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    Re: Good Machine Shop on the front range

    I worked with Spitfire engine for the cj5 engine rebuild....I think they did a good job, but its kind of all or nothing with them and thus the price ends up a bit on the high side. For the sbc in the...
  2. Thread: 58 Willys Wagon

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    Re: 58 Willys Wagon

    So, I have been disappointed that the wagon hasn't been more usable since I got it - in other words, I thought what I bought was better than it was (sure that has never happened to any of you!)....
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    Re: 58 Willys Wagon

    Yup...stick welding technique...Not something I know anything about. Would be open to taking this to a proper shop to repair (wonder if Brucker could do it?) - although aftermarket replacement ones...
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    Re: 58 Willys Wagon

    I added this to my collection today...I hope to put in the wagon some day.......
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    Re: SBC 350 for the 58 Willys

    deleted - moved to proper thread
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    Those NAPCO conversions are really cool...and we wonder why historically people just drove anywhere, and unfortunately some of that attitude is still passed along today.
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    Re: Enough taillight visibility...

    The grey top in the avatar is the old one that I replaced a couple years with the black one....the stitching was rotted out and tearing out along most of the seams. I re-stitched it with nylon...
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    Re: Enough taillight visibility...

    Yes, the pins and springs do tend to get gunked up... especially if it's left on all the time for DDing and winter roads with MgCl etc. When I carried it on the front bumper, I would only put it on...
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    Re: Enough taillight visibility...

    she says she was smiling on the inside....
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    Enough taillight visibility...

    Been working on a hi-lift mount (again!)...seems every so often I try working on this project and get stuck and leave it alone as I don't necessarily feel a hi-lift is absolutely critical gear. But,...
  11. Re: Personalizing a new, inexpensive bumper pull car hauler trail

    And I am just trying to figure out how to fabricate a hi-lift mount for my rear bumper....looks nice....is there anything in the box to keep the winch from sliding around....I know you reinforced the...
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    Re: SBC 350 for the 58 Willys

    Took empty block and crank to the machine shop - had a nice discussion and got some measurements confirmed...The block has never been bored - at the top of the bore you can still measure...
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    Re: SBC 350 for the 58 Willys

    I pulled the #3 piston and rod....the good news is it came out easily by hand and did not get stuck on a ridge at the top of the cylinder. The bad news might be that it came out too easily indicating...
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    Re: A few "old jeep" questions

    One more....for an older style cj - this one is a pretty sweet deal. V6 and minimal rust...was sent to me by another ecj5 owner in Woodland Park as he thought it looked like mine.....pretty darn...
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    Re: A few "old jeep" questions

    Can't go wrong with something like this for a farm jeep - already in Wyoming:
    https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/cheyenne-1994-jeep-wrangler-jy/7216566200.html
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    Re: A few "old jeep" questions

    PS - if it were me, and I was looking for a farm or hunting jeep - I'd try to find a cj8 (scrambler) for the extra bed capacity. You ain't fitting an elk in the back of a cj5 or even a cj7. The 4cyl...
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    Re: A few "old jeep" questions

    Boxed frames came in 1976 - also when the frame went from parallel 'ladder' style to stepping out wider in the rear....the only diesel offered in the cj was the Perkins 192, and it would have at...
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    Re: SBC 350 questions

    Think I found the culprit...after the issues with 2 of the lifters, I decided to pull the camshaft to inspect....
    https://www.beamingpix.com/images/2020/10/30/PXL_20201030_203757080.jpg

    It has 2...
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    Re: SBC 350 for the 58 Willys

    Most all of the lifters bottom wear pattern looks like this - circular and minimal wear:
    https://www.beamingpix.com/images/2020/10/30/PXL_20201030_174410010.jpg

    Even the questionable #2 lifter...
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    Re: SBC 350 for the 58 Willys

    Hmmmm....didn't check that before pulling. Maybe I should put back in and check. The lifters were pretty gunked up in their bores and not free to rotate....wondering if the wear you see is from the...
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    Re: SBC 350 for the 58 Willys

    Got all the lifters out - that was little bit more of a pain than I expected....the bottoms were not mushroomed or anything (although at first I was worried) - just needed quite a lot of penetrating...
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    Re: Feeler-winch cable and fairlead.

    Sounds good...let me know if you are headed down to the city at any time and I'll do the same if I am headed north.
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    Re: SBC 350 for the 58 Willys

    So the question now...what are the next steps? Time to work on the block and bottom end.....I pulled the oil pan, timing cover etc....
    It is only a 2 bolt main - based on the casting number it had a...
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    Re: SBC 350 for the 58 Willys

    They are permanent...both the oring and umbrella style seals help control the flow of oil that lubricates the valve stem movement in the valve guide hole. A little oil needs to seep down the valve...
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    Re: SBC 350 questions

    The retainer clips use the upper groove...
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