And there it is. I'm pretty psyched that the welds may be practically invisible after I lay 4 coats of paint over top! That poor bushing took a whooping today. Lol. Would have been nice to have some kind of fire retardant gel laying around.
So it was on to the driver's side. I was reinforcing the four side panels with a backer plate that is shown on the second pic. Obviously, I could only interior weld on one panel per side. I figure that'll be fine as it's box frame and the backers are just added support. On the panels that I couldn't weld on the inside I just left a 1/2" gap where I could get in there and weld it from the outside.
Looking for some input on these pics here. I am leaving off the flimsy stock rear crossmember and am replacing with heavy channel. I did it a little bass ackwards where instead of cutting out the webbing on the channel for fitment I left my plates an inch and a half short. The channel webbing will now but up to the frame and I will still be at the original rear end location. I threw the shackle on to see it the webbing would interfere with the shackle travel. Does that look ok?
The rear end is all done except for the rear crossmember. I don't want to weld that on until I put the internal frame coating on, that way I have a nice opening for access. I went up to the front today. Took the bumper off, the grill off, the shocks and the steering pump. More rot under the steering box! I should have seen it coming, I had a 76 CJ that had the same thing. I didn't pull the motor, because it was already rebuilt and I don't have space to have that thing hangin around, but I am kinda wishing I did. Hopefully just a little more welding and then on to paint...
Ya, I just hung up w quadratec. I called for an eta on the backordered lift kit. Good thing I did because they called the manufacturer and they just got the leafs in and will be shipping directly. So that phone call saved me about 2 weeks of wait. After that was resolved I commented on the lack of body bolts and was considering leaving some feedback with Crown. He looked and said Daystar, Crown, and another one I forget, all come with no bolts.
My point is just don't sell a "kit" if it doesn't have all the components to complete the job. Instead sell me "body mount bushings". It's not that big a deal, I'll just go to Hector's. And I'll probably wind up paying $50 for grade 8 bolts. Lol.
Good looking build so far! You're the best thing thats happened to that Jeep in a long time.
VERY nice old C man drill press. Are you a member over at garage journal by chance?
I'm not sure. Probably. I would have to check though. I can say I've visited many times. Nice site. Took a few ideas from over there. My old man neighbor passed away probably 1 1\2 years ago. That was his press. His daughter gave it to me and wouldn't take any cash. He was a good old man. Gene. I believe I found info on that press on garage journal. I restored it. Added the switch to the motor. Cleaned years of gunk and sawdust out of the motor. I wanted to paint it original, but original is an ugly blue. I woulda thought original would have been the olive green that I was going for, (it came out a little dark).
Well, thanks for the comment. I don't believe I got into how screwed up that jeep was when I bought it. I got screwed too. Hey, I'll admit it. Anyway, I got some pics from today that when I post them, I'll go into that story a little more. See ya later.
Brought the rear axle in and bolted it up so I could remove the front and get after the rot at the steering box mount. Look at that shackle angle! When I bought the jeep the leafs were backwards and it pushed the wheels about 2" forward off center. I spun the leafs to center the wheel and increase the driveshaft length. I think that is what caused the wasted transfer case. The PO really cobbed this thing together and shafted me pretty good. So this is why I bought a new lift kit. All proper pieces. Look at the width of those leafs, 2" is for CJ's, isn't it?
When I bought this jeep, the odometer read 289,000 mi. The PO said it had a rebuilt motor, which I assumed had to be at that mileage. Well back in the summer, I had my air cleaner loosen up off road and the next day I started it up to hear some banging in the engine. The damn nut fell in the carb! While doing that job I was glad to see that about the only thing I didn't get screwed on on this jeep was the motor. I was happy to see fresh hone marks in the cyl. walls. So it truly was rebuilt. Here is a link to that whole ordeal.
Love that old press. That one is a late 40's very early 50's according to the serial #. They were made by King-Seeley for Sears. Very nice.
I've always wanted one, but never pursued it because I figured my hand drill does the same thing. Not really! What a difference leverage makes! But, (sad to say but I'll admit it), I'm having a little trouble using it. I'm getting a lot of vibration and squealing. I'm using oil but that isn't stopping the squealing. It's probably just a wasted bit. I think I read somewhere to use the high speed for metal, slower for wood? Can you offer any tips and tricks?
The larger the drill bit the slower you need to turn it. Is that a variable speed drill press? Also, if drilling a large diameter hole run a smaller drill first. Maybe even two smaller bits if you are making holes in the half inch range.
Hmm, yep I'm doing multiple things wrong! Lol. Yes its variable by locating the belt on 4 diff pulleys. Small to large on the motor end, Large to small on the drill end, (vertically). I've been plowing 1/2 " bits through 3/16" plate steel, no pilot bit first! Lol. First few cuts went through like butter and I thought man, this thing is great and I wondered why I didn't get a press sooner, (no starter bits required)! Next cut I'll go in increments. Thanks bro.
Just when I thought I was done, even the grill mount needed repair. Lol. After that, the patching is all done. I got a couple spots that I left open for cleaning out and paint accessibility, but nothing major. Next post will be of a painted frame!
what's up with attachment limits? I'm maxed out at 10mb already.
You can become a supporting member and get 10x the space or start using a photo sharing site. Just remember that if you are using a sharing site and you delete the pics from that site, they will also disappear from the forum.
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