|06-05-2010 11:21 PM|
The bearing brace holding the system and that allows it to swing is REALLY strong and when I swing it to the right it does make the jeep lean so it is heavy. Locked in the closed position I put a 1"x4" UHMW material wheel from a piece of car wash equipment for it to rest on and that takes the stress out of the left side.
Since these photos I purchased 15x8 black rims with a 3.5 back-set to get rid of the tire rub and last week I drove it up to the cabin and left it there. After doing the work was a little worried about the trip with all the changes but was able to get up to 80mph (w/larger tires (32's) and didn't change the speedometer gear) and the jeep ran fine. Thanks again.
|06-05-2010 10:53 PM|
The bolts are (as you can probably tell) 1/2" x whatever) and they are inventory that I have in the shop. Can't tell you what grade they are because I don't know. I can tell you that I have picked up the jeep with 2 forklifts (one front and one in back bumper) and raised it off the floor after the work was finished and it didn't buckle after we supported the welds as shown. So I think they will be strong enough. There are 3 bolts per side plus the 2 bolts going into the side frame. Thanks for looking.
|05-23-2010 11:13 AM|
|cavediverjc||I would have put the gas can on the right side of the carrier, above the pivot. Would make it a lot easier to swing out when you've got 40 lbs of fuel in the can. Having the jerry can on the right side would not put near as much stress on your pivot as well. Other than that it looks like you did a great job!!!|
|05-23-2010 09:18 AM|
|4Jeepn||Can't tell from the pic's.. but what grade bolts are those? They look to be on the weaker side, but can't read them.|
|05-23-2010 07:33 AM|
|florida boy||like the build good plan|
|04-07-2010 07:03 PM|
|Kevin||Thanks, Baja. I started out with just a general idea and some photos that I'd taken but wasn't quite sure of measurements so I made a lot of mistakes that I had to correct. I have the facilities to manufacture my own stuff but would have saved a lot of time if I had drawn it out. I'll know better if I start another.|
|04-07-2010 03:20 PM|
|baja||That turned out pretty sharp,good job!|
|04-07-2010 01:21 PM|
Swing-out Project Finished
Took a few days to decide how to finish the Swing-out. Do I want a jack and a gas can or 2 gas cans. The area that we use the jeeps in, gas can be a rare commodity. But decided to stick w/ 1 gas can. I can always change it.
So, the Swing-out is finished; it has also been lifted 2", 32" tires installed. Next project is to raise the front motor mount 1" and remove the spacer on the transmission skid plate. I also need wheel spacers because the front tires are rubbing on full left or right. Those projects will be finished by the time the snow melts at our cabin in Plumas County (California) and will leave her there for the summer.
|04-03-2010 12:02 AM|
4th day Fabrication.
Went to the shop this morning and didn't like what I had built. After mounting the tire and looking at the photo I decided it was too tall so I cut 5 inches off the top and used 2x2 across the top. That was fun. I was getting a little flex with the tire carrier away from the body by pulling on it so installed braces in the back corner frame, and then braced between the bumper and the bolting framework. see pic.
My daughter spent the afternoon grinding on my mistakes and cleaning it up for primer and then primed it. The latching device arrived by ups today so tomorrow I should have it finished and ready to mount the 5 gallon gas can and then work on a basket. I have been informed Sunday is Easter and I better be home to film the Easter egg hunt.
By the way that's not me in the photo. It's another jeep lover who came by to check on things and to help. He's waiting for me to smooth out my mistakes and he'll learn from them and build his in half the time.