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Old 01-04-2012, 08:53 PM   #276 (permalink)
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My current project:

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Skinned with poster board to make a pattern for the sheet metal skins.

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Old 01-18-2012, 09:10 PM   #277 (permalink)
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Finally got it painted and assembled. Next up is trimming the rear bed skirt and finishing the tail light wiring. The pics are a little blurry, but the paint looks decent for a $700 Miracle job.



Wow you guys just opened a whole can of worms for me. Looks like I'll be scrounging together money for a jeep and a whole bunch of parts. I really like the look of the separate bed idea, but I really don't want to drop the coin on a full Brute kit. Building my own definitely seems like the way to go.

My first jeep was a '91 YJ so I have an attachment to the square eyes, but a TJ would look newer. Idk. Which would you guys go for? Seems like you guys prefer TJ for comfort reasons, but with new seats, a center console, and a new steering wheel, doesn't seem like comfort would be any different. What do you guys think about this? YJ or TJ truck, possibly extended cab, 6-6.5 foot bed, 5.7L Chevy, NV3550, NP231 or Atlas T-case, Dana 60s, and 37" Goodyear MTs. The Dana 60s would be Jeep width not fullsize. And to those that are used to smog laws, Montana here doesn't have any emissions or inspection testing...whatsoever, so an engine swap is fine.

That YJ is looking great! How's it coming along?

....hmmm...I think I might try to take it one step further and make it an extended cab....that would mean I'd have to make my own hard top...but I was thinking of making a cap for the bed as well for the long treks.

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Old 01-19-2012, 04:29 AM   #278 (permalink)
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Fiberglass Jeep-tub trailer kits/parts should soon be on the market, they'd also be great for building a "Budget Brute". They'll be available with several different length side panels, the mock up below shows a long panel (6'6" bed) and a short panel (4'5" bed).





And here's and example of how the parts (short version) look when built as a trailer:



The soft tonneau cover shown on the trailer above will also likely be available for all lengths of the kit.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:20 PM   #279 (permalink)
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That's pretty cool. I'd want mine out of steel as a truck bed though. I don't think anything less than a 6 ft steel bed could handle a 600 pound elk during hunting season haha. I'm sure throwing an elk in the back and then having to wheel to get off my friends property would destroy fiberglass pretty quick.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:35 PM   #280 (permalink)
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That's pretty cool. I'd want mine out of steel as a truck bed though. I don't think anything less than a 6 ft steel bed could handle a 600 pound elk during hunting season haha. I'm sure throwing an elk in the back and then having to wheel to get off my friends property would destroy fiberglass pretty quick.
The fiberglass bed is much stronger than you might think, but I understand that some people would prefer steel to fiberglass, to each his own.

It's not a 600-lb. elk, but here's the 225-lb. gorilla test on the fiberglass tailgate . I'm not sure the fiberglass tailgate would stand up to a 600-lb. elk, but I suspect a steel CJ tailgate wouldn't fare too well with 600-lb. load either.



BTW the new AEV Brute Double Cab bed is fiberglass...

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It wouldn't be unfeasable to build a trailer or truck bed with simple steel inner panels, and skinned with jscherb's 'glass parts to keep it from looking like just another skid-steer trailer.
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My '94 LYJ TDI. Frame stretched to LJ length. Has a 1.9 TDI engine in it. In storage now while I'm in South Africa. Once I get back, cab inclosure, cage, and paint.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:31 AM   #283 (permalink)
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I saw it in person at EJS in Moab this year, snapped this photo:



They have conversion for sale on their website.
Minus the out of place wheels and stupid snorkel, I think this is one of my favorite Jeeps.

River Raider stuff is freaking expensive!
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These are really nice rigs, anyone ever try a full TJ body with a bed behind it? I've been kickin the idea around and wondered if anyone had pics of one.
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These are really nice rigs, anyone ever try a full TJ body with a bed behind it? I've been kickin the idea around and wondered if anyone had pics of one.
I think that would be a really long wheelbase and look a little goofy having a whole TJ body in front of the bed. Seems like it would be limo length. It would certainly be an EXTENDED cab lol. The closest thing I've seen to what you are thinking of is this:

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=550321

This one is more an Extended cab with decent room behind the seats, but without being overly long. Also kinda looks awkward yet cool...
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:00 PM   #286 (permalink)
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Here is a link and photos if you guys are missing this build.

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1044314
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Jeep is being built to take to this years EJS....

Specs,

TDK frame
Aqualu Bed and cab kit
14 bolt front and rear
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Metalcloak Armor
Savy body protection

Heads to paint Monday




I'd like to see a different set of tires on it, but it isn't my Jeep.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:11 PM   #287 (permalink)
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Here is a link and photos is you guys are missing this build.

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I'd like to see a different set of tires on it, but it isn't my Jeep.
I have never run the Maddogs on anything....ran alot of Rockers and love EM!!! I am interested to see how these work out.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:15 PM   #288 (permalink)
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Here is the latest picture of my TJ truck bed. I started with a Taco unbustabreakable composite inner bed assembly. I cut over 18 inches out of the back and skinned it with custom panels I had made,TJ corners and LJ belt rails.
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Looks like this project from the Aqualu was wrapped up.


















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This project is also on their site.









I think both of these Jeep trucks would look more proportional with the 4.5' bed that they offer.
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I think I posted earlier in the thread, but my CJ-10a pickup is done, legal, and terrorizing roads down here in Houston. Even already got some work done with it!





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Gavan - 4BT CJ10a - YouTube

Love this thread, and love my Jeep pickup. I can highly recommend building your own.
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Looks like this project from the Aqualu was wrapped up.


love it. love it love it love it.

although i wouldnt have painted it, and i wouldve continued the rocker guard onto the bed, or given the bed a matching guard
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:43 PM   #293 (permalink)
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Here is mine back from paint.....Old School Shop truck style..

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Here is mine back from paint.....Old School Shop truck style
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Here is mine back from paint.....Old School Shop truck style..
Definitely more pics needed....
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Not much to look at right now, this is my 14 year old sons jeep we are VERY SLOWLY working on. He loves the half cab.
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Indeed nice half cab and the son working on it.
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I think I posted earlier in the thread, but my CJ-10a pickup is done, legal, and terrorizing roads down here in Houston. Even already got some work done with it!

Wow... I live in College Station just north of you. We should meet up sometime, I'd love to see that 4BT in action and pick your brain. I've been wanting to do that swap in my TJ forever now. Great job man. If you ever decide to sell your rig I would gladly buy it off you. What MPG are you getting out of the current setup?
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Wow... I live in College Station just north of you. We should meet up sometime, I'd love to see that 4BT in action and pick your brain. I've been wanting to do that swap in my TJ forever now. Great job man. If you ever decide to sell your rig I would gladly buy it off you. What MPG are you getting out of the current setup?
Any time! Feel free to take it for a drive, but I warn you, its addicting

Still working on MPG numbers. Working out all the dumb swap stuff now, tracking down dumb leaks and sorting out issues. I have been working on the VE pump as well to try and get it dialed in, it is still smoking a little and running a little hot. I am not going to do any real mileage calculations until I get all that stuff squared away.
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Here are some shots of mine as of now. Got the lift installed a while ago as well as a couple other odds and ends. My goal with this Jeep is to create a TJ with a bed that is very street-able and capable off-road. The wife hasn't complained about the way it handles when she drives it so I think I have the street handling ironed out, except the shocks... I like the Fox 2.0 smooth bodies because they are very tough, but on the road they hit really hard in the rear... thinking about re-valving them. Need to get some 35's or larger under it and a stock fender highline. Just finished doing one for a buddy so I know what to look forward too...

I am also exploring options on extending the bed out. Still tossing around the idea of fitting an old military trailer, flatbed, or just extending the tub. I really like the flatbed on this rig but also think gavan nailed it with his setup:



My setup:






I also just finished up building a switch panel for the interior. Still have two spaces to fill... thinking they will be selectable OX lockers or an AIR and ARB locker setup.

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