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Old 09-27-2014, 12:38 PM   #201
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Made a little progress, ran out of wire so I'll get back at it later.
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:30 PM   #202
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Test fitted, look'n good I think. Time to do a couple finishing touchs and paint it. Decided to finally use some lights I'd been saving for the jeep.






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Old 09-27-2014, 11:51 PM   #203
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What are you welding with?
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Old 09-28-2014, 12:13 AM   #204
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A little campbell hausfeld wire feed... It isn't pretty but they should work.. I hope.

I will admit I'm not very good at welding yet. The welds you see in the other post are after about 4 passes, I wanted to make sure it wasn't going anywhere, lol.

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Old 09-28-2014, 09:57 PM   #205
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Welds look good for the welder setup it sounds like your running. I had one years ago. It was my first wire feed welder. Seriously, i bought it new from wall mart. Best $250 i ever spent. Turn up the heat setting all the way and slow the wire down and weld real slow. She should build some heat and glue some stuff together. It helps to pre heat the steel with even a little propane torch. Good luck!
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:27 PM   #206
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More wirespeed and slowing down should get you a little better penitration. Preheating is a good thing to do also.
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:07 AM   #207
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Iv been trying different settings, tried a hotter setting but after a bit of welding it over heated and it take quite a while to cool off. We have a stick welder which I can't wait to start practicing with, just have to wire up some 220 in my buddy's shop first.

All work and no play is no fun.. So we went out wheel'n a bit today!


Replaced the radiator and did a coolant flush,
Still overheats when I'm crawling or stuck... I'm thinking about eliminating the mech fan and just running two good electric fans.

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Old 09-29-2014, 07:32 AM   #208
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My experience with the electric fans has always been bad. Mechanical fans seem to work better. Do you have a fan shroud all the way around your mechanical fan? Is the clutch on the fan any good? If your rig is a auto trans that can build a lot of heat at low speeds. Maybe a extra cooler for that and eliminate it from the radiator.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:41 AM   #209
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I put washers/spacers in between my hood and hinges to prop the back of the hood up a little. My stock electric fan is on a toggle switch that stays on when I'm going slow. you can feel the hot air being blown out the opening in the back of the hood. works killer, NEVER over 190-200. Old hot rod trick...
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:01 AM   #210
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Greg showed me that trick when i was at his house last. Looks like a great idea. Im going to be doing it to mine. Without it I went up baldy last sunday crawling with my new efan on a toggle, had the fan on when I wasnt in the water or mud and never over heated once. Thats a first for my jeep.
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:37 PM   #211
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Me and my buddy's have been talking about building a cowl hood for it.

No it currently has no fan shroud or Efan, they were both destroyed when the radiator mounts and front were ripped off. I've always had overheating issues though.
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:57 PM   #212
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If your electrical end is still there for the fan, I have two i could sell you
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:18 PM   #213
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No fan shroud definetly would prevent it from pulling the cool air through. You didnt say if it was a manual or auto? My geuss because you said low speed or stuck being the only time it over heats is you have a auto trans and stock gears in the axles and over size tires. The auto tranny will make a lot of heat in those conditions. If you do have a auto i highley recomend the extra trans cooler and maybe a trans temp gauge. The extra fans would just be a fix waiting to fail. If you have a manual trans than for sure go for some extra electric fans. Just my opinion. A reverse hood scope would be functional and look pretty sweet.
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Old 09-30-2014, 03:23 AM   #214
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Stock specs on the jeep were in the first post, it is a 5 speed. Stock gearing was 3.07's I'm running 3.55's. Speedo is accurate after the 3.55's with 33"s according to the gps, so should be relatively close to the stock setup.
Jeep has had over heating problems at low speeds/stuck sense I got it. Does fine at normal trail speed or on road.

I'm definitely thinking a cowl hood and some fans. Mainly want the hood primarily due to the fact iv never seen a xj with one up here... And they look BA Haha.


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Old 09-30-2014, 08:21 AM   #215
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Ya it would have helped had i went to the begining of your thread. Not to sure why it would be overheating then. Maybe try to fab in a bigger radiator. If there's room.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:17 AM   #216
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I've got a stock e-fan for you.
I don't run a shroud on my mechanical either, still no problems.

bring it over when I get home and we'll look at it.
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:03 AM   #217
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Thank you PFD's....

Just ordered new RE control arm drop brackets and RE 7.5" coils for a killer price. Time to make the ol' xj sit level.
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:56 AM   #218
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Huh, I completely forgot about the PFD. Makes sense now when I swung into Walmart yesterday and the think 1/2 the people in the state were there....
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:22 PM   #219
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I was sitting here at work and started thinking... I'm going to be dropping the front axle, so I might as well replace the bent/beat stock upper control arms.. So...

Ordered some re super flex adjustable uppers. Can't want to get home.
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:15 AM   #220
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After reading this iv been inspired to take a swing at building a cowl hood, just need to pick up another hood to tinker with.
http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f58/cow...ctures-177596/
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:12 PM   #221
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Looks like my jeep does have a twin! I may have to think of a new color for mine.


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Old 10-18-2014, 12:11 AM   #222
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It seems like you like your jeep a lot and you are always looking for the next mod.

You need the efan I promise that I had the same problem. Jeep overheated from day one. I found a few efans around the house and then got two more in other deals. I have two extras that are the right size for our rad but you'll need to make your own brackets.

Next thing you'll know is going to tons and other parts. I saw that when I started. And I figured instead of just doing this here and there to improve I'd just wait till I had a pile of parts sitting there and go to town. It was a fun winter. If you need any pointers this winter that I think went well on my jeep I'm down to help out.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:49 PM   #223
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This jeeps the first rig iv personally built for wheel'n, love it.

However due to a recent decision to buy a street/hotrod type truck I won't be buying any parts for the jeep for a couple months..

I am adding a 77 gmc single cab short bed to the drive way though. Planning a mild resto-mod type project with this rig, it's mostly done already though. Mainly needs interior work finished. Heck all the springs drive lines etc. still have readable stickers on them! This thing has a STRONG sbc under the hood. wish I knew more about the sbc, all I know about it is it has a holly carb, edelbrock intake, vortec heads, gear drive timing set (some people complain about the noise, I think they sound cool haha) and hooker comp headers, msd 6al ignition, internals are a mystery though sense the motor was already in the truck when my buddy bought it.








P.S I'm looking for a 77' gmc grill...

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Old 10-19-2014, 01:12 PM   #224
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That's kc's truck isn't it or was his haha
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:32 PM   #225
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That's gonna be a fun truck. I've been wanting another one of those for a while.
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