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My Prarie Gold 67' CJ-5

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by willy s. flatfender, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Jul 13, 2013
    willy s. flatfender

    willy s. flatfender Member

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    Now it is finally time to re-install everything for the last time. (hopefully)
    The hood was really straight, just a couple small dings on top, but after stripping it I found some previous damage that had been fixed
    on the driver side rear corner, by the cowl/upper fender. The cowl was hit and repaired at the same time because it had a small dent adjacent
    to the hood.
    Primed the hood,

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    and the fenders. The front of one fender needs a little more work, but I wanted to get them painted and re-installed, I'll fix it
    when I finish the rest of the body work and then paint the whole Jeep.

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    Underside of the hood with the final color.

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    Fenders hanging from the cherry picker. Inner's and under side painted.

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    Then I bolted a header on the driver side, of course, even though I've had gaskets for the headers laying around for three
    months and un-opened, they were the wrong ones and there was only 1 in the package! But I moved on any way and re-installed
    the home made heater, and bolted the fender back on.

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    Driver side wheel well.

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    Grill shell and radiator re-installed, you can see where I trimmed the shroud to clear the alternator and added a small piece of sheet metal to the
    bottom to finish the shroud.

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    Heater hoses, both run under the throttle linkage and along the bell to the right side, one goes under the battery tray to
    tie both heaters in series and the other one, along the pass. side valve cover to the pump.

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    One from above.

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  2. Jul 14, 2013
    tomatolane

    tomatolane Lane

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    Great work as always .

    Love the seat cusions.
     
  3. Jul 15, 2013
    willy s. flatfender

    willy s. flatfender Member

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    Thank you, I don't know about great, but I'm having fun and I really do like this Jeep and hope It turns out alright.
    I was actually beginning to think my mom ( I showed her how to keep track on here) and I were the only ones that liked the upholstery work.


    Time to finish the pass. side,The new radiator has a 1 3/4" nipple and the pump is 1 1/4" or 1 3/8". I read, probably on here that
    there is a rubber spacer that you can buy to make this possible but I decided to try and make my own. I took a 3" piece of the original
    lower hose and forced it on the pump past the stop and clamped it in place.

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    Then took this new hose and cut it off just past the label and slid it on. It was a little tight, rubber on rubber, but a finger full of assembly lube
    got it on.

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    Shot of the dual clamps on the pump under the alternator. I don't know if it will work, but like I tell people I weld for "It'll hold till it breaks"

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    Other end on the radiator.

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  4. Jul 15, 2013
    willy s. flatfender

    willy s. flatfender Member

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    My 71' project came with a new set of Hedman's and I put them on here. I held them in place a couple weeks ago just for fun
    and found out the one on this side didn't fit like the one that was on it. I was going to run the old one on this side but,
    I decided to try and bolt the new one on to see how much cutting it needed to fit. I just have the front 2 bolts in here
    and it's hitting the top tube.

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    So I marked it and cut this spot out with the grinder and got it bolted on. It still hit on the hat channel underneath so I cut a path thru the channel
    I already re-enforced it from above when I plated the floor, now it has plenty of clearance.

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    Then I bolted the fender on this side. Nothing left here except the regulator, horn's and a puke can for the radiator.

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    Pass. side fender well.

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    And one more from above, most of the under hood stuff is done.

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  5. Jul 15, 2013
    rusty

    rusty Well-Known Member

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    I have been watching your build from the start and am quite impressed . You have done a great job and it is turning out very well. Keep up the good work.
     
  6. Jul 15, 2013
    tomatolane

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    I would probably Give up my right nut , with out much fuss!, If i could find a set of the tires, that are on your jeep, In a 31x13.5x15 or a 33x13.5x15
     
  7. Jul 15, 2013
    willy s. flatfender

    willy s. flatfender Member

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    Rusty, Thank you, I am glad your following along and most importantly enjoying!
    I'm trying the philosophy I learned long ago in the Army. "Keep It Simple, Stupid!"

    I'm having fun building this little gem and recently realized I can't wait to drive it. The problems finding parts and glitches
    seem pretty minor the closer it gets, feels like my first Jeep again.

    tomatolane; I don't know what to say, except that's a mighty high price to pay my friend!
    I think for your sake I'm glad they're just short/skinny's.
     
  8. Jul 15, 2013
    tomatolane

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    Well thanxs for your concern LOL.

    But for a great set of D.O.T.Goodyear wrangler XTs, ..Both danglers would for sure hit the chopping block. :)... Hell I am married, I dont use them anymore. LOL.

    Atleast the tires I would use every day :)
     
  9. Dec 10, 2013
    tomatolane

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    Any updates, on your bad *** build?

    And what side mirrors are those?

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  10. Dec 10, 2013
    68BuickV6

    68BuickV6 Well-Known Member

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    Remind me of west coast truck mirrors.
     
  11. Dec 10, 2013
    tomatolane

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    There is something about them, that I love.

    They have a off road truck feel/look about them.

    I want some for the half cab.
     
  12. Dec 11, 2013
    1967 CJ5A

    1967 CJ5A Mike 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

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    Wow, just noticed that you have original tires! That's pretty cool, my spare is the original Goodyear Suburbanite "Power Cushion" Permacord tire, and it looks like it has never touched pavement. Wish I could get a whole set.
     
  13. Dec 17, 2013
    willy s. flatfender

    willy s. flatfender Member

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    Wow, I haven't been here in a loooong time!
    Wish It was because I finished the Jeep and was busy driving it, but alas not yet.
    My job was 3, 8-16 hour days a week and 4 days off, leaving plenty of time, and a 3 day weekend every week
    for the important things in life (Jeep building/driving). Then a friend and business owner got in a bind and needed
    help so I went to work for him and that "help" turned into a second full time job. The construction season here is
    pretty short so the fall can get pretty hectic. Next thing I knew nearly 4 months had gone by and no chance to get
    anything important done.
    Fortunately I was able to get the body work all done and body sanded just before the weather turned and now it sits in
    my driveway sanded to bare metal under a foot of snow and temps down to -20. Oh well spring is just 5 months away!


    tomatolane: I do have some minor updates, and I don't know what the brand is on the mirror's, but the driver side
    one in the photo above is broken, right next to the lower mount you can see the break. I like the look of them so
    I'm going to try to save it.

    Better get to the photos of things I was able to complete.
    This beauty is really a 66' so it's a first year v-6 and should have had a return line to the fuel tank. There was a short section
    of the return line still running along the side of the tub near where I mounted the fuse box but it did not go to the tank.
    When I pulled the tank I found out why, aftermarket tank made in Brasile (Brazil). Can't figure out why the original tank would
    have gone bad, the floor was really solid underneath and still had most of the factory paint.
    You can see in this photo how the second hole was "modified" for the new tank, looked like they just pried on it with a couple of
    pry bars to get it to fit.


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    I cleaned the hole up a little and wire brushed the floor section and hit it with some rust converter.


    Then this fall when I was getting ready to re-install the tank I took another look at it and noticed some
    moisture around the fuel line attachment, some kinda pressed on coupler and steel line that looked like
    it my have been seeping so I yanked it off and welded the hole shut.

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    I was wondering if everyone welded a gas tank the same way that I learned years ago.

    I completely filled the tank with water to purge it, then drained it and stuck the fill spout on the tailpipe
    of my running wrongler for a couple hours of "hot gas" to completely dry it. Then I hid behind a toolbox and stuck a
    BBQ lighter in the spout to make sure it didn't explode, then welded it.

    Now there is no need for the second hole so I cut a small patch piece to weld it closed.

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    all welded up

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    Found another small hole so I welded it up.

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    Then I covered the floor in rattle can undercoating and a layer of peel and seal. Then I covered the tank bottom
    with peel and seal to protect it.
     
  14. Dec 18, 2013
    willy s. flatfender

    willy s. flatfender Member

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    Then I turned my attention to the tire /can rack and the body corners. The tire rack is really heavy and just a
    garage build out of what looks to be various pieces of scrap that were laying around, but it has character and
    the tail gate hooks were already altered for a custom fit so I decided to clean it up, weld up the cracks and
    unnecessary hole's, lighten it up where I could and use it.

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    The can mounts are 1/4" plate and didn't drain so I trimmed them down and cut around the lower bracing
    and welded expanded metal in the hole's.

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    Next I cut the top off the pin and welded a bent spring u-bolt on the top for a new handle.
    Then I tried to lube the hinge pin on the passenger side and couldn't get it to loosen up so I cut
    it into three pieces and heated and hammered each piece out of it's own bore. At this point I
    realized I only needed a piece of tube and a couple different tabs on the pass. side to allow the rack
    to open from either side. So I finished the rack and discovered I didn't have any round stock to make
    a new pin, so I welded a couple pieces of the original back together with a chunk of concrete pin in
    the middle where rust had destroyed the old one and put a similar bent u-bolt on top for a handle.

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    It's ugly but the ends that go thru the mount are tight and it's misshapen enough to make a snug fit.

    Generally when it comes to Jeep's, I wish aluminum diamond plate had never been created! When I see it on the rockers,fender wells,corners,
    floors,the tops of front fenders,bumpers, dash, etc. etc. etc... I JUST GET SAD!!! but to each his own.


    That said, mounting the aluminum damage hiders is the last thing I did before final sanding, so all the holes will be drilled
    before painting.
    In this case I justify it to myself, that the diamond plate will spread the load of the rack to the whole fender.
    I mounted them with stainless 1/4" button head allens backed up with fender washers and nylocks.

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    Drilling the tire mount, I'll use stainless 3/8" button heads here.

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    Tire/can rack in place.

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    Open from the left.

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    Open from the right.

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    Back side with it all the way open.

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    And done.

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    Then I spent the next month trying to get it sanded and at least primed before winter but I didn't make it.
     
  15. Dec 18, 2013
    68BuickV6

    68BuickV6 Well-Known Member

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    That rack may be crude, but not many people can open their swing out rack from either side! fb
     
  16. Dec 21, 2013
    tomatolane

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    WoW Love the tire carrier...;)

    INGENIOUS !!!
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  17. Mar 8, 2014
    matrock78

    matrock78 New Member

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    Keep up the good work. I love watching these kinds of builds, making something work from what is laying around. That and keeping it kinda retro. There is something about all that tuck n roll that I just love...
     
  18. Mar 15, 2014
    willy s. flatfender

    willy s. flatfender Member

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    Thanks all, One advantage to the rack design is I can pull both pins and leave the whole thing at home, if I want to.

    matrock78, If you are old enough to know who Terry the Toad is:
    I'm hoping the tuck and roll will help me pick up chicks! (like Debbie "I just love tuck and roll upholstery" from American Graffiti!)

    Spring is at hand, time to finish this beauty up.

    Bought some stainless Thrush mufflers on sale from Summit.

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    The headers I used were brand new and came with the 71' project in the garage, I don't know what brand they are,
    but each one exit's differently, the driver side is lower and flatter in relation to the body and exits about 2" further inboard
    (toward the frame) than the passenger side. With 25" overall length on the mufflers I had to cut down the headers.

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    Then I dug thru my junk and found some old mufflers with flanges and cut them off, One had already been welded so I
    just cut it off a couple inches behind the flange and welded it there.

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    Then I welded the inside. I ground and polished this surface for the gasket after I was done with the mufflers.

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    Then I hung the driver side muffler, of course since this header wouldn't come off and had to be cut and welded in place,
    (or take the heater off). I had a mark scribed to join the two pieces back together but somehow miss aligned it when I
    welded it and the muffler ran downhill, you can see it in relation to the rocker on the Jeep.

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    So I cut the weld plus another inch off the header,then re-welded it at the correct angle, which helped to give more room
    at the exit and leveled it out, it worked out just like I planned, after only 2 tries.
    Much happier with this angle.

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    Here's the passenger side you can tell how the headers exit differently, I have to live with the angle on this muffler
    because there is only 1" between it and the rear hat channel, and as shown earlier in the build I had to clearance
    the forward hat channel to clear the header collector already.

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    Scrounged a couple elbows for turn outs.

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    Cut the tail off the driver side.

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    Welded it up, and cut it off even with the body.

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    Done and bolted back on.

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    Another view.

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    Passenger side finished.

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  19. Mar 15, 2014
    willy s. flatfender

    willy s. flatfender Member

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    Forgot to add, I decided to change the look a little and bolt on some chrome reverse wheels and tru tracs that were laying in my yard.

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    To bad the tires are junk, back in the day (25+ years ago) they were the ticket.
     
  20. Mar 26, 2014
    willy s. flatfender

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    Trying to get a little done between work and bad weather, mostly boring stuff, finishing up the wiring(I think it's done) and running the duct hoses for the dual defroster vents.


    Today I decided to finish the floor. I sealed the tunnel cover with 1/2" weather strip and bolted it down for the
    last time. There wasn't an access cover when I brought the Jeep home and I can't find any of my spares.

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    So I took a sheet of 1/8" that I've been cutting up plus a piece of round sheet metal scrap that was left over
    from something.

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    The cover off of the Ren I for a pattern. Quick pass with the plasma and some tin snips to kinda round off the
    top piece.

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    Welded, ground and holes drilled.

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    Installed for a test fit.

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    Hit it with some shake and shoot.

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    Sealed the firewall piece with the 1/2" weatherstrip and bolted it down for the last time and by some miracle
    all the holes lined up even on the home made tunnel cover!
    Then I rattled the whole thing.
    From here the new cover almost looks factory.

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