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Pascal, One tidbit to remember, absolutely replace the input shaft pilot bearing when you do this.  It sits in the flywheel, just a bronze bushing but if you don't, you get to do this all over again... ask me how I know..

PAST EVENTS: / Re: Northern Colorado Mountain Run July 11-13, 2014
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:56:29 PM »
Bruce, just talked to the leader of the pack, she says it would be GREAT to join you.  As it turns out my sister lives in Laramie, so that old one stone two birds thing might work out !!.  Put us down as attending, unless something nasty comes up.  What is the name of the campground, I take it we'll be tenting?

PAST EVENTS: / Re: Northern Colorado Mountain Run July 11-13, 2014
« on: March 16, 2014, 07:24:15 PM »
Where is the nearest town that we can use for trip planning?


PAST EVENTS: / Re: June 14th and 15th Black Hills FFC run.
« on: March 16, 2014, 07:19:39 PM »
Would you consider a Memorial Day expeditionary cruise to explore and do route maintenance?

I'm committed in June but would love to do this one!


PAST EVENTS: / Calling Minnesota jeepers
« on: July 23, 2013, 10:28:24 PM »
If you are interested in being contacted when we put rides together please send me your contact info.   I'll put you on the list for our email notices.  North Star chapter IFFC rides require patience, a love of conversation, and a somewhat reliable jeep.

PAST EVENTS: / Northstar Chapter, WI 100 Miler (event over) PICS!
« on: October 07, 2012, 01:56:11 PM »
We got together last weekend for a 100 mile ride, started at Lee's house in Harris MN, then to Taylors Falls, St. Croix Falls, north along the River Road that follows the St. Croix River and then back to Harris, we managed 92 miles, a stop at a drive in for hambergers and root beer, where you can imagine the jeeps took a public photo op. �Those darn things are better than puppies !!! �the fall colors were just on fire, good thing we went last weekend, the wind took half the leaves this week. �Todd

The drive in restraunt in Taylors Falls MN, just a little photo op.

The hill side above town, afire with Maple, Oak and Birch trees.

The St. croix river above the damn at St. Croix Falls WI.

A trip down the River Road.

PAST EVENTS: / Minneapolis area jeep patrol
« on: July 22, 2012, 10:59:22 AM »
Anybody in the Minneapolis, St.Paul area interested in getting together for a very informal jeep patrol? �I met with Lee from the 2a last week and we bounced around the idea of a couple informal breakfast rides or lunch rides. �Just wondering how many of you guys are interested?

I just started a new section for these kinds of posts, and would like to move this post there...but...YABB strikes again. Can't figure out how as of yet. Until I do figure that out, would you mind reposting over in the clubs and events section??

Successfully moved - johnrb3b - Admin

International Flat Fender Club / Inagural Meeting Northstar Chapter IFFC
« on: September 09, 2012, 10:27:11 AM »
Last weekend a couple of us got together for the inagural run of the Northstar Chapter of the IFFC.  Lee, Al and Marilyn, Todd and Sue, all met in St. Joseph MN for a country run.  We put on 60 miles on the afternoon, rode through St. Johns University, what a beutiful Campus, then through Collegeville, Albany, and a few other small towns.  Every jeep made the run, no breakdowns, a very fun afternoon and some great folks.  Unfortunatley Wally and PlowPusher were not able to  make it, perhaps next time.  Al drove his 46 2A with Three Point Hitch, Lee drove his 49 and I had my 50 3A.   When the colors get a little further along we'll get another run in.  Maybe we'll see some more jeeps at the Nevada Iowa jeep rally on the 22-23rd of September.

This is the cathedral at St. Johns, we stopped for pics, and just as we were leaving the bells began to toll, good sign I hope!

A little Pow Wow on the Highway.  Our route took us on a frontage road of I-94 for a bit, we looked like a three jeep parade and do believe we slowed down some of the traffic on the big road!

A look at the country side, and that is Lee behind us in his 49 2A.

When the colors turn this is a beutiful part of the country, thats Al and Marilyn in their 46 Farm Jeep, thats a pretty one!

Thats all for now, we hope to get another ride in a perhaps in mid October, before it gets too cold.  I'll post upcoming events in this section so stay tuned and don't touch that dial !

International Flat Fender Club / Re: Northstar Chapter IFFC
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:57:18 AM »
Good Idea Lew, Thanks I'll get up with the guys

International Flat Fender Club / Northstar Chapter IFFC
« on: July 23, 2012, 03:43:49 PM »
Anybody in the Minneapolis, St.Paul area interested in getting together for a very informal jeep patrol? �I met with Lee from the 2a last week and we bounced around the idea of a couple informal breakfast rides or lunch rides. �Just wondering how many of you guys are interested?

Maybe this AOR was too small, we now have three people interested, one from St. Cloud, we welcome anyone from Minnesota that wants to socialize and drive flat fenders, PM me if your interested.

Well guys the hits just keep on coming.  I posted earlier that I have a significant oil leak at the rear of the shift tower, the barrels that house the shift rods are apparently worn so oil is sprayed up on the shift rods and works its way out of the tower when I shift.  I thought the easiest way to address it would be to just buy a new tower from KW.  You know, new tranny, new tower, no leaks. 

Well the tower assembled to the tranny just fine, little tight but no forcing needed.  That was the good news, on driving the tranny made the most awful squalling, I thought a dying pig was in the jeep,  made noise in every gear, but not all the time, just when shifting then it went away when driving, I looked all over for it, finally took off the shift tower and put the original back on, all of the noise went away, smooth shifting.  great!  In looking at the KW shift tower I found 1. a casting repair in the tower that was not done well, it leaked oil at a fair rate.  2. both of the shift forks had grinding marks on them in various locations, where they had rubbed on internals of the tranny.  Nice!.. drained the tranny and  Tcase, a fair amount of metal chips came out with the oil, flushed with a 0-16W full synthetic motor oil, drained again, no chips, refilled with GL-1 80/90.  BTW I talked to KW about it, they said return the part, full refund, no argument, no issues. Good customer service.

So Now I'm back to square one. I still have a shift tower that leaks at the rear through the shift rod boss.  I saw that there are some posts on grinding flats on the shift rods to allow drainage, I also saw a mention of drilling the housing to allow oil to flow back into the tranny from the shift rod boss.  Has anyone done that, it seems like the easy fix and does not require disassembly.

Tim, yes the overdrive is awesome, and when I finally get done with this project I will enjoy it.  Again, this is Triple X we are talking about; everything must be done 3 times before its over!

Well here is an update, the tranny is in, the overdrive installed, new clutch, new throw out bearing, and a new noise... read with interest Calvin and Aboyandhisdogs prolonged diagnosis on that noise.  I have to say it seems my throw out bearing or my pilot bearing may be the culprit.  Will be spending time on that soon I guess.  In the meantime I'm getting familiar with Dad's old M38A1, we just finished that as a tribute jeep to him.  Keep on jeepin!

Don't worry Hawk, there will be some war stories... sometimes its prudent to hire mercenaries for a job so you can focus on the real challenge... Gun

Hi Guys
Thought an update on the tranny problem was in order.  I chickened out on the re-build, there is a guy just down the road the builds at lest one of these every week.  Its his specialty.  so I took it out and brought it to him, diagnosis was that the roller bearing on the input shaft went out.  Most likely when it was build last time the builder left out one roller, so there must have been enough slop that after 5 years of wear a roller got sideways a bit, got chewed up and broke the rest loose.   Bottom line was a full rebuild on the tranny and X-case, I also added an overdrive while it was out. 

But thats not the end of the story, Since I've owned that truck the shift barrels have leaked when shifting, we could not find a fix for it so I bought a new one from Kaiser Willys, that fit up nicely, seems to work OK although I don't have a lot of miles on it since the install  we got another 8 inches of snow last week) so not much driving going on.  However I did not see any leaks !!! 

Thanks for all the help, See you at the FCT.

Hey guys,
Got the bad news Friday, still in shock.  The guy I took the tranny too does a lot of trannies and axles for Midwest Military, he said he has never seen a transmission as bad as mine.  At least I'm a winner there !..  Bottom line is $1500 for him to rebuild it, the roller bearings in the input shaft did come out and go into the intermediate shaft, apparently when it was rebuilt last time they left out one roller, that allowed enough space for accelerated wear, eventually breakage of rollers and then bingo.  I'm going to go pick it up this week and get the nasty details, not sure what I'm going to do yet.  Kaiser has a new t90 for $975.00, which looks like the easy button, but I did want to add an overdrive, so that kind of chews up the funds for that...with the parts I need to buy and the master rebuild kit I'm looking at $5-600 if I do it, but then I've never done one and confidence is low, I don't want to take it out again...


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