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Old 07-04-2013, 09:48 PM   #61
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Just got back from the range. The wife is a heck of a photographer.

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That's a great project that your son will remember forever. My father always talked about us restoring a vintage car together but we never actually did. We did build a desk though and I remember that as a fun project so I can imagine a car would be an awesome memory!!

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Rick. First of, very cool father son project. My dad and I rebuilt a basket case 81 XS 650 Yamaha when I was 16 and still on my Lerner's permit for motorcycles. i gave it to my wife as a wedding present, and she still rides it on good days. haven't had too many lately, too much rain.

If you are still looking for pedal pads, try finding skateboard friction tape. Cut it to fit the pedals, clean them with some rubbing alcohol, let it dry, then stick it on the pedals. Even when your feet are muddy, yoiu will still get a good grip on the pedals. That is what I ran on mine in my '73 F 250 for years, and the new owner is still using my old set up.

I have a '66 Jeep CJ5 in the back yard that will be the next project here. Some pics of what is left of it after 20 years of sitting while my uncle was debating selling it.

The current driveline is a 1966 Chevy 283, backed up by a destroyed Jeep manual trans and t-case. i have a 305, a 700R$, and an NP205 sitting in the shop gathering dust, as well as most of the needed glass, lights, and some of the body panels. haven't made a choice on the axles yet. I have to see where the rest of thee drivetrain leads. Planning a complete re-wire, and upgrading to disc brakes on all 4 corners. My neighbor, who owns a towing service, is going to move it over to the drivewat next week. From there, into the shop.

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Awesome work Rick! Kfox? Best wishes on that endeavor. The old girl looks to have some good potential if you have the time, patience and green stuff.

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Now that is quality time and priceless..! You make me want to hug the crap out of my son..! So very Kool..! You already know , but tell your son , that is some amazing savvy and a job extremely well done ..!

Gold pails to stories like this ..! A fan well done , very well done ..!

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Hey kfox, the nice thing about these old Jeeps is they are just a metal box. The only upholstery in the whole is the seats. It is amazing what you can do with a wire wheel and some sand paper. I am not above the use of Bondo either.

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Hey kfox, the nice thing about these old Jeeps is they are just a metal box. The only upholstery in the whole is the seats. It is amazing what you can do with a wire wheel and some sand paper. I am not above the use of Bondo either.
Very true Rick. The body it's self is still pretty solid. Along with the windshield and lights, I traded some old 440 parts ( cam, lifters, and rockers ) for a new windshield frame that a buddy had gathering dust from one of his CJ 6s. Most of the rust on the body is minor, cut, shape, patch, and fill. Got a road brother who has an english wheel who has forgotten more about body work than I could hope to learn in 3 lifetimes. I have been learning from him by hanging out at his shop since I was in my early 20s. He is an old friend of my uncle Rob, who started restoring classics at age 16. Rides that he did: 1976 Jeep CJ 8, 1951 Mercury Tudor, 1949 Ford Skyliner, 1966 Charger, 1946 Dodge pick up, His daughter's 1971 El Camino. Just what comes to mind, and I spent many a night arm pit deep in a motor, or running the wire feed and hammer an dolly. Learned a lot from both of them over the last 20 years and countless beers and cigars. We lost Rob back in 2006, and the position of family mechanic and body man was passed to me.

I'm thinking the Jeep will be a good spare time project for the next couple years. Even though I am getting the $@!^ out of NY, I will still stay close enough to go to Jungle's shop and play. Where the wife and I are planning on moving is about a half hour from his shop, and the odd ball parts he has there. Of all things to find in a shop full of Studebakers, I was shocked to find the right gauges for the das, one of the seats, and a steering column. the cost? 2 cases of beer.

Once the work starts, I'll get a thread going for all to enjoy.
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Spray in bed liner works great for the floor and interior of the tub on those old Jeeps.

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Rick, you and your son did an awesome job on the Jeep. it looks great. i'm glad you shared the build with us and enjoyed seeing it finished.

KFox, looking forward to seeing yours come back to life as well. good luck with it.

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Hey kfox, the nice thing about these old Jeeps is they are just a metal box. The only upholstery in the whole is the seats. It is amazing what you can do with a wire wheel and some sand paper. I am not above the use of Bondo either.
When I had my Cherokee, I used to tell people there isn't a part on this JEEP that I can't replace with something better if it breaks.
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