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Old 06-26-2016, 11:48 AM
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So look glad to see you're back on the Chief!!! I scored a 78 project for free which will be back burnered for quite a while so I'm living vicariously through you,
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:45 PM
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Jim, any progress on 'Da Chief??
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Old 04-06-2017, 08:06 AM
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Da Chief is probably hibernating for the winter
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Old 04-06-2017, 03:45 PM
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Saw some three piece front and rear chrome today. Front has a small dent but they look in great shape. I need the doors and tailgate. Thoughts...
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:02 AM
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Hello all - Been a bit.

Well, its time to start on this again.. finally. Some life changes, and that has delayed progress.. I did get it out of the new garage. Fired right up after I got some fuel up to the carb... drove it for a few days.. fun!

So mech its good, now its time to start some cosmetics.. minor rust repair and interior work. Paint is in the future as well. Will most likely change the scheme some. My usual modified "sort of original" look. But with some other tweaks...
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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280
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Old 06-08-2018, 10:43 AM
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Looking forward to it.
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Old 06-10-2018, 03:42 PM
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It's about time.
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Old 06-10-2018, 07:47 PM
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It's about time.

Ha ha Brad ...
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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:11 PM
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good to get back on here...look forward to hearing of your tales of change for that Chief!!!
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:51 PM
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Glad to see you back at it. I did take your idea on using the chrome door trim for the rear panels. Looks great. I had a slight carb fire since then so I’ve been cleaning up the engine bay and getting my Fuel Injection running right. Good luck on your ride. I’m watching for more ideas.
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Old 08-25-2018, 03:49 PM
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If it means I gotta join the board to get updates on this so be it.

How's life and the build going Jim?

Shane
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:40 PM
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If it means I gotta join the board to get updates on this so be it.

How's life and the build going Jim?

Shane

Shane who ?? lol

So - getting ready for rust repair on the flairs.. and then body work. Then it will be onto paint... CHAA-CHING. ugh.

Waiting on a driver lower rear 1/4 patch panel from BJs.. they are on back order I guess. plan it to use the truck flairs as a donor for flair repair... [ I got them from Tonka on a bed he was cutting up anyway ].

Overall, plan to gut the body, take it off and leave it at the body shop .. then bring the chassis home for some freshening up. Probably will go through the 401 as it will be SO easy to do when the Jeep is apart anyway. And fuel injection.. DONE with carbs for now.

Of course, this will be a color change.... and a new interior of sorts.. NOT going 100% original on this.. just "nice".

I figure this will take a year as money is a bit tight these days !!

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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280
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Old 08-30-2018, 09:04 AM
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I totally understand time/funding slow downs. Mines still on the back burner till I can funnel time/funds her way. I do little things here and there when I can but till we get the crops in all I do is look at her and make a to do list.

Keep posting your tips and tricks. I still love the one where you used the chrome door moulding all the way to the back. I have mine installed and it looks great. One day at a time and she’ll be ready to hit the road.
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Old 08-30-2018, 10:18 PM
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Shane who ?? lol


Message sent to hopefully jog the memory since apparently I can't get out to wheel much lately.

Thanks for the update on the thread. I always like your and Al's threads so I figured I might as well join the board since I'm considering another Jeep build.

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Old 03-28-2020, 01:22 PM
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Upgrade time! In the shop .. time for an engine swap!
See new build thread link...http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

Soo . . .

64K mile 401 / Turbo 400 / Q-Trac with part time kit for sale.
You could literally buy this, and drop it in your Jeep and drive ( pass drop). You can come hear it run (before I remove it in about 4 weeks). I will get a video of it.

Complete running 401 Engine- $2500 NOW SOLD
Original 401, runs well. 4 bbl Holly, New alt, PS pump. All belt and hoses new. Clutch fan included as well. Upgraded ignition included. Currently has Doug Thorley Headers - stock logs with air tubes (NOT cracked) avail if you don't want the headers.

Turbo 400 - works perfectly, shift smoothly. $200 Free with engine purchase

Q-Trac with Milemarker part time kit. $250. Free with engine purchase

OIL LEAKS: FREE !

Local pickup folks... OR you send someone to get it for you. Detroit MI area.

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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280

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Old 08-20-2020, 10:08 PM
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LT Swap "Complete"

Chero Update:

Gen 5 LT swap basically done - driving.

Check out the new drivetrain. Super happy with how it drives...

http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

EDIT:
Cut and pasted "The (updated) Plan" from my other thread :

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"The PLAN" : 3 Basic Steps

Step 1:
Swap in a modern drivetrain to tow our old Shasta camper cross country (RT 66) I struggled with tearing up an original "Z" code, but decent sheet metal is hard to find.
However, I need total reliability when hauling my wife, dog, and camper on a 6,000 mile 6-8 week trip. Some fuel economy will also be nice.

[IMG]http://[/IMG]

I plan to focus on getting the drivetrain installed and debugged first.
If you don't know, the L83 is a "LT" series Gen 5 - 5.3 L with a 6L80 auto. ( NOT an LS series) There will be a lot of details on this set up.

Why?
Because the 2017 and up Gen V engines are a little more difficult due to the direct injection, VVT, AFM, - fuel challenges. This one came out of a 12k mile rear ended 2018 Yukon XL. 355 hp with 383 ft lbs.

These newer series engines have a TON of stump pulling power due the VVT and direct injection. The auto trans also has a 4.02 first gear and 2 overdrives ( .85 / .67 ).
With my current 33"s and the 3.54 ratio, this should work very well.

Step 2:
Get body work done ...
[IMG]http://[/IMG]
Prep for paint. one of the possible colors is shown above. (Current color is sand)
However, this will most likely be next year as this engine swap is going to be pretty involved and expensive.

Step 3:
Redo and update the interior. Upgrade to modern seats with adjustability... Build a center console.
Eliminate the rear seat as I want more storage and an "Overlander" feel.
This will also be a year out .. tons of details to work out.

This will be a 2 year journey I suspect.

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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280

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Old 09-19-2020, 10:12 PM
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I just went back through your posts and updates and found a few posts from '15 about and complaining over Warn "LOCK-O-MATIC" hubs. You did replace them, didn't you? And did you trash them? If so. where? You see, I've had them on my truck for 32 years, and as far as I know, they were on it originally in '73. Yes, I've had them apart, repaired them with 'yard' parts, and continue to use and love them. I do take precautions with them--I always "Lock" them while wheeling, but for errand running and normal driving, they are perfect for me. So if you know of any still lying around, feel free to share with me; I intend to run them forever.
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Old 09-20-2020, 07:51 AM
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Hi Rod ..

Yes, I did replace them with regular Warn hubs. Originally, my buddy wanted them, but has since sold his project.. so, I got them back.. PM me and we can work something out I am sure...
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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280
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Old 09-20-2020, 08:01 AM
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In Today's News . . .

So.. back to updating the Jeep on this build thread...

Over the last 5 months, I have installed a 2018 Yukon 5.3 and 6L80 trans. Adapted a 1982 Dana 300 to the trans. See the Gen V build thread in my sig for details on that part of my build.

BUT .. now it's time to move back to all the "other" stuff I need ( OK, want ) to do to my Jeep...

Let's start here.. after I put the front end back on.. I wanted to make the Chero a bit more presentable in the short term.. so, out came the orbital buffer.
The Jeep has sat outside a fair amount the last 3 years or so as I reassembled my life.. and had oxidized and faded quite a bit...

Note, the back part of the hood and how "hazy" it is... The front? I have used some heavy cutting compound and the buffer ... and brought the shine back.
Now, it's far from perfect, but you can see the fruits of your work right away. Not horrible for 40 year old paint!

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Next I waxed the Jeep to help keep it shiney.. and took the wife for a drive. Her comment: "This Jeep is bouncy! "

[IMG][/IMG]

And went to a Jeep "Cars-N-Coffee" .. First outing. Lots of interest in the Chero... many have never seen one or even knew it existed.

[IMG][/IMG]

Next . . . All the mundane stuff to make the Jeep better.
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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:56 PM
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The Mundane Stuff . . .

I have fought the vent windows since I got this Jeep.
The lock handle always falls down.
I still cannot figure out how to service the "wave" washer that long ago gave up its spring to hold the handle up when open.
Seems the handle is pinned in place permanently?

So, Plan "B" .. hmm.
After thinking on it.. I figured maybe I could wedge something in the space next to the spring to add some resistance?
Went to the local hardware store and got a few sizes of these ... e clips

[IMG][/IMG]

Next, I figured out which one would "fit" over the pivot.. I think it was a 5/16" e clip?

Sorry for the fuzzy pic.. but note the magnet to catch the clip WHEN you drop it out of the pliers...
I used the needle nose to get the clip sort of started on the shaft....

[IMG]http://[/IMG]

Look closely.. in front of the round magnet, and you can see the e clip ready to snap in next to the wave washer.

[IMG]http://[/IMG]

I used a small flat blade screwdriver to snap it into position..

[IMG]http://[/IMG]

A test drive... and the vent handles now stays up!

A small, but irritating issue solved.. for now.

It's the small things..
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1977 "401" 'Da Chief
1979 Chero: "Madness" [Sold]
1985 CJ : Renegade -locked and loaded
2005 Unlimited Rubicon - Built
2001 XJ : Driver 2016 JK 2 door

'Da Chief here: http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=chief

Round 2- LT Swap: 'Da Chief:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=188457

"Madness" build here:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=89280
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