the unseen issues. Like replacing all the wiring and other hacked in things, but im not finding them. The 3A was filled with them, ended up being a complete rebuild. The more i look at the 3b, its good, all the claimed work is legit, it needs a tune up, but is running and driving pretty good. I even like the faded primer with a little surface rust starting look. I think im going to see how the rims look white, get another 8274 or belliview for it, toss a lockright in the rear and leave it as it is. Hell, the heat even works

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Old 08-23-2016, 04:03 PM   #49 (permalink)
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If that rear is a 19 spline, I have a Lock-Rite for you.

Rig looks sweet!
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If that rear is a 19 spline, I have a Lock-Rite for you.

Rig looks sweet!
Nice, yes, it should be 19 spline
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