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  1. As a retired mechanical engr., the first thing I did was read the tech. specs. On the various ThreeBond adhesives, and I saw a couple that might be effective for this application. But…..I could not find anything on their website on how to buy their products through any retail channels. Which product did you choose, and how did you obtain it?
  2. I am with Cruiser. Drill and tap deeper, and use sealant on the threads when they penetrate the water jacket. Older Ford V8's had threaded holes that penetrated the water jacket, and sealant kept those from leaking.
  3. I never heard of "Threebond", so using my Duck-Duck-Go skills, I saw they make a plethora of different adhesives. So which one did you use, and why? And what retail source is there for the stuff?
  4. I got a set of the new lenses from Key Parts. I also have got a "spare" set of taillights with really crappy lenses that I was going to experiment on. Can you elaborate more on exactly where you made your cuts? I have some small saw blades for my Dremel, and was thinking they might be the ticket for getting the old lenses off the reflector housings. Some close up pictures of where you made the cuts would be really helpful. Thanks.
  5. AZJeff

    Well, damn....

    OK. I looked at the charts in the journal.pmed. (I don't consider NPR an unbiased scientific source, so I skipped them.) You ARE correct that there are some long term effects. The most common one is "anxiety". As a suffered from anxiety myself, I will not dismiss this as not an issue, but HOW MUCH of the anxiety is brought on by our government's fear-mongering that I mentioned originally? I also notice that many of the symptoms listed for "long covid" can also occur in influenza survivors, too. (The rate is not as high with influenza victims, notably.) My point is that nobody carries on about "long flu", and yet it's also a possiblity for influenza survivors. We must balance the realities here. Covid is serious, but it's not the 21st century version of the bubonic plague.
  6. AZJeff

    Well, damn....

    The part in black is incorrect. I "may" prevent death, but it is NOT certain, especially if there are serious co-morbidities. The part red is STATISTICALLY INCORRECT. The majority of Covid deaths occurred in the first 14 months of the pandemic, as the below chart shows. We didn't even reach 50% vaccination rates among the US population until mid-2021
  7. AZJeff

    Well, damn....

    Can you point me to a legitimate source for the statistic of 10-20%? I know there have been "a few" cases of weird aftereffects from Covid, but I have NOT heard of any statistical number being documented and publicized.
  8. AZJeff

    Well, damn....

    CAVEAT: I have been vaccinated, so don’t think I am against the vaccine, per se. However, the following comments about the vaccine and it’s roll-out are my observations. In a former life, before I retired, I was a mechanical engineer for 40+ years. The last 10 years of my career was involved in product/process quality. As such, I dealt with a LOT of statistical data, and our decisions in industry were based on that data. My point with saying the above is the way our government is approaching dealing with this virus is pretty much ignoring the statistics related to it’s impact on people as individuals. Instead, like it often does, our government is trying to apply a “one size fits all” solution for the entire population. We now have PLENTY of data that shows that, statistically, this disease is not the same for all people in terms of risk of infection, risk of hospitalization, or risk of death. But, you wouldn’t know it from the message our government is sending related to this virus. Government agencies have almost COMPLETELY hidden the fact that in general, this illness has a 99.7%+ chance of recovery, even without any sort of vaccine. Furthermore, your chances of being serious ill or dying from Covid is HIGHLY dependent certain specific risk factors, including the following major ones: 1. COMORBIDITIES – if you are diabetic, or very overweight, or have COPD, or CHF, and a few other serious medical issues before becoming infected, your chances of dying from Covid are FAR GREATER (by orders of magnitude) than for someone who does NOT have those issues. The information being disseminated about this virus via government press releases and most media completely IGNORES these added risk factors. 2. AGE – Persons under the age of 45 or so are very unlikely to be seriously affected. Yes, they will get sick, but the chances of dying are quite low (assuming none of the comorbidities mentioned above). If the person is under the age of 18, virtually NOBODY will die from Covid. In spite of this, we have the government and the media clamoring that all school children MUST be vaccinated, even though they are in the LOWEST RISK group. In addition, we have a large percentage of the population was initially told (and still believes) that getting vaccinated will protect you from catching this infection. If you “read the fine print” when the drug makers introduced the vaccines, they never said that the vaccine would PREVENT the infection. Instead it was intended that the vaccines were designed to LESSEN THE SYMPTOMS and thus hasten the recovery. Additionally, those who study viruses and vaccines to control them have stated for years that viruses tend to mutate, and a thus vaccine that is effective now may not be effective with the next mutated strain of the virus. (This is why flu shots are different each year.) Yet, for a long time, the government and media never told us that vaccines for Covid would be a “forever” thing. Instead, they act like they were caught unaware of how the vaccines don’t deal well with the mutations of the original virus, and thus additional boosters are now required. What I am trying to point out here is that our government “leaders” (I use that term loosely) have engaged in a campaign of “selected information” to distribute to the citzens. To compound this, they have engaged in fear mongering, trying to induce EVERYONE to get the vaccine. Worst of all, they have even resorted to economic terrorism, by threatening to shut down businesses that won’t FORCE their employees to get vaccinated. The vaccine is not totally bad. It carries risks for some portions of the population, but then again, so does the Covid infection. However, the way this vaccine has been rolled out and presented to the population is a case study in government incompetence at it’s finest.
  9. I agree. Any competent welding shop can repair a broken aluminum casting with the appropriate welding method and filler. The cost would probably be less than the cost of a used transmission for a case donor.
  10. A warm (not hot) clothes iron will also help remove the wrinkles.
  11. Those belts will be ok if you have a bench seat. With buckets, thought, the buckle end will flop onto the floor when it’s unlatched. I prefer the belts that use the stiff cable on the buckle side of the belt when installed with bucket seats.
  12. Just a tidbit of nomenclature: what is being referred to as the “splitter“ by many of the posts in this discussion is properly called the “equalizer” in parking brake assemblies.
  13. I went through this issue as well, as a previous owner had done a half-a##ed job of repairing cracks caused by some super-swamper tires that were on the machine when I got it.. You should be aware that the MJ/XJ steering box attachment is designed to "just barely" work with stock tires and stock ride height. Changing any of that will stress the frame where the steering box mounts to the point where cracking is a potential. The chances will increase if you do things like rock crawling. Part of the reason the "frame" cracks around the steering box is because the OEM GM/Saginaw box is only mounted with three bolts. Most recirculating ball boxes use four bolts, and that spreads the load on the frame against four points rather than three, lessening the load on each mounting bolt. Four-bolt Saginaw boxes CAN be installed, but it's a lenthy project, and unless you are doing serious off-roading with big tires, it's easier to just bolster the mounting of the three-bolt OEM box. The best thing to do is the following things to resolve your issue, even if you don't plan on doing any of the things I described above that can increase the risk of cracking: 1. ditch the OEM steering box spacer bracket that is made of cast aluminum, and install a steel steering box spacer. There are tons of suppliers for this part, and it helps to distribute the forces on the "frame" over a larger area. 2. increase the thickness of the outside (wheel side) surface of the frame. Some guys weld-in a reinforcing plate, but a good bolt-in plate will do the job if it's thick enough. I extended by RockHard bumper mounting flanges rearward to cover all three bolts for my box. The bumper flange was about 3/16" thick, so adding that layer over the relatively thin "frame" rail wall (that is probably only 1/16 or 3/32 thick) will considerably bolster that outer wall. 3. Use hardened washers under longer grade 8 bolts to attach the steering box. It will spread the clamping force out better on whatever you do to reinforce the outside wall of the "frame" There are two types of cracks that can occur in the MJ/XJ steering box area of the frame: 1. those that radiate out some distance from the mounting bolt holes. These can probably be addressed effectively by the steps I outlined above. 2. If the frame cracks are in the top or bottom surfaces of the "frame" rail, the cracks should be welded, and doubler plates should be welded over the repaired crack. Such cracks will NOT stop when the steering box mounting is repaired, and will continue to get worse. These types of cracks MUST be repaired via welding, as any of the three steps I described above won't really do much, if anything to stop the crack once it has started.
  14. While we are on this topic, tell me about the Transgo shift kit.
  15. Five minutes after I made my post, I saw Eagle’s chart. I drive about 85% in town, and the rest on mountain grades at highway speeds. 4:56 seems a bit overkill for occasional use, but convince me I am wrong.
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