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Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 05:00:15 PM





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Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 05:04:33 PM

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwvV5fy51I/AAAAAAAAAPU/K-oV3aHa9Z4/s640/IMG_20100901_065037.jpg)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwvWi91rJI/AAAAAAAAAPc/GV4vUji-bnk/s640/IMG_20100901_065137.jpg)

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Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 05:07:51 PM
Replacement Frame - provided by 'customer':
He purchased a patched up Scrambler frame - I would consider it in OK shape.  It is solid and all but some of the patches are a tad sloppy.  Overall, the frame is OK, though.

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwuADgo9bI/AAAAAAAAAN0/qKKzIoPMIKw/s640/IMG_20100822_105844.jpg)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwuAdFeGCI/AAAAAAAAAN4/j_se6JCptjg/s640/IMG_20100822_105903.jpg)
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 05:15:02 PM


(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwuA0Qq76I/AAAAAAAAAN8/7-Ke5SFD0jk/s640/IMG_20100822_105911.jpg)


(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwuBlIm9ZI/AAAAAAAAAOE/eJfH4B8OfWs/s640/IMG_20100822_105933.jpg)


(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwuSJBLqsI/AAAAAAAAAOM/HZBrdI1w5jc/s640/IMG_20100822_110009.jpg)



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Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 05:19:20 PM



(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs368.snc4/45132_1603561413568_1372100706_1598739_1801342_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs201.ash2/46388_1603561853579_1372100706_1598741_7789983_n.jpg)

Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 05:26:01 PM



The axles were pulled, cleaned and left to dry.  Soon after they were painted with their 1st coat of Eastwood's Extreme Chassis Black via the brush on method.
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwv0tEtaMI/AAAAAAAAAP4/YY2gLDlWE4E/s640/IMG_20100901_162707.jpg)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwvyuZxMDI/AAAAAAAAAPs/ylNh_j7MU2k/s640/IMG_20100901_065407.jpg)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwvyAJO0ZI/AAAAAAAAAPo/TjmxgXr_oAE/s640/IMG_20100901_065359.jpg)


After Final Coat of Paint...Front\\Rear, respectfully:
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwwLM1EJeI/AAAAAAAAAQM/aU7JYkGcgec/s640/IMG_20100903_183131.jpg)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwwLX2gzqI/AAAAAAAAAQQ/fY7KseB4ogA/s640/IMG_20100903_183321.jpg)

Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 05:32:37 PM
Some more goodies arrived...most were body-related. *grumble*  I did also get the brake lines\\fittings in.

They were had after pulling up the carpet for a quick look-sie.
 
The rear bed and all 4 front pans are going to be replaced.  I will have to re-enforce the rockers a bit prior to installing the new pans, though.


 
 
Rear Bed:
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwwKTvEWvI/AAAAAAAAAQI/TNGBaq6_bOM/s640/IMG_20100901_163528.jpg)
 
Front Pans:
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwwJfVxJjI/AAAAAAAAAQA/_ndW4hsJlHc/s640/IMG_20100901_163132.jpg)
 
Brake Lines:

Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: Brian on September 11, 2010, 05:42:24 PM
Looking good!!!

That rear cross member piece is a stout piece!  Think that will take some doing to wreck that one.


Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: Steve on September 11, 2010, 05:55:36 PM
He'll find a way  (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 05:57:28 PM
OK, I never got a chance to mention some of the difficulties I had...but...it took about 2.5hrs total to completely remove the main eye bushings out of the darn springs.  They appeared to be the factory molded rubber bushings that are molded right into the ID/OD metal sleeves.  That was a 'ton-o-fun'.  The master bushing set had already arrived which includes:

Transmisison mount bushings, swaybar bushings, swaybar endlink bushings, leaf spring bushings, shackle hanger bushings, full set of body mounts and some others that I am sure I have forgotten about...
 
I had been wanting to get the chassis in a rolling state but couldn't due to having to cut the shackles apart during disassembly.  I was short a full set of shackles.  So I prepped the engine to be pulled.  Just need a hand to get it pulled but would be best to wait for the chassis to be in a rolling state so I can pull and set right between the frame rails of the new frame.
 
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwxNOyxyVI/AAAAAAAAAQc/iwfF_-gIfzE/s640/IMG_20100906_190309.jpg)
 
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwxNnFRBYI/AAAAAAAAAQg/QYcSxuNeM9Q/s640/IMG_20100906_190327.jpg)
 
There was more time so I pulled the interior apart in preparation for the floor pans.  They will get done once the drivetrain is out of the way...which, again, is waiting on the shackles.
 
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwxOSZehCI/AAAAAAAAAQk/RA-LtEEGSMU/s640/IMG_20100907_140617.jpg)
 
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwxO-se3AI/AAAAAAAAAQo/oLt7zR_xVRU/s640/IMG_20100907_140631.jpg)
 
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwxPowg_vI/AAAAAAAAAQs/a7uAMofYkxo/s640/IMG_20100907_140642.jpg)
 
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(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwxjilqJxI/AAAAAAAAAQ4/8rdgeJNQfQU/s640/IMG_20100907_140808.jpg)
 
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwxkH7HbII/AAAAAAAAAQ8/r48MdmdwI1o/s512/IMG_20100907_140846.jpg)
 
Notice the crappy patches put in by the PO?
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 06:05:03 PM
A few days have passed and to my pleasent surprise the shackles that I was waiting for were in the mailbox.  Liz has started walking to get the mail and so she had to carry the heavy box of shackles (which are made from 3/8 plate, heh) the whole way home.  I think she was going to pass out.  HAHA
 
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwyFbpB63I/AAAAAAAAARQ/X80YRftAyes/s640/IMG_20100911_135630.jpg)
 
So I greased up all the bushings and such with white lithium grease (from the tub not the spray can) and assembled everything.
 
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwyFz9h90I/AAAAAAAAARU/tZIwsPCiyUI/s640/IMG_20100911_142809.jpg)
 
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwyGP8YawI/AAAAAAAAARY/HHGGV4PQ8GA/s640/IMG_20100911_142758.jpg) 
 
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I ran into the expected main eye hangers being compressed\\shruk down in width.  So I got some threaded rod, 2 washers and matching grade  8 bolts to stretch it out to where it should be.
 
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwxlHP_b2I/AAAAAAAAARE/-zwC1XnaTMg/s640/IMG_20100911_122529.jpg)
 
The rear main eye hangers also needed to be widened but the bolt holes needed to be repaired so I welded some thick washers to them after aligning the bolt hole and lightly tightening the washers on - using the same threaded rod\\nuts, just the correct sized washers.
 
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwyFAjfz_I/AAAAAAAAARM/039MuPhsqmY/s640/IMG_20100911_134204.jpg)
 
I still need to clean up the welds - I hit it with some primer after wire wheelin em a bit.  Just need to be ground smoof.
 
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And - FINALLY - she is on all four tires.  YAY!
 
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwyGu-YDPI/AAAAAAAAARc/sGLIsG8UmtU/s640/IMG_20100911_145931.jpg)
 
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwygm5OCVI/AAAAAAAAARk/pIAIwhGk7yA/s640/IMG_20100911_145614.jpg)
 
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwyg9OI5lI/AAAAAAAAARo/r6G5gPJqxn4/s640/IMG_20100911_145748.jpg)
 
All bolts are just finger tight and will be tightened once weight is on everything, of course.
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The shackles provide ~1.25" Lift which may be cut shorter and re-drilled.  It all depends on how she sits once the full weight is on the springs.
 
We will need longer shocks, though.
 
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwyh7vs3BI/AAAAAAAAARs/8veJ7_hNrZ8/s640/IMG_20100911_145701.jpg)
 
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwyinsPL1I/AAAAAAAAAR0/gumB_G2A7ss/s640/IMG_20100911_145646.jpg)
 
And I think the shackle angle will be perfect once the weight is there...I think the front caster shims will need to be removed - I have a feeling the longer shackles will put it right where she needs without the need for shims.
 
Front:
 
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TIwyiJfTLVI/AAAAAAAAARw/L_g5P7JjP-8/s640/IMG_20100911_145853.jpg)
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 06:06:19 PM
[/QUOTE]

 
Thanks. :)
 
Yea, it is a really nice piece...it was only ~$100 which isn't really bad considering what it is.  It will definitely hold up and not tear like the stock one, at least.
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 06:06:55 PM
Quote from: POLARACO
He'll find a way  (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)

 
I would...if it was my Jeep.  Then again, this would be my creampuff daily driver if it was mine.
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: Leaburn Patey on September 11, 2010, 06:38:34 PM
Scramblers are rare in the Jeep community.
Keep up the good work.
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley4.gif)
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 11, 2010, 07:09:01 PM

Quote from: CBarge
Scramblers are rare in the Jeep community.
Keep up the good work.




Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: firedome on September 12, 2010, 03:06:41 AM
Nice work!!  Those 80s Jeeps were some of the biggest rust buckets
ever made I think... I had an 83 CJ7 once, used up lots of 18 ga sheet
steel just patching up that thing!  Most of em just got covered in
diamond plate.

Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: Steve on September 12, 2010, 08:30:52 AM
Quote from: firedome
     Most of em just got covered in diamond plate.
 
Even that rusted
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: Snotty on September 13, 2010, 09:47:05 PM
Looking good!
 
When does the 401 and T-10 get dropped in?
 
:-)
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 23, 2010, 05:47:40 PM

Quote from: Snotty
Looking good!
 
When does the 401 and T-10 get dropped in?
 


Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 23, 2010, 05:50:17 PM

Quote from: POLARACO
Quote from: firedome
     Most of em just got covered in diamond plate.
 

Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: Steve on September 23, 2010, 08:00:59 PM
Do you know where all this stuff goes back in?
 
Not bad for a rookie.
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 23, 2010, 09:26:39 PM


Quote from: POLARACO
Do you know where all this stuff goes back in?
 

evulution2010-09-24 03:26:55
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 23, 2010, 09:28:12 PM

Quote from: firedome
Nice work!!  Those 80s Jeeps were some of the biggest rust buckets
ever made I think... I had an 83 CJ7 once, used up lots of 18 ga sheet
steel just patching up that thing!  Most of em just got covered in
diamond plate.


 

Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on September 23, 2010, 09:49:11 PM
So I had a forced break from working on the Scrambler due to a combination of:
Spending Much Needed Time with My Wonderful Wife and Daughter
A Family Function
My In-Law's PC Going BOOM (Filesystem Corrupt)
-and-
VERY Short-lived Bout of Laziness
 
Anyway...today I got some more done but didn't take any pics yet...here is what I got done by the end of last week before all the factors listed above got me...
 
 
Routed\\Bent Up Rear Brake Line:
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TJxGta_9HhI/AAAAAAAAASs/sr7infpauR8/s800/IMG_20100913_130508.jpg)
 
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TJxGtyLfWxI/AAAAAAAAASw/74FyLc7yhJI/s800/IMG_20100913_130517.jpg)
 
 
Driveline Swapped In - It's resting on two bolts in each frame mount for the time being because the brackets on the frame side need a cleaning...
 
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TJxGuCFBW-I/AAAAAAAAAS0/g7tlIc5m-Mw/s800/IMG_20100917_152225.jpg)
 
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TJxGutlqP9I/AAAAAAAAAS4/qRJyebn2u60/s800/IMG_20100917_152324.jpg)
 
 
I also spent some time BRIEFLY cleaning up the transmission\\bellhousing...not going to bother posting pics up of the cleaning work until it's all finished.
 
Of course, these things do not go smoothly and I found the reason for the pinging that I had heard when driving it before it was taken apart...the #4 plug's electrode had a fracture halfway down which was quickly discovered upon removing the plug wire.
 
I did not want to touch the plugs because they looked like they have been installed for years and it was not part of 'the job' but I had not choice to once I found that.
 
I scraped as much crap out as i could with a small screwdriver between the plugs and head...then let it soak up some coke for a few days. :P
 
Today I removed them and they all came out without issue...luckily.
 
Should have more tomorrow....
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on October 02, 2010, 06:17:03 PM
Got some more done...Brian came up to clean\\paint a bunch of stuff also...

 
My buddy Eric cleaned up and painted the engine.  Now the chassis looks really really nice...otherwise Brian was just goint to 'clean the engine really well' and leave it at that.  I really think that would have been a wrong move.  Why go thru all of this and then fall flat on the rest of the drivetrain?
 
I also got the gas tank in place with a couple bolts and a clamp.  I have to go get some more hardware - I can't seem to find my box of 5/16 nuts.  That's OK because I need washers anyway...I will pick those up tomorrow.
 
The floors are getting replaced tomorrow.  It can't wait another day...with my luck we'll have another MONSOON blow through.
 
Before:
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TKfxgE-gJ5I/AAAAAAAAATM/ybtB3c6TDrE/s720/IMG_0009%5B1%5D.JPG)
 
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TKfxgg7bPPI/AAAAAAAAATQ/it1Q2Muc1lU/s720/IMG_0010%5B1%5D.JPG)
 
 
After:
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TKfxhOjJxqI/AAAAAAAAATU/oQxusZjpolE/s720/IMG_0013%5B1%5D.JPG)
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TKfxhh8WGQI/AAAAAAAAATY/58JQSDmhdws/s720/IMG_0014%5B1%5D.JPG)
 
 
Overall shot of how it sits this evening.
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JjjtlZFCNFw/TKfxxp55fHI/AAAAAAAAATs/yUCOMUKJFKY/s720/IMG_0017%5B1%5D.JPG)
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: Steve on October 02, 2010, 10:01:58 PM
Yawn (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif) (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif) (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)
 
Now get your but down here and help me with the 62. (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley17.gif)
Title: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Post by: AJ on October 03, 2010, 02:00:02 AM
Quote from: POLARACO
Yawn (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif) (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif) (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)
 





 
Yea...nothing exciting, I know.
 
On a different note I'm not too hungry for any chicken. (http://moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley4.gif)   HEH HEH HEH