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Old 03-30-2019, 02:57 PM
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Looks good. Make me a set. I have to do the same to cover my shock towers.
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CAUTION! LONG vent session:

I got the transmission tunnel in. I haven't really touched this thing in weeks. I had to move it back up to my fathers house. A car got stolen out of the shop as well as some other things. But the stolen car was the last straw. The Jeep had to go.

I am running into a hellish nightmare right now. When I was building the frame and suspension I didn't account for the space needed to mount the alternator. I also decided to run a short water pump on my engine which severely limits my bracket options.

I've been scouring the internet for hours today at my parents house and running back and forth from the house to the garage seeing if I can some up with SOMETHING that will work with my set up.

I might be cutting and welding some more if I can't find something that will work. I may end up have to modify existing brackets, but the big problem is the shock towers and support cross member that I welded in right above the water pump pulley

I thought I was so cool when I started this project a few years ago. however im getting ready to move again in less than a year for my next duty station and i need this thing capable of moving. But im at my whits f-ing end.

I've been riding my new motorcycle everywhere. I dropped it twice in less than a week and I lost it. Stood outside my MIL house screaming at the top of my lungs for 5 minutes. Both accidents could have been avoided. I've just been trying to avoid this Jeep because it stresses me out. So much left to do, more $$$ to spend, more time to spend and I can come home to this everyday.

Working until 2100 at the shop everynight is starting to take its tole. I'm tired, very tired. I moved into a 350 sq/ft studio three months ago and I have no space. My bed is 4ft away from my stove. My wife moved 2 hours away like last August and naturally I have to drive up every weekend to see her.

I took this semester off because I can't f-ing balance everything right meow. I broke down late last year and told someone I trust I wanted to come home and put a *** in my mouth. Telling him ended up being the best thing I could have done.

I got another dose of reality this week when I learned of the Sri Lanka easter attacks. I stayed at the Cinnamon hotel back in 2016 that they bombed. I remembered all those people i've seen in 3rd world countries that were so much less fortunate than me. But here I am bitching about how I have so much money I have to spend. When there cant even make enough money to feed themselves.

I remembered those refugees we stopped in the ocean between Somalia and Yemen fleeing because people were getting hacked up with machetes. Little did they know we had just bombed and leveled the city they were heading to. No cell phone bill, no rent, nothing. All they cared about was surviving.

I just need to get this Jeep painted and good enough to drive. In all honesty I feel better having it back at my folks place. It's nice to kick it with my family all day and get out of my small apt. Plus i don't have to be stressed about having it at the shop and now its back indoors. So thanks to my mom for letting me bring it back, because she runs the house.

Anyway im done venting. Hopefully I'll have more tech soon lol
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Hang in there buddy. I am pretty sure we have all been there.... when life just keeps piling it on. You just have to push through the rough stuff until it gets better. It has to get better right? I sure hope so.

You are building something custom..... something cool. Of course there are going to be challenges. You will sort it out. Having something other than all the cookie cutter Jeeps out there is worth all the aggravation.
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CAUTION! LONG vent session:

I got the transmission tunnel in. I haven't really touched this thing in weeks. I had to move it back up to my fathers house. A car got stolen out of the shop as well as some other things. But the stolen car was the last straw. The Jeep had to go.

I am running into a hellish nightmare right now. When I was building the frame and suspension I didn't account for the space needed to mount the alternator. I also decided to run a short water pump on my engine which severely limits my bracket options.

I've been scouring the internet for hours today at my parents house and running back and forth from the house to the garage seeing if I can some up with SOMETHING that will work with my set up.

I might be cutting and welding some more if I can't find something that will work. I may end up have to modify existing brackets, but the big problem is the shock towers and support cross member that I welded in right above the water pump pulley

I thought I was so cool when I started this project a few years ago. however im getting ready to move again in less than a year for my next duty station and i need this thing capable of moving. But im at my whits f-ing end.

I've been riding my new motorcycle everywhere. I dropped it twice in less than a week and I lost it. Stood outside my MIL house screaming at the top of my lungs for 5 minutes. Both accidents could have been avoided. I've just been trying to avoid this Jeep because it stresses me out. So much left to do, more $$$ to spend, more time to spend and I can come home to this everyday.

Working until 2100 at the shop everynight is starting to take its tole. I'm tired, very tired. I moved into a 350 sq/ft studio three months ago and I have no space. My bed is 4ft away from my stove. My wife moved 2 hours away like last August and naturally I have to drive up every weekend to see her.

I took this semester off because I can't f-ing balance everything right meow. I broke down late last year and told someone I trust I wanted to come home and put a *** in my mouth. Telling him ended up being the best thing I could have done.

I got another dose of reality this week when I learned of the Sri Lanka easter attacks. I stayed at the Cinnamon hotel back in 2016 that they bombed. I remembered all those people i've seen in 3rd world countries that were so much less fortunate than me. But here I am bitching about how I have so much money I have to spend. When there cant even make enough money to feed themselves.

I remembered those refugees we stopped in the ocean between Somalia and Yemen fleeing because people were getting hacked up with machetes. Little did they know we had just bombed and leveled the city they were heading to. No cell phone bill, no rent, nothing. All they cared about was surviving.

I just need to get this Jeep painted and good enough to drive. In all honesty I feel better having it back at my folks place. It's nice to kick it with my family all day and get out of my small apt. Plus i don't have to be stressed about having it at the shop and now its back indoors. So thanks to my mom for letting me bring it back, because she runs the house.

Anyway im done venting. Hopefully I'll have more tech soon lol
I haven't been back on this forum since I sold my Jeep last December, but seeing your post above got me back on here.

I totally understand how stressed you are and how easy it is to feel overwhelmed - it happens to everybody in all walks of life. I hate to sound cliche and what not but most everything in life happens for a reason and honestly you will be surprised by how tough you are when you get through this build and all of the other challenges you're facing - because you need to remember that you will get through them. I've been in really shitty situations myself (mainly brought on by myself) and sometimes it takes some serious self reflection to get through them - but given all the challenges I've faced in my life I can honestly say that I'm damn proud of how I got through them and who I've become because of them.

I know what you said that it happened late last year, and I want to say that I really appreciate the honesty with us on the forum and the courage to talk to us about it but just remember that taking that easy way out is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

You'll get through this man, just hang in there.
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Update: Making progress on the Jeep again. I took a day off from work at the shop this week to relax and it did me a lot of good. The Navy ran out of funding for TA for this fiscal year so I now have a good excuse to stop taking classes. I've been doing great in school but time off is always good.

I sat down this week and figured out what I would need to make the power steering and alternator situation work. I ended up buying a PSC type 2 GM pump and a cylinder head mounting bracket. Everything lined up perfectly I was so excited. I just stood there looking at the pulleys. PERFECT. No shims or spacers needed. It felt good.

Alternator bracket went right on and i'm still waiting for my 140 Amp alternator to come in. I had to purchase a new mechanical fuel pump for my fuel system so that's on its way. I'm using all -6AN fittings with stainless braided on my fuel system under the hood so it looks pretty trick.

I am also using -6AN fittings on my power steering system with stainless braided so it all complements each other very nicely.

I also started getting the wiring harness back in the Jeep, but I stopped what I was doing because I am trying to focus on one thing at a time.

I have to fabricate a new battery tray for the Jeep. I realized that my original plan to mount my surge tank was way to complicated. So instead i'm going to just bolt it to the underside of the battery tray. It will work perfectly.

Making all the braided line is killing my thumbs but I think it will pay off in the end. If I can find time to cut out the steel for this battery box at the shop this week, I can bring it up to my folks place and bend everything up in the hydraulic press i have here at the house.

By that time my new mechanical fuel pump will be in and I will be able to plumb "ALL" the fuel lines under the hood. I have most of the lines already made and i'll make some more after this post before game of thrones comes on.
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Sounds like you are back on track
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Old 05-06-2019, 07:50 AM
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Sounds like you are back on track
Yup thank goodness. I woke up this morning and my thumbs are killing me from making stainless steel braided line.

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New battery tray has been made. I still new to fab a tie down mechanism for it.

Surge tank mounted. Alternator has been mounted. Pulley belts are on the power steering pump and alternator.

And I have begun wiring the car.

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My hold down is pretty simple and holds the battery rock solid. It has a piece of 1/2" angle that engages under a tab on the firewall side and locks in with one bolt at the bottom.

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Old 05-13-2019, 11:37 AM
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My hold down is pretty simple and holds the battery rock solid. It has a piece of 1/2" angle that engages under a tab on the firewall side and locks in with one bolt at the bottom.

Ooooo I like that, gonna steal the idea.
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You don't have to steal it... that's why I gave it to you.
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I'm stuck at work all day today with nothing to do. So I have been thinking about trying to install an engine oil cooler on my Jeep.

Its basically a radiator with an electric fan just like one would use for engine coolant. Except they aren't as big. I just got done pricing out everything I'd need to run a cooler.

It would only cost me $700.

I need:

1. 6: -10AN Hose end fittings @ $9.95 = $99.50

2: 8: -10AN to -10AN couplers @ $7.98 = $63.84

3. 1: Fram oil filter @ $14.99

4. 1: Oil Filter Bypass Adapter @ $79.95

5. 1: Remote Oil filter mount @60.19

6. 1: Performance Engine oil Thermostat @ $117.95

7. 1: Derale Hyper-cool remote fluid coller @ $205.99

8. 1: Derale Electric Fan Relay @$16.99

9. 1: Plastic on/off switch @ $5.00


Total price: $664.40 w/o Tax and stainless steel braided hose and 10% off military discount.




I don't think i'll run the oil cooler. I have to get other stuff done. But i'm going to keep this in the back of my mind in case I want to revisit it.
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I'm stuck at work all day today with nothing to do. So I have been thinking about trying to install an engine oil cooler on my Jeep.

Its basically a radiator with an electric fan just like one would use for engine coolant. Except they aren't as big. I just got done pricing out everything I'd need to run a cooler.

It would only cost me $700.

I need:

1. 6: -10AN Hose end fittings @ $9.95 = $99.50

2: 8: -10AN to -10AN couplers @ $7.98 = $63.84

3. 1: Fram oil filter @ $14.99

4. 1: Oil Filter Bypass Adapter @ $79.95

5. 1: Remote Oil filter mount @60.19

6. 1: Performance Engine oil Thermostat @ $117.95

7. 1: Derale Hyper-cool remote fluid coller @ $205.99

8. 1: Derale Electric Fan Relay @$16.99

9. 1: Plastic on/off switch @ $5.00


Total price: $664.40 w/o Tax and stainless steel braided hose and 10% off military discount.




I don't think i'll run the oil cooler. I have to get other stuff done. But i'm going to keep this in the back of my mind in case I want to revisit it.


Edit: It would be cool if I could get sponsored for this Jeep. But offroading is so mainstream today, everyone has a custom Jeep, and nothing im doing to this bad larry is anything new. Not to mention I really dont want to put someone elses name all over this thing after ive put so much work into it.

But getting some free shit for this thing would be cool
My '95 Chevy engine had a factory oil cooler. I currently don't have it hooked up and am not sure if I ever will. What I am trying to say here is that you do not necessarily need to build an expensive custom set up when a factory designed system is already out there.
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Got the engine cranking again this weekend. I only have to hook up a few more wires and the engine will run again. Next step will be to hook up the clutch and brakes.

The entire fuel system under the hood is finished. The power steering lines are all finished. I almost just want to drive up to my parents house today after work to keep working on it but I can't.

I have a 4 day weekend for memorial day so im going to get a lot done. I am also taking another 2 weeks off from work at the beginning of June. So I should have it driving by then assuming I can make the drive shaft, brake lines, and hook up the clutch.
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Jeep is running again

Onto the next thing

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It's been a month..... I know you have been getting shit done. Time for an update.
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It's been a month..... I know you have been getting shit done. Time for an update.
I'll post a longer update later. I've just been busy with life. I should have the Jeep actually physically driving not this weekend, but the following weekend. Waiting on a custom yoke to come in from Tom Woods next week on tuesday then I can get the driveshaft cut down and balanced.

Did a whole bunch of work to the body, i cut out rot and welded in a bunch of metal. Started prepping the inside and bottom of the tub to get paint with POR-15 gray then top coated with POR-15 2 part Urethane epoxy gray. It should work a lot better at keep the tub from rusting than rhino liner.

Since my boss at the shop knows that I know Jeeps inside and out I got put on a 85 CJ7. So im rebuilding that too

Spending a lot of my time with my girl so I haven't really been on this like I want to be. But I think its about time to throw the gears back in the rear end and get it moving.
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Spending a lot of my time with my girl so I haven't really been on this like I want to be. But I think its about time to throw the gears back in the rear end and get it moving.
That's important too.

A few of us that are following along are anxious to see updates. So I just had to give you a shout.

It is cool you are getting paid to build another Jeep. As far as the "give me beer" smilie, just stop by the shop. There is always beer in the fridge. You are only a few hundred miles away.
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As far as the "give me beer" smilie, just stop by the shop. There is always beer in the fridge. You are only a few hundred miles away.
I'll take you up on that when I come down to PA to wheel.

I just had to drop $1,000 on my 67 Chrysler for new cooling system parts. Since it is my DD I have to fix it before I fix my Jeep. It over heated 3 times within a week. And I don't feel like rebuilding the 440 in the car as much as i'd like 550HP and 500 ft/lbs of power in that thing.

I'll post some tech for it when all the junk comes in next week.
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Laying on my back this morning trying to pull tbe transfer case for some serious modifications. Im upgrading the front output shaft and twin sticking the case.

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I bought this t case and transmission years and years ago. Supposedly it was rebuilt... That was a lie. Im going to rip this entire thing apart today. It needs to be gone through

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Got it all apart and im cleaning off the piss poor powercoat job that was on it. Going to get this thing primed and painted black today. Ideally i woukd move all these bearing away from the crud im removing. But i dont care and i was going to clean it all up anyway.

Holy crap im getting work done today!!

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I guess i was motivated today. T case is broke down, stripped and painted. I just use some rattlecan black an im going to cover it all in engine enamel clear because its oil resistant. It will also probably harden better than the gloss black.

Unfortunately i wont be able to put it back together fully tomorrow because i need some new snap rings. The ones in this were toast and definately were not going to hold the bearings in place. But I got a lot done today so im cracking open a beer.

There is a second transmission at my job i might snag. I dont think mine is in the best condition so i might call dibs on the sm465 collecting dust at the shop.

Thats the best part about working at a shop. New to me used free parts

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Great work, that transfer case was nasty, thx for the pics
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Im going to finally be putting that t case back together this weekend if the gaskets came in. Then i can make the drive shaft.

I also scored a killer deal on this lincoln 225 precision tig. So this is going to in the shop at home. Slowly im getting a full fab show going.

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The case is back together. I went to put it in the Jeep and hurt my back pretty bad lifting it up. My back is kind of numb and tingling. Going to take it easy this week and try to get some help putting this back in the Jeep next weekend.

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That is a heavy case. I don't think I would try to tackle that one alone. My NP241 is bad enough and it is probably half the weight. Screwing up your back is never fun. My chiropractor has given me some good stretches for when I do something dumb like that. Now I don't need him anymore.

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