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Old 10-06-2016, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Project Crapmando 1967 Jeepster Commando

I bought my Commando in the Fall of 2012 and had big plans to build a simple leaf sprung wheeler. Since then a lot of money, research, and elbow grease have gone into this thing.

THE PLAN
Engine; 2005 5.3L V8
Trans; 2005 4L60E
T-Case; Ford NP205 for now, Atlas 2sp later (I'm a broke ass college student)
Axles; Front Superduty high pinion 60, Rear 14 Bolt
Suspension; 4 link rear, 3 link front. 2.0 FOX air shocks. Coilovers to come.
Tires; Aiming for 42's of some sort (suggestions welcome)
Custom Frame; designed by DC CUSTOM FAB, built by me

Body mods are as follows.
1950 willys wagon grille and hood, new floorpans and firewall, hogged out rear wheel wells.

Bellow is when I first bought it. It had a military surplus d60 rear, chevy d44 front, no floor pans/most of the firewall, and a frame that had been modified by so many people that it was complete junk.
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sweeet. I've been trying to find me commando shell for a project. Looking forward for future updates.
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you are on instagram look me up. I have a ton of photos on there so far. I hadnt started a thread here before and I was working so fast and furious that I didn't have time to start/update one. Username is codysttn48
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Update posts coming. I have come along way and will post as much as I can. Picture heavy. Just the way I like it.

First, the frame I built.
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Engine being pulled from the donor rig. I drove 14 hours from washington to central cali to buy this 2005 Suburban 1500 last minute. One of my buddies said he had one for sale so I busted down there, bought it after driving it a couple blocks, then promptly drove it back 14 hours. 114000 miles young and only a slight lifter tick. I went and worked at an internship where I ended up doing most of my work on the rig. The red suburban was rolled by a friend and bought for my bosses 4runner build. I used the suburban to haul (in the uhaul) all of the commando parts including the frame, axles, body, extra steel, and 4 39.5 IROKS. I didn't get a picture of it but it was quite the sight. Hopefully I can dig one up from one of my friends.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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New firewall, floor pans, and rear body mount reinforcement. Also, in case you're wondering how to adapt a 4L60E to Ford 205, all it takes is money. Oh and a spud shaft, reluctor ring, and support bearing.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This next part of the build was probably the most difficult part that I have done. In order to make the willys front end fit, I had to somehome make the rear of the willy's hood ten inches wider to fit the commando cowl. In order to do this i had an epiphany. Take the rear of the commando hood and attach it to the front of the willy's hood. (dont worry, the commando hood was rusty and dented horridly on the passenger side). Oh and somehow fill in the gaps on the sides...
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I decided to change the frame rails a bit half way through the hood making process, the grille apparently has to mount to something.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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In the process of one day, I bent the passenger hood side filler piece.... All by hand... Only after wards did my boss tell me he had an english wheel... Maybe I'll use it on the drivers side?
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Built some grille mounts since I finally figured out exactly where it will be mounted. Cleaned some axles, and of course I had to see how some tires would look sitting next to it... I was originally going to use the dana 60 rear and 44 front, then i picked up a 14 bolt so I changed the rear. Then I figured out my chevy 205 when clocked up would put the front driveline too close for comfort. So I got a ford 44 with the drivers drop.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wellllllll, I attempted to use the english wheel, got pissed cause it was hotter than hell so I decided to go with what I knew. Back to hand bending... I also figured out that the 205 wouldnt work clocked up unless I cut off a big useless (to me) piece of casting. Also drew up and cut out a plate for my custom tcase adapter.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:36 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Very nice. Good work.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Put the adapter together for now. Just tacked it up cause I wasn't quite sure how I wanted it to sit. Built some sweet engine mounts and also loaded it up to take it home. It's much easier to load and unload a rig with a forklift!
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Remember what I said about taking a rig off a trailer being easier with a forklift? Well I don't have one at home. Something about having no money because of college makes it difficult to buy one... SO! Instead I used a engine hoist to lift up the rear of the commando/welding table and slowly pulled the trailer out from underneath it until the last set of castors was still on the trailer. Now comes the sketchy part. With the help of a ton of family and friends (I don't know why they let me drag them into this sorta stuff) I used two high lift jacks to lift the front of the rig and one the trailer was out from under it, slowly lowered it to the ground... Sketchiest thing I've done in forever. Now it's in the garage sitting next to my brothers 66 CJ5. Before loading it into the garage, it sat outside for a bit next to one of the other projects I've been working on. My dad's 81 Jeep Scrambler that I just put full widths, an sm465, and a 205 under.
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Follow this on Instagram. Glad you've got it here.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:50 AM   #16 (permalink)
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OH MY! That hood/grill graft is absolutely beautiful! Very nicely done!
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:08 AM   #17 (permalink)
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OH MY! That hood/grill graft is absolutely beautiful! Very nicely done!
Thanks! It kicked my butt while I was working on it but I'm pretty stoked with how it ended up in the end.
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Nice work. We are building a 69 now. These have gotten really popular lately
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Very nice tin work!

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are you on the jeepster commando forum? coming to the moab jeepster event?
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:57 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks! It was my first time and there are definitely things I would change about it.
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are you on the jeepster commando forum? coming to the moab jeepster event?
Yep I am. I probably won't be able to make the moab event. I'd love to but I neither have a rig nor a way to get down there. I'm still in college and money is tighter than would be desired.
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I remember seeing this at DC a couple years back, are these pictures pretty current?

Looks great tons of work, but looks awesome!
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:31 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I remember seeing this at DC a couple years back, are these pictures pretty current?

Looks great tons of work, but looks awesome!
Thanks! All these pictures are new. I actually found DC's Going Commando build on here and contacted him about some ofthe specs. We ended up talking some and realized that he graduated from the university that I'm going to and he actually used to pick up my older sister to go to school in high school. Small world. I actually did an internship for him and I worked on my rig while I was interning with him.
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This build is all kinds of sexy!!!
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