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Old 04-12-2019, 07:31 AM   #121
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The M715 looked good. Are you going to use the complete Dodge chassis under the new one or just the drive train?

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Old 04-12-2019, 09:53 AM
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Thanks. I'm planning to try a body swap first. If it ends up looking like a body swap instead of looking like it belongs together I will end up yanking the parts and transplanting them on the M715 frame.


It's "almost" a shame too because the Dodge is in surprisingly good shape for the year. Almost no rust on the body. The only real rust is on the drivers door which isn't even the original door. Someone swapped out the original door because it was pretty dented.


I'm still waiting on the machine shop for my engine parts for this build. I called last week and he said he blew up his piston press. He was hoping to get that back up and running this week. I haven't called yet to see if he has.


I ordered some adjustable track bars. The front is here. I'm still waiting on the rear. I will probably start bolting some more parts on the frame this afternoon. I think I can install the gas tank and start plumbing brake and fuel lines soon. I just need to finish cleaning the welds off where I cut my control arm mounts (again). And I'm hoping to get the front brackets off today as well.

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Old 05-01-2019, 06:50 PM
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Still trying to get back into this project. With all the extra work hours and other commitments this project is barely inching along.


I did end up getting those front upper brackets off last time. And I got the fuel tank and rear track bar in.


Today I was able to get the new ball joints installed in my Dana 30 front axle and got it under the frame. I need to install new joints in the axle shafts still so I don't have the front axle buttoned up yet. It still needs paint as well. I got the front track bar installed and I started on the front sway bar quick disconnects.


I still don't have the engine block back from the machine shop. I'm anxious to get that at this point because there is a lot needing to get done after the engine is bolted to the frame.
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Old 05-24-2019, 07:09 AM
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I finally got the engine block back from the machine shop a couple weeks ago. I have the engine assembled and bolted to the transmission. I have it sitting in the frame too. I can finally start moving this project forward again. I'm still working overtime though so I don't get as much time as I'd like.

I hope to get some more pictures soon.



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I was a bit ill today so I didn't make much progress but I did run and pick up a brake pedal assembly for an automatic transmission CJ7. I also bought a dash pad but ended up cracking it on my way home. Doh!

Anyway here is the engine bolted to the frame. I still need to make a transmission mount.
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I'm still planning on finishing this project some day. I haven't had time to work on it at all since the end of May. I'm hoping to get working on this again soon but I have too much going on that keeps me from making progress. I am still buying parts here and there in anticipation though.
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:21 PM
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I guess I forgot to update this thread when I made some small progress last weekend. But as small as it is I figured I'd better include it.

I spent the better part of three days (a little at a time) stripping the paint from the hood that I thought was in good condition. turns out it has a small crack in it that was discovered after the paint was removed.

Sometimes I realize after the fact that when I don't know what I'm doing I create (a lot of) extra work for myself.

So I started out trying to sand the hood down with a d/a sander. There were just too many layers of paint on the hood to make it look good though.

Next I tried using chemical stripper. Oh wait I'm getting ahead of myself. After sanding for a few minutes I decided I would just pay a sand (or media) blaster to strip the hood (and fenders) for me. I did not enjoy the heat and monotony of safety glasses and respirator and seemingly endless sanding for very little progress...I called several places local to me that advertised sandblasting. No one wanted to do it for me. They wouldn't even give me a price. They just declined to even do it.

Next I decided I would just buy new replacement hood and fenders. Since I'm this deep into it and I want it to look nice I'd rather spend my money than my time getting this project moving again. I called my local 4wd shop and talked to the guy that knew jeeps better than anyone around here. Long story short he suggested I find a good used hood rather than buying an after market hood because they are of poor quality. Since he was basically telling me the after market hoods were junk I decided to trod on with paint removal.

Back to the chemical stripping. I applied the stripper and let it soften up the paint so I could scrape it off with a chisel. (Yes a one inch wide chisel.) It worked better than the sander but after three coats and scrapes not getting the bottom layer off I moved on to a wire wheel.

The wire wheel worked but was about as slow as the sanding. I did not have the patients for it.

I got drastic. Out came the Mapp gas torch. This worked much faster than the wire wheel. I would heat up a small section and the chisel would scrape it down to bare steel. Yikes...even the body filler was coming off. Too late now I thought, I need to keep going. I started getting lazier and lazier as this paint stripping dragged on. I got it hotter and hotter until I started warping the sheet metal. After I realized that was happening I went all out.

Needless to say I will need to spend a while trying to make the hood look straight again.

I could possibly be overstating it a bit but seriously I did not enjoy that part of this project. And I haven't even started on the fenders yet. I'm thinking I will try some fiberglass fenders next.

Anyway I will try to get a picture of the hood fully stripped and ready for hours of frustration trying to make it look like new again...
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Old 08-06-2019, 11:22 AM   #128
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Oh boy.... warping that hood is not a good thing. You are finding out that you have to respect a body man. Their work is tedious requires loads of patience. You are going to need to find some patience to get it back to looking good.
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No the warped hood isn't good. I absolutely respect the patients and skill a good body man has.

I will indeed have my patients tested through this. At least I have developed "some" patients as I have aged.

I recently had to replace my home computer. Getting everything going on the new (used) computer has taken a while. My biggest problem is technology allows me to be lazy and not need to remember my passwords. I have reset a lot of them recently...Probably a good thing anyway.

I'm also dealing with health issues that have slowed me down recently. I have to "lay low" for a while so I can recover. Perfect time to replace the old computer I guess.

I did go buy some used fiberglass fenders. I will try them before I spend too much more time trying to use the steel fenders that need hours of work before use. The fiberglass fenders need some work as well but look like they will clean up quickly.
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The last jeep I did I just bought new fenders and a new hood. Quality was on par with OEM. I can make panels look good if I want to but the time I saved by just getting new ones was worth it for me.
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I probably should have just bought new. I was ready to but was talked out of it by the guy who would have sold them to me. He owns a 4x4 shop local to me. As slow as this project is moving I need every time saving advantage I can get.

Thanks for the input.

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