CJ3b Beastie

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  1. Feb 14, 2018 at 1:49 AM
    browncoat

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    I am also thinking of doing something different with the headlights.
    The original buckets are totally shot so I am thinking of mounting the lights further back in the grille like the early Jeeps did.

    I have got a pair of open rear type light holders coming on ebay so once they get here I can look at it in more detail to see if it is practical.

    Another ebay purchase came that was a perfect fit.
    The throttle cable got installed on to a CJ5 throttle mechanism mounted beside the hanging pedals.
    Needed to heat and twist the standard cj5 throttle cable connection and filled the big hole with weld, then drilled to suit the new throttle cable end connection.
    Shorten it all to fit and away it went, so now I can go around the back paddock and really start to test out the beastie's systems.

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  2. Feb 14, 2018 at 5:00 AM
    47v6

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    Really coming together!
     
  3. Feb 15, 2018 at 2:30 AM
    browncoat

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    Yep, feel like I'm on the home stretch now.
    Still a lot left to do but.

    Got the radiator shroud done.
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    With the radiator in place.
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    Front view. I am leaving the bottom open so no build up of debris happens.
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    In place on the vehicle.
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    And, with the electric fan mounted.
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  4. Feb 15, 2018 at 8:50 AM
    Fly Navy

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    Outstanding! Almost room for two fans there (y)
     
  5. Feb 15, 2018 at 9:47 AM
    Walt Couch

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    Looking better and better. :beer: :)
     
  6. Feb 16, 2018 at 1:38 AM
    browncoat

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    Not quite room for 2 fans, I could probably fit a bigger diameter fan though if it needs it later.

    I mentioned the headlight buckets yesterday and today they arrived in the post.
    While the grille is being worked on it seemed like an appropriate time to install them.

    Had a look and the simplest mounting option seemed to be a spacer inside the grille so they would sit back inside the distance I want them to.

    Easiest way to do it appeared to be a few bolts welded to the grille panel and use a nut either side of the mounting holes.
    Other benefit is any major lighting alignment can be done by adjusting the nuts.
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    Lights are about an inch behind the grille.
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    Then made the cover plates to hide the gaps.
    Tacked and testing the fit.
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    Welded and polished up to smooth out the welded joint.
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    Viewed from front.
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    I am pleased with the way they look.
    Give the front a little bit more of a serious look than the bug eyed original style.
     
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  7. Feb 16, 2018 at 6:08 AM
    Walt Couch

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    I really like that look. Very well done.
     
  8. Feb 16, 2018 at 11:10 AM
    ITLKSEZ

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    Nice job! I like the way that looks! Less "scared pumpkin", more "serious army sergeant".
     
  9. Feb 16, 2018 at 12:43 PM
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    :clap::clap::clap: That's a good look.
     
  10. Feb 16, 2018 at 8:49 PM
    Oldriginal86

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    If I had all that room between the radiator and water pump, I would fit up a mechanical fan. I’m sure an electrical fan is easier but I worry about reliability. I like this whole project and the look of the headlights is unique.
     
  11. Feb 17, 2018 at 2:21 AM
    browncoat

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    I would have preferred a fan on the water pump hub myself, but the one I pinched off the old mitsubishi wreck was not going to fit the hole pattern on the isuzu engine, and I had the electric fan stored in the shed for years so have gone with that.

    Didn't achieve a lot today.
    Got sidetracked doing odds and ends for the bride.

    Did finish off the other light cover ring and she helped me to bleed the brake system.
    Also sat the air cleaner in it's ultimate location to make sure the intake will not interfere with the hood.

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    Air intake is almost level to the top of the hood so I will be able to almost go full submarine if I wanted.:lol:
     

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