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#1 jusjeepn OFFLINE  

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 01:38 AM

Did some swapping with a buddy awhile back and brought home this RJ. Numbers on the trans indicate it could be a 59 and it also has the solid pan seat. I've just been pushing it around the shop hoping to get some spare time to fix a fuel leak so I can use it around the yard.

Monday afternoon I was messing around with the vert getting it ready to take up to Scott's M&G and decided to mess with the RJ. Fixed the fuel leak and putted around the yard a bit.

Tuesday arrived and I got this brilliant idea to do a 4 day refresh on the RJ and take it to the M&g also. Started tearing it down around 3pm and started acessing the damage. One of the previous owners had done an excellent job of protecting it from rusting, unfortunately for me.

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The roll pin in the steering wheel had become part of the wheel so I spent over an hour heating and beating till it finally gave in. Now the wheel was another story. Damage acessment for removing wheel: 1 three jaw puller, a tank of O2 & 2 hours. I finally said to hell with it and cut it off.

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Had to go ahead and fix it.

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Wed. I got home around 11 and started pressure washing, blasting parts, grinding parts and dipping some in the E-tank. I spent the biggest part of the day with a hammer and dollie in hand doing sheet metal work. This was an all day ordeal so that's all that got done, but when I went to bed it was all ready (except the hood)for paint...or so I thought.

Thurs. dawned bright and early. In the shop by 8. Removed the frt wheels from the E-tank and found one had 8 holes in it. Have you ever tried to weld a soda can? An hour & 1/2 later all the holes are welded up and both sides of the wheel dressed & ready for paint. The hood had the standard cracks from the tank straps plus two of the mounting point were broke out. Back to the welder....

Finally got the hood welded up and and a coat of mud on around 12.

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Worked with that until I was happy with it...3 hours later! Started spraying around 3:30 & got half the frame done when one of my daughters shows up to pick up her Blazer I've been storing for her. Of course it wont start, has a flat tire and the radiator is empty. Finally got back to spraying an hour later.

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I found a few spots I missed on the hood before spraying it so back to the mud. 9pm finally got it in primer.

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Finally got some color on it around 11.

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Today I'll reassemble, just in time for the M&G
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 03:52 AM

Looking good! Have a great time!
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 04:00 AM

Looks like you have been busy! Looks very nice.
Have fun at Scotts's M&G.
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 04:14 AM

Wow!! Thats a great looking job. Nice work.
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 04:29 AM

That is looking good.
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 06:57 AM

Nice job, it's looking great.
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 07:27 AM

With paint that fresh, better put a sign on it ;)

Looking good, thanks for sharing.
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 07:30 AM

Looking forward to seeing this complete. I have an '58 RJ that is completely torn apart waiting for restoration. I just haven't found the time to get around to getting it done, but this post is giving me some ambition. Nice job so far, keep up the great work.
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 06:41 PM

I know that they're small, but that was an ambitious undertaking! Nice work Jeepn! That's a little more than a refresh in my book though LOL! Looking good! Can't wait to see the pics of it all back together.
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 07:54 PM

DUDE! That's a 3 year project for me, for a LOT lower quality, and you're talking what amounts to a long weekend????

Lookin' GOOD! Wish I could have made it down.
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Posted October 06, 2012 - 01:06 AM

Here's a few more in progress...

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Decided to go ahead and replace all of the nuts & bolts in the entire tractor so I had to make another run to town.

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After many hours and lot's of coffee, I decided I wasn't going to make my deadline so I didn't repaint the rear wheels. Here it is completely assembled.

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It's done enough to take to the show. Unfortunately it has developed another fuel leak, this time at the rebuilt carb. I ran it long enough to burn up the fuel in the carb and will just be pushing it around again until I can fix it on Sunday.

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Posted October 06, 2012 - 07:43 AM

You DIDN'T repaint the rear wheels? They look good to me! That looks amazing! You do very nice work. Have fun with the meet and greet. I wish I could be there. Maybe another year.
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Posted October 07, 2012 - 08:00 PM

Pat that is simply amazing........when you sent me a text message I thought this is CRAZY! You pulled it off and it looked fantastic. The story almost seems surreal.........what a great job! My hat is off to ya!
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Posted October 07, 2012 - 09:32 PM

Fantastic job. Looks better than new, way better.

Thanks for taking us along for the restore.
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