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Project "Free Jeep" a.k.a Project "FJ" - part #2
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(12/25/05). Yup, it is Christmas Day and I am doing all this work. All of my Christmas duties are over and now I can get back to doing what I love. I just got back from the garage and I just made room for the motor, hood and tailgate that I was able to obtain for next to no money. The motor had been sitting in the back of my 2005 Dodge Ram Diesel for a couple of days and rain was in the forecast, so I needed to get it out of there and into the garage.

The major problem I faced was that the garage was jammed full of parts that were sitting all over the ground and there wasn’t a lot of room for the motor with the Jeep and all the tools that were in the garage. So, I threw out a lot of boxes, condensed a lot of boxes, moved a lot of stuff around, and finally got the motor off the truck and onto the engine stand. I noticed when I was doing this that the flywheel had a few chipped teeth, so I was going to have to get a new one. The clutch seemed to be OK, however, I have another one that I can use. Basically I will used whichever one is better when I go to install the engine into the chassis. This is a ways off, so I will just store it for the time being.
With the clutch and flywheel off, the engine was mounted onto the engine stand and finally all the pieces were pushed into the garage in their respective places. I folded up the engine stand and then we were able to fit the Jeep back in the garage. I have started looking for a new place to live since I am out of room for all my Jeep projects and tools. It would be nice to sell the “Yellow Jeep” so I could get some money to complete the rest of the projects!

That is about it on the “Free Jeep” for now, I have to write-up the website to show all the pictures I have for it, so I am off to do that now. It should be a good project and I am looking forward to seeing how it goes and how the Jeep community embraces it and we will see how this new experiment goes.

cb   (12/25/05)
I had to do a quick update on the FJ project. I have received a few emails about free parts that I have to get back to people on and I have received a few more parts in. I got a set of tires and rims for a Wrangler as well as a hard top seal kit. These may or may not be used on the FJ project, but they are good additions to the pile that is starting to build up in the garage. I also donated the grille shell from my Orange Jeep as I got another one that is being painted and getting ready for the Orange Jeep transformation that I am doing now during the winter months.

There are a few pictures up of what I received and as you can see, the tires are in good shape and the hard top seal kit is brand new. The grille shell is 30 years old, but looks to be in really good shape for its age. If you want to donate any parts, just email me at Free Jeep Parts and we can talk about arranging time and pickup for your donation.

cb   (01/22/06)
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