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I've been lurking here for some time now and it's time to start a build log, but introduction first.

I'm Jerred Stone, 39 years old, currently living in north central Indiana (Elkhart to be precise). I will be moving to south east Missouri in the next couple years, buying some land there and going to build a house on it. I know, really personal, but hey, whatever :)

I did most of my "growing up" (teen years up til I was 26) in Colorado Springs. Some of you that live/lived there may know my father. He has worked for Predator 4WD as service manager prior to 2007 and the place that used to be on Austin Bluffs, can't remember the name of it, but the building looks like a giant set of tits, lol (they are the ones that came up with the bolt on supercharger kit for the 4 liter Jeep). His name is Butch. Used to have a Hemi-orange bobtail Scrambler.

Needless to say, I've been around four-wheeling before, although not for 17 or so years, and miss it.

As my dad is a tranny/driveline tech of almost 60 years, I have a driveline specialist that I can call on for information in that department and have already been picking his brain for my build. So I won't be needing much help there, but will definitely be picking some brains here for some help when I need it. But I tend to do things on my own and rather do my research well in advance and exhaust as many possibilities as I can before asking questions. So, if I ask questions I'd rather not get the typical "have you searched yet" responses. I'm fairly resourceful/intelligent, but things do tend to go over my head at times. But I'm also a fast study and learn fairly easily.

Also, my dad owned his own auto shop when I was a kid, and him being a tranny tech, I've been around cars and mechanics my whole life. I love building from my imagination and have decent fabrication skills. I understand that build a custom rig, including frame, is a HUGE undertaking, but I'm confident in my skills enough to trust my families life to it or I wouldn't be doing this. So please do not discourage me, cause it's GONNA happen :grinpimp:

Now on to the fun stuff.
 

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What I'm doing and how I plan to do so

When I move to Missouri, I'm gonna need something that can haul firewood and logs to make a log cabin. I could go with a factory built truck, and that would be fine and dandy. But then I'd have to modify that for the fun stuff. That, and they are usually gas hogs (I know you can make them more effecient, but still).

So, basically I want a rig that is mostly used for utilitarian type uses (haul stuff and to get around in). But I also want to go play too. Take a trip once a year or so and do what I used to do with my dad. Also need to be fuel efficient.

I plan on running a Volkswagen turbo diesel, hopefully the 1.9 TDI. Convert it to manual pump so I don't need all the electronics. Doing this, I could go with a Zuke or Yota driveline with the Acme Adapter and it would probably be just fine. But I think that way would start to increase build costs (at least dad says Toyota stuff starts getting expensive for all the add ons just because "everyone's doing it" sorta thing).

So, I'm thinking an AX15 tranny to a 241/205 doubler with Dana 44's (4.27 or 4.56 ratio) on either 33's or 35's (most likely the 35's). So I'll have to make an engine to tranny adapter and buy the 241/205 doubler kit from mpascino. Also plan on going Ox lockers in front and rear with the air shift kit.

For suspension, I'm planning to go double triangulated four link front and rear with coilovers. The suspension I still have a LOT of research to do as I'm still kinda confused over all the terms (I understand all the terms, but how to figure them all out is what I'm trying to gather), but will get there eventually.

So, now that's over with, it's time for you all to tell me I'm doing it all wrong and what I should do instead :D But never fear, that's most likely the route I'm going :flipoff2:
 

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Oh, and this is going to be a long build time. All I have so far is the NP205 out of a Ford (didn't see the need to have to go and buy a SYE kit).

Build cost to date:
NP205 = $125
 
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