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Old 06-19-2017, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Father & Son YJ build at Motoblt


While Father's day just passed I thought we would share one of the coolest Motobilt builds yet! Dan Dubose the owner of Motobilt helping his son Hudson build his first Jeep! Hudson grew up around his dad and the off road world and is no stranger to everything awesome about Jeeps, but he turns 16 soon and has plans for his very own Jeep!

Now what better Jeep to start a build on other then the one that Dan started his off road prowess, the Jeep YJ. Over the years, Dan has built parts for the YJ from bumpers to complete 4 link suspension systems. Hudson has been doing all of the grunt work with some help from his grand father. Dan can’t wait to get in there to help out in the shop once he is cleared by his doctor.

As soon as his Jeep YJ arrived, Hudson DuBose began to tear it down. The Jeep was already sprung over and the spring perches on the front were moved a bit outboard of the frame. This actually worked out well as they were able to use the Motobilt YJ full width kit in the front. So down the road when things get a bit more serious a set of 1 ton axles will bolt up!!!

As more progress is made we will be sure to update with pictures and build info so please be sure to keep an eye on the site!

We found a YJ!


Once they made it back it was time to clean it up


Stripping it down.


Trying out a different set of shoe's to see how they fit


Hudson stripping the plastic crud off!


Of course the fenders have to go!


Now that all the junk is off he can get started



Wade helping replace the intake manifold




More build pics to come
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Hudson making sure everything is cleaned up on the frame in preparation for the Motobilt YJ full width kit. The previous owner welded the spring perches on the factory 30 too wide so the kit will work fine for now until some 1 ton axles are found!


Hum 37" trepadors on 17" steel wheels with Motobilt DIY Bead lock kits? We will see.



Prepping the grill.


You have to have LED's on everything these days!


Even installed the Motobilt Full Width YJ bumper


The springs are are in place with the new shackle reversal setup


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Dan canít wait to get in there to help out in the shop once he is cleared by his doctor.
What did I miss? Everything okay?
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What did I miss? Everything okay?
Dan had a heart attack several weeks back.
He has been taking it easy and following doctor's orders. Things are getting better but it takes time to recover before he can get back in the shop and actually do some wrenching and fabricating.
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Dan had a heart attack several weeks back.
He has been taking it easy and following doctor's orders. Things are getting better but it takes time to recover before he can get back in the shop and actually do some wrenching and fabricating.
Jesus - glad he's okay, and getting the opportunity to wrench on a project with his son. Looks like it's going to be a sweet YJ. Need to save some pennies up for the full width front kit myself.
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Jesus - glad he's okay, and getting the opportunity to wrench on a project with his son. Looks like it's going to be a sweet YJ. Need to save some pennies up for the full width front kit myself.
X2. Best wishes to Dan and a speedy recovery from a pair of Kanuckleheads
YJ guy myself so totally diggin' the build.
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Jesus - glad he's okay, and getting the opportunity to wrench on a project with his son. Looks like it's going to be a sweet YJ. Need to save some pennies up for the full width front kit myself.
Working on a sale right now. I'll post up about it
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Dang Dan............get well asap!!! You have always been a huge innovator and we need you around!!!
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