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Old 15th November 2009, 20:08   #16
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Of course I did and like the usual from you, that ones magnificent too.

And I pray to all the JEEP gods to make you keep going and throw in more . We don't mind a new one every week.

All the best Shibu.
Hi Beejay, Thanks for your prayers. I hope the Jeep Gods with answer your prayers and shower me more 4x4's to restore.

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Old 15th November 2009, 20:36   #17
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More updates on 550.

Siva and his trusted mechanic did and iniatial assessment and found out the following to be immediately checked and replaced if required.

1. Front Brake Discs
2. Disk brake calipers
3. Right hand side front carrier plate
4. All wheel bearings -
(Siva suggested to replace the 2 bearing set up in the front to one bearing and one brass bush as the Army specs wheel is heavy (13kg each)& it l keep breaking the bearings. I think this is tried and tested by none other than Arka himself.)

5. King pin bearings
6. One of the diesel pump nozzle body needs replacement
7. Diesel pump switch needs replacement
8. Brake ,Clutch and accelerator pedals
9. All Fluids needs to be replaced.
10. New Battery
11. All tyres
12-Spare wheel was missing - dealer has promised to give one from his stock.

We are still not sure about the engine condition- We are hoping that engine is in OK condition and can be driven for few months before overhauling. Planning to check it later after the basic fixing is done. Keeping fingers crossed.

Mech said once he complete the above list 1-9 he will open the timing case and fix the leaks and then try to start the engine.

Now pic updates of Work in Progess and some parts


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Old 15th November 2009, 21:22   #18
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Spare Parts used in first week.

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Old 16th November 2009, 15:51   #19
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Ah..! Deja Vu. Last time I saw your 550, she was getting all ready for a new outer coat. Keep the pics coming.
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Old 16th November 2009, 15:57   #20
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More PIC up dates

New Front Disc

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Rear view - radiator removed for overhauling

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LH Side view - Soft top missing & axle bearing replacement in progress

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Timing belt cover removed for leak fixing


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Front axle bearings being replaced

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Old 17th November 2009, 12:21   #21
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More updates on Engine.

Mechanic fixed the leak in with timing belt cover, he also fixed the fuel Injector, installed new fuel filter and tried to start the engine. After several cranking engine started with thick black smoke.
Siva was so happy to see the engine running and he rang me up immediately to inform the good news.
Then the mech tried to engage the gear and try to move it and it was not moving or rather the compression was too weak to move it even few feets.From the sound he commented that the engine is on its last legs.But since it started we thought it will run for few months.
So now it was clear that the we have to go for a engine rebuild. Means more time and more expenses.

Engine Getting Removed for Rebuild

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While Engine is getting Ready

While the engine is gone to the lathe for rebuild, we decided to start working on denting, redoing the seat upholstery, electrical works etc.

Thank God there is no rusting anywhere in the 550 which was really good. Thanks to Siva's sharp eyes in picking up this machine. The platform looks very clean from rust and free from any accidents.

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Old 18th November 2009, 21:23   #22
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Ah..! Deja Vu. Last time I saw your 550, she was getting all ready for a new outer coat. Keep the pics coming.
Yes Santosh, 550 is almost ready now. Will be posting pics as and when I get time.


More updates
Engine has come back from lathe and mech has started putting it together.

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Old 18th November 2009, 21:33   #23
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hey that TN43 is my CJ

Now I know what was happened to your completed engine before I saw it in one piece... Your BA10 made my KMT90 Look like a tiny Pencil...!!!
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hey that TN43 is my CJ

Now I know what was happened to your completed engine before I saw it in one piece... Your BA10 made my KMT90 Look like a tiny Pencil...!!!
I know that Santhosh .My 550 and your CJ went to the same doctor.
& yes BA10 is huuge compared to KMT90.

How is your CJ doing? Any mods done planned after you take it from Chennai?

More pic updates

1) Engine rebuild complete - and succesfully started from test bed.
2) Tinkering also complete - there was not much to do
3) Pre-painting works started


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hey that TN43 is my CJ

Now I know what was happened to your completed engine before I saw it in one piece... Your BA10 made my KMT90 Look like a tiny Pencil...!!!

Dude, Let me make it straight the BA-10 what you have seen it in the garage is not Shibu's and that one was mine.

Shibu's Military MM550 is also wearing the same KMT-90, the only difference is that the MM550's KMT-90 is operated with single gear shifter for 4WD operations.
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How is your CJ doing? Any mods done planned after you take it from Chennai?
Nope, out of $, plans for summer 10' now. See Chikbelapur OTR for latest pics. Only removed the doors.

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Dude, Let me make it straight the BA-10 what you have seen it in the garage is not Shibu's and that one was mine..
Oh, I didnt know that. Sorry.Surprising to learn the KMT is enough for the Military jeeps. I thought a BA10 would be more efficient on a 550 M' spec.
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Nope, out of $, plans for summer 10' now. See Chikbelapur OTR for latest pics. Only removed the doors.



Oh, I didnt know that. Sorry.Surprising to learn the KMT is enough for the Military jeeps. I thought a BA10 would be more efficient on a 550 M' spec.

I would say the best Tranny for 4WD application availble in India is the KMT-90. As you were seen many threads talking about the BA-10 which is aluminium made and not so good for really hard core offroad adventures.

When military takes into consideration, they are talking about life risking drives not fancy offroad where you couple the off/on road activities. This is the exact reason why the Civilian MM550s were equipped with BA-10 combi while the military MM550s were mated with KMT-90 combi.

In any day KMT-90 is much superior to BA-10, the only advantage I see it in BA-10 is the smoother operations and Overdrive.

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I would say the best Tranny for 4WD application availble in India is the KMT-90. As you were seen many threads talking about the BA-10 which is aluminium made and not so good for really hard core offroad adventures.

When military takes into consideration, they are talking about life risking drives not fancy offroad where you couple the off/on road activities. This is the exact reason why the Civilian MM550s were equipped with BA-10 combi while the military MM550s were mated with KMT-90 combi.

In any day KMT-90 is much superior to BA-10, the only advantage I see it in BA-10 is the smoother operations and Overdrive.
Siva, you are absolutely right. KMT90 are rock solid performers.


BTW- I just came to know an interesting fact about BA10 GB.
that It was used in Jeep Wrangler YJ's long back!!

"Peugeot BA-10/5speed was used in Wrangler YJ made from 1987 to 1989 with 4.2L I6 Carburated AMC 258 Engines"

Interesting huh?

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The BA-10 is a very smooth shifting gearbox, but frankly the main advantage I see over the KMT is the extra overdrive gear. Other than than I would go with the tried and tested KMT-90 any day.

Shibu, you are right. The BA 10 did come in the wrangler, but I thought it was offered only with the 4 cylinder engine.
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The BA-10 is a very smooth shifting gearbox, but frankly the main advantage I see over the KMT is the extra overdrive gear. Other than than I would go with the tried and tested KMT-90 any day.

Shibu, you are right. The BA 10 did come in the wrangler, but I thought it was offered only with the 4 cylinder engine.
4x4addict, The the OD is defenitely an advantage on BA10.

No, It was offered only on Inline 6 cylidner YJ's. The 4 cylinder YJ had Aisin AX-5 5speed GB.

I was so excited when I read that Jeep Wrangler YJ used to come with BA-10 GB and I have a 91 YJ. But when I read the next line to my disappointment I realised that my YJ has got Aisin AX-15 5speed GB and not BA-10 because they replaced the BA-10 in 1990.
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