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Project Sink or Swim

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04 Aug 2017 21:21 #183194 by 1066Boy
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so cool, what a great way to spend the day. :)

Jimny JLX Facelift model 2005.
Kashmir Blue Pearl Metallic.
2" lift with Procomp Es1000 shocks.
Diff and transfer box guards from Jimnybits.
215/75/15 General Grabber x3's
and a driver called Allan (1066Boy)

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05 Aug 2017 19:59 #183212 by Jezz
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The bloke with the shitroen has been watching far to much top gear.:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

It's been fettled just a tad.

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14 Oct 2017 20:19 #185234 by ZukracerV6
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Some great photos! Glad you were able to make it! I was a little jealous to see all of those photos!

I have some great news! 3 months after applying for the IVA test, failing the 1st inspection, passing 2nd time around and then having to send a large amount of paperwork, and more money to the DVLA project "Sink or Swim" is finally road legal!

Still have not taken into the water yet, as I have a few little jobs to finish but its getting closer to be an officially amphibious car!

Sam

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14 Oct 2017 20:26 - 14 Oct 2017 20:27 #185237 by ZukracerV6
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ohh and the down side, I have to remove the engine and gearbox as the R72 gearbox is loud, very loud in 2,3 7 4th :angry: :ohmy: :blush:

I have a feeling that's why the Jimny ended up at Copart, between the front damage and rubbish repair and then a potentially knackered gearbox the pervious owner part exchanged it and the dealer off loaded it to Copart. On the bright side while the engine is out over the winter, I can fit some more insulation and do a few other little improvements to the engine bay.

I will start a separate post about the R72 gearbox as I will rebuild it.

Looks going to be another life time project!

Sam

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14 Oct 2017 23:19 #185240 by Daniel30
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Oh what a pain, hang in there will be worth it love this build.. :) :) :)

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20 Jan 2018 23:04 - 20 Jan 2018 23:05 #188644 by ZukracerV6
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I've managed to sum up the energy (mostly mental) to start on the gearbox rebuild. I've been putting it off for weeks and weeks as the thought having to completely undo all my hard work was to much!

To remove the gearbox, I have to completely remove all of the cooling system for both the water and oil circuit, drain all of the fluids, decommission the air con, remove the front seats and floor, remove the exhaust system, power steering, heat shields, air intake...

The list goes on!

I have had a good start tonight, and plan to spend a couple of hours in the evening between work and family getting the gearbox out. My intention is to rebuild the box following the Big Jimny Wiki article. I've never rebuild or worked on a gearbox but 2 years ago, I had never built a amphibious car!

An intact amphibious car

and a few hours later...

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21 Jan 2018 03:37 #188652 by Lambert
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What a pain. At least once it's done it's done.

Dreadnaught (black 2011)

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21 Jan 2018 09:17 #188662 by Daniel30
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Good luck will be worth it in the end ;)

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30 Mar 2018 22:21 - 30 Mar 2018 22:23 #191071 by ZukracerV6
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The gearbox is rebuilt. It was actually far easier to rebuild than take the entire engine and gearbox out of the hull!

Thanks to Bosanek for the excellent guide on the Big Jimny Wiki section.

Once I had pulled the gearbox apart it quickly became apparent on what the noise was!


One knackered countershaft bearing!!!


While the gearbox was apart, I took the opportunity to replace all of the bearings and seals on the box. I even found a very easy way of pushing the new bearing back on using axle support tube from an axle stand. It was the perfect diameter and length to push the bearings back on the shaft.



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30 Mar 2018 22:26 #191073 by ZukracerV6
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Before putting the engine and gearbox back in, I also took the opportunity to tidy up a few wires, pipes and soundproof the fire wall




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30 Mar 2018 22:31 #191074 by gilburton
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My gearbox went at 32000 and it's now done app 87000 (55000 extra) with no problems so although it's a real pain and even if you have to get a garage to rebuild it it's a lot better than buying a used box.

I started off high and worked my way down ever since :-)

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01 May 2018 08:20 #192314 by V-350
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Hi,

just wondered about your progress. How are you getting on? Any new photo's?

Thank you in advance!
And good luck, hope you can take her out soon.

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