Been tinkering some more as usual. I extended the t case shifter about a foot useing an old 11/16 wrench. I'll take a pic sometime. It rocks though used it at Kingsley. It made shifting the case super easy not having to reach all the way around the trans shifter. More later on that.
Then decided I was unhappy with the securing of the spare tire. It required me to get into the tool bag and get the 11/16" deep socket and braker bar and unbolt the two nuts that hold the tire on. So I took a piece of 1.5" tube and welded one of the nuts inside one end. Made a T then welded a spare socket to one end of the handle. Pix
Next was my need for storage options while the kid was in the back seat or if we ever get some good snow and I want to carry more fuel. So the search for some kind of rack was on. JD Winter's came though like a champion, he had an old rack that came with his CJ he wasn't useing and graciously donated it to the cause. Of course being originally designed to be mounted to the tub a cj with a 29" spare it needed to be modified. I didn't mind ;-) So I ditched one of the support triangles completely. So it would fit over my 37" spare. The extended the other support leg and made a pocket for it to rest in on the swing out of the tire carrier. This is also for the extra weight of a full gas can
I wanted it to be supported on the tire and use the existing upright of the tire carrier to locate it. So a spent $7.99 on a (2.5" to 2" hitch reducer) which was the total out of pocket for the project. If you don't count weld wire/gas, paint, grinding supplies and electricity.
then added some 1.5" angle iron the length to the bottom of the rack to help beef it up.
Added some hoops for tie downs. Used some old axle u-joint straps.
Also neended to make sure it didn't sway or rattle so I welded in a nut to thread a bolt into to apply pressure and lock it all together. Again not wanting to fish for tools I added a handle to the bolt for easy of use.
I crawled under the Jeep to see what I needed to do to fix the tcase shifter that started giving me problems at team trophy challenge. I noticed that the tcase cross member was snapped in half. Opps.
The real problem is I drop the jeep on the skid plate alot and the skid bends. You would too. I have pulled it and straighten the skid a few times Then the skid and the cross member touch and it get dropped on the skip again and after 3 years of this it brakes. So I went through the process one more time but this go around I added steal :-)
The other failure I had was the tiny nut I welded inside a tube to connect the 11/16" wrench the the OEM t case shift committed suicide. So I committed to the design and welded them together. Also added some brass bushings and spring washers to the mix in an attempt to lesson the rattle in the shifter.So far so good.
ExCabSwap: The wind there looks horrible... Still worth it haha
Feb 1, 2016 18:43:45 GMT -8
ExCabSwap: Finishing up the fuel tank... Hope to see you all Tuesday in my extended cab!
Feb 6, 2016 1:43:36 GMT -8
poorboy: Can somebody give me the official rules for the Cowbell please?
May 8, 2016 15:26:47 GMT -8
Wyldman: The Cowbell... If you are a club member and you're on one of our wheelin' trips. If you get stuck on an obstacle and have to be pulled out by your winch or someone elses winch/strap. You earn the Cowbell.
May 9, 2016 15:46:03 GMT -8
poorboy: Wyldman, I got to see the passing of the bell at the meeting and learned quite a bit about the tradition.
May 11, 2016 13:03:11 GMT -8
ljdude: Who has the cowbell?
Jul 20, 2016 23:45:14 GMT -8
petee: who has the cowbell
Aug 7, 2016 20:00:28 GMT -8