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Old 15th January 2010, 12:16   #31
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Thanks Tarkesh, I have been following your thread too and was an inspiration to me. So did you change your soft top yet? To be honest i still havent figured out what switch is it. But FYI the switch is spring loaded so can be heater switch??

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Hi Nishanth,

NO. Not yet!!! After marriage and shifting to new home ...caught up with new responsibilities . But I am planning to do it now.

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Old 15th January 2010, 12:24   #32
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Usually at what mileage does army auction these Jeeps??
In my opinion its not certain and nothing can be said for sure. Like my MM550 showed 46k kms on the odo but I really doubt that. It can be 146k kms, maybe more maybe less, the speedo could have been changed midway, the reading could have been altered by the army or the resale guys or anything for that matter. There is a lot of ambiguity around this.
This is the primary reason that many of us who buy ex-army vehicles decide to get a complete checkup of the vehicle before we start using it on a daily basis and I believe that whatever the vehicle maybe if a vehicle is opened after 10 years there are many things or parts that will not be alright and will have to be changed, especially ex-army vehicles!!!

Just my 2 cents...
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Old 17th January 2010, 11:03   #33
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Usually at what mileage does army auction these Jeeps??
Hi

Like Harjeev has told when the army disposes of a jeep it could be for any number of reasons. One can never say for sure. The mileage on mine shows 18k and odd kms! Now everyone knows for a 1999 model MM550 that too with an engine which is overdue for full overhaul it definitely could not have run just for 18K kms it has to be 118 and odd k kms. Other than that even some accident vechiles are also disposed off by the army.

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Old 17th January 2010, 12:57   #34
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Hi Guys

Update as on 17th jan 2010

1 : Brakes

-Front Disc brakes and Rear drum brakes back from lathe after machining.
-Overhauled and fitted back both brakes with new pads and liners.
- New cylinder for the rear drum brakes.
-Front brake caliper washer set replaced.
-FWH opened up lock washer and grease changed and overhauled.

2 : Steering / Suspension

-Tie rod ends changed to new ones
- Torsion bar bushes replaced with new ones
-King pin bearings changed.
- Wheel bearings changed
-Front RH King Pin housing replaced.
-Steering unit removed for changing oil seal and replacing the oil, Work still in progress.Will be completed on Monday.
-All wheels fitted back
-Rear LSD checked and found satisfactory.

3 : Engine

-Engine back from the lathe .
-Engine liners/sleeve replaced.
-Reboring and polishing done.
-Main berings and con rod bearings replaced.
-Cam shaft complete replaced with new one.
-Crank shaft grinding and crank shaft oil seal Knurling redone.
-All 4 pistons and rings changed to new.
-Cam Tappet valve rocker 8 nos changed.
-Head pressure tested.
-Head surfacing, guide and valve cutting, checking, servicing and assemble done.
-The engine block from lathe serviced and cleaned with HP water.

4 : Body work

-Body stripped of all fittings and accssories.
-Found cracks on the body tub mainly around the rear bench and driver seat fittings.
-All cracks welded back
-Windscreen removed.The glass cracked while removing so now got to change the windshield glass.
-Doors / bonnet / fenders / front grill / frontand rear bumper accssories removed.

Some pics of the WIP:

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1140622.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1140623.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1140624.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1140627.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1140628.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1140631.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1140632.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1140633.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1150637.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1150638.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1150639.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160641.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160642.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160645.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160646.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160647.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160648.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160654.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160656.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160657.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160660.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160661.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160663.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160665.jpg

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1160673.jpg


Next in line:
1: Engine will be assembled back on Monday.
2: Fuel pump and fuel valves will be back from service on Monday.
3: Steering gear overhauling will be finished and put in place.
4: Body tub will be removed from the chasis and underbody and chasis will thoroughly inspected.
5 : Body bushes will be replaced.
6: front differential breather cap was found missing when i had first got the jeep. So will open up the front differential for removing all dirt and overhaul and fit back.
7: Oil will be changed in both fornt and rear diff housing.
8: May decide to paint anti rust underbody depending on the original anti rust condition once the tub removed from chasis.
9: Painting of full body.
10 : changing the army wheels to Black Rock 15x8j rims. Already shipped from US. In transit should be here in a weeks time. (Pic of the wheel below)

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Old 20th January 2010, 22:18   #35
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Default Update 20 Jan 2010

Engine work complete. Complete engine assembled back. It is not yet fitted on the jeep as at present the Jeep is undergoing body work/ painting work.

Will not be removing the body tub.

will post latest pics and detailed work done on the engine tomorrow.

The 15x8 wheels are here. received them on monday.


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Old 20th January 2010, 23:07   #36
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Hey Nishanth
Congrats on the work progressing at a good pace.
Also upload some pictures of the wheel that you've received. And with regards to your work, will definitely do it in the coming days!!!
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Old 22nd January 2010, 08:06   #37
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Congrats on your jeep .... Did you get the paperwork done? any idea how it works in Blore
Thanks David. NO I have not got my paperwork done yet. and to be honest still don't have an idea as to how it works. Planning on getting it registered once restoration is complete. I will let you know.

How is your jeep coming along? Was you jeep regestered in punjab before?

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Old 22nd January 2010, 08:20   #38
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Hey Nishanth
Congrats on the work progressing at a good pace.
Also upload some pictures of the wheel that you've received. And with regards to your work, will definitely do it in the coming days!!!
Thanks Harjeev..

here are the wheel pics.
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It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200673.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200672.jpg  

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Old 22nd January 2010, 09:09   #39
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Default Update 22 Jan 2010 - engine assembly

As told before engine rebuild is complete. It is not yet fitted back on the chasis as the painting work is in progress.

These are the work done / items changed in the Engine. and the clutch
1. Glow plugs
2. Fuel pump re-serviced.
3. Fuel line High pressure diesel wash.
4. Fuel nozzle had become weak so all fuel nozzle replaced.
5. Cam / Complete cam shaft replaced.
6. Sleeves replaced and reboring done.
7. Pistons replaced
8. Piston rings replaced.
9. Con rod bearings repaced.
10. Main bearings replaced.
11. Main bearing thrust washer replaced.
12. Oil pump replaced.
13. oil filter replaced
14.Cam tappet all 8 nos replaced. (Had to run around quite a lot to get the original replacement for this.)
15. Piston head pressure testing done.
16. clutch plate and pressure plate assembly replaced.

Here are the pics of WIP of the engine assembly..

Checking the new piston rings and the cylinder liner bore.
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1180626.jpg
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1180630.jpg

Inserting the new piston and the rings
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1180633.jpg

Tigntning the con rod and main bearing bolts with torque spanner
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1180635.jpg

removing back one piston to replace one con rod bolt
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1180639.jpg
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1180641.jpg

Pistons in place
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200643.jpg

Cleaning the fly wheel and oil cooler
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200644.jpg
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200649.jpg

Placing the timing belt, oil cooler and fuel pump
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200654.jpg
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200655.jpg

Placing the head
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200657.jpg

connecting the fuel lines
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200661.jpg

Placing the tappet and cover.
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200665.jpg

the complete assembled engine
It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200667.jpg

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Nishanth:

Hi, can you share what the cost of the Black Rock 15x8j rims is. Is it expensive to ship them from the US. Can these bought of the internet? Would appreicate any information you can share on this.
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Old 22nd January 2010, 09:35   #41
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Default Body work

The body work has started.
Tinkering has been finished.
Painting process has started.

WIP pics of the body work
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It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1200646.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210674.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210675.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210677.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210678.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210683.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210684.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210686.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210687.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210689.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210690.jpg  

It's a 'Jeep' Thing!" - Army Spec MM550 - Restoration in Bangalore - PHASE 1 COMPLETE-p1210691.jpg  

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..here are the wheel pics.
The wheels are looking great and really different. So how much did it cost you finally including the shipping?
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Hi, can you share what the cost of the Black Rock 15x8j rims is. Is it expensive to ship them from the US. Can these bought of the internet? Would appreicate any information you can share on this.
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The wheels are looking great and really different. So how much did it cost you finally including the shipping?
Thanks kandisa

Black Rock 15x8j, 2.5inch Backspacing 5.5 inch pcd

Wheels cost: $55x5=$275
Shipping thru UPS, US to Bangalore : $366
Duty Indian customs: INR 6500

Yes I bought them over the internet. Just a random search in google over a period of 4 weeks. This is the website. Has loads of things anything and everything to do with Jeeps jeeps and only jeeps!!

www.quadratec.com


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Why did you not get the engine painted after re-building it?
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Why did you not get the engine painted after re-building it?
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Engine painting? Honestly i did not even know we paint the engine. Will find out about it. Thanks.

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