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Old 07-31-2008, 03:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's my M-38 build if anyone gives a crap. I basicly tore my cheap ass crawler/trail rig flatty down and did a lil better job of building a cheap ass flatty. I built a new frame to near stock designs, just stretched it a lil bit here and there to get some more wheelbase and room for drivelines. The frame is 2x3 box .120 wall, and the cage is 1.75 .120 DOM. I used 1x2 ,120 wall on the underside of the tub to replace the cracked and broken stock hat channel. I'm not a professional welder so I dont wanna hear any bitchin about the welds. They are plenty strong.
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here is a pic of the work on the underside of the tub, and a look at my front shock mounts.
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice welds
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So did you make a unibody?
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Pimp ass shock mount. Your welds look just fine: good width, concave, and you pulled some V's in your bead instead of the semi-circular C's... which typically means good penetration (hot weld).
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Keep the pics coming but turn um right side up!
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah, i'm a fawktard when it comes to these computers, my wife had to show me how to rotate the pics today. Here's some pics of the front spring hanger and the 14 guage fuel tank.
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I didnt make it a unibody, but i did integrate the cage ande the body's sub-structure together to save some room. The cage will not tie to the frame up front, except through the body, but it will have the main hoop and rear points tied to the frame via the rear shock mounts
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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here ya go man,this is how mine is sitting til i figure out my drivetrain setup

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Old 08-01-2008, 07:14 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Looks like you got your hands on a nice tub to work with there 51.
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Ok now I understand what you have done on the body. Your rig looks like its going to be nice. What are you thinking for your drivetrain?
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I've already got the drivetrain in it, 4.3 chevy,sm420,dana300, CUCV 60 and 14bolt
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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here's a few pics of the drivetrain combo and the radiator mount
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:25 PM   #14 (permalink)
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hope you never have to change your water pump

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here's a few pics of the drivetrain combo and the radiator mount
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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yeah, it aint fun workin on a flatty w/a motor swap
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:18 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Anyone got a locker reccomendation for the front 60. I know that if I dont go to a selectable locker i will run a full detroit. I been thinkin about an Eaton E locker, but not sure about their durability and customer service on parts. I did a search on the E locker, but only came up with stuff from back in 05 and 06, and most was about the detroit electrac, which i understand is a POS. Pretty much i've narrowed it down to the detroit locker or the E locker. Whats ya'll good and bad on em?
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Old 08-02-2008, 05:10 PM   #17 (permalink)
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hey can you take a pic of how you got your motor/tranny/tcase bolted up the the frame...
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:29 PM   #18 (permalink)
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gimme a day or two, i'm workin midnights and dont get much of a chance to go out and mess w/it. For the motor mounts, i used the early chevy style poly mounts from energy suspension, and in the rear i just fabbed up a crossmember to fit a 2wd chevy th350 mount to the t-case. Pretty easy stuff once you have the parts in front of you to look at.
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Good to see you finally posting up your M38 on here. Keep it up!
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Here's a pic of the shackle mount/housing and the front shackle. Also note the huge booger blob of filler weld to make the frame look smooth once ground smooth
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Old 08-07-2008, 10:09 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Boy oh boy my little willys has a chevy 302 in it and I chase cracks every other time it goes out.
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Old 08-07-2008, 10:37 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I finished welding the cage up and bondoed the joints today. Hopefully a lil paint and bedliner on it in the next day or two. Pics soon to come.
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Old 08-08-2008, 09:19 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I'm loosing steam on my rockwell big jeep for now and I'm thinking about switching over to makeing the flatty bigger.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:56 PM   #24 (permalink)
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No real updates, but i got the frame all painted, most of the body and cage painted, and i started to put the fuel pump in the tank today, but i didnt have the fuel pump strainer. Another trip to the parts store, i guess. This is the part of building crap i hate, the nickel and dime shit. Here's some pics of us wheelin my blazer and my bud's yoter the other day. At least somethin to look at.
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hey where is that wheelin spot located? Its no out there in Post is it...
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