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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 !

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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

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Old 11-12-2018, 08:46 PM
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OK, back at it. The re-geared axle is back from the 4wd shop with new Motive gears to match the new D60 rear end. They also put new universals in the axle shafts. From here new ball joints, spindle bearings and seals, hub bearings, races and seals were all installed. To finish it all off, new cross drilled & slotted rotors, with a rebuild kit for the Warn Hubs. Thanks to my friend Sam who helped me put all this back together.

Hubs cleaned up and ready for refresh and installation:

[/url]1109182058 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Axle fresh from the shop, in primer waiting for paint

[/url]1103180100 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Shiny new parts:

[/url]1103180059 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

And all put together:

[/url]1111181520 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]1110182334_Burst01 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]1111181519a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

So, the drive train is basically done. I'm waiting on lift springs. The engine won't get built until spring. I will likely spend the winter working on the cab and other body parts killing time until i can take all these pieces and make it a rolling chassis. Until next time,

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Old 12-16-2018, 11:21 PM
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Happy Holidays everyone. Got a little free time here and there and was able to make that shop time for the Honcho. Current focus is repairing the rust in the cab. It's not too terrible, but media blasting has turned up a lot of thin (read porous) metal. So away we go. Front floors we're patched as necessary. patches were made from sheet steel, braked and anvil worked to get them to fit

[IMG]1111181520a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]1214182148c by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]


[IMG]1214182148b by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Next up were the rear floors where the cab back meets. Left side wasn't too bad. 2 Pieces, 1 floor piece and 1 filler piece for the cab back. Floor piece RH side before:

[IMG]1214182147 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]1214182148a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Bent and fitted. Those little panel clamps are awesome:

[IMG]1215180025 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]1215180025a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Welded in, planished and ground down:

[IMG]1215181434 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]1215181434a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

The patch piece for the cab back was made and clamped in:

[IMG]1215181757 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]1215181757a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

I drilled holes in the angle piece to "simulate" the factory spot welds. All welded up here:

[IMG]1215182141 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

I know some of you weld well, I weld Okay. I am doing this with a 115 volt flux core Lincoln. I would love to upgrade to a Multi-process machine and do this in true MIG with shielding gas, but I can't justify the cost. So the little fluxcore and the old Tombstone will have to do. Just lots of little dots and moving around on the panel to keep things from warping.

It was over 50 degrees today so I took the opportunity to put some coatings on while I had the chance. Bottom blasted and rust treated and shot with a basic primer. Well, 7/8ths of it anyways.

[IMG]1216181625a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

LH Driver's side rear is next, hopefully over new year's weekend. Again, Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you enjoy the pics.

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Old 12-17-2018, 10:55 AM
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dang,...nice !

thanx for the photos

gives us something to drool over
and dream about

very nice work
i have said it a 100 times

"going to be an awesome truck,...i want it."

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Old 12-18-2018, 09:13 PM
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Thank you again Dave for the feedback. Plodding along here, dreaming about spring coming to Walton's mountain...and a rolling chassis..

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Old 12-26-2018, 09:24 AM
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ironic that you mention waltons mountain

i donated some signs to the waltons mountain museum in schuyler virginia
( where the real life waltons took place,.....the hamners in real life )

earl hamner was the real life john boy who kept a diary and had a hometown newspaper

i was scheduled to meet him when they had a reunion several years ago
but his wife got sick and he could not attend

met a lot of the cast and their real life counterparts whom they portrayed on the show......it was fun.

talk about Sur-real experience !

jeep discussion leads to waltons,....funny.

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More progress. The rest of the rear cab floor rot on the driver's side has been replaced. Things were worse on this side than the Pass side. I actually cut a third of the floor brace out on this side because the floor rot had crept beneath it as well.

[/url]1215182142b by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]1228182252b by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]1230181741 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

We flipped the cab back on it's feet and media blasted the firewall and the back side of the cab as well.

[/url]0106191433 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]0106191433a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

At this point, there's some small welding stuff to clean up and a little cab corner work left to do, then it's on to primer. Weather seems to be dictating progress a bit as one might expect. More to come soon,

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