Thanks Beastmaster, however another snag... Update: The rebuilt units above were bought out from under me by someone willing to pay 4 grand for them! I almost panicked, but I found a rebuild shop downtown that has been there since 1948 and specializes in heavy equipment and military vehicles. They looked it over and assured me they could machine and rebuild my old units and make them like new. They even have their own supply of parts for them. At least I can keep the jeep more original, and the price they quoted is cheaper than buying ready replacements. I was just getting used to driving this old war horse, and now I'm going through a kind of withdrawal having it off the road for so long now.
PS: Okay, "off the road" is an odd choice of words, but you know what I mean.
Man it has been a long road getting to this point, but the transmission and transfer case are back and nice and fresh. The rest of the parts have been ordered (prop shafts, upper and lower mounts, clutch, flywheel, and seals) and should be here in a week or so for final re-assembly. The differentials and CV joints have been flushed and refilled with fresh lubricant. After this, I'm going to have to step back and breathe for awhile before attempting to do the body-tub! In the end, my initial $2,500 investment will have gotten me a rolling chassis, engine, and front clip. LOL! (Still not that bad now that I think about it). Once the mechanicals are done, I'll have (so far) $9500 in the entire project. However, I'm trying not to think in terms of investment. Trying to save a small piece of history is worth it to me.
...and tons more fun than blowing thousands of dollars on some cruise!
Odd thing was, the rebuilders said it failed because the internal parts were eaten up... Because the grease was diluted with salt water of all things. They showed me a bucket full of brown salt water that they poured out of the units.
Now how the hell....?
Of course part of me wants to believe it came from storming the beach at Normandy or something.
Really looking forward to it, like a kid at Christmas. But it's that last little wait that drives you crazy, isn't it?!
Curious to see how your first drive goes too, Firepainter.
On mine, the tranny was so sloppy you could never tell what gear you were in, and finding neutral was next to impossible. I hope I'm pleasantly surprised when I get it back!
I got the call this afternoon. The jeep is done, and they even delivered it back to my house for me.
I'm out of town on business for the week, and now I feel like a kid and can't wait to get back home on Saturday to check it out!
Wow, I take it for a drive one day, it gets stuck in gear... And three months and $4,400 later I finally have it back in the driveway. LOL! Just in time for Memorial Day weekend too.
Had a full weekend with the Jeep. Amazing the difference! Tranny is tight, and clicks cleanly into all the gears. Also seems to have more torque, and it's nice to drive it without the deafening sound of a rock crusher under the floorboard. Over the weekend It delivered flowers and flags to the cemetery, went to the park, and visited a nearly forgotten complex that was originally a WW2 German POW camp at the edge of town. The old Jeep performed like a Swiss watch.
Some day I'll have one of those. I have a Willys wagon and i used to have another one for ten years. I like all the old Jeeps, they really have personality.I go 4 wheeling with a friend that has a Jeepster. I would like to have them all, a Jeep like yours, a Jeepster, Willys truck. Can't beat the simplicity of them or how heavy duty they are. We use ours a little different than most so, they are also built differently ! LOL !Here's a couple pics.
The mechanicals are nearly done.
I had all the wheel bearings and races replaced, along with the brake shoes.
It now is so smooth and stable, I feel confident taking it out on longer drives. I still feel pretty vulnerable in such an open vehicle, but on an early Sunday morning with incredible weather and no real traffic, I took it out on a long(ish) trip of about 25 miles. It performed beautifully, and rock solid. Took it out of town on a state highway, cruising at 45-50mph, and came back wandering down twisty river bottom back roads. Got on dirt and gravel roads a time or two to test out the 4x4 which worked great.
Also ran across a fantastic 1948 or so CJ2A with period aluminum hardtop. The elderly owner bought it in '61.