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Old 02-18-2010, 11:35 AM   #176 (permalink)
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Good job on your build. Do you have any photos of your power steering pump mount? I'm swapping a 5.3 into my ZJ and I had to move the power steering pump up out of the way of the steering box in a similar manner. Thanks.
I raised it a little, but the pump is very close to stock location. I'd look for an aftermarket solution before building one, its a pain.

This is the best pic I could find. I used a couple spare holes in the block and just threw something together. To line it up I clamped a square tube to the crank pulley and PS pulley, got it where I needed it, then got out the cardboard & made a template.

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Old 02-18-2010, 12:23 PM   #177 (permalink)
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That's going to be a mean machine.

I just got the LQ9/TH400/Atlas mocked in last night and I am amazed at how far back the LS motor can go against the firewall. I mounted it as tight to the firewall as possible and as high up as it would go and link clearance looks like it will be awesome.
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:15 PM   #178 (permalink)
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Got the rear shocks mocked in. 14" coilover and 14" bypass mounted on the lower link.
Suspension cycles 20". 10" up and 10" down.
This is full droop.
Driveshaft BARELY works, but somehow does.



More to come soon.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:33 PM   #179 (permalink)
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I'm converting the front hubs to 5 on 5.5 from 8-lug.

Got these sweet custom hubs, they use stock Ford bearings and 1/2-ton brakes. I had them machined for 9/16" studs.



Got some Reid Racing knuckles as well. These are great quality. I'm rebuilding the king pins while its all apart.



We figured out the rear frame section this weekend. Thanks to the band saw and some strategically sheared 1/8" cold rolled strips the pieces came together cleanly. I am sick of hole sawing



Rails were assembled on a flat table. TRD laying down some clean TIG welds...



Side


Bottom


Built another to match and burned them in.


We are very close to having a rolling chassis.
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:19 PM   #181 (permalink)
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What was the point of building the frame rails out of sheet?Other the the over use of dimple dies.Plain old rectangle tubing works fine and doesn't let crap in.
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What was the point of building the frame rails out of sheet?Other the the over use of dimple dies.Plain old rectangle tubing works fine and doesn't let crap in.
Rectangular tube would have worked. These fabricated frame rails let crap out and blow rectangular tube out of the water in coolness factor.

Didn't you see all the drain holes on the bottom?
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These fabricated frame rails let crap out
But crap doesn't get in in the first place if the frame is enclosed
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:10 AM   #185 (permalink)
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But crap doesn't get in in the first place if the frame is enclosed

Ok leave my swiss cheese frame alone

There was enough oil & grime in my stock "enclosed" frame to catch on fire when plasma cutting through it.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:06 PM   #186 (permalink)
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You are definitely going to need some u-joint coolers with that much movement at the driveshaft.

Looks awesome Greg. I want to see your C/O and bypass mounts when you get em done. Are they still gonna be near your dome?
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The shocks will be under the fender wells. It'll have a fully functional bed area with full size spare tire mount. No huge holes in the floor if all goes well.
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What was the point of building the frame rails out of sheet?Other the the over use of dimple dies.Plain old rectangle tubing works fine and doesn't let crap in.
Not all builds take the easiest approach, and doing it this way has it's benefits. Besides that shit is

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But crap doesn't get in in the first place if the frame is enclosed
Guess you've never cut one open...
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Wow... that's alot of steel. Lots of stuff packed into small places! LOVE IT!
Great job, welds are bitchin. Trusses are huge!

Never seen upper links that straddle the engine =)
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:59 PM   #190 (permalink)
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Your mom's lower links often straddle my engine
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:11 PM   #191 (permalink)
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Got the rear bupmer installed. Its 2x4x3/16.

Sweet bumper gussetts:


Coil over & bypass mounts on the links. BAM


Floor pockets for upper links are boxed in now. Driveshft will need a pocket as well.


The C-pillar and rear deck hoop are fully welded in. These have been tied into the rear bumper.

A cross member behind the seats was added as well. The rest of the back of the Jeep will be built off this piece.







...and obligatory full bump shot



TRD must have welded 20 linear feet this weekend!!

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Old 03-01-2010, 07:16 AM   #192 (permalink)
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Looking good! Tons of work coming together on that ride. I wish I had those skills.
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Fender bars in. The shocks mount off of them.



Kind of had a 2 steps forward one step back weekend. Mounted the shocks (shown here) but had to cut them out since the tire just rubbed on the bypass shock at full stuff.

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Old 03-08-2010, 12:07 PM   #195 (permalink)
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B-Pillar tie-in, it'll get reinforced.



Cut the rear floor out. Really cleaned it up back there.

My blank canvas, haha...


Back hoop turned out nice. C-pillar ties into the back corners.


Back corner plates They're fully boxed in.


Head-on cage view


Rear wheel well at ride height. Lost of room there for 10" of UP.

See that's the proper way to tie a cage in. I've seen many ways that have huge problems. Nice work.
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Amazing amount of quality work in this Jeep. Can't wait to see the finished product. Are you going to race it?
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Amazing amount of quality work in this Jeep. Can't wait to see the finished product. Are you going to race it?

Thanks!

No plans to race it. Building is expensive enough, plus I couldn't stomach potentially destroying this rig for a single day of racing. Buuuut who knows what this thing will end up doing
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:26 PM   #198 (permalink)
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Got a good portion of the rear chassis done this weekend.

Air bumps are mounted now. The bumps are notched into the frame rail and vertical tube for tire clearance. Should be solid.

Played Connect the Dots. Tire at full stuff in these pics - verifying everything fits.




Another marathon TIG welding weekend for TRD. Busted it out as always. I've never seen so much out of position welding (thats what she said).

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This is close to ride height - notice the air bump strike pad under construction.


This is what we came up with for shock mounts. They fit under my "fender well." Should be very clean. No holes cut in the floor for shocks!!


On deck: Mount seats, finish exhaust, etc etc.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:40 PM   #199 (permalink)
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Looks good G!

Thats nice of you to let TRD practice his welding on your ride!

I've noticed my "to do" list seems to be getting shorter, yours too?

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Looks good G!

Thats nice of you to let TRD practice his welding on your ride!

I've noticed my "to do" list seems to be getting shorter, yours too?

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Yup TRD will have a mile of welds on this by the time its done! Just bought another 10 lb of welding wire.

The list is getting shorter, might fit on a single sheet of paper now

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