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  1. #91
    Getting exciting here, things are finally coming together.

    Windshield finished and installed, new 12v motors and wipers. And fresh paint, going to go with a flat tan/kaki with semi gloss black accents and interior.

    New springs, pro-comp YJ 2 1/2" lift springs, a near identical match to the old ones in terms of height, new u-bolts, ditched the grade 5 7/16 ones and went with 1/2 grade 8, also upgraded the spring bolts from 1/2" to 9/16" and from grade 5 to 8. Polly bushings to finished them off, found out it's easier to change springs two at a time than one at a time. Got the front 50% done, should finish it the front next week, then to the rear.

    The list is getting shorter and spring is getting closer.

    And now for some pics. 😎

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    Nice, look at all those shinny parts. You are making great progress.
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  3. #93
    Been making progress. Got my on board air hooked up and working, along with a washer pump, made a washer fluid jug out of a stainless steel water bottle. Finished the wiring, finalized the battery location, and everything in the engine bay has a home, even the old 24v military horn, which works just fine on 12v. Also drained the gearbox oil, looked like new.

    The on board air was a viair kit for my JK which I made work on the willys, the pump is in the engine bay where one of the batteries would have been, the 2 gallon tank is behind the seats, with one coupling up front and one in the rear. I get 140 psi and enough volume to use my princess auto impact wrench, was able to loosen 5 lug nuts before the pump kicked in, also can fill a 33" tire in under 3 minutes, 5psi to 32psi.

  4. #94
    Between Fires, Floods and a booming economy (I don't work in oil and gas) I have not had time to work on the Willys since the spring. But last weekend and this, I was able to get a full roll cage installed.

    I used the factory rear roll bar, 2" 1/8" tube as a base, made a front hoop out of 2" 3/16" tube, tied it into the frame through the floor and attached to the rear bar with some spreaders, fits nicely under the bikini top and soft top.

    I do have pictures but can't post them for some reason.

    Also changed the fluids in all the drive line components, and if anyone is interested in how many plumbs a squirrel and stash on top of a gear box and t-case, the answer is 58.

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    None of your old pictures are showing up either. Not sure what's going on. I'll try to have a poke around or see if Ian can look at it.

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  6. #96
    Just a quick picture of the roll cage to see if I figured out how to link to a photobucket account. ��


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    The roll cage looks good. I see you have some RC off-roaders to help you while-away your time while waiting for parts to arrive.
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  8. #98

    Up and driving about.

    Only three years behind schedule but I think this video says it all.

    https://youtu.be/wpu7d44_H1A

    Still gave a little work to do, install rear springs, mount shocks and a radiator overflow bottle, along with a few leaks in the t-case to track down.

    Trying to finish for the Darwell Ag-Drag next weekend, fingers crossed.

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    It looks fantastic
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  10. #100
    I thought I got dibs on first test drive LOL. Looks great - does me happy to see the Jeep I started many years ago nearing completion.

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