Baby steps

Today, I put some gas in the tank and got her running again. She still isn’t running good though. There is a skip in it. There is also an exhaust leak for sure. I tried to tighten up the nuts around #2 & 3 cylinders. Found out that the brass nuts are stripped out! I replaced one of them and it quieted down a little. Then I found the upper one was stripped. I replaced the nut on that one, but the stud is stripped instead! I’m also not 100% sure that there are exhaust gaskets installed. I got the engine running better, but it still isn’t good enough to take anywhere. So I guess that seals the deal – it WON’T be going to Denton! I guess I’ll finish up the fuel pump install  and adjust the valves on my other Jeep the next time I’m off.

I went ahead and installed the fenders on the Jeep. I also installed the horn. I tried to install the welting on the grill, but I couldn’t find the tool I made to form the rivets and couldn’t get anything else to work. I gave up on that. I installed the mirror and arm. I also installed the welting on the windshield stand offs.



I installed the rubber strip under the windshield frame and TRIED to install the glass – gave up on that after about 30 minutes of failure! I guess I’ll take it to the glass shop tomorrow.


I don’t know if I’ll work on the Jeep tomorrow or not. If I do, I’ll probably maybe just sand and paint under the hood.

Started reassembly

I started reassembling yesterday.

Starting with the motor, I installed the new water pump and painted it to match the engine. I installed the new bypass hose, fan and belts. Next, I pulled the #1 plug and threaded in a compression gauge. I used the gauge to make sure I was on #1 TDC. Once on #1 TDC, I opened up the distributor and noted the rotor location. I reordered the plug wires from that point. As it turns out, I had the wires backwards – they were 180deg out. I sprayed some gas into the carb and she fired without backfiring, so I moved on.

Next, I tackled the front brake lines. Of course nothing is as simple as it looks to start! The metal brake line nuts were rusted tight. I broke the one at the s-line loose, but the lower one wouldn’t turn. So that took 5 times longer than it should have. The 6″ hard line had been rubbing on the spring u-bolt and was almost rubbed through, so I pulled it off. The lower spring clip holding the flex line on broke into 3 pieces! The long flex hose connecting the axle and frame came off fairly easy except for the spring clip that was rusted away and broke in two when I popped it off. The passenger side went pretty quick, but the hard line was rusted and the nut wouldn’t budge. I made a run to O-rielly and bought 4 spring clips, a 3/16″x 8″ hard line, brake fluid and antifreeze. Once home, I cut the hard line down to 6″, bent/flared and installed it. The new clips secured it all together.

FINALLY, I started putting stuff back together! I installed the air filter housing, fan shroud, radiator, grill and grill supports. Then I cut the radiator hoses to length and installed them.



I re-wrapped the headlight wiring harness with tape and installed it along with the headlights and B.O. lights. Then I re-wrapped the rest of the harness back to the firewall. I filled the radiator with water only.


She’s starting to look more complete with the bumper back on!


Today I am planning on putting some gas in the tank and (hopefully) getting it running from the tank. Once that happens, I can put the fenders back on. I need to get the inside of the hood painted green. After that, I can re assemble the windshield and get it installed.

We’ll see how far I can get on that. If I can get that far, all that I want to get done from that point is to get the interior stripped/primed and painted, steering wheel replaced and some small parts bolted back on.

Oh yeah, my seat cushions arrived yesterday! Gotta love the smell of new military canvas! My spray cans of paint finally showed up too.

Parts painted!

My paint and other parts arrived the other day. Today was my first day off, so I went to work getting all of the parts I removed and blasted painted. I was able to get 2 coats on everything today! It was a nice warm day, so they dried fairly fast in the sun. I had the windshield frame hanging from the swing set, saw horses with plywood on them for the grill and small parts and 2 racks given to me by my cousin for the seat, bumper and more small parts to hang from.


Passenger seat hanging from the swing set.


Passenger seat on the rack – I had small parts hanging on wire from the rack also.


All of the small parts (and some big ones) – they are a PAIN to paint and are TIME CONSUMING!

I didn’t show the windshield frame because I had already taken it down from the swing set when I remembered to take pictures. Some of the small parts are going to need some touch up where I missed some places – good thing my 2 spray cans will be here tomorrow! Also, since the paint went on pretty heavy, it is sort of glossy – that will flatten out as it cures,

Tomorrow I will be changing the water pump, installing the new hoses and flexible brake lines, hopefully get it running again and re installing the grill, radiator/shroud, air filter, fenders and bumper.

Then I can move on to stripping/priming and painting the interior, and putting the windshield back together. My seat cushions should be here in a couple of days also.




Last day off

Well, I had a realization today that this Jeep will NOT be far enough along to make it to the rally. This was my last day off and I only have 4 days off next week to work on it before the rally. There is WAYYY too much left to do before it would be ready to go. Therefore, I will be using most of the days off next week to get my other Jeep and the truck/trailer ready.

Sorry, no pics in this update – not a whole lot to show.

I ordered a gallon and 2 spray cans of Gillespie 24052, water pump, radiator hoses, bypass hose, and flex brake hoses from QTM today. The paint will be here on Monday – the rest of the parts this Friday.

Today, I installed the carb and hooked the spark plug wires back up. I cleaned the gas tank one more time and realized that I am going to have to get it lined because although it is clean, it has a lot of pitting in it. I poured some used oil in it and rolled it around to cover all surfaces. Then I put the tank in the Jeep and realized that I didn’t have gaskets (and didn’t order them with the rest of the stuff this morning) or any RTV. So I ran to town for RTV, a fuel filter, lunch and beer.

When I got back, I installed the pickup and sender and hooked up the lines. I sprayed some starting fluid in the carb and hit the starter – it backfired. Sprayed some more and it backfired out of the carb. I got out and checked the firing order. It looked right, so I put it on #1 TDC and opened the distributor – the rotor was on #3. So I rearranged the plug wires. Tried it again – backfire. I went to drink a beer and play with the dog. That’s when I realized that this Jeep wouldn’t be at the rally!

I cleaned up the mess that I had made over the last week off and drank another beer. I still had a while before dark, so I started sanding my small parts with a green Scotchbrite pad. Before I knew it I had sanded ALL of my primed parts! I guess I might have to do some painting on Tuesday if I get my other Jeep ready on Monday.

Well, that’s it! If I do something to it next week I’ll do an update – if not, I’ll put some rally pics on here

Done with blasting – FINALLY

I figured it would be a waste of time to write about the little bit of stuff I got done yesterday. All I got done was disassembling and blasting the w/s frame, painted the fan and installed the valve cover.


I picked up 200# of Black Beauty and 50# of glass beads from Porter Warner first thing this morning, came home and started blasting. 4hrs later the seats were blasted and primed.

I switched out the Black Beauty in the blast cabinet for glass beads. Then I blasted all of the small w/s parts and primed them.

Here is a pic of the parts I have done this week. Next week I’ll have to paint all this stuff!



Next I moved on to the front fuel line. I had originally planned on replacing the line. When I pulled the old one off to measure it, it didn’t look very bad. I blew air through it and go this crap out of it, so I filled it up with Super clean and heated it up with a propane torch – then I let it sit for about 30 minutes.


While that was working I blew out the fuel line from the tank to the tee where the front line fits. Amazingly, only (fairly) clean gas came out! Once I guessed the Super Clean had done its job, I dumped it out (it was dark orange) and washed it out with a garden hose. I filled it up with Super Clean again and let it sit.

I grabbed my spare carb and went to install it, but thought it looked a little rough. Since I had glass beads in the cabinet, I taped it up and cleaned her up!

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After that, I taped off the top and painted the base gloss black, then I removed the tape and sprayed the whole carb with gloss clear to keep it shiney! I’ll install it tomorrow along with the tank – and HOPEFULLY get the thing mobile again!

I dumped and washed the fuel line and the Super Clean had barely changed color, so I figured it was clean enough! I blew air through it onto the towel and got a little orange out of it, but not much. HOPEFULLY the fuel system is clean now!

I installed the line back on the Jeep with the cleaned up shut off valve – I should’ve blasted it while I had the cabinet set up! I think I am going to install a primary disposable filter right after the shutoff and replace the one before the carb. After I am SURE that all of the lines and tank are clean, I will install the correct flex line from the shutoff to the pump and install a new hard line from the pump to the carb, omitting the disposable filter.



Plan for tomorrow is to install the carb, 2 disposable filters and tank. I really need to finish up the rear interior before I install the tank though.


Making progress

Ok,  so I got that pile of small parts blasted and primed, plus a few more I found on the tool box of the Jeep. I also painted the valve cover. 

Then I moved on to sanding and painting the radiator and sanding/ priming the shroud. 

The last thing I had time for was to paint the engine (block and head only – the accessories will get painted gloss black at a later date). I also painted the front cross member and where the air cleaner was and repainted the front frame rails. 

Tomorrow looks like blasting and priming the seats and w/s frame. If time permits, I will get back on the interior. 

Disassembly and cleaning day

Today I took the fenders, hood, radiator and fan off the Jeep so that I could get to the engine easier for cleaning. When I drained the radiator and looked down in the top, I could see a bunch of dirt or scale build up – if it is dirty on top of the tubes, the inside is just as bad! I guess this means that either I need to clean the radiator or take it to a shop.


I removed the 8 bolts holding the bumper on and it wouldn’t budge. I thought it might be tight since it was bent a little, so I hammered a pry bar between the bumper and frame – the bottom came out a little but the top didn’t. Upon further examination, somebody thought that the 8 bolts weren’t enough and TACK WELDED the upper part of the frame to the bumper! I ended up getting the Dremel out to cut the tacks. Like I said, there was a slight bend on both ends and the top and bottom were puckered a little where it was bent. I used my 20T hydraulic press to push the puckers down which straightened the bends almost completely. I pressed on the front a little to finish straightening it out. Lastly, I cleaned up the sharp spots on it with the side grinder and wire brushed (on the side grinder) the rust on the inside and bottom.

Then I moved on to cleaning the engine. By cleaning I mean SCRAPING – with a gasket scraper, paint scrapers (2 different sizes) and 2 different sized screw drivers. There was SOOO much grease and dirt buildup on the front of that engine and the front half of both sides that it took about 2hrs to scrape it off! I plan on using carb or brake cleaner and rags to clean it up good enough to paint. I will be brush painting it.


I removed the valve cover for blasting tomorrow. Being torn down to this point provides excellent access for changing that front fuel line also! I’m also going to DA the inner fenders – I don’t like how they turned out from brushing them.

The last thing I did was to gather parts for blasting and priming over the next couple of days.


I have the passenger and rear seat frames, fan shroud, front shackle brackets and bolts, valve cover, mirror arm and head, radiator support rods, oil filter top and horn. I am ordering a gallon of Gillespie 24052 enamel to paint everything. I am abandoning the Behr latex paint because it doesn’t seem to dry hard enough to sand. Maybe it will at some point in time, but it’s not fast enough for me! It should be here the next time I’m off, so I can paint everything at the same time. I also ordered my seat cushions yesterday – they will be here next week.