Restoring my fathers old hunting Jeep

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    So for the choke cable I made my own clip


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    It slides in thru the ashtray


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    Then the clip is secured thru the screw that holds the tray


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    Nice and tight now


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    Then it was steering wheel time. It was in sad shape but I need to spend on better parts than a new wheel right now

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    I tried the epoxy thing in the bigger cracks but I'm too impatient to wait that long for it to dry so I used bondo glass

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    It worked real good. After sanding that smooth I primed it and saw all the spots I missed. I spread finishing glaze on it with my finger and sanded that nice and smooth

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    Some more primer


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    Came out good nuff

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    Not to shabby


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    Tail lights came in today


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    Got some parts and PC's blasted and painted today


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    Needed a change of pace so I started playing with the interior making the door panels


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    So this motor started smoking like a freight train. Did a compression test and found one cylinder without compression.
    After several hrs of getting the head off, breaking half the head bolts. Found 2 pistons with holes in them. How this ran so good is a mystery. So based on the broken bolts and pistons I'm putting the money into the rebuild of the original motor. Big setback


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    Holes are on the edge of the pistons, dimples in centers belong there
     
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    Wow, thise are some crappy looking pistons! :(

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    Been contemplating long and hard doing a V6 conversion but in the end I need to keep this old girl together, she's a survivor.
    Original engine ready for machine shop

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    One step forward three steps back


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    So this is what I found, ugh.
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    So I decided to use the other block and head I had, soaked it In toilet bowl cleaner over night to get the rust out. Used a wire brush too. Got it all cleaned and painted today, tomorrow I'm going to address the pitted areas around the valves then lap the valves

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    My dream garage slowly coming together

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    Made her first fire call today

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    Well I started digging into the bed and found this. At this point I'm heading up to get some sheets of steel and making new sides. It will take me less time to replace than to deal with this mess...by the way. I hate rust


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    Picked up up this heater out of a 56 wagon. I took it apart and blasted the parts then painted with some dauntless green I had left over. Now I have to find a 12 volt fan


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    Once again... Great stuff!
     
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    I got all the pcs of the heater cleaned up and painted. Also got a new 12 volt motor for it


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    After pressure testing the core I replaced the rusted metal tubes with brass ones


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    I knocked out the cover plate for the defroster vent. I found a fitting from a dust collector that fit the hole perfectly, some work on the band saw got it to fit nice and snug


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    Everything going back together


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    I hooked up a battery charger to it and it works like new, now, having said that there is no way in hell this is going to warm up the truck in the winter enough for my wife to get in it lol we'll see. But it does look cool


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    Needed one of those heater hose holder things so I just made one, need to spot weld and paint


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    Got the heater installed today


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    My choice for interior, seat color on top rest on bottom all ordered so I can't change my mind


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    Seat upholstery came in today

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