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Old 01-28-2009, 01:51 PM   #51 (permalink)
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The plan is to make it a driver. My wife thinks I should drive it every day for the rest of my life, considering how many $$$$ I'm throwing at it.

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with all that nice stuff on the rig looks like you should spend $50 on some new kicks lol jk..
You should see how fawked up my coveralls are
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:42 PM   #52 (permalink)
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I thought I'd post a quick update. I've been hammering on this thing every day. I decided to push it outside for a few pictures before I started tearing it apart for final assembly. I should have hooked up the brakes first though. My shop is on a hill, and the damn jeep rolled halfway down the driveway before I could get it stopped. Then I worked my ass off trying to get it back in the building.














I'll post some detailed pictures of everything as it goes back together during final (hopefully) assembly.
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:01 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Beautiful Doberman!

BTW, the rig is looking sweet too.
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:13 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Awesome build, You also have a neat super clean shop!
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:18 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I should have posted a picture of the "big" Doberman. The one in the picture is about 85lbs. The one in the house is about 5" taller and about 106 lbs.
The shop is really dirty now, especially after welding in there all winter long...It's going to need a massive cleaning when I get this thing done.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:21 AM   #56 (permalink)
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Very nice build.

Quick question. When the passenger side front tire is at full stuff, where is the upper link mount on the front axle? Looks like it would come awfully close to the engine.

Keep up the good work!
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:09 AM   #57 (permalink)
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did the wheels and tires n your project belong on the yellow rubi originally? just asking because it looks like a little too big for 31"s.

Great work on the jeep it looks awsome.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:51 PM   #58 (permalink)
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I've got the engine really pushed back far. The upper link mount on the front axle is quite a bit ahead of the front of the engine (especially with the front axle moved ahead 8"). The upper link actually fits between the frame rail and the engine at full stuff, and is right below the right engine mount. I was thinking about putting the engine mounts on a crossmember, but there wouldn't have been enough room for it.

The wheels and tires weren't on the yellow rubi. It has a set of 35" Toyo's for the summer. I just use the little one's in the winter so it isn't a death machine on the snow covered roads.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:52 PM   #59 (permalink)
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Awesome build! I see you mentioned you got your hood scoop from JC Whitney. Would you happen to have a part number. I'm looking to get one and like that style. I did look on there site but wanna make sure i'm looking at the same one. thanks
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:21 PM   #60 (permalink)
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my uncle has the same brand garage as you i think his was a little bigger but they are super nice garages he had the used oil burner in there and by my standards you could live in there. and p.s. the jeep is one of my favorites to date just would like to see the paint job gone
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:59 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Brandon, I was mistaken on getting it from JC Whitney. I purchased it from Summit Racing. I'll try to find the P/N tomorrow. If I remember correctly, it was right around $55.

Yeah, that building does rock. It's super insulated, and I'm running hydronic heat in the floor with a natural gas boiler. No more freezing my ass off.

The ghey paint job will be gone. It's going to get ripped apart this week for final assembly/paint. It does really look like crap multi-colored.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:00 PM   #62 (permalink)
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Is this the one you used?

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:29 AM   #63 (permalink)
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Very nice build! I always love reading a well documented build since everytime I do I seem to pick up a few things that I would like to incorporate onto my rig when the time comes! Excellent work!

As a side note what size is your shop? Wish you had a bigger shop? I'm debating on what to go with as well shop wise.

Thanks for the info!
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:48 PM   #64 (permalink)
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You did an awesome job on the build. It will be cool to see the jeep in action. Keep it up!
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:06 PM   #65 (permalink)
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That is the correct hood scoop from Summit. P/N SUM-471520. Although,it was $53.95 when I bought it.

My shop is 30' x 50'x 13' high. I wish it was bigger, but that's the maximum size the zoning would allow for. I also have a big ass motorhome taking up almost half of the building.

Tonight I tig welded up some aluminum inner front fenders. All I have left to do is mount the turn signals in the grill, and start tearing it apart for final paint/assembly. I'll try to post some more detailed photos this time around.
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:30 AM   #66 (permalink)
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what kind of steering box are you useing.
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:26 AM   #67 (permalink)
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It's an Astro box with a FSJ pitman arm I believe.
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:27 PM   #68 (permalink)
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That is correct. I don't know what year Astrovan, but the pitman arm is off of a Jeep J-20 truck.

I tig'd up some inner fender wells last night. All I have left to do is drill the grill for some turn signals, and add a couple of fasteners to the rocker guards.
I should be disassembling it tomorrow.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:33 PM   #69 (permalink)
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did you drill and tap the box yourself for the hydraulic assist, I'm just curious as to the stength of astro van steering box.
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or is all the load on the hydraulics opposed to the steering box?
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:18 AM   #71 (permalink)
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I rebuilt the box and tapped it when I had it disassembled. The idea of the hydraulic assist is to take some of the load off of the box. At first, I was worried I wasn't going to get enough travel of the pitman arm. I thought the box was going to hit the stops before the wheels did. But, the J20 pitman arm is 6 7/8" long, and I ended up with a little more travel than I needed.
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nice, how much fab is there makeing the astro box bolt up?
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:01 PM   #73 (permalink)
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The astro box will bolt right up, it has the same mounts. I moved my whole box up higher on the frame though. I also moved it back because even with stretching the wheelbase 8 inches, the pitman arm would have been forward too far.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:25 PM   #74 (permalink)
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This is a great build. I can't wait to see the finished product. What are you using for swaybars and bumpstops if anything.
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:16 PM   #75 (permalink)
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killer build!
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