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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1981 Jeep Scrambler
« 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:

 

 
 
After:


 
 
Overall shot of how it sits this evening.


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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Polaraco Dents, Scratches and Rust
« on: September 25, 2010, 08:25:44 PM »

Quote from: POLARACO
For some time I wanted to light up the middle of the tail lights.  I tried many different things.  Nothing fit.  But I found these LED's in a strip that are perfect.  What do you think?
 
I think I'll order one for the other side.
 
 


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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1981 Jeep Scrambler
« 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:

 

 
 
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...
 

 

 
 
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....

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1981 Jeep Scrambler
« 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.


 


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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1981 Jeep Scrambler
« 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

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1981 Jeep Scrambler
« on: September 23, 2010, 05:50:17 PM »

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


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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1981 Jeep Scrambler
« on: September 23, 2010, 05:47:40 PM »

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



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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Polaraco Dents, Scratches and Rust
« on: September 18, 2010, 07:26:02 PM »


RUST SUCKS!

It sucks even harder when you have to scrape up decent paint to fix it, too.

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General BS and Laughs / eBay is out of control
« on: September 17, 2010, 05:42:13 PM »
eBay is no longer what it once was.  Too popular.  Most of the Buy-It-Now prices on common items are the same as if you got it from some small 3rd party online vendor.
I have had my own battle with Paypal...I had gripes about their 'banking' policies etc...after fighting with them I told them to go scratch and they didn't get any $ outta me.  Paypal is not a bank, FYI and I was told flat out 'therefore we are not required to abide by the same laws.'  Talk about pissed off.  I bet I am on a blacklist for that...use my wife's account now. :P

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1981 Jeep Scrambler
« on: September 11, 2010, 07:09:01 PM »

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





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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 62 New Yorker is Home aka plucked chicken
« on: September 11, 2010, 07:06:45 PM »


Whoa...this thing really is a plucked chicken.  HAH!
What a pitty...that's OK.  You'll make it right. :)

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General BS and Laughs / General BS and my week
« on: September 11, 2010, 06:15:14 PM »


I feel for ya, Steve...WTH is wrong with those guys.  It's like the car got hooked on Meth and this is what was left. 

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1981 Jeep Scrambler
« on: September 11, 2010, 06:06:55 PM »
Quote from: POLARACO
He'll find a way 

 
I would...if it was my Jeep.  Then again, this would be my creampuff daily driver if it was mine.

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1981 Jeep Scrambler
« 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.

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MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 1981 Jeep Scrambler
« 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
 

 
So I greased up all the bushings and such with white lithium grease (from the tub not the spray can) and assembled everything.
 

 
 
 
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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.
 

 
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.
 

 
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!
 

 

 

 
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.
 

 

 
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:
 


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