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Project "Free Jeep" a.k.a Project "FJ" - part #23
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(09/24/07) Before we left to go down to CT to get married, I was able to cut off the rear cross member and finally get it painted up a bit to protect it from further rust. What also is in the pictures is some of the signs I got for my birthday and finally the color of the Jeep that we will eventually paint a CJ... we love that copper color.
The frame looks rough now, I realize that, but give it time... once I cut the rest of the rear frame off, weld on the ends I got, clean them up, and put the rear cross member on, we should be in good shape.

cb (09/24/07)
The wedding is over and we are back to work on various projects. I was able to spend a little time in the garage working on the AMC 20 rear end. I was able to get the one-piece axles assembled with the help of the new press and then I was able to install them as well. Everything went pretty smoothly. I was able to follow the directions and all the measurements that they said I was within.
I did however need the shims that came off one side of the axle to make up the difference. The specs called for .020-.060 tolerance for where the bearing sticks out of the housing, we were close, but the shims helped to make up the difference. Once installed and the bolts were tightened down everything spun freely as it should. I am pretty happy with the results, as it was the first time I had ever used the press.
I finished up the day with a little sand blasting on one of the new shock mounts. It needs a bit more work with the wire wheel first as there is some sort of undercoating on it. I threw some wheels on the axles to move it around (without the rear brakes installed yet, I didn't have enough time to do that), and finally put the axle under the rear of the rig and called it a day. We had dinner plans and I had to go get cleaned up. I will do the brakes once the frame and body are done, right now it can roll without it.

cb (10/07/07)
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