.... and SO we fast forward 2 years from the last update to my old site...
As some of you know, my wife passed from cancer May 2019 so progress has been slow for many years then stopped for a while.
Now this April 2020 I began working actively once again on #24.
As we left off, the cab was pretty much stripped, but still had the motor and a lot of incidental stuff attached, and I thought I'd just prep the cab and make it ready for the bodyshop. As it turned out it didn't work out that way.
BUT that doesn't mean progress hasn't been made.... the garage is EMPTY for the first time in many many years and #24 is out to the body shop!
Jeff and crew picked her up on Memorial Day weekend.
As noted in this separate post: Rusty Floor in #24 I found some holes in the floor pan and bought a new piece from Rock Auto and did a lot of thinking and staring at seams, and body parts involved in that specific issue.
In the end I opted to let Jeff do the pan replacement. Its not the best call for me to do it, not cost effective and not time efficient.
And he's replaced a few floorpans over the years and is ready to get to work on it. When the man is ready, one had best light a fire...
Now I have an hour's drive to his place to work on it when I can get out there and I seem to be forgetting to take a camera with me in all the tools and stuff I'm hauling back and forth.
But I'll get some pictures later this week. I should be over there on Friday.
He's got other projects and life to deal with like all of us so it's not an every day, all day thing working on #24.
I should get a pic of his 4x4 Nova. It's stunning.
But having yanked the motor and other kibbles 'n bits, I do have dozens of random images of things connected to the motor, connectors that are going to need to be dealt with, brake lines, fuel tank, lines front to back etc. but it's nothing very revealing. Just visual notes in case I need them. Most will probably never be looked at again. But I can't trust memory. If someone wants to see a picture of somethingI probably have an image of it.
I've pulled off the gasket around the back glass successfully, and then CUT the butyl all around with some soapy water and a box knife on a 45 from the inside and got the glass out of it INTACT. My friends, that was some tough cutting. We tried a guitar string and broke a couple of those before just going for the knife. But it worked.
The windsheild was no problem it was broken anyway. Used my multivibrator tool to cut the butyl right out on that one.
It's much easier if the glass is already junk.
Now I've got to get to work with polishing this rear glass and trying to get out some of the scratches on the exterior.
I'll do some before and after shots when I get started on that.
Had to order a new sunroof. The old Webasto XO3 Spoiler sunroof is no longer supported of course and the new ones don't have the same shape in the corners. Tigher radius. or is it radii?
So I ordered a new Webasto Hollandia 300. Major upgrade to the old one. Old one hand cranked, but this one is motorized and has a roller sunshade to pull if you need to cut the sunshine.
Just got it today and will take the template to Jeff on Friday so we can see what needs to be "adjusted". He's not thrilled about the idea of the sunroof, I think he's concerned that we many have to weld in some material due to the shape difference and on that flat roof, he's real concerned about it staying smooth, no warping. I've known him since we were kids in school, and folks that's been a while, but he does superb work and is SUPER picky it being smooth, flat, etc. so I love that. But... it's already got a hole in the roof, we gotta mitigate that some how.
So I've been over to Jeff's and all the brake lines, fuel lines, all wiring, all glass, literally everything is stripped except the suspension at this point and I've broken loose all the nuts so that'll be easy to come apart. Get this... I used NO air tools to disassemble the suspension nuts/bolts. How does that happen on a 35+ vehicle with 175k on the clock? For sure again the No Salt factor has been key. Truly I am in love with this truck.
Jeff's had nearly finished welding the drivers side floor pan as of a few days ago and was getting ready to pull the bed off so we can powerwash the underneath and prep that for coatings.
So I guess this is what you call a frame off restoration. ?? I dunno how you take the frame off a unibody so this is about the best I can do.
We've already discussed and he'll be shooting Eastwood Heavy Duty Anti Rust 32oz (Amber) into all the frame rails front to back.
Inside them now it looks really good. This will ensure they stay that way for.... long after I'm dead.
Here's the marketing blurb on it...
Heavy-Duty Anti Rust's spray-on brown wax film sticks to bare metal or painted surfaces. Won't crack, flake or peel. Will self-heal if scratched. Use inside doors and rockers, where painting will not be required. Forms an air and water tight barrier which prevents and slows rust. Product can also be used to protect fresh machined surfaces and bare metal parts during storage, and works great to seal body seams that are inaccessible.
So that will be great BUT.... there is this problem.... I found out that the fuel sender is trashed.
The fuel turned to turpentine long ago and all the rubber has turned into a stiff goo...
I had to slosh a little leftover fuel around and wiggle and loosen this quite a bit before it would even come loose at all.
And good gawd does that stuff stink!
So I'm abandoning the tank. I don't trust it now and new ones are cheap and already ordered.
But as I'm discovering.... these are another one of those parts we get dissed on.
I can buy one of these for a Scambler. A Commando. Various J trucks... but not for the 87 MJ with an 18gal tank.
dang... really? Anyone come up with a solution?
I looked on ebay today and didn't see anything that sounded right. 23 gallon tanks and Wranglers rule the day.
But I sent an email to a storefront that had some close and got this reply... maybe we have hope?
New message from: trexautoparts111014 (9,546)
Our part # is TREXJPSU-6P4.0 but that setup is on Back Order with our manufacturer. This pandemic has wrecked havoc on the supply chain and my manufacturer is waiting on the rheostat to finish their production. I spoke with them late last week and they have an estimated date of 7/15/2020 when the unit will be available.