Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Lexington, SC
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Re: Some days you cant win
The problem with the bracketis just a minor setback, it might not even be a problem yet, because i havn't put the body back on the frame. I did a power steering conversion with a swapped in column. So the out put from the column is probably different. I am just planning ahead to find a manual gear box to use for the campout at the end of the month, because it will be simpler and easier to do right now to fix the problem, if there is one. I don't have jeep together and i really want to debut the jeep at the campout. Later i will figer out steering shaft geometry.
I had the lower pump mounting bracket and it interfered with the fuel pump so on my 225 i had an electric pump, but then i noticed you could not access the timing marks. On this new engine i wanted to keep the mechanical fuel pump and have access to the timing marks.
The backet fits great and looks really nice. Thanks again.
the brake conversion can be done many ways, and it depends what price you want to pay. I just bough the front, for now, 11 inch upgrade from i think drive train direct. It came already to bolt on. It was very simple. And it is very noticeable. For the rear i installed jeepster rear 10 inch brakes. I got them from a guy vacationing and they bolted right on. Also helped. They are the same 10 inch brakes found in later 60's CJs. I heard that wagonner brakes bolt on also. I bough them new, because i wanted all new hardware and with used stuff, for me, it seems that little problems emerge and i did not feel like replacing the brakes bit by bit. The thing i am doing now to improve braking is install firewall mounted master cylinder. You will find out that it is very old to have to pull off the floor plate to get at the master cylinder. Even worse is the large socket or wrench to get the cap off, and the funnels to put the fluid in. Alot of work. I bought an early 70's pedal assembly. It fits the body tub perfectly, because the later CJ5s are differnt. I am also installed a hydrolic clutch because i did not want to deal with fabbing clutch linkage. It is turning out to be real sweet, but not finished yet. And also the firewall mounted master cylinder is a dual resovior. The floor mounted is a single. I like having an old jeep, but the safety factor is big, because i don't like to pump the brakes a thousand times to just SLLLOOOOWWWWW to a stop. Everything I have seen written about the 9 inch brakes say that they are horrible. I will get the rears eventually when i start paying for my new modifications. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
Dan Stewart 1963 CJ5 "Caloosa Jeepers" member