1983 CJ8 Restoration Begins

USMCMutt

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#23
The frame is painted. I had to replace 3 rivet nuts that were stripped out. I have replaced all the brackets that bolt onto the frame. I got the engine from the machine shop today so now I get to start rebuilding it myself. I also started to rebuild the T176 Transmission yesterday.
 

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USMCMutt

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I need some help. As I am currently rebuilding the motor and was ready to install the oil pump I realized that I'm missing a bushing. It is pictured in the parts book and service manual. There was not one on the pump when I removed it during the tear down. I've watched a couple of You Tube videos and there are no signs of a bushing in the installation process. I have a Melling pump but cant find a bushing on the Melling site or by using the original part number J400-5149. If someone could point me in the right direction that would be great.
 

FLCJ8

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Palm Bay
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#26
I need some help. As I am currently rebuilding the motor and was ready to install the oil pump I realized that I'm missing a bushing. It is pictured in the parts book and service manual. There was not one on the pump when I removed it during the tear down. I've watched a couple of You Tube videos and there are no signs of a bushing in the installation process. I have a Melling pump but cant find a bushing on the Melling site or by using the original part number J400-5149. If someone could point me in the right direction that would be great.
This is for the 4.2, correct?
I'm simply going by memory, (but more importantly the FSM parts breakdown and R&R instructions)
I don't see the bushing that you mention. The parts list does show an alignment dowel that is in the block to position the pump.
Can you provide pics of the bushing location.
 

USMCMutt

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#27
One book calls it a dowel pin and another a bushing. Funny since they are both Jeep manuals. It is the dowel that I'm referring too. Nothing protrudes from my block to help line up the pump.
 

FLCJ8

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USMCMutt

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A break in the cold weather let me get the engine on the frame yesterday. Todays high is 24 and tomorrow is 10. Now I can install all the brackets and accessories I have sitting in my storage closet. I'm installing a DUI distributor and a Weber carb to simplify the engine compartment. I will try to get my new plastic gas tank installed so I can run the fuel lines. The rear axle is the next big step.
 

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USMCMutt

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Ran into my first real hassle today. The rear axle had one axle shaft and wheel hub that had stripped splines. The worst was that the axle was full of water. I got oil on me when was lifting the axle up on the work bench and when I went inside and washed my clothes I washed my cell phone. All in all a crappy day. I'm adding some pictures of the finished engine. I replaced the gas tank and am getting ready to run the fuel lines both supply and return. I'm thinking about upgrading my leaf springs to some stock heavy duty springs with extra leafs. Any thoughts on that. The jeep is just going to be a summer fun driver.
 

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jammer1

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#32
That had to stink on 2 counts. Time for a serious up grade with the one piece axles. You're already over half way there, and well worth it. I hate the smell of gear oil and water. Not easy to get the smell off.
 

USMCMutt

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Its been awhile and I now have a rolling chassis. Engine, trans, transfer case, rear axle have all been rebuilt. Front axle was good but I replaced axle shaft u-joints, all the seals, and locking hubs. All of the brake components are new. I went with a 2 inch lift and 33 inch tires. I'll be taking the radiator into the shop next week and once its back I'll be test running the motor. I started working on the body yesterday. Just little stuff. The body is solid and only has 2 small drill holes where a console was located. In the back I have to replace 2 spots under the roll bar mounting points. I have to clean up the dust and dirt from sitting in the shop and paint over all the bare metal and scratches from assembly.
 

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USMCMutt

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I ended up just going with a stock axle set up. I like to follow the original service manual as much as possible. Thanks for the compliment on the lines. I'm OCD about them even though once the body is on no one will see them. I have a neighbor that restores 1950s automobiles for a living and he says I go overboard on the brake/fuel lines. I blasted my grill this morning so I can get it done and mount the radiator to test run the engine.
 

USMCMutt

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Moving slow but still moving forward. The chassis is complete and almost ready to test run. Does anyone know the thread size of the EGR port on the exhaust manifold. The hole with the paper towel in the photo below. Once I plug the hole and prime the oil system I'm ready to test run the motor.
 

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USMCMutt

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#39
As you can see by my last post I haven't worked on this vehicle since July of 2019. Before I tore it down I tried to buy all the parts I would need to finish the restoration so I wouldn't ever be in a bind waiting for parts to show up. I spent another 8000 to get it to where it is now. I have new seats, a painless wiring harness, a new windshield frame, and a new tailgate, plus several boxes of all the little parts needed to finish it off. I may want to try to sell it but have no idea what it is worth in this condition. Anyone want to give me their 2 cents on a value so I can decide if I want to put it up for sale in the classifieds.
 
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