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  1. I got lucky and have a friend with experience...

    I got lucky and have a friend with experience rebuilding our engines and he's 1/2 mile down the road. He has my engine pulled apart right now. Everything looked pretty good with the exception of...
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    Without the supreme sacrifice of our veterans, we...

    Without the supreme sacrifice of our veterans, we would never know the freedoms that we enjoy everyday. Never forget those who paid such a dear price.
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    I was able to talk my better half into helping...

    I was able to talk my better half into helping place the tub on the rolling chassis, once! She said that was more than enough. I ended up losing several of my mounting point marks and needed to...
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    Well, I was finally able to get out in the shop...

    Well, I was finally able to get out in the shop and get some work done on the CJ5. The new hat channel is all plug welded and dressed. That's a job I hope I never have to do again!! Today I get...
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    Thanks, bmorgil. I'm glad I didn't get stupid...

    Thanks, bmorgil. I'm glad I didn't get stupid and tear into it with a big hammer.
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    Ok, I'm trying to change out the transfer case...

    Ok, I'm trying to change out the transfer case mount in the cross member. I ordered the new mount from KW but can't get the old cup separated from the cross member. Did the original mount come with...
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    Haven't posted in a while but I'm still grinding...

    Haven't posted in a while but I'm still grinding away at the project. I got my chassis and axles media blasted and painted gloss black. I then had a local mechanic go completely thru both axles. ...
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    okiemark, I was surprised when I started the tear...

    okiemark, I was surprised when I started the tear down. I was worried that it would have been a lot worse. The jeep spent its first 35 yrs in south Louisiana, twenty miles from the coast, before...
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    bmorgil, I spent an hour or so on RA last night...

    bmorgil, I spent an hour or so on RA last night looking up parts. It's time consuming but I think it'll be worth the time. I think I've also decided that the chassis will be dressed up in gloss...
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    LarrBeard, I'm leaning towards the gloss finish. ...

    LarrBeard, I'm leaning towards the gloss finish. It should also be easier to clean. Bmorgil, I'll start doing some price comparisons to see how they compare. I'm pretty sure I can get them cheaper...
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    Question for the brain trust. I just dropped off...

    Question for the brain trust. I just dropped off my axles to have a thorough going thru before I get them painted. Everything looked good as far as the axle shafts, gears, etc. Looks like all I'm...
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    Thanks for the replies, gentlemen! I was worried...

    Thanks for the replies, gentlemen! I was worried that I wouldn't be able replicate the bars like the originals but once the paint is on you won't be able to tell. Now, for the next fun job. ...
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    Wow, time sure does have a way of getting away...

    Wow, time sure does have a way of getting away from you. Finally got back in the shop this week and decided that I was tired of my CJ having the snaggle tooth look. My grandfather cut out a couple...
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    Yesterday, I laid the tub upside down and started...

    Yesterday, I laid the tub upside down and started fitting the new hat channel. Spent most of my time taking measurement off the chassis, trying to accurately locate the chassis mount points. After...
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    The toolbox is finally fitted to my satisfaction....

    The toolbox is finally fitted to my satisfaction. Ended up cutting a relief in the inboard side and that worked like the cat's meow! Fits like it's supposed to. Got a few other things to do before...
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    TJones, when I first started trying to fit the...

    TJones, when I first started trying to fit the toolbox, I was thinking there was no way, I should have just tried to salvage my old box. I've now got it fit correctly except in the rear left corner,...
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    5JeepsAz, I'm finding out that the original...

    5JeepsAz, I'm finding out that the original bodies aren't exactly straight! I've been measuring and double/triple checking to make sure everything is just right. Turns out that my unwrecked,...
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    bmorgil, thanks for the info. I should know...

    bmorgil, thanks for the info. I should know better than to try to search online before my coffee kicks in, lol. You guys are great!!
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    gmwillys, your suggestion is probably the route...

    gmwillys, your suggestion is probably the route I'll take. bmorgil, I thought about just replacing the lid but there was a lot more rust involved. With hindsight, I may have been better off...
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    Well, after a couple of frustrating days I...

    Well, after a couple of frustrating days I finally have the new toolbox fitted for the most part. The fit around the tranny tunnel was off by about 1/2". I cut off the flange, added new steel and...
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    According to the gentleman I spoke with at KW,...

    According to the gentleman I spoke with at KW, Omix is the only supplier out there. I should be able to make it fit but it's gonna be a pain to modify the top to get the seat mount brackets to fit...
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    Took some measurements and the Omix toolbox is 1...

    Took some measurements and the Omix toolbox is 1 1/4” wider. Depth is the same so foot space should be good. I’m thinking I’ll trim off the extra width from the outboard side. It definitely isn’t a...
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    bmorgil, where did you see a different toolbox or...

    bmorgil, where did you see a different toolbox or he 55-71 CJ's. I'm not finding it on KW or anywhere else. I'm with you as far as keeping original as possible. If I can't find anything else, I...
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    bmorgil, the fit and finish is just not up to...

    bmorgil, the fit and finish is just not up to snuff. I believe the piece is made in the Philippines. Welds look like they were dressed with a 40 grit angle grinder. The stiffening beads extend too...
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    Spent the day in the shop, fitting, trimming,...

    Spent the day in the shop, fitting, trimming, welding, grinding, and sweating! Got a good bit done. The floors and tunnel are pretty much done. I had a lot of rust along the passenger side, below...
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