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Old 07-12-2018, 02:30 PM
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great progress.

thanx for the photos.

going to be a great HONCHO

a good thorough job.

keep us updated.

the fall is coming

you will get a lot more done then

when the humidity is not 100% and 95 degree temps !

dave in NC
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:17 PM
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thanks Dave. Trying to get as much of the sheet metal done and primer before it gets cold. No heat in that shop. cold weather will be all about the motor and the axles. I'd like to be ready to paint once spring arrives. Slow and steady.. there is a plan.
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:23 PM
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time for an update. Steering box has been rebuilt:





waiting on a bearing and seal to finish up the t-case:




Built a booth in the shop to blast the cab and frame indoors:



cut the axles and springs off the frame:







Now, i'm 90% sure this is a Dana 60, but it has no markings on the tubes or on the casing saying so. The spring perches and the shock mounts have been moved. Honestly, it's in pretty bad shape. The perches are rotten and so are the backing plates. I haven't looked inside yet, but i don't have high hopes. may look for a newer replacement.

More to come, I have big plans for this coming weekend.

Thanks for viewing, comments are appreciated.

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Old 08-12-2018, 09:57 PM
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New installment: frame work. Finished blasting the frame this weekend. Gave every inch a brush coat of Permatex rust converter and shot it in Rust reformer primer. Ready for some necessary repairs and strengthening:





lighting stinks, sorry:





This area will need some attention. May remove the bracket, fishplate the outside, reweld bracket and box the rear of the frame.



the rear crossmember is crep. looking to cut it out and replace it with some U-channel if i can find it locally. no replacement crossmember exists in the FSJ universe that i know of...



all for now, more to follow
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Old 08-23-2018, 11:42 AM
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Is that an actual Red Head steering box or did you paint it that way? If Red-Head, I didn't know that did our boxes!
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Old 08-24-2018, 05:38 AM
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If Red-Head, I didn't know they did our boxes!
http://www.bjsoffroad.com/Red-Head-1...ox_p_1252.html
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:55 AM
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Hm. Look at that! Cool beans!
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Old 08-26-2018, 06:51 PM
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Rang, a Saginaw box is common in lots of different rigs. There's nothing special about Wagoneer boxes. Just saying.



Fleetfox, nice job on the rebuild of the box. Most people, including me, would rather exchange for a rebuilt unit. It's easier. Lol.
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Old 08-31-2018, 09:29 PM
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it's a stock box rebuild. i just painted the head while I had it apart... i cheated... the rebuild kit was so inexpensive and I had the tools. Plus I had just finished the TH400, so confidence was running high. I have time during the week to work on components like this at home. Weekends are spent on big stuff in the bigger shop.
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Old 08-31-2018, 09:57 PM
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New update. The rear of the frame was pretty pitted around the shackle hangers. So I cut those off and fish plated the frame in and out. Then rewelded the hangers back on:

[IMG]0827181649 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]0827181649e by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

new cab mount tops. giving me a massive 3/16 body lift:

[IMG]0818181826a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]0818181827 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

The rear crossmember was twisted, cracked, welded and rotted. So I bot this YJ front bumper, cut it down and spent 2 hours boring holes on the press and shaping it with a grinder.

[IMG]0831181722b by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]0831181722a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

And Finally, shot it with gloss black:

[IMG]0831182110a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]0831182110 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

All done, ready for springs. Axles are up next
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:11 PM
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not much to report on really. Rear axle got new seals, gasket, drums turned and a fresh coat of paint.

[IMG]0923181831 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

front axle is at the local shop getting re-geared and resealed. I pulled the hubs and knocked the rotors off. They got blasted and will get cleaned up inside. New bearings and seals for the hubs and the spindles.

[IMG]0923181832 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

more when the front is back from the shop

FleetFox

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