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Mike House

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  1. Thanks Moses, I appreciate all of your insight. I will likely stick with the plastigauge to ensure I have proper clear eve with things torqued in place.
  2. I’m getting excited to build this engine and get it in the 3b. Any feedback on using a set of inside and outside micrometers to measure the crank and rods for bearing clearances VS using plastigauge? I have never used the plastigauge and it seems like a bit of a pain doing the rods on the crank with the crank torqued into the block.....
  3. Thanks Moses, There are many things I miss about living out west but of all of them spending time with my son and his family tops the list. The Gladiator is a 2020 model. I went as base as possible. I even have hand crank windows! I put a 3.5" lift on it and 37x12.5 tires. They fit and look good in my opinion. I may need to look at re-gearing the differentials. I did not lose much power for daily driving but when I tow my side by side on the trailer it is a dog. Thanks for the feedback on the cooling system. I believe adapting the Cj5 radiator should be pretty straight forward
  4. I do have a question for anyone on the forum with some good info! Q- So what would be the best option for cooling the Dauntless? I have the radiator that was in the 3b when it had the 4cyl in it. Not sure what kind of shape it is in. I was considering buying a radiator that came in the 1967 cj5 with the V6 to match the engine I am rebuilding. Again this jeep isn't going to be a performance rig or a parade rig. Just fun to cruise around in and maybe go to the woods hunting! Any feed back is great thanks!
  5. Things that I have been doing instead of working on the 3b. My son came down in October from WA state where he and his family live. Together we spent a week filling up two freezers with white tail deer and wild hog meat! I traded the 06 Ram in last fall so I opted for the Gladiator! I love this rig! I always wanted a Scrambler but it was never in the cards back in the day. When Jeep came out with the Gladiator I had my eye set on one right away!
  6. Ok, well it has been a busy fall and winter. I wish I could say I have been hard at work rebuilding the 3b. I haven't made any progress on the actual rebuild but I have been stock piling new parts. The block, crank, pistons, rods, cam etc are all back from the machine shop and still in the corner of the kitchen. I don't dare put hem outside in this Middle GA humidity. I would be right back to a rusty pile of mystery parts. I have purchased a new timing cover, water pump, distributor, some universal motor mounts and a handful of new tools that I did not have to complete the rebuild. I don't wan
  7. Hahah that’s great! A young entrepreneur! Sounds like he is well on his way! Those tires are sure to keep him busy! 😃
  8. Hey Moses! Awesome video and a really cool tool you have there! I have spent my share of time wrestling tires! Fortunately it was when I was younger and less wise! Hahaha now I can look back and say I have paid my dues! Tires are a lot of work! It looks like you lost some serious fluids making that video! That tool should be sold with a cooler of ice cold beverages! thanks for sharing! Mike
  9. Thanks! Good work space definitely helps! It’s in the 90s here now and I am not spending as much time in the shop as I would like! I have me engine block crank and pistons back from the machine shop and waiting for the heads. I have a few more parts to buy before I start the engine rebuild! plus an adapter and clutch to purchase! Mike
  10. I realize this thread is a few years old but I have read through it several times gaining insight from the good pics and dialogue! Thanks guys mike
  11. For sure! That girl rarely leaves my side if I’m not at work. Hunting, fishing, yard work and working in the shop! She’s my partner in crime!
  12. While performing a root cause analysis on the broken bolts in my timing cover I believe I have discovered the root cause! Hahahahaha. My daughter Capri may have been responsible!
  13. I also pulled the locking hubs apart, cleaned inspected and lubed them before reassembling them. All pieces looked to be in good shape and the hubs now turn freely in and out.
  14. I may have jumped the gun on the hubs and drums here. After researching what should be on the 3b, measuring the two hubs comparing them I decided to order a new drum and drill tap holes in the one hub to facilitate the drum? many thoughts? thanks, Mike
  15. Some parts arrived today so I changed gears from engine to front axle. Both hubs had play in the wheel bearings. When I took it apart I found that they were not set with a reasonable amount of preload or they backed off over time. to my surprise I found some good parts behind the drums! That was a plus. the bell crank was very sloppy, tie rod ends worn out and the passenger side had been welded. I rebuilt the bell rank with new parts and assembled the tie rods. New tie rods and new ends. I didn’t assemble it on the Jeep yet. Still trying to decide if I should open up the closed knuckl
  16. Ahhhh chasing the elusive steelhead! One of the rivers I grew up on had a very strong winter run of 100% native steelhead. When I was younger you could fish it for these natives but now it is closed for steelhead. The rivers out on the peninsula still generate very strong steelhead runs although most of them are hatchery fish now. You have been a very busy guy and sounds like in addition to your career you have given back to the community in a significant way. I was born in Oceanside CA which is in Orange county and than we moved to WA state in 1975. Looking back on my career in ma
  17. Rear crossmember/bumper showed up today so I hung it loosely with a couple carriage bolts I had in the garage from building a utility trailer.
  18. Some parts arrived today so I changed gears from engine to front axle. Both hubs had play in the wheel bearings. When I took it apart I found that they were not set with a reasonable amount of preload or they backed off over time. to my surprise I found some good parts behind the drums! That was a plus. the bell crank was very sloppy, tie rod ends worn out and the passenger side had been welded. I rebuilt the bell rank with new parts and assembled the tie rods. New tie rods and new ends. I didn’t assemble it on the Jeep yet. Still trying to decide if I should open up the closed knuckl
  19. Moses it is a small world after all. I do love and miss the Pacific Northwest but middle Georgia is where my career has taken me for the time being. I have a sister in Eugene and a brother in Florence OR out on the coast. You have had an amazing career and sounds like there is more in store for you with the video projects. It is a great sense of accomplishment to know that the equipment you maintain is out there rolling up and down the road every day. I worked with some folks back in WA that had worked for Pope in OR many years back. I have been in the sawmills now for 20 years. the firs
  20. Thanks Moses, That looks like a painstaking process. Thanks for sharing the articles. When I was 16 I went to work for a small logging company on WA states Olympic Peninsula where I grew up. The owner pinched every penny and I had the opportunity to work on some very old and very unusual equipment. I did all of the tire work on the log trucks and dump trucks in the beginning and so of course left hand threads were normal for these heavy trucks. I worked for this logging company in the shop for 3 years before graduating high school and joining the Navy. So in a short 6 months I went from w
  21. Thanks Moses, That looks like a painstaking process. Thanks for sharing the articles. When I was 16 I went to work for a small logging company on WA states Olympic Peninsula where I grew up. The owner pinched every penny and I had the opportunity to work on some very old and very unusual equipment. I did all of the tire work on the log trucks and dump trucks in the beginning and so of course left hand threads were normal for these heavy trucks. I worked for this logging company in the shop for 3 years before graduating high school and joining the Navy. So in a short 6 months I went from w
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