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Rzeppa
03-28-2008, 10:27 PM
I am making this a new thread because, if you're like me your eyes glaze over stickies and go to what's actually new.

I have contacted all participants by phone except Hants and Lief. After numerous phone messages left plus emails, I will assume you guys aren't coming. I am placing the parts order tomorrow. I originally planned to place it Tuesday but still hadn't heard back from a number of participants at that time. Later Tuesday evening I did, and have a list made out and it is checked twice. I have been in phone contact with most of you since then. All members (or anyone else for that matter) are welcome to come out and give encouraging or sarcastic words. It's all good.

Here's the deal. Christo is cool with us doing our normal front axle service. We will go in and clean and repack knuckles, birfields, replace seals as we normally do. We have 4 of us who aren't working on our own rigs who will help mentor. Bring your own tools, rags and jack stands. With only 2 lifts and only room for 4 rigs inside, some will be working outside (pray for good weather) and we will all help out. We WILL leave his shop as clean or cleaner than when we came in!

The club will buy pizza and sodas, if you want adult beverages, bring them yourself. Be sure to bring plenty of rags, pans for your fluids, tools (Christo has air but bring your own air tools), gloves, manuals. I will bring manuals, gloves and tools.

We will meet at 8:00AM and start work no later than nine. We will shoot for wrap-up by one, and be out of there by two. Anyone who will be cleaning parts in Christo's parts sink will be expected to make a donation to replenish his solvent, it costs him $180 for replacement of solvent. It also costs him $1 per gallon of fluids to recycle it, so whoever is doing fluids, please plan on making that donation. I will order in new gaskets for drain plugs for all of you who are replacing diff/tranny/t-case fluids.

I will probably pick up the parts order on Wednesday or Thursday and put it on my own CC. As always, I will itemize it for participants and expect reimbursement at the event when the parts are delivered.

Happy cruisin'!

Romer
03-28-2008, 11:20 PM
Thanks for doing this Jeff

Hants
03-29-2008, 06:44 PM
Thanks for working on this, Jeff!

I've been out of town for two weeks. Just returned about 30 minutes ago.

I am planning on being at the event, but I will NOT be packing my bearings. No need to order any parts for me.

See y'all Saturday!

Inukshuk
03-29-2008, 11:48 PM
Thanks again Jeff for doing all the organizing!

I'm going to buy a Slee headlight and auxilliary light harness and time permitting I'll install it (Christo - I'll call the shop this week). Tonight I put new pigtails onto the lights I bought from Jon last week. Tomorrow I'l drill and mount em.

MDH33
03-30-2008, 09:38 AM
I was planning on attending. Kim's B-Day, but we only have evening plans so it shouldn't conflict.

I wanted to replace a pinion seal and nut on my front axle and get some help with a valve adjust if possible. The only parts I can think of needing is maybe new plugs if I do a tune-up. I already have the pinion seal and nut.

:beer:

Uncle Ben
03-30-2008, 09:52 AM
I was planning on attending. Kim's B-Day, but we only have evening plans so it shouldn't conflict.

I wanted to replace a pinion seal and nut on my front axle and get some help with a valve adjust if possible. The only parts I can think of needing is maybe new plugs if I do a tune-up. I already have the pinion seal and nut.

:beer:

And a valve cover gasket and seals? Perfect time for a new PCV valve too!

MDH33
03-30-2008, 10:07 AM
And a valve cover gasket and seals? Perfect time for a new PCV valve too!

good thought. :thumb: my 40 is a '73 but it's a '77 2F if that makes a difference for ordering parts.

Rzeppa
04-02-2008, 06:06 PM
Thanks for working on this, Jeff!

I've been out of town for two weeks. Just returned about 30 minutes ago.

I am planning on being at the event, but I will NOT be packing my bearings. No need to order any parts for me.

See y'all Saturday!
Thanks Hants, I've been trying to reach you by phone all week. You were down for drain/refill fluids, right?

We will ask that everyone who drains fluids to Christo's system make a slight extra donation - reportedly he has to PAY $1 per gallon just to turn in fluids for recycling. There's something wrong with the system! (Not Christo's, just that someone should have to pay to donate something that costs $100/BBL to extract from the ground, prior to refining!)

Rzeppa
04-02-2008, 06:24 PM
good thought. :thumb: my 40 is a '73 but it's a '77 2F if that makes a difference for ordering parts.

Parts are already ordered, but I have a spare OEM valve cover gasket and OEM plugs. Let me know if you need them!

Mendocino
04-02-2008, 11:25 PM
I'm really bummed that I can't make this:mad: I'll be thinking of all of you having fun with grease and gear oil to your elbows while I sit miserably in a crappy flight to Moscow (for work):(

Hants
04-03-2008, 07:11 AM
I won't be making it up either... had to extend my trip into next week. :(

Red_Chili
04-03-2008, 10:00 AM
Quick question, is there wireless broadband at Christo's?

I have a deployment going on Friday, and if there are issues I may need to fix something remotely.

sleeoffroad
04-03-2008, 11:22 AM
Yes

Red_Chili
04-03-2008, 11:28 AM
Sweet, thanks. And THANKS AGAIN for opening your shop to Rising Sun!

Rzeppa
04-03-2008, 11:38 PM
I plan to pick up parts tomorrow at Stevinson, and buy grease at a local parts store. Each participant will get a 4 pound tub which will be enough for a full front axle service plus some to take home.

It looks like the weather will be excellent (RIGHTON!) so the 4 or so who will be working outdoors will be okay. Big relief! As such, everyone please bring jacks and jackstands, we don't know who will be the lucky two who will get the 2 lifts. Don't forget chocks for your wheels. I strongly suggest disposable gloves, axle work is pretty messy and peeling off gloves is a lot easier than dealing with gojo on your hands.

I suggest an old toothbrush to help clean your parts in the parts sink, I also like those copper scouring pads. Between the nozzle and mechanical methods, we can probably get 2 at a time at the sink. Eye protection is suggested. I normally wear goggles for EVERYTHING when I wrench, but weekend before last when I was draining my radiator I splashed antifreeze in my eye and felt stupid for not taking precautions.

Two things come to mind right now: first, everything takes longer than you think it should. There's always something. Some stupid bolt that won't thread back on, some stupid (fill in the blank) that won't come off the way it's supposed to. The second thing is that the most time consuming thing about this will be cleaning your parts. Trailside repairs seldom involve any more cleaning than necessary, but in this case you want to clean everything well, so plan on a lot of scraping, washing and scrubbing. We want to leave Christo's shop cleaner than we found it so be sure to bring plenty of rags and newspapers/cardboard so we don't mess up his floor and driveway.

Last, on the subject of cleaning, bring a few cans of brake cleaner. Not just for your brakes, but it's also powerful solvent for some quick cleaning in hard to reach nooks and crannies.

Red_Chili
04-04-2008, 08:43 AM
The Chili will come with all needed parts, supplies, grease, tools, and cleaners, so don't worry 'bout me.

(famous last words)

Thanks Jeff!

(`._.[xtr3m3]._.)
04-04-2008, 10:23 AM
Jeff and Matt,

Thanks for all the work on putting this together! See you tomorrow.

Crash
04-04-2008, 11:25 AM
I second the recommendation to bring a couple of good sized pieces of cardboard to put on the ground under the knuckles. Easy to throw away and makes for less floor cleanup.

Rzeppa
04-04-2008, 02:39 PM
Okay, I picked up all the parts today - one drum front 40, two disk front 40s, an 80 front, and an 80 rear. I bought Toyota locking hub dial gaskets, even though our 40 folks have warn hubs, I know they'll fit, I've used 'em myself. Also picked up the grease - 5 tubs. Looks like we're set for parts. I'll also bring a stash of my spares just in case.

I picked up a set of inner birfield clips for all the front end folks, just in case they want to remove the birf from the half shaft. They often break when the birf is popped off the shaft. If you don't want to pop the birf off for maintenance (I almost never bother, but the manual says you're supposed to) there you have it. If not, keep 'em for the trail. Speaking of which, if I remember to grab it, I have a spare coarse spline birf for Ricardo, I have a whole box of them :-)

Let's see, what else?

We'll get club-purchased pizza and soda delivered around noon to one or so. We'll need cups and ice for the soda too, any volunteers? If you want adult beverages you have to bring them yourself.

Christo has volunteered shop air, so if you have air tools bring your impact, air ratchet, sockets and a hose. He told me on the phone his fittings are "standard" so hopefully that will be the 1/4" we use in our home shops. One year (Choquetts?) they had 3/8" fittings and they didn't fit any of our tools.

We normally share our tools around, but make sure anything you've borrowed gets back to it's owner. Fish scales, hub sockets, seal pullers, seal drivers and torque wrenches come to mind...

Ricardo, you'll need "safety wire" for your front drum backing plate bolt heads. It's a hardware store item.

That's all I can think of right now. I'll make an itemized list with pricing for each participant who's getting parts and grease, then prebag the parts along with the list. I'm stoked! Happy wrenchin'!

MDH33
04-04-2008, 03:32 PM
I am still planning on attending, although I received any kind of confirmation phone call, email, etc. I'll bring my own parts and tools.

Red_Chili
04-04-2008, 04:08 PM
Squishy will probably be joining us. He has some-O-dis and some-O-dat to get done on his truck.

rover67
04-04-2008, 10:03 PM
Jeff,

I talked to matt, but just wanted to let you know that I was going to swing by in the morning. I don't have anything particular to do but wanted to try and put my truck on the ramp to see if the new tires will rub (if that's possible), and hang out for a bit.

-Marco

RicardoJM
04-04-2008, 11:01 PM
Just checking in and having a bit of a panic attack about "Safety Wire". I'll stop on the way at the first open hardware store I see. I was planning to be there by 8:00, if anyone reads this by morning and could suggest a hardware store in Golden I would appreciate it.

I had to build a list of the things I'm taking and mark things off as I put them in the 40. Just because it is in front of me; grease gun, floor jack, disposable gloves, chocks, toothbrush, copper scouring pads, goggles, rags, brake cleaner, monkey suit, knee pads, tools, torque wrench, 24mm socket, oil drain pan, tire cross. The things on my list that I did not get done today, 52mm socket (couldn't find one) and the safety wire.

Providing the rebuilt carb does not give me any issues, I'll see you all in the morning.

corsair23
04-05-2008, 01:47 AM
The things on my list that I did not get done today, 52mm socket (couldn't find one) and the safety wire.

52mm or 54mm :confused:

If 54mm you could always see if Christo has one in stock :thumb:

http://www.sleeoffroad.com/products/products_drivetrain_driveshaft.htm

As for a hardware store in Golden...I know there are some just can't remember where they're located. Foss Drug probably carried what you need but sadly they closed.

I won't be able to make it which is bumming me out, especially since I have a stash of paid for parts waiting for me to pick up :(

sleeoffroad
04-05-2008, 07:06 AM
THe ramp won't be available today. We loaned it to School of Mine's 4x4 club that has a open day today. However we can use the forklift to pick it up.

As for hardware, Meyer hardware
http://yellowpages.gazette.com/Meyer+Hardware.9.12307674p.home.html

but I think the open at 8 only. There is a Home Depot on 6th and Colfax.

RicardoJM
04-05-2008, 07:41 AM
Thanks Christo for for the Meyers information. I'll be on my way in a bit and may end up being there first customer this morning.

Jeff that is also potential good news on the socket. I could have the size wrong, but that is what my notes said. I live near Dry Creek and University and would be glad to bring parts back, provided there is room for them in the 40.

Jacket
04-05-2008, 08:14 AM
I don't have the hub socket either - I was "hoping" that I could borrow one. My 35mm IFS hub just won't cut it here....

I'll stop and get a bag of ice and some cups for lunch.

Uncle Ben
04-05-2008, 04:14 PM
Wow! I was just there for a short time and it was amazing the amount of work that was getting done! I hated to leave before the party really started getting going! Christo, a huge thank you for sponsoring this even and also for sporting a rare Slee Off-Road sale! You truly are a class act!

treerootCO
04-05-2008, 04:30 PM
thank you Christo! :cheers:

Romer
04-05-2008, 05:05 PM
It was amazing how many people were there. This was a great event. Thanks Jeff and Matt for the planning and special thanks to Christo and Ben for hosting us.

thenimirra
04-05-2008, 05:47 PM
It was great! Thank you everyone for enduring all of my questions and for letting me bang on your rigs a bit. I can't believe how patient everyone was with me. I left there so tired...I think I was thinking so hard and trying to absorb and remember so much that I just THOUGHT myself to exhaustion. I came home and passed out! :D

You guys rock! :bowdown:

I will load up my pics later from the event. You will all learn that I don't go very far without at least one camera on me!

rover67
04-05-2008, 11:04 PM
great event, thanks Matt and Jeff for setting it up.... and big thanks to Christo for letting us all get together at your place.

thenimirra
04-06-2008, 01:18 AM
Here are some pics

http://picasaweb.google.com/thenimirra/WheelBearingPackingParty2008