Fubars snow jeep build

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Re: Fubars snow jeep build

Post by Jeep84 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:32 pm

Hi there. I'm new. I live in Saskatchewan so i know exactly what your talking about. Yes, put it in. As soon as it drops below -18 C (Roughly 0 F), Not including windchill, there are huge benefits to "plugging it in". Especially on a brand new build. The oil pan heater is also a great thing to have, also a battery blanket. You can get those at any auto parts store. I don't have an oil heater myself, but i want one. I plug the other 2 into a tri-cube under the hood and just run one cord out. Also, remember; You only need to plug it in for 4 hours before you start it. Any longer than that, and you are burning cash without any more benefit. All those electric heaters under there use a fair bit of power when you add them up.

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Re: Fubars snow jeep build

Post by Fubar » Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:29 pm

Hey jeep84 nice to see a neighbor on here :beer:
Thanks for the advise, I did pick up a new block heater on sale 25 bucks and probably will get the pan heater too.

Got my harness and PCM tuned and back in the mail today. It looks clean and headache free.

The block has been cleaned and checks out free of cracks, ordered the .30 over kb pistons and some floating connecting rods. 600.00 for the parts, pretty pricey so I'll have to recover from that one.
The rest of the cost will be machine work and small pieces ie bearings and gaskets

Looking back at it a newer LS would have been the smart choice. I discovered my block is the only one chev produced that doesn't have a 4" bore, so parts are more $.

Oh well, too far into it to turn back.

It will be different than the average joes I guess.
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Re: Fubars snow jeep build

Post by Fubar » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:22 pm

Not much to report, got layed off and been Doing renos to the house to try and sell by march.
I scored a bunch of these stainless steel 3 gallon tanks cheap. Figure they will work great for on board air setup.

Also traded my buddy 2 of the tanks to use in a hotrod airbag setup in exchange for these sweet low profile dual 10" electric fans and the temp switch for the rad.

Slowly but surely.

Oh and we have plenty of snow just thought I would rub it in for everyone who says it's the worst winter in years haha.
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Re: Fubars snow jeep build

Post by Nobody » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:31 pm

What are those tanks from? Hope you get back to work soon, and send some of that snow our way.
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Re: Fubars snow jeep build

Post by H8PVMNT » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:38 pm

We use those here in MT. The freeze plug heaters make your rig more comfey faster because the heater is warmer right of the get go but I think the oil pan heaters actually do more for yor engine. We had -40° F this winter and my '80 Toyota would still start and run as long as I pluged my pan heater in.

In the past with no heater the oil would be too thick to start it.
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Re: Fubars snow jeep build

Post by Fubar » Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:17 pm

Tanks were left overs from some compressor company good upto 250 psi.
Thanks for the pan heater info. I think I'll run both as well.

I re calculated my gearing ratios for the driveline and with 4:10 axles and the under drive / t case combo I'm planning I'll be able to crawl at ~300:1 in low low
I saw a video of a guy with 150:1 and it still seemed to fast for snow.

Snowbatman on YouTube has to be close to 300:1 and it seems to be really good for deep snow.
Just barely turning .....of course 4 hi on my planned setup would be about 150:1 so that's a decent spread I think.

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Re: Fubars snow jeep build

Post by Nobody » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:37 am

Fubar wrote:Tanks were left overs from some compressor company good upto 250 psi.
Thanks for the pan heater info. I think I'll run both as well.

I re calculated my gearing ratios for the driveline and with 4:10 axles and the under drive / t case combo I'm planning I'll be able to crawl at ~300:1 in low low
I saw a video of a guy with 150:1 and it still seemed to fast for snow.

Snowbatman on YouTube has to be close to 300:1 and it seems to be really good for deep snow.
Just barely turning .....of course 4 hi on my planned setup would be about 150:1 so that's a decent spread I think.
I'm at about 75:1 which isn't low enough a lot of times, but I'd say I spend the vast majority of the time in 2nd and 3rd gear low range, ~18-38:1 (36" tires).

If I could control my idle speed, I'd turn it way down. When you need slow, often times the lowest gears just have too much torque. A super low idle smooths everything out. One of the tricks I often use is to lug the engine in 2nd gear.
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Re: Fubars snow jeep build

Post by Fubar » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:53 pm


I'm at about 75:1 which isn't low enough a lot of times, but I'd say I spend the vast majority of the time in 2nd and 3rd gear low range, ~18-38:1 (36" tires).

If I could control my idle speed, I'd turn it way down. When you need slow, often times the lowest gears just have too much torque. A super low idle smooths everything out. One of the tricks I often use is to lug the engine in 2nd gear.
Nobody, have you thought of adding a hand throttle?
ive seen some pretty slick setups, this would allow a smoother crawl for those super slow times. I know when i lug it it gets pretty jerky sometimes.
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Re: Fubars snow jeep build

Post by Nobody » Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:55 pm

Fubar wrote:
Nobody, have you thought of adding a hand throttle?
ive seen some pretty slick setups, this would allow a smoother crawl for those super slow times. I know when i lug it it gets pretty jerky sometimes.
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/jeep-wil ... ottle.html
I my case the idle speed is controlled by the computer, and I don't have a way to lower it.
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Re: Fubars snow jeep build

Post by Fubar » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:39 am

Been in the middle of moving, buy/selling reno-ing a house for a little while..

plans have changed and I picked up a 1958 Land Rover Series II . I scored it for a 1000

Still have the jeep, but I may sell it or just use it as a cheap winter beater for a while.
I figured it was to "complete" to tear apart and rebuild.

I never really knew about the land rovers until i came across the ad, and they look pretty cool.

dont know anything about it other than it has a 3 or 4 cyl inline gasser, all aluminum body with rivet construction and the thing is small.
88" wheel base i believe.

heres my inspiration with the plans for the rover.

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still going to go with the same engine, axles and transmission.. might opt for a short tcase box like an atlas though... i dont think ill have room for the np205 with a doubler hangine off the front.

a new frame and stretch are also in order.

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