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26 Nov 2013 22:52 - 12 Jan 2014 11:59 #19 by Luis
Alright,

Well I needed a place to document this build since so much will be changing so quickly so here is what I hope will be a running and very functional jeep ready by hammers.

Here it is in all of its glory:



After pulling Rob's TJ out of my garage, I did a little cleaning in the shop and had Emily help me pull in "The Hooptie"




The heart of the beast






And dis-assembly begins...




Boom!!! She's out!




The only appropriate location for smog equipment


And how she sits awaiting engine tear down. Hopefully to be started and mostly finished tomorrow.


[12/11]
Tear down has begun!















More parts...


Can you say double bee hive springs?






"MAGNUM"




[12/22]
The machine shop called me yesterday and gave me an awesome Christmas present....

They called me and said that my crank is unusable. They had machined it down to .025 under and some of the grooves were still not gone, so they would need to go another .010+ thousands. This would of been ok, but the mains need to also be machined and that would put me with like .050+ size main bearings and that's definitely a no-no. So a new crank it is!!!! It's just money right?!!!


[1/6]
Do you see what I see?!! Yep, that is scoring on the crankshaft journals. Sooo yeah......



AND.... I also found this...... Matt had mentioned that when he spun my engine over it seemed as though it has low compression. The picture below explains why he thought that was...


Those are the compression rings that are supposed to be full circles. But..... they aren't! Some of the compression rings were in 3 pieces and one of them was in 4. So, it was definitely in need of a rebuild.

[1/7]
Who needs all of this harness?!!! Its all unnecessary junk!




[1/12]
So some more money spending occurred. Got 1 of 2 for the manifolds.





and also picked up the engine from the machineshop
Last edit: 12 Jan 2014 11:59 by Luis.

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29 Nov 2013 15:25 - 12 Jan 2014 12:35 #20 by Luis
Suspension and Steering

Alright, so after spending some cashola, parts finally started coming in. I ordered up some shackles and shackle relo kits.



These things are hella beefy!!!!!




Lastly, to wrap-up the rear end, I picked up some Full Traction 5" leaf packs that are double military wrapped and clamped. I picked these up used for $100 from NAXJA and had them rebuilt by Deaver here in Santa Ana. They took off a leaf out of them, re-arched them, disassembled them, sprayed some graphite lubricant on them, rebuilt them, and finally painted them up to make 'em look nice and pretty. I also got some poly bushings for these things from them so I am hoping that they don't squeak all that much. So, if all went well, they should be sitting somewhere around 3"-3.5" and should flex REALLY well with the shackles and shackle relo kits.


I will post pics of them rebuilt here once I get them out of the back of the jeep..

Finally pulled them out of the jeep. Here they are in all of its glory...



Now the bitch about this is that when I got the springs rebuilt, Deaver gave me the bushings that they use for their springs. Lo and behold, they dont fit my springs. So after a couple of calls, time wasted, running around, and then wasting some more time, I went to 4wheelparts to order Full Traction bushings that I hope fit and that I can't return if they dont! Hopefully I don;t end up with $93 bushings as paper weights...

[12/12]
Got some progress done on the rear suspension. This picture is before I got all of the jackstands that are holding this thing up. I had a scare in which i almost dropped this thing on my face, while I was under it, and I decided it was time to spend a couple hundred bucks on jackstands!



Now I have 2 - 12ton, 2 - 6ton, and 2 - 3ton holding the whole thing up. If the jeep falls with this many jackstands.......then its staying on the ground!!


Onto some real progress. Got the leafs out. This all started with me just "throwing the tires on" just to see what it would look like. Oh well, better to start now then later i guess.


Then I got these bolts out and god damn they sucked! I was scared to throw an impact on them in case they broke and went at them with my 3 foot breaker bar. It was slow going, but they were moving and coming out. After about 15 minutes of that, I said fuck it and zipped them off with the gun. Should of done that from the get go!


Now the empty shackle box, before I pulled the gas tank and hitch.


My bushings should be in from 4 wheel parts tomorrow, so I will pick those up and keep tackling the rear suspension. My hope is to have the jeep sitting on tires by then end of the weekend. We shall see how it goes.

[12/15]
So i picked up the bushings from 4wheel parts and they fit!!!!!! I was pretty pleased with this and asked Matty G to help me out for the day. We pulled the tank skid, hitch, and all of the rest of the stuff. We then started fitting the shackle relo brackets and they didn't fit. So after what felt like days of grinding and cutting on the hitch, we got the shackle relo bracket, hitch, and tank skid to finally line up. The body was sitting on the jackstands at an odd angle so the body was tweaked and we had trouble getting all of it to line up. We ended up having to do a dance of lifting, lowering, pushing, and forcing everything to line up. We finally got the right side to go in smoothly



Then put the spring in with some brand new Grade 8 U-bolts and hardware.


We couldnt get everything on the passenger side to line up, so we put the shackle relo bracket main bolt in and one that goes on the strip nut. We put in the shackle, and then installed the spring.


Afterwards, we lifted the jeep up and put the tires on since I was pretty anxious about seeing how it looks. It was about 1am-ish at this time and we had been up at 5:30 to go to Cars and Coffee, so we wanted to get to a stopping point ASAP.


Then a day pic from this morning


This thing flexes GREAT!!!!! I tried jouncing the suspension to finish getting the rest of the bolts on the nut strip on the pass side and the thing wouldn't budge. I popped off the shocks and then realized how freaking crazy this thing flexes. My shocks are shot though, they wont move.

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So I started tearing down the front diff and decided to begin with the ball joints. Those things were the biggest pieces of shit that I have ever tried to remove in my life!!!! After 3 different tool sets and a whole bunch of trips to the store, we were finally able to get them out but in pieces.



FUCK YOU BALL JOINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also started on the steering for this hooptie. a goferit insert on the drivers side will help me flip the tie rod link OTK to get some more clearance. A 3/4" drill bit is expensive as hell! $25 for a potentially 1 time use tool. Oh well, I guess I will have if I ever need it.


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So I started tackling the entire steering system and cut off the driver side sway bar bracket and the front corner of the coil bucket to make room for the tie rod that is now OTK. I drilled out the knuckle to 3/4" and welded in the insert onto it. Then I painted it up to make it look pretty!



Then after setting up the lower links for the steering, I decided to tackle the uni-body rail support sine these things are known to crack and mine hasn't yet. Here is a pic of how ugly this looks.


Then i took off the steering gear to replace the frame rail spacer thinking that this would be completely destroyed, but surprisingly it was in tact.


Then I cleaned up the inside of the rail where the steering gear mounts with some brake clean and the ol elbow grease, then i also used a flapper disk to clean up the outside. I painted up the rail, let it dry, and then started to mounting everything.


I ran into a problem with the old bumper bracket since it was all one piece. If you look at the first picture, you can see how big it is. I tried cutting it down for a bit and just got irritated, so then I just took some scrap 1/8" steel and made a 90 degree bracket to hold the bumper in place. The thing didn't need to be structurally sound, but I painted it up and made it work.

Once that was done, I started throwing the steering together. Its not torqued down yet, but gave me motivation to keep going. It was about 1am at this time and I still needed to get the brakes together to get the jeep on the ground.




Driveline

I also ordered up some Mcmaster Carr Full Circle Clips to perform the axle u-joint mod.

Also got a Lubelocker Dana 30 diff cover gasket and a C8.25 gasket as well.






Here is a random pic of how the Sequoia I was driving looked like for a couple of days. Trans and Tcase are rebuilt and done. Just sitting in the jeep waiting to go in.



I also picked up some wheels and tires from NAXJA for $450 with about 75% tread on them. I think I got a pretty good deal on these things, considering that they came with wheels.

Tires: 33x12.5x15 Goodyear MT/Rs
Wheels: Aluminum 15" with 3.75" backspacing and supposedly 9" wide




Sitting at home, just begging to get put on.


So, since doing the brakes required me to pull the diff cover off, I installed the "new to me" heavy duty diff cover that came with the jeep when I bought it. This thing is about 1/4' solid steel plate and when tightening up the bolts that were originally on there they started stretching and one of them sheared. So, i picked up some Grade 8 hardware and installed it.


[1/6]
A little grinding to get a joint never hurt anyone!



and the beginning of a full circle clip axle mod



Brakes

I finally started on the brakes on these things while I wait for the bushings. I picked up a ZJ disc brake kit that should be going onto my jeep with ease, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Also, when I picked this kit up, it was supposed to be in good shape. Looking at it now while I was messing with it, showed me that I will basically need to replace everything a 2nd time.



I only got as far as tearing the whole thing down. I should be picking up the rest of the stuff tomorrow along with a dremel to get these things to fit.

[12/12]
I picked up new rotors, pads, parking brake shoes, parking hardware kit, caliper pin kit, caliper pin boots, and started throwing this things back together.

I got the backing plates in.



Then started putting together the parking assemblies.


I will hopefully pick up new axle seals and caliper hoses and finish putting this thing back together.

[12/15]
New axle seals were picked up and installed. Unfortunately, due to the idiots at Pepboys, my caliper hoses were delayed. So I just went to vatozone and ordered them up and they should be here on wednesday.

Soooo here is the progress:





Then I put everything back together and continued with the suspension. I also still need to order up some parking brake cables, but I haven't decided on how I want to do it.

[1/6]
Update time! Nothing real big, but I finally added the rear hoses to the calipers and re-bent the brake tubing.





Recovery Gear and Equipment
A little hitch D loop action. Pretty sure this thing is gonna get plenty of use in all of the places I am probably gonna get stuck.
Last edit: 12 Jan 2014 12:35 by Luis.

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29 Nov 2013 19:21 #21 by Platypus
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awesome...the relo brackets and shackles look killer.

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29 Nov 2013 20:08 #22 by pete_allen06@hotmail.com
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Very nice...

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12 Dec 2013 11:57 #23 by pete_allen06@hotmail.com
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It dosesnt take much to fit the backing plates, I used a little air cut off tool with a grinding attachment.

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13 Dec 2013 00:29 #24 by Luis
I used the brakes as a reason to finally go out and buy a sweet dremel. I got the 4100 series with a case and everything and I love it. I should of bought one of these ages ago!!!!!!!

It wasn't hard to fit them. I thought that they current stud pattern would fit the backing plate directly, but they were about 1/16" - 1/8" off. So i ended up drilling out the holes and picked up some Grade 8 hardware. I am missing some nyloc nuts though, so I will be picking those up tomorrow along with some axle seals, new caliper hoses, and throw it back together (fingers crossed).

Its slow progress unfortunately, but its at least some progress. I haven't been getting off work till like 7ish, so by the time I get home I can only work a couple hours before my neighbors start complaining. #livinginCAproblems....

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15 Dec 2013 21:32 #25 by Luis
This is how I feel working on the jeep...

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16 Dec 2013 04:29 - 16 Dec 2013 04:32 #26 by pete_allen06@hotmail.com
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Grab a grinder and shave the bottom of the rear diff to match the cover....

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16 Dec 2013 12:59 #27 by Luis
I will put it on the To Do list, but I doubt I will get to it. It's definitely low priority.

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17 Dec 2013 17:29 #28 by Platypus
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Luis_Marroquin@toyota.com wrote: Suspension


[12/12]
Got some progress done on the rear suspension. This picture is before I got all of the jackstands that are holding this thing up. I had a scare in which i almost dropped this thing on my face, while I was under it, and I decided it was time to spend a couple hundred bucks on jackstands!



Now I have 2 - 12ton, 2 - 6ton, and 2 - 3ton holding the whole thing up. If the jeep falls with this many jackstands.......then its staying on the ground!!




Did Rob tell you I almost killed him last year?

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17 Dec 2013 21:43 #32 by Luis
No, he definitely failed to mention that!

Luckily, the time i almost dropped it on my face, I hadn't removed the shock and since they are seized in place, the axle caught the tire and the shock held the whole body up.

Matty G dropped it off the jack after ALL of the brand new brake stuff had been installed and I was freaking out! Luckily we left a jackstand underneath there, just in case, and it landed on the very edge of the unibody rail and caught itself.

I am starting to come to the conclusion that this jeep may want to murder me.

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20 Dec 2013 07:58 #33 by Platypus
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did you scratch the 5.3L idea? or that comes later? I thought you wuz gonna upgrade the motor, not rebuild it...

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