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I guess I will start my build thread now that I almost have a rolling chassis. This all started when I was 16 and purchased a 1980 k30 for $500. Did everything on the cheap and welded up the axles and threw on some 38 claws that I got for $100.



I drove it like that for a few years adding a few things, like full hydro steering, cause I couldn't steer it with the front being welded. :shaking: Then I went to the river with some friends and he had a built jeep and I decided I wanted to build one. Being young and dum and in a hurry I just shortend the frame 40 inches and threw the jeep body on and bought some 38 inch boggers.



Proceeded to drive it and upgrade it as I went for several more years. But I always regreted using that frame after I was done.

This is what the jeep looked like in its last stage.



My buddy driving.




Then a couple of years ago I became friends with a guy driving an old chevy at Clayton and fell in love with his rig.

 

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im not interested yet. what are you doing? did you but that truck? what the hell is happening with this? :flipoff2:
 

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That brings us up to the current chapter of this rig. I found a buddy that had this pickup setting in his pasture and picked it up for $300. Put a battery in and some propane and drove it up on the trailer.



It sat at my place for a couple months while I was gathering parts. But when I broke my transmission case again on the jeep I decided it was time to tear down.





Once the jeep was completely tore apart I pulled the 71 in and tore it down.



Once I had it down to a bare frame I cleaned it up and fully boxed it in. ( wish I would have just started fresh with tubing now).



Then I got started mocking the front axle in place. Plans are to just run the 56" leaves up front and 4 link the rear on coils. Maybe link the front next year.







The front is done.

 

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Now I'm working on the rear suspension. I got the rear axle cleaned up and ready to be trussed.





Then I worked on getting my link tabs and brakets built.





Mocked up.



Took my links to the machin shop to get tapped. Still waiting to get those back.



Then I bobbed the rear frame off and started planning out my coil buckets.



That is where I'm at as of now.

The plans are to boatside the cab, bobb the rear of the bed and dove tail it just a little. I still want to be able to fit a ATV in the back. And possible pinch the front a little, still not sure if I want to do that or not.

The other specs are: dana 60 full chromolly and 35 outers, welded. Rear 14 bolt welded with 5.13's. Full hydro steering, TBI 350, th 400, np205-203 doubler, running 44's with recentered double beadlocks.
 

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Nope. unless you have been following my facebook updates. This is my first build thread on here. You may have seen pics of my jeep in different places on Pirate though.
 

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Nope. unless you have been following my facebook updates. This is my first build thread on here. You may have seen pics of my jeep in different places on Pirate though.
No facebook here...must have ran into pics on the "show your truck" thread.

Either way, subscribed.

Congrats on losing the jeep body :flipoff2:
 

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lol i figured that out. this is actually now interesting, im looking forward to the rest :D
Well I'm planning on working on it as much as the family will let me this weekend. Hopefully get the coil buckets done and maybe start mocking up the drive train. Pics to follow on Monday.
 

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I understand!! Maybe one of these weekends i can get loose and come over and help you, or sit around with a beer and be moral support!!!:D Where did u buy your links and joints?
 

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I got the heims from Midwest Control and the link material is some that big Josh had left over from his other rig that he has never finished.
 

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I really dig the front hangers, axle trust, and the year truck, really looking foward to watching this build.
What coils are you going to be running out back?
 

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looks good. you may want to add another front shackle pivot point forward about 2" and lower down to the base of the frame. you might regret having your shackles be straight up/down when unloaded, they can revert on you and bend up your springs.
 
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