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Old 03-04-2019, 11:24 AM
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That's a pic from BJ's warehouse. Lift kits have been on back order while they changed suppliers. I, and others have been waiting patiently for months for those pallets to arrive in that warehouse. They are packing and shipping back orders this week. Once mine arrive, this thread will get a heckuva a lot more interesting. I believe those rigs in the backround belong to billyrb here.

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Old 03-04-2019, 12:15 PM
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I need more info on the yellow Case garden tractor in the background of this pic. Is it a 180 model?

Memories

My Dad bought a used 1965 Case 130 garden tractor in 1973. It had hydro static drive on it. My brother and sister drove that thing around for years until the gear box broke on it. It never had a mower deck on it. Surprisingly, it still sits in the field at my dads home. I could never restore it. It is missing to many parts.

My Dad built a small dump trailer in 1977 to tow behind it. I still have it sitting here at the house. He gave it to me a couple of years ago. I was very excited to have it.
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Old 03-04-2019, 10:05 PM
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The Case is a 1973 model 444. 14 hp Kohler with a hydraulic pump mated that runs the drive, lift and optional 3 point hitch. These are really designed and built like small farm tractors. 850 pounds, all steel, no plastic at all. The original CUT. The design is still made and sold under the Ingersoll name. Parts are around, and there is a good support network on forums for Case Colt Ingersoll. These are wonderful machines, they are not lawn mowers. I would say what you have, is worth spending some time on. But I digress

[/url]1117181535 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 04-01-2019, 09:49 PM
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Ok lot's going on the last few weeks. The new leaf springs finally arrived, the new 6" Deaver kit from BJ's.

[/url]0315191642 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Took a few hours, but Sam and I got everything bolted together without drama. Finally on the rollers. Much easier working with a bare frame and a clear(er) shop.

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[/url]0316191617a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Now that I can roll the chassis out of the shop for the day, I have 2x as much working room. Converted the blasting booth to a paint both and sprayed epoxy primer on the cab and the front clip. pics stink, but once I get going spraying, it's run and gun before the temperature window closes.

[/url]0310191709 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Cab bottom is now done. Epoxy, seam seal, epoxy x2, paint, undercoat. Ready to dropped back on her feet. Here's the in between:

[/url]0330191705 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

So in the middle of all this I've been doing the body work on the cab, and the rest of the front clip. Dolly the dents, little skim with filler and tons of blocking. Cab needed far more than I had originally thought. The roof looked like a hail storm, after the first block it was like..ugggh. But it's 90%, there. The weather has been smiling on me, so I paint as much as I can. 60s to 70s temps, low or no humidity, slight breeze, NO bugs at all. Been a dream. Everything from the cab forward is now in several coats of High Build, now for more blocking and fine tuning. Anyways, here's some crummy pics of the hood before and after. I had 2, but believe it or not, the original was the better of the 2.

[/url]0308192343a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]0330191706 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Taking a couple of weeks off here for some family time. With the springs on I can move in parallel tracks. Some time bolting items back on the frame, some time blocking body parts. Keeps it all from getting monotonous and from rushing some things. Stay tuned, thanks for reading.

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Old 04-02-2019, 07:43 AM
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a lot of work done.......

the results look nice

especially the underside photo with the seam sealer,...great job.

going to be one fine j-10.

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Old 04-02-2019, 10:55 AM
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Your "roller" tires are nicer than my tires! HAHA!

That chassis is gorgeous!

How long did it take you to get your hood to that point? is that 8 hours? 24 hours? (actual working hours, not clock hours)
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:32 PM
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David, thank you. We need to get you posting some pics so we see what your working on too!

Rang, high praise, thank you as well. If I had your weather, this would be a 2 year project, but here it will likely be three. The bugs will be here soon, the frogs are already hatching in the creeks so I know it won't be long. Probably won't get to paint until fall. To answer your question on the hood. 2 hrs to sand blast, quick rub down with OSPHO, 2 quick wet coats of epoxy primer. Let sit over night. long block with 220, then hammer and dolly, skim, rinse and repeat. 10 hours i would say on the hood. The cab has well over 100 real hours in it and I'm not even close to happy with it yet. Now that it's in primer and protected I can slow down and break it into sections so my brain isn't swimming all the time. I bet there's another 50 hours in there to get it paint ready. Not complaining, just want to do this truck right. As for the rollers, they are spares for Farm truck #1, bought at a county auction. I should post some pics of that one, 79 GMC K35. Bone Stock and beautiful. More good stuff to come in the near future.

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Old 04-26-2019, 02:45 PM
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FleetFox

just saw your post.

you are right
I definitely need to learn how to post photos.

only FSJ I have done was 1988 wagoneer.
drivetrain had been done when I got it
I did cosmetics to interior and exterior
had it painted.

that put me in the fever for a J10 now have 2.

now working on the 1976 Honcho
carried to body shop to do body/paint and mechanicals

as much as I wish I had mechanical skills
the only skills I have are a few cosmetic things
and an eye for detail.

your j-10 will be the talk of the town.

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Old 05-06-2019, 10:36 PM
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Little update. Realized we're just past the one year mark now. So much done, and yet in some ways, little to show for it. Fear not, we forge ahead. So I've been splitting time between adding parts back to the rolling chassis, and body work. First the chassis work. Sway bar installed with longer disconnect links, urethane bushings and all new hardware. Bump stops in, new tie rod and drop pitman arm. 90% there up front:

[/url]0505191809 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

New drum brakes and hardware on the rear. Wanted riveted shoes, nope Raybestos said bonded or bonded, so I give. Drums were turned, new bearings and seals in the hubs, STILL looking for a set of P Brake cables that will work. Gonna call Inline Tube I think and just have a set made. 3/4 ton van, too short, long bed 3/4 too long, never been a short bed production 3/4 ton w/ a dana 60 rear i can find/ Anyways:

[/url]0504192346 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then back to massaging, filling and sanding the cab, rinse and repeat. I think I started on the cab in earnest in late November. Figure 7 days and eight nights a month, long days and long nights, cause I'm a night owl. I'ts gone from a good cab at 500 feet to a good cab at 20 feet. Goal is a great cab with your nose on it. Cowl is done, Both sides are at 90% including rockers, Roof at 85%, rear at 75%. At this point 1 more weekend of filling, sanding and blocking and it should all be at 95%. I swear half the stuff I massaged this past weekend were factory flaws. In the first (2)coats of 2k High Build. Long blocked after these pics. which is an oxy-moron because all the curves mean a long block is an 8" flex block:

[/url]0505191648 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]0505191649 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

sorry about the glare:

[/url]0505191650 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

So this bed skirt has been sitting on my bench for months, in the way. 3 were in great shape the one had quite a bit of rust. Got tired of moving it and looking at it. So time to just get it done. Before:

[/url]0421191713a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

the endcap:

[/url]0421191912a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

New piece on home made radius jig for brake:

[/url]0421191714 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

skin graft:

[/url]0421191912 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

with new end cap installed; primer, little filler, 2K high build:

[/url]0505191808a by highsiera, on FlickrIMG][/IMG]

So the next goal I am working towards is getting the cab to 95% and placing it back on the frame. The fenders are done; grille and radiator support done; doors done. Hood... well, let's call that 70%. I need to mock up everything to make sure it all fits before paint. There are pieces from 7 different trucks from the early 70's to the late 80's in that list. Let's see how everything fits together before paint. Hoping for better panel gaps than factory... we shall see, the weather has been very kind to me this year so far, hopefully it will continue to shine on me.

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Old 05-06-2019, 11:19 PM
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Sure is looking great. I too like the Honcho's. It's going to be pretty cool. Nice to see a Made in USA sticker on the springs. Looking forward to more!
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:14 PM
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Thank you Kaiser Jeep! It was after viewing your Sadie thread that I realized "your going to have to make a bunch of these parts" and just started doing it. So, thank you for the inspiration/ courage/ resolve etc...

Will post an update here next week with some more progress. I got a little time in over the long weekend, but real didn't snap any pics. Going to try and finish up a few things this weekend and take more progress photos. For now, a small teaser:

[/url]0519191527a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]0519191526a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 07-07-2019, 08:09 PM
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Haven't posted in a while, so some updates. The doors are both on now but I'm still fiddling with panel adjustments to get gaps right.

[/url]0602191713 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

This has netted me more room in the shop, so the bed was brought in from outside and placed on the moveable cradle.

[/url]0531191959 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

In the background you can see the new Sportsides having been primed and wet sanded. Really nice pieces from BJ's, with the mounting flanges molded right into them.

[/url]0531191959a by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

Next job was to bang all the dents out of the bed. And there were plenty.

There were also a number of holes in the bed floor that were welded up, including a nice fifth wheel modification.

[/url]0602191805 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]0608192244 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

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What do you do when the bed rails are all bent up and there's a big dip in the middle? Farm engineering. Ram a 3/4" iron pipe through the rail rolls and get out the big jack. I hate that jack. I have more cuts and bruises from (mis)using it than any other tool in the shop.

[/url]0706192346 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

As you can see, the entire bed has been sandblasted. This was a long, miserable task here in the summer heat and humidity. I really could have, and should have sent this off to be done. But it's done. The bed is is 90% galvanized, which meant very little rot. The floor is solid, there was a little repair needed at the tailgate end, and one of the stake pockets. Stake pocket repair:

[/url]0704191816 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]0704191824 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

[/url]0704191851 by highsiera, on Flickr[/IMG]

At this juncture, time to dip into the plastic fantastic and smooth out the ripples left by all the hammer work. Goal is to get this in primer, blocked, and test fit by month's end. I am aiming to paint everything in September. I have some wiggle room here into October usually with the weather. The bed is a second priority though. Once in epoxy, it can go in the barn for the winter if need be. But the cab needs to be in paint before the cold weather so i can install the drive line and spend the winter doing re-assembly. Boring post, but this is where we're at. More in a few weeks.

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Old 07-08-2019, 12:39 AM
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..,Boring post, but this is where we're at...
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:53 PM
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Awesome work!

Hurry up and get that one done, I'll have mine loaded up and pull right in to the same spot! it'll be like you never stopped... the second one has to be easier!
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:16 PM
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You can drop it off any time, but you might not get it back if I lay my hands on it!

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Old 07-29-2019, 09:40 PM
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Well while I've been busy trying to make the outside of the truck pretty, fellow member Rick Jones (SC/397) has been building the power plant. After a number of conversations back and forth, I asked him to build a stroked AMC 360 for this truck. He asked a lot of great questions in the process about the complete drive train and what I was looking to accomplish in the end so it felt like a natural fit. Below is a link to the forum where he posts his builds. Scroll to the bottom of page 35 for this truck's engine build, #93:

http://rebsamcandjeep.proboards.com/...scrollTo=16345

This photo was taken by Rick and is his:

[/url]IMG_2010 by Rick Jones, on Flickr[/IMG]

As always, thoughts and feedback are encouraged.

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Old 07-29-2019, 10:07 PM
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The build is looking really good. Have you made a decision on the color?
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Old 07-31-2019, 12:03 AM
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Thank you for the compliment Full Size. I am going with a dark green, still debating the shade furiously, but likely the late hunter green. I am going with the decal package, but from the earlier 79-80 set as opposed to the final design which the truck had when i bought it. I think the oranges will make a nice contrast to a dark green. It'll look very much of it's time, which in my opinion it should.

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