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    Good stuff. Wish I had the time and skill to do the voodoo that you do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Safari View Post
    Good stuff. Wish I had the time and skill to do the voodoo that you do.
    Skills not really required. Jeep CJs are easy to put together, like piecing together a lower. You just need special tools when it comes time to put the barrel on... (do some welding.. ect). I can do some of the light welding where it doesn't have to look pretty or be strong, everything else, I hire a pro. Come time to have the axles rebuilt, I have it done. I've never set up gears. Body work will be rattle can... Keep watching, you'll see my work isn't the quality you see coming out of Count's Customs on TV.

    Having the time is kinda easy too. Once I got my ass blowed up, and became non-deployable, I couldn't re-up, so they were done with me. Enter the world of VA disability living. No job... (other than VFW Commander)
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    Put the front springs on today. I was gonna paint the front of the frame, but got overheated. maybe later in the evening or tomorrow. A little concerned about the angle of the shackles. They are over the 90* mark with no weight on them at all. The Rubicon express YJ SOA springs are suppose to ride nice, but are a bit longer. I can't move either of the shackle mounts without a lot of custom fab work.






    The Dave's Customs Unlimited kit mounts the rear right in front of the body mount, so there's no moving it back. Wouldn't want to go back anyway. The front uses factory holes, so moving it forward would mean paying somebody to cut and weld on what I paid them to engineer. I already had to space them out for the Dodge truck axles. I'm thinking that there should be enough room for the spring to compress without having it bang on the frame. I'll have to make my own bump stops anyway, as the factory ones won't match up with the Dodge Dana 44.




    Side note: I had ordered two new sets of greasable shackles and now somehow I don't have enough bolts to mount both the front and rear springs. They give you the greasable bolts for the shackles, but regular bolts for the pivot end of the springs. Maybe I'm being OCD, but I want greasable bolts everywhere there is a bushing... so I'm ordering another kit.
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    Did a bit of wire brushing and painting on the frame today. Managed to finish the front half back to the skid plate. Shoulders on fire...

    Here's what I started with...


    Had to make a trip to the hardware store for a new brush after a while...


    Now half of the frame is black.


    I couldn't find POR 15 in any of the stores around here, but I found this stuff. The question is, will Chassis Saver save my chassis? Time will tell.


    Gotta take the skid plate off to progress rearward. That, is for another day... I need a shower, nap, the wife has plans for dinner with friends, and I have to get back to the VFW to do a Treasure Hunt drawing.
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