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Frt. Axle Instalation

posted Feb 17, 2010, 9:03 PM by roehricht@bellsouth.net   [ updated Jul 28, 2017, 3:01 PM ]
March 2012
 
We're nearing completion of the frt differential assy. and I'm preparing to install it in the truck. We'll try to describe and photograph as much as we can in hopes that some of you who are contemplating the same stuff can get a look at what is involved. I think it's important to explain before we go much farther that this won't be a show truck, so if it doesn't seem pretty it's because form is not as important as function. When the truck is all assembled and all of the bugs are worked out, I'll  drive it for a couple of years and then maybe go for all the slick and glitzy stuff.  
 
I'm vain when it comes to my old Harley, but one vehicle that requires all that polishing is enough. Chrome don't get you home! 
 
Feb. 2014
 
It's been a while.  Several things have combined to prevent progress on the Jeep. I spent a lot of time on the road the last year and some, and then there's money. Anyhow, I finally got all of the peices rounded up to finish the front axle swap, and a place to do it in relative comfort and safety. I'd been working on it in my yard without a solid floor or shelter. That's changed as a good friend and former co-worker has loaned me his garage, a big garage with a lift and equipment.
 
Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to install the new differential and try to get the new brake system completed too. I bought a donor vehicle that had power brake booster, master cylinder, and proportioning valve. These are parts I needed to make the truck stop reliably and safely. The car also had an electronically controlled transmission and ECM to go with electronic fuel injection and all of the harness to connect everything. That part I'll explain in the repower part of the blog.

July 2017

I finally got another computer and now I can add some more progress pics!!  I got the front axle assembly put in a couple of years ago, but didn't have a way to post photos. It fits nicely and all I lack on it is fabricating suitable shock mounts and running brake lines. It rolls around great and steers easily. I added three new pics to the page below. 
 
Here are some pics I took of the new differential assy.
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