This Jeep Blows...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Nailhead, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    A friend of mine made this. Harry lives in the foothills of southeastern Wyoming where the snow and the wind conspire frequently to make roads impassable.

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    Harry bought the snowblower at a government auction somewhere, and the Jeep somewhere else. The Jeep has a 350, and I don't remember what year it is. He devised hydraulic actuation for lifting the snowblower, and for rotating the discharge chute. To power this, Harry mounted an additional power steering pump modified for extra fluid capacity. The horizontal radiator hose seen on the far side of the engine is this modification:

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    The snowblower is shaft-driven off the PTO to the pillow blocks visible next to the discharge chute, with the shaft having an ample slip joint to enable lifting the unit. The pillow blocks allow chain drive to the snowblower input shaft:

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    At the time I took these pix, this was a work-in-progress so several of the above components were missing. Another view of the drive & lift mechanism:

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    The actuator cables leading to the valve assembly where the bumper should be are connected to these levers:

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    I've seen those levers do their thing, and this machine has amazing potential. The unit is designed to remove in 1/2 to 1 hour, so it doesn't render the Jeep useless in the summer. This includes removing the Vermeer counterweights in the back.

    This man is a good friend and a talented fabricator with an amazing head for solving problems mechanically. He should be proud of this creation.

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  2. dentedvw

    dentedvw Where did I put that

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    Wow, fantastic creation. :evil
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  3. mmitchell57

    mmitchell57 Vulcan Halfbreed

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    That's pretty cool!
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  4. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    I guess he knows it won't rock crawl worth a damn now. :lol3
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  5. Jungle Jim

    Jungle Jim buckle up buttercup

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    very cool :clap
    thanks for sharing

    post some pics of it in action if you can
    and give your pal a pat on the back from me
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  6. comes naturally

    comes naturally renewed hope

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    Very cool! :thumb
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  7. Nailhead

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    It actually does OK even with the snowblower on: he took it to town to finish it, and in order to do so he had to drive it out of the canyon over a rather gnarly road because his neighbors are mental patients who keep fucking with his easement. I watched through my rearview on the way out, and that Jeep had no trouble at all.

    Bear in mind that whole snowblower comes off quite easily for rock work.
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  8. Nailhead

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    I will gladly do both.

    Check out another of his creations in the Cool Trucks thread-- it's an M715 with a dump bed and some other trick mods.
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  9. AkBrian

    AkBrian Long timer

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    Nice work!
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  10. TALLGUY

    TALLGUY Been here awhile

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    Maybe i just cant see but was this jeep already equiped with a PTO in front or what exactly powers it? Is the PTO also hydrallically driven from the extra power steering pump, or is there a PTO off the transfer case??


    Oh yea, very nice and practical idea. I have seen the same only with a small motor mounted right on the blower and snowplow brackets for lift.
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  11. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro Supercàzzola

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    That was my question exactly. This model CJ (76+) would not have had a PTO from the factory. Nothing a good fabricator couldn't work around though.
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  12. Nailhead

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    It is PTO driven from the transfer case, and Harry went through several PTO's before he found one with the right height.
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  13. RedRocker

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    Nice job, sure beats freezing your ass off on a tractor. :thumb
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  14. Nailhead

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    He put an additional heater in it, also.
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  15. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Bitchin.... That thing needs a write up in Shed Magazine....
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  16. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    Hope he reinforced the frame. It will surely crack with that weight on the front end.
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  17. Nailhead

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    That weight will be sitting on the ground the vast majority of its life, with the exception of roading it to the area needing plowed. Harry also fabbed up some braces to triangulate the load, but like the driveline they hadn't been installed at the time the pix were taken. The skids, or shoes, or whatever they're called that the snowblower rides on we have discussed modifying; I think they are too small in area and might generate too much point load for a dirt road, but he thinks they'll be OK. At least a 6-pack was expended hashing that one out.
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  18. subybaja

    subybaja Long timer

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    Why didn't he put it on a $1000 F250? I guess you use what you got...

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  19. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    he might think of routing a heat source to the hydraulic system to help with control speed, if that's an issue.
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  20. Nailhead

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    Suby: An F250 is an oaf on those tight roads and too wide for the snowblower.

    Peterman: Not an issue yet, as far as I know.
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