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Old 19th March 2009, 02:38   #31
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great work AK . Even i am looking for a jeep for the last few months. will be glued to this thread.
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Old 23rd March 2009, 03:22   #32
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All the mechanicals have been overhauled and the chassis is ready to accept the body. The only thing remaining is the exhaust pipe.

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc02751.jpg
My MM550XD rebuild-dsc02753.jpg

PS: Avoid painting the chassis 'chemical sludge' blue.
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Old 23rd March 2009, 03:28   #33
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Looks good, how far are you with the body ?

Any reason why you should not paint chemical blue ? I think a few of us have our chassis painted black. But if you ever get a leak then a blue or green chassis can aid in finding the source.

Also those two tubular pieces on either side are they the side step bars ?

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Old 23rd March 2009, 03:33   #34
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Looks good, how far are you with the body ?

Any reason why you should not paint chemical blue ? I think a few of us have our chassis painted black. But if you ever get a leak then a blue or green chassis can aid in finding the source.
Good point.
But it looks like old plastic decaying in the sun at a landfill site.
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Old 31st March 2009, 00:15   #35
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Hi,

I installed the tub today. It must be said that the body is very poorly designed, especially the mounting points. It also has too many moisture traps welcoming rust.

My MM550XD rebuild-dsc02761.jpg

The transmission

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Old 31st March 2009, 00:30   #36
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Nice nerf bars. What color have you decided on? Hope to see the final product soon.

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Old 31st March 2009, 00:45   #37
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The colour is matt off-white. I got the body painted off the chassis so that paint would reach the areas normally covered by joints and panels.
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Alfa kilo,
What kind of body beds are you using? Also what are the parts that you have changed in the transfer case?

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Old 31st March 2009, 13:09   #39
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Alfa kilo,
What kind of body beds are you using? Also what are the parts that you have changed in the transfer case?
The military 550 has thicker body mounting bushes compared to the civil version, and these bushes are shared with the pickup. I am using a pickup kit on my vehicle.
The 550 has 15 mountings including one for the grill and two bushes which are not bolted down.

I changed all bearings, oil seals and speedo pinion in the TCase. I also added a transmission handbrake and PTO.
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Alfa kilo,
Whats the cable running around your transmission?
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I know it is only visual but the blue side bars stick out like a sore thumb with the white tub. Do you plan to paint them black or any other colour ?
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Whats the cable running around your transmission?
Thats the clutch cable.
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I know it is only visual but the blue side bars stick out like a sore thumb with the white tub. Do you plan to paint them black or any other colour ?
Yeah, I'll get it done black. The blue has turned out to be quite bad.
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Dear Vinod - ref your query in post 40 above, the cable is the clutch cable developed for RHD vehicles providing a direct connection to the clutch fork without using the old clutch cross shaft. As the original fork for RHD vehicles was on the right side of the transmission, the clutch cable radius was reducing so LHD fork was used for RHD application and standardized. It was developed for the Armada and deployed across models. However, now everything is obsolete as all vehicles have hydraulic clutch actuation.

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Old 1st April 2009, 14:26   #45
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Somehow I trust the cable links more than hydraulic clutch actuators. I have always had bad experiences with the oil line being torn off and pistons failing.
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