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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got my rear wheels on - now starting to look like I'm getting somewhere. Next is the transmission and engine. Engine needs a good cleaning and replace seals. No idea of the condition of the trans - hopefully it's fine.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a Static height, Without the engine in??? Yikes!!!
You'll be riding on the bump stops All the time!! (unless I missed an air ride post somewhere)...
Better get you an old kidney belt from the '30s! Wink

Looking Good, love those Wheels on a Thing!!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That is a Static height, Without the engine in??? Yikes!!!
You'll be riding on the bump stops All the time!! (unless I missed an air ride post somewhere)...


That's how I'd like it to look with the engine and trans installed, so yeah, the rear ride height will probably need to be re-set. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lookin' great Mike! If the shroud's still off, you should have it powdercoated, it'll look real nice. Also, what did you use to clean your engine compartment before? Looks great. Did you have the engine in when you did it?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Adam. I think I will have the fan shroud powdercoated - too many nooks and crannies to try and reach with spray paint. Although for the engine tin, I had it sandblasted, then painted with POR-15, followed by a coat of semi-matte spray paint - turned out really nice.

To clean the engine bay I just used mineral spirits and a few different brushes, an old tooth brush is good. Plenty of elbow grease! I did it with the engine in.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started cleaning the engine using mineral spirits and various brushes, lots of rags. I plan on removing the pulley wheel and the piece of tin ware behind it.

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The studs on the heads are all in bad shape, I think I should get new ones(?)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking clean!
I'd recommend replacing the studs... I asked my guy to do it when he rebuilt my heads, but he only Did 2. He said the rest looked ok, and were in there "good"... 2000 miles later, one backed out and wouldn't tighten, and another one was too short and I couldn't get my exhaust support bracket on there....

Took it back, and he replaced them all!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the engine is as clean as it's gonna get. I'm replacing the stock sump plate with one with a drain plug on it (why didn't it have one in the first place?) I hate messing with those acorn nuts when doing oil changes - I'm always afraid I'll pull a stud out.

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Got my 'Hoover bit' in place on the oil cooler:

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Oil pump seems OK - I'll just clean it up and replace the seal.

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The rocker arm assemblies are covered in a burnt-on black oil. NOt sure if this will cause any issues, but I think I'll clean it off just to be safe.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lap the oil pump plate until it's flat. Do the same to the pump itself.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The saga continues....

Took the body off the pan again to finish up some jobs that I didn't get to the last time.

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I need to finish painting the rear frames, torsion tubes etc

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Removed pedal assembly:
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Pedal assembly doesn't look too bad but will be rebuilt anyway.

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A few of the bolts holding the spring plate covers sheared off - had to drill them out and then clean up the threads.

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The main fuel line is blocked - I sprayed some carb cleaner down the hole and let it sit over night - still working on it.

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Also removed the gland nut and flywheel (after a bit of a struggle). The main seal looks like it is totally shot:

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Flywheel itself seems OK, save for some surface rust:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a piece of 1/8 cable long enough to run through the gas line. Sometimes you can do this by hand. I have also used a drill for the cable and used it like a plumbers snake. You may need to cut shorter pieces of cable. And take it slow.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have a piece of 1/8 cable long enough to run through the gas line. Sometimes you can do this by hand. I have also used a drill for the cable and used it like a plumbers snake. You may need to cut shorter pieces of cable. And take it slow.


Thanks Ron, I'll try that.

I also picked up some military accessories over the last few months, which I will install when the car is nearer completion. I bought an antenna mount from Maik Potter in Germany - http://www.u-m-p.de/seite4.html

Very nice reproduction - well made with heavy-duty construction. Even with shipping from Germany I think it was more cost-effective than trying to have one fabricated here.

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I found the Telefunken antenna on eBay - from a seller in Poland.

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I also bought a brush guard from eBay Germany, only one though (passenger side). I'll have to get the driver's side one fabricated - shouldn't be too difficult, I'm hoping.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good! Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waxhead: We are all fasincated with the effort and treasure you are putting into this restoration. I know there is a labor of love in this project !
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1911tex wrote:
Waxhead: We are all fasincated with the effort and treasure you are putting into this restoration. I know there is a labor of love in this project !


Thank you! I was starting to wonder if anyone was following the thread!

It's been slow going - having two young boys doesn't leave much time for tinkering with cars, but I am determined to finish this build!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thank you! I was starting to wonder if anyone was following the thread!

It's been slow going - having two young boys doesn't leave much time for tinkering with cars, but I am determined to finish this build!

Mike


I started my thread in August of 2010 for my lowered Thing. My twins boys were 12 at the time. I was thinking I would have plenty of time to have it done for them to learn how to drive. Well I missed that one. Laughing It is fun to work in the shop with them. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job!

Going to be a military replica? Rolling Eyes
My project is to put my car in a military as original... 2 and half years working on him at weekends...

Will keep an eye on this... Wink
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Great job!

Going to be a military replica? Rolling Eyes
My project is to put my car in a military as original... 2 and half years working on him at weekends...

Will keep an eye on this... Wink



Thanks Hugo! I'm keeping an eye on your project too.

For mine, I'm going for a semi-military look. I won't be painting the car initially, but would like to go olive drab sometime in the future. I'm adding the antenna, the brush guards, I have an olive green top which I think will look good against the white body. I might add some black-out lights if I come across them. I'm also planning on having seat covers made up from a couple of old army tents that I bought - like what you would see in a WWII Jeep.

Got a little bit more work done, cleaned and painted the rear frame horns. Installed the transmission - it's from a 1975 Standard Bug, so I had to find a different mount - the one with the three mounting studs:

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I will be replacing the seal around the transmission shaft, and also the throw-out bearing (the one on it wouldn't budge). New shift rod coupler, new brake lines, new handbrake cables - all these 'while you're in there' jobs add to the time, and cost! But I guess it's better/easier to do them now.
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This is what I used to unblock the gas line. It is heavy-duty picture frame hanging wire - worked well. After about an hour of pushing it in and out, followed by some carb cleaner, the hardened gas/varnish finally came loose.
Blockage was about 6 inches in from the front.

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I also replaced the transmission shaft seal. I had a real tough time getting the old one out. I even went and bought a seal puller (had to sharpen one end of it).

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I made a few small gouges in the opening trying to get the old seal out. I smoothened them out with a small file.

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New seal in, with a little bit of Permatex:

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Protective cover on:

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New throw out bearing:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took the pedal assembly apart - the toughest part to remove was the pin for the clutch pedal - some heat from a blow torch did the trick. Getting the clutch pedal off the shaft was just as difficult. I cleaned everything, painted with semi-matte black and reassembled. I had bought a pedal cluster rebuild kit but it was pretty much useless - the only part I really used was the spring for the accelerator pedal, which had been missing.

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