Saturday, November 13, 2021

 Grateful Dead Time Machines Case Update!

There's now an Etsy page to make ordering easier:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GDTimeMachineCases?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=1120339239

There are now three "official color selections":  Scarlet Begonias, Stella Blue, and Black Peter.  :) Thanks for your interest!











Saturday, October 30, 2021

 Grateful Dead Time Machine cases

I designed this case to house the wonderful Grateful Dead Time Machine.  The inventor of the time machine and I have been working to get a solid, no-nonsense, good-looking case into the hands of the people.  A version of these will be provided with new units, but if you already have a Time Machine and would like this case, I'm your guy!  I will be the one fulfilling requests from existing users.


They will be printed in PETG.  Custom colors available upon request, as is custom lettering.  

More colors than shown are available, to include:

- Red
- Translucent Red
- Blue
- Translucent Blue
- Black
- White
- Natural (Translucent)
- Translucent Forest Green

Missing a color?  Send me a message to the address below and we can work out something.  Most any combination of these will work, as long as there's sufficient contrast for the text layer.  Or I can pick one for you!  I have more printed than are shown here.  

Price is $40 shipped USPS priority mail.  $50 for a custom lettering job.  

If you would like to order, please send payment to my Paypal account (paypal AT jfab.com) or Venmo (@Jeffrey-Fabrizio) with the color and any special requests attached to the payment.  

For more information, please email me at gdtmcase@gmail.com or case@jfab.com.  Thanks for your interest!













Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Mostly done... is any Jeep really ever done?  Woefully behind on the writeups on this page and at Jeep Forum.  Life happens.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

CJ7 Build Thread

Rather than duplicating all of my efforts with the posting of this build thread here, I have decided just to keep it on Jeep Forum.  You can read the thread here.  If you aren't already a member, and you're a Jeep fan, it is a great resource for all things related to every model of Jeep, from CJs to TJs, XJs, JKs, Willys, AMC, and Kaiser, etc.

If you're wondering how I know how to rebuild Jeeps, if it wasn't for that forum, EarlyCJ5.net and my uber-smart Uncle Terry, I wouldn't be able to do it.  :)  See you at the forum.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

First Pics and the Purchase

I had heard about this Jeep from a friend who purchased it from a mutual friend's parents.  Although this mutual friend knew I was a Jeep guy, I guess she never thought I would be interested in the old CJ7 rotting away up at her parents' farm.  So, I never even knew about it until he told me he purchased it.  When I heard, I told him that if he ever wanted to sell it, to please let me know.

Turned out that he didn't have the time nor the inclination (thanks Terry for the phraseology) to do a rebuild on it since it needed quite a bit of work.  I saw it in his garage one day and just shook my head at it.  It was a platform that had great potential, but I could see it would need a ton of work.

Well, the fellow ended up having to move, and he decided to move one less thing, so I got the call.  Here were the pictures he sent.






 Forgive the blurry cellphone pics

As you can see, there's a whole heap of potential and the risk of a little tetanus too.  At least I could supplement my license plate collection with some nice crusty vintage maroon Missouri plates!

I borrowed a trailer and brought it home with me.  The intention was a low-dollar mechanical once-over, and drive it while ignoring the rust, but that didn't end up being what happened.


At home in my garage
I discovered that one of the reasons he hadn't been able to get it to start was because it wasn't getting any fuel.  Turns out that the fuel lines coming from the tank had rusted in half.  I picked up a new battery, and checked out the electrics.  When they checked out okay, I took a water bottle full of gasoline and attached some new fuel line to the mechanical fuel pump, which I then discovered was leaking.  A quick trip to NAPA got a new fuel pump.  I just wanted to see if it was going to run before I put another dollar into it.  I was already committed to the CJ5 project, and didn't want to get into a second Jeep if it was beyond saving.  He'd had it for several months and wasn't even able to get it to start, so I didn't know what I was getting into by purchasing it.

I wanted to at least take it for a short drive if possible, and make sure that the transmission shifted well and that the engine ran.

Showing redneck-engineered fuel system
Not optional with "redneck fuel tank" system.  It's a must.

 When doing the "redneck fuel cell trick" make sure that you feed the return line back into the bottle, else you won't get far, and you'll surely leave a huge puddle of fresh expensive gasoline behind you in the garage.  Don't ask me how I found that out.

I will be posting this to JeepForum.com as well under this thread: JFab's 1983 Jeep CJ7 Limited Rebuild Thread.  The thread might be updated more often than this blog in the hopes that the pictures and info might help others as the forum has helped me in the past.



Finally... An update!

I've been a bit sidetracked on the CJ5 project lately. Have not even posted here for nearly two years. But it's not because I've not been working on Jeeps... I just haven't been doing much to the CJ5.

It all started last July when I picked up a 1983 CJ7 "Limited" in need of a tremendous amount of TLC. It has the 4.2L, Auto, Air Conditioning, hard top with factory headliner, color-matched wheels and fender flares, extra sound insulation throughout, and even real leather seats. The Limited was a relatively low-production submodel of the CJ7, and they only made them for two years. When I came across this one, I hadn't ever even heard of a Limited, and I thought that I knew Jeeps.  I thought that the Laredo was the top option package ever offered, and the Limited truly was limited!

This one had been a Colorado Jeep, and had rust repair over the years, but it was clearly losing the battle. It had been sitting outside for ten years on a farm unused, and I thought it could be a quick-and-dirty, in and out mechanical refresh and just drive the '7, warts and all.



As it sat.

I used to own a 1983 CJ7, with manual everything and a T-4 4 speed. It was the second vehicle I ever owned at age 18, and I loved that Jeep! Though I've owned a few other jeeps, that's one that I really loved, and I was getting a chance to own one again.  I couldn't pass it up.


I'll start at the beginning, but I need to stop typing this on the iPad.  It's taking forever. I'll fill you all in on the goings-on of the last couple of years along the way. Stay tuned for updates.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Uncle Terry's 3A

Hey all...  My uncle has owned this Willys for nearly 35 years.  He used to use it regularly, until the block cracked.  He's going to repair it, retain the patina, and start enjoying it again! There's a picture of him with the Jeep as it sits now.  And, no, it's not for sale.  Talk about a BARN find... this one is STILL in the barn.  :)





Sunday, August 19, 2012

1956 F-134 Willys Dual-Stage Fuel Pump Photos


As requested by a member of the Early CJ5 forums, here are pictures of the old fuel pump that I replaced during the resto-update I'm doing on my Jeep.

I'ts been in a box in the attic of my garage since I pulled it.  I am probably going to sell it at some point.  If you want to go all-original and you're in need of one, shoot me an offer.  It could probably use a rebuild, but it was working when I pulled it.  I was no longer in need of the two-stage system as I am converting to an electric wiper.







Tuesday, February 14, 2012

We all did it together!


I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us in the 2012 FDIC Battle Of The Bands. We qualified to make the trip to Indianapolis to play at Lucas Oil Stadium for the chance to win $20,000. We are really hoping that we win, because we want to send two children to the IFSA Burn Camp with some of the proceeds. It is quite expensive, but we would really like to help make a difference in a couple of young burn victim's lives. Wish us luck!

And, please, take just a moment to "Like" us on Facebook. Visit http://jackshighband.com today!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Vote for me!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

2012 FDIC Battle Of The Bands - I need your help!

I need your help. My band, Jack's High, has entered in the 2012 FDIC Battle of the Bands! Please go out and vote for us! Every vote counts, and it only takes a moment to register.



Please visit: vote.jackshighband.com



That address will take you directly to the site where you can vote. The top three bands as voted by you get to go to Indianapolis to play at Lucas Oil Stadium for a chance to win $20,000! Thanks in advance! Wish us luck!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Welcome, Henry Oliver Fabrizio!

10.07.11
1402 CDT
6lb. 3oz.
20.5"
<3

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stay Tuned for more Jeep Tech

I just saw that under certain search circumstances, this page shows up on Google relatively high in the page rankings under certain search terms related to my 1956 Jeep CJ-5 Project.  So, I wanted to put in a brief update about it.  I am currently working on it right now, and I have some new things to post, but I haven't pulled photos off the camera yet.  I hope to have more information up in the next few weeks, to include my suspension upgrade, and installation of Herm The Overdrive Guy's dual-master cylinder conversion.  So, please stay tuned!  Things here have been busy, but I haven't forgotten this project!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Getting it rolling again, and getting it cleaned!

So, upon seeing just how dirty the Jeep was under the body, I decided to get the wheels back on to make it into a rolling chassis again, so that I could get it out into the driveway and power wash it.  Since I only had the brake drum off on one side, I decided just to put that wheel back on and only put the new drum on the other side.

Old 9" drum on passenger side. I left this on temporarily.

New 11" drum brake on driver's side. 
Note size difference between it and the old one on the floor.

Bearings freshly repacked, and new seals installed, I put the hub back on.

New drum, freshly cleaned with brake cleaner

There was a pretty big difference between how the freshly cleaned and packed bearing wheel spun versus the uncleaned original side.  Easily half the resistance in turning it, and it spun cleanly for quite a while.  Once I got both wheels back on, I was ready to roll it out to clean it.  Since the steering wheel is in the corner of the garage, I had to move the wheels left and right by hand to steer it out.  It was easily pushed out alone.





View showing new drum in place.

I spent about a half hour spraying off the frame with my Karcher power washer.  Quite a bit of crud came off, but I will have to take a second stab at it, using commercial degreaser and a brush.  Some of the stuff was just too caked on. I think that while I have the tub off, it would be a good time to straighten out any bent parts in the frame and shoot it with some fresh paint.  I was pleased to note no serious damage, and no rust, other than superficial surface rust, which should clean off relatively easily.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Removing the Tub -- The Willys is naked!

If you've been following along, you know that the body had been sitting on the frame for a short time.  So, I asked a couple of guys to come over to lend me a hand getting it off. It was a lot lighter than I thought it would be. Three of us had no issues lifting it up and putting it on my 4x8 utility trailer.  I was going to put it on saw horses, but I liked the ability to be able to move the whole mess around.

Prior to loading

Last time together for a while

Thanks, guys!

M.C. Escher Jeep? (thanks, JP)

Normally, I would give a few beers to the guys for helping, but since it was 10am, and neither guy drinks beer, I got away cheap.  I owe one of my Uncle Terry's soon-to-be-infamous Whiskey Sours to Unvy, though, and some Postum (yuck) to JP. 

Anyway, it went very smoothly, other than a missed wire to the taillights which we discovered before trying to move the body.  You can tilt up each corner and with a helper, determine if there are going to be any bind points or things still connected.  The wrong time to find out that you are still attached is when you have the body lifted three feet above the frame!

Here are some shots of the "rolling" chassis.  "Rolling" is in quotes, because I still have the front wheels off, the results of my attempted brake job.  More on that later.  The access to the components is amazing, and it should be a pleasure replacing parts as needed now.  This is how the Jeeps were assembled in the factory -- as a complete, rolling chassis.  The body was added near the end of the assembly line.


From the rear

Easy access to everything, including the MC


Engine, transmission, and Transfer Case Access

Transfer case with PTO.  Note E-Brake built-in

 Thirty-five-year-old farm crud (tm)


 As you can see, reaching where I need to in order to rebuild component systems will be much easier without the body.  What is obvious now, though, is that I need to get this thing cleaned.  The Jeep is pretty cruddy, as I neglected the first step in a normal Jeep rebuild -- the power wash.  The crud keeps falling into my face when I'm underneath it, and since I want to repaint the frame, I am going to have to get this thing washed.  More on what I did about that later...