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Old 06-26-2013, 10:46 AM   #51 (permalink)
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No updates. Still working on a friends TJ. After that a motor swap on the Camaro and then the GPW will be my main priority.]
Did you get all the other useless stuff done so you can get back to work on this thing?

I need my fix!

I also want you to figure out that mb/gpw grill radiator mount with the Griffin radiator you suggested in my thread so I can copy it
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:29 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Did you get all the other useless stuff done so you can get back to work on this thing?

I need my fix!

I also want you to figure out that mb/gpw grill radiator mount with the Griffin radiator you suggested in my thread so I can copy it
TJ is done and should be leaving soon. I did go out today and get some material to build the front and rear bumpers. I went with 3x1.5, 1/8" wall. I plan to start working on them this weekend.

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Old 06-28-2013, 07:45 AM   #53 (permalink)
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I killed a few hours in the garage last night. I started shaping the bumpers. Front bumper has a slight taper on the end cuts and is welded up but still needs to be cleaned up. Rear bumper still has some work left in it not to mention the 50 lightning holes still need to be drilled. I still need to take a pie cut out of the the ends of each end of the rear bumper to taper the ends closer to the body. I hope to have that part done today and then start on the layout of the holes. My first late night in the garage in a year and a half and it felt good.

Rear bumper is 55 1/2" wide and the front is 32 1/4" at its widest point. All built out of 3x1 1/2, 1/8 wall tube.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:01 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Bumpers are done.

My super scientific layout system.




I dug the frame out of the corner of the shop.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:11 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Fixing the front frame horn.


I ended up having to put it on my frame machine...


Front bumper/ crossmember is done. Now I need to start boxing the frame.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:36 AM   #56 (permalink)
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I ended up having to put it on my frame machine...


How badly was it bent, and how could you tell?
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:05 AM   #57 (permalink)
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How badly was it bent, and how could you tell?
Generally measuring front to rear diagonally (front passenger to rear driver's) and comparing the two will let you know.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:04 PM   #58 (permalink)
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The driver side rail was bent down about an inch in the front. It set me back a few hours. No big.

I made an impulse buy on some slotted rotors and disk brake brackets for the rear this morning. Parts I will not need for weeks at least.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:14 PM   #59 (permalink)
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glad to see progress.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:41 AM   #60 (permalink)
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It feels really good to be building stuff again. I have the plates to box in the front frame horns cut out. 10 holes to drill and dimple and then weld them in.

I ordered the brackets I need for the disk brake setup on the rear axle from JT Outfitters. I needed them before I could start building the truss for the rear axle.

Rear Disc Brake Brackets Toyota Mini Truck Pickup & 4Runner 4WD 79-95 Conversion - JTOutfitters
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:53 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Any plans for an e-brake? Or just do a hydraulic lock?
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:08 AM   #62 (permalink)
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I will uses a panel mount ball valve from McMaster-carr #4114T21

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I will plumb it into the rear brakes when I run all the brake lines and install the cutting brakes.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:49 AM   #63 (permalink)
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Good plan. I haven't had the best luck with my park-lock valve. It doesn't like to release....
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:13 AM   #64 (permalink)
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I have had really good luck with the high pressure ball valve. I have put them in 3-4 Jeeps and it always works flawlessly.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:01 PM   #65 (permalink)
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Front frame rails are done.




Next up are spring shackle mounts and a winch mount.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:56 PM   #66 (permalink)
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That thickness are the box plates?

Looking really good. Those little details are really going to pay off in the end.

Is this one getting an upright winch....8274 or Belleview or something?
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:17 PM   #67 (permalink)
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The plates are just under 1/8", 12 gauge maybe? I like working on the details, it keeps it interesting for me. I will be using the 8274 that was on my Scrambler and my DJ3a before that for this project.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:26 AM   #68 (permalink)
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Happy 4th of July!



PM me a shipping address and I will get them out on Monday!
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:47 AM   #69 (permalink)
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They look perfect! Thanks again!
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:50 AM   #70 (permalink)
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They even had a military wrap 2nd leaf which I totally didn't remember. They will need some new bushings and stuff, but they are in pretty decent shape for 70 years old.
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I had a heck of a time finding rims at a reasonable price. I was hoping to find a set of 15x8 slot mags but these will work for now.

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Old 07-05-2013, 08:42 AM   #72 (permalink)
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I like those old wheels. I think they look like old aircraft wheels a bit. Don't forget to tape the beads......cheap beadlock Seriously.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:05 AM   #73 (permalink)
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I had seen where you mentioned the taping the beads before. I will have to look into that some more. Do you have a link?

I have run these American Racing rims before with the 13.50 Krawlers on a 8"rim wide wheel before on my portly DJ and had really good luck with 5-6 psi. The safety bead seems to be better on these wheels than most of the other brands.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:12 PM   #74 (permalink)
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I had my helper out in the garage help me with some motivation this morning.



8oz of bb's in each rim and tire should help with balance issues. Proposed WB is 86"
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:20 PM   #75 (permalink)
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Front shackle mounts are done.

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