Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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SS Jeep is on the road
About 11:00 last night, ten months and nine days after beginning the body swap which I thought would take a few weeks, I drove the Jeep out and filled the tank with gas.
It is amazing how much more solid it is. The old tub was more rusted than I had realized. The tops of the rear fenders had fist-sized holes under the roll bar. The tub had sagged outward half an inch at the tailgate. Practically everything was compromised to some degree. I could almost rip out the outboard seatbelt mounts with my bare hands. Is was really unsafe, and would have collapsed like the French Army in a crash.
Now the lights are bright again, the panel lights work, the parking brake works, the backup lights work, the gas gauge works. And the heater WORKS with the Blazer motor and about two gallons of leaves, pine needles, acorns, twigs, moss and critter nests removed from the heater box!
The job isn't finished by any means. For the last week I have been putting it back together without many of the modifications and new parts that I want to fabricate, and I still have to install the console, horn and radio before I lead for the 100 Acre Wood Rally. But I tell you what, now; it was really great to drive it again, and remember what it was like when it was new.
Sorry, no pictures yet. I will snap a few after the sun comes up. When things slow down I plan to do a writeup of the problems I ran into and their solutions, and some of the modifications I made along the way.