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Old 05-08-2019, 09:14 PM   #426 (permalink)
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Question- Are the plans for bump stop striker pads on the front axle?
Plan to make bumps pads very similar to the rear with removable aluminum pads. I already rough cut some pieces of 2.500"x 0.250" wall and just need to fit it and weld on a top plate. Hopefully I'll have something together by the end of the weekend.
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:34 AM   #427 (permalink)
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Quick update before Mothers Day brunch. God damn some projects take forever!!

Finally bit the bullet and ordered my Fitech kit and that showed up last week. Beyond stoked to get the motor all torn apart and getting to hear this thing live.

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Got an early start on the jeep Friday in hopes of knocking out front bump pads and limit straps. These were a major pain to fit.

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I upped the thickness on the pad to 5/8" so I had more threads grabbing when bolting on the aluminum pad. Definitely not a necessity, but the thicker pad I think looks better as well.
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:49 AM   #428 (permalink)
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Limit strap tabs tacked on and will fit the others next time the housing it out from under the jeep.

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Everything in and flex tested

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Then hacked on the sway bar arms to get them to fit

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Heims are ordered and just waiting on mis-alignments to move forward. End link will mount to the top of KP since space is so tight. I'm sure a lot of you are gonna shake your head at that decision, but a buddy's rig has been running it that way for years on his buggy with no issues.
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:02 AM   #429 (permalink)
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Steering cooler found its home and mounted up.

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Began on working on a tie-in tube for the rear upper link mounts.

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I'll have some tubes kicking back to the main rails off this spreader to add more strength and give some more triangulation to the rear rail section.

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Old 06-11-2019, 08:13 PM   #430 (permalink)
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Added in some kicker support tubes and finished up seat mounts.

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Old 06-11-2019, 08:17 PM   #431 (permalink)
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Exhaust done for now on the Passenger side. 2.5" Stainless

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Old 06-11-2019, 08:25 PM   #432 (permalink)
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Started making another tcase mount for a little extra support, added some fill panels for the center section, worked on floor boards, and reworked dash.

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Oh shit handle and gas pedal

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Interior almost complete minus the tiny section of floor left to do. That'll get buttoned up once I pull the tub back off.

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Old 06-11-2019, 08:36 PM   #433 (permalink)
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Looks amazing. Thanks for the updates.
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Old 06-23-2019, 10:51 AM   #434 (permalink)
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Pretty much to the point where I can start tearing down for final welding and paint! Battery mount and Harness mounts were the last things to get done and knocked those out Friday. Spent yesterday working on little panels and and buttoning up loose ends.

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Floor is about 90% done. Just need to fill the toe boards up front, but that'll be done once the tub is off.

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Decided to go for an old school look with a spun aluminum top cover and Moroso pre filter.

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Steering wheel hook so I don't have to set it on the hood everytime.

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Old 06-23-2019, 10:55 AM   #435 (permalink)
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And just a couple together shots before it gets blown apart. Definitely pumped to get a change of scenery.

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Definitely some nice work going on here.
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Old 06-23-2019, 06:25 PM   #437 (permalink)
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:55 PM   #438 (permalink)
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Killer. You’re a hell of a fabricator dude
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:09 AM   #439 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. So the plan is to have it done by August so needing to get rolling on parts to have everything ready for reassembly. Starting to think of shafts and was wondering what you guys recommend? Leaning towards Branik for 4340 everything, but can get a little bit of a deal on Strange stuff through work. That being said, I would go with their Hy-tuf material full float shafts. I know their stuff is primarily designed for a drag race application and just unsure if I'd be shooting myself in the foot or not. Anyways, just trying to get some feedback before pulling the trigger.

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Looks killer as always. My old Jeep has Strange in the rear, semi float, but I've only had them a few years. New Jeep has Moser rear, Branik front.

Any plans to fill in the hole in the body above the rear tires?
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:19 AM   #441 (permalink)
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Looks killer as always. My old Jeep has Strange in the rear, semi float, but I've only had them a few years. New Jeep has Moser rear, Branik front.

Any plans to fill in the hole in the body above the rear tires?
Right on Jay Absolutely haha well see how much time I'm working with first... I figure I can work on that once its done worst case scenario. I just want it done by August!
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:42 AM   #442 (permalink)
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Talk about a dead spot in the thread! Been busy with both life and this pile of garbage Ended up ordering Branik f/r and been busy with tearing shit down, painting an reassembly. I'll let the pics do the talking!

Yarded out the motor to kick things off.

[IMG]IMG_20190628_112536356_HDR by Alex Velasquez, on Flickr[/IMG]

Then pulled the cage out and quickly sprayed with some paint since it was gonna have to live outside for a little bit.

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Next to the daily!!!

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Then off came the tub to roll chassis back in and finish weld everything. I'm so glad I welded as much as I did as I went along... I probably spent a good 14 hrs solid of climbing around the jungle gym finish welding, adding tabs, and a few misc. supports here and there.

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Re-did my little crossover tube making it wider.

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Old 08-04-2019, 10:23 AM   #444 (permalink)
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Before pulling all the drivetrain I needed to make the JB cable shifter mount work with the clocked t-case. Shifts like butter now.

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Misc caps on frame rails, complete tear down, and added in tube clamps for oil pan skid.

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Old 08-04-2019, 10:31 AM   #445 (permalink)
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Rolled chassis over and the real fun began. Added all the mounting tabs for the boat sides and belly skid, slapped in remaining supports and finish welded everything. Of course the weekend I did this it was probably one of the warmest weekends we've had all Summer.

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Coil packs and brackets came in so I could help but mock everything up to se what the motor will look like all done.

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Old 08-04-2019, 10:43 AM   #446 (permalink)
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I'll be honest, painting was a complete disaster. Originally was gonna do Rustoleum satin black and it turned out like dog shit. I prepped the best I could, but my biggest demise was dust in the air and not being able to keep a wet edge. Long story short I scuffed the entire thing back down and sprayed with the Rustoleum Bed liner. I've used this stuff a bunch in the past and have been very happy with the results. Yes, it is textured slightly so cleaning may be a little more difficult but it lays down even and thick. Easy touch up and a satin finish.

For the housing and links I stuck to my original plan and shot them with a few heavy coats of clear gloss.

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Whipped up the little grease zerk protector for the bottom of the knuckle.

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Friday I ran all my fuel and brake lines, just need to go back and put fitting on and flare ends.

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It sucks to hear the Rustoleum satin black didn't work out. I have plans to roll that all over my Jeep when the time comes. I'll have to keep a good eye on it.

Looks fantastic and you should be feeling like you're getting close.
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Looks great! Do you need any special gun to spray the bed liner? Seems to look great in the pics.
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