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Old July 18th, 2008, 12:45 PM   #61
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Thanks! No luck on tracking down the coolant leak. I've got a few brake line leaks that I'm also busy getting under control. In addition to the powersteering gearbox that is leaking at the fittings.....
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Old July 18th, 2008, 07:58 PM   #62
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Got the powersteering pump to stop bitchin' at me. It took a couple days of bleeding it, but now it purrs like a kitten. However...

The heep developed a coolant leak (and a brake fluid and power steering line leak). The coolant one was a major concern, as it was coming from the rear of the engine.

Turns out, it was the two 3/8" pipe plugs I installed in the lower intake. I guess 'snug' wasn't good enough. So I reefed on them... No leaks.

Still working the brake line and power steering line issues... But at least those are easy to get at.

I also adjusted the FAL controller. Now the fans come on at 179* radiator temp (I've got a 180* T-stat). When they kick on at 60%, it takes like 10 seconds to drop the radiator temp to 156*.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 01:32 AM   #63
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this thread has so much good info in it.
thanks for such a detailed post.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 01:26 PM   #64
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Next 'project' (other than leak control and brake bleeding) is to find a better location for the ECM. I don't like it behind the glovebox, wedged in the space above the heater. I'll be too difficult to get at with the rollcage installed.

I may build a bracket to hold it under the glovebox, or cut the rear of the glovebox off and mount it in there.
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Old July 26th, 2008, 08:32 AM   #65
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Well, I think that the power steering leaking has stopped. Now I've still got a couple coolant leaks. One of the two 3/8" plugs (naturally, the difficult one to get at), is still leaking. I'll have to contort myself and pull it, wrap it in Teflon tape, and re-tighten it. And the leak in the front is either the T-stat gasket or the upper radiator hose. It's difficult to tell, and the hose clamp is (of course) difficult to get at.

Still have a small drip down by the prop valve, and another up by the master cylinder. And the entire system needs to be flushed/bled.

I'm just a bit discouraged with the whole heep, and when that happens: It's time to take a break. Before I break something.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 08:19 AM   #66
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Finally got the CJ5 over to JCR Offroad on December 6, 2008, for a list of things that I either couldn't do, didn't want to do, or just didn't have the time/equipment to do. The trip there was uneventful as the snow hadn't fallen, and I pulled it behind my Blazer with the towbar.

The trip to pick it up went like this:
It started out at 9AM to get the u-haul trailer: Covered with snow, lights weren't working, three times as much safety chain as you'd ever need. Two hours to Kazoo to get the CJ, stop for gas 1/2 mile before the shop, have problems with a gas pump (and the dumb toothless biotch behind the counter), move to another pump and fill it up.

Get to the shop at around 1pm, shut off the Blazer, go inside to check on the CJ (they're finishing up the tow bar brackets, so I snap a few pics. Then I go outside to position the trailer for easier loading.... Blazer no start. Cranks, but no start. Daryl and Brian work on it, still no start. By this time I've called my brother (who lives in Tecumseh) to come rescue me with his pickup and he's on the way. It's 2pm now.

We mess around with the Blazer for another 40 minutes, but it's getting late, so I go inside and call AAA for a tow back home. They cover the first 100 miles, so I have to pay for the extra 30-40 miles. AAA says an hour. It ends up to be two. In the interim my brother shows up with his Chevy PU, we hook up the u-haul (thank God he has the 7 to 4 converter plug), and position it for loading. The CJ comes out of the shop with Daryl at the wheel (under its own power...WooHoo!), and the front wheels start to skid. Brakes are sticking. Of course the snow/ice in the parking lot isn't helping matters either. So Daryl and I messed around with them, don't come up with a short term resolution, and it's getting around 4:30.

AAA shows up, I go to put the Blazer in neutral so he can winch it up on the flatbed, and I think: Hell I'll try and start it. You guess it: Started right up. Driver asked what I wanted to do. Yeah, 4:45pm getting dark, snow on the way. No way was I going to drive it back home. I told the driver he's gonna tow it, I'm not going to trust it now. I toss the driver a $20 and tell him to get dinner on the drive back to Kazoo.

In the mean time we've hook up the winch, thinking that we might have to winch the CJ up onto the u-haul. Daryl drives the CJ out into the lot, he get's it lined up and drives it onto the trailer. Where we find that the front wheel nets/tiedowns aren't long enough to work with my 32" tires. Even though I SPECIFICALLY asked the guy if they would work on my 32" tires, and he told me they would work on 17" truck wheels. These wouldn't work on 14" trailer rims. Luckily, my brother carrys all sorts of crap in the bed of his truck and he had three heavy duty straps that we used to span the difference.

Two hours later (and about 400 deer sightings-no shortage of whitetail between Battle Creek and Jackson) we are in front of my house on the packed snow over ice covering the street. I jump aboard, fire up the 5.0L, and attempt moving the CJ off the trailer (it didn't want to move - front brakes). Finally get it off, then several attempts (and some floor dry) to get it up the small 'dip' onto my clean driveway. Too bad the last 'professional shop' that did the exhaust didn't leave adequate room for the front driveshaft, 4WD would've been handy with sticking front brakes. Which is what I believe is the problem. Hell, the rebuilt front calipers have only been on the CJ for ten years without any brake fluid in them. Probably will have to R&R them. Anyway the ARB locker in the rear functions well. As does the SBF making a nice roar in the quiet 'hood at 7PM. It's resting comfortably in the garage again.

Anyway, I'm super happy with the work the shop did. Here's some pics of the new winch bumper, and the reworked rear tire carrier with Jerry Can and Hi-Lift mounts:








Trans Cover (Sweet):




They also cut the rear spring perches, spun the axle and set the pinion angle for the new Tom Woods CV driveshaft (I've got a new TW front one too-just not installed. See above.). And a bunch of 'little stuff'.

JCR Offroad. These guys do good work at a very reasonable price. They'll be seeing my CJ again this spring/summer.

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Old January 13th, 2009, 08:37 AM   #67
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Very cool build thread. Nice job.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 08:42 AM   #68
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Glad to hear that you finally got it back home safe and sound.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 02:27 PM   #69
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I know this is an old thread, but I was thinking about it the other day and don't recall seeing the finished product. Did you ever get it back on the road?
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Old May 8th, 2014, 09:10 AM   #70
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Yep. Over five years since my last update on the 'Never Ending Project'. I debated with myself for the last couple of years whether to sell the project, or just give it away. Considering the value of an unfinished CJ5, and the amount of money I've burnt through, selling it would be comparable to giving it away.

Since I've returned to working full time, I'm working rotating days and shifts. Not a ton of extra time to dedicate to completing the project. I looked at a variety of shops to finish it up for me. Checked out one in the Lapeer area, but when I was almost ready to have it moved there, the IRS came knocking. Ouch. Another couple of years went by, and the Jeep started to look like a shelving unit.

Decided to 'pay the band', and went with these guys:





The owner, Dave, came by last November and loaded it up.

Fast forward and some progess:

Body removed from frame and waiting:



Tub being worked on:



Bedliner sprayed inside and underside. Difficult to see, but driver's side rear wheelwell has been modified to allow seat to move back further.



Custom dash from DD Fab:



Custom gauges from Autometer Custom Shop:



Jeep Natural Green Pearl:







Still needing color: Grill, Windshield frame, Tailgate, and numerous small parts.

Still needing bedliner: Front/Rear bumpers.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #71
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Old May 16th, 2014, 05:12 PM   #72
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Getting ready to put it back together:

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Old May 20th, 2014, 04:15 PM   #74
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Winch installed and wired with quick disconnect:

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Old May 30th, 2014, 11:18 PM   #76
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Working on the dash:



Back to the 70's:



I believe those yellow smiley covers are going to have to go....
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