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The 42rle has been completely gone thru but there is not much after market support for it. Any plastic parts have been repalced. It is a electronically controlled OD so we are using the OEM computer to control it.

The torque converter is were we spent money to make it last. All of the plastic has been removed and the fins brazed so they don't detonate at speed. Then balanced and tested.

Atlas 3.0 behind the tranny.
Gerald, the lack of aftermarket support is surprising. I've got the same tranny in my LJ, and when AA came out with the Rubicrawler, I thought that would prompt other companies to come out with some additional pieces, but there hasn't been much. I think there is a guy on JF who has had excellent success with some different valve bodies. I haven't paid much attention as I plan to put an LS motor and GM tranny in my LJ when the driveline grenades.
 

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Gerald, the lack of aftermarket support is surprising. I've got the same tranny in my LJ, and when AA came out with the Rubicrawler, I thought that would prompt other companies to come out with some additional pieces, but there hasn't been much. I think there is a guy on JF who has had excellent success with some different valve bodies. I haven't paid much attention as I plan to put an LS motor and GM tranny in my LJ when the driveline grenades.
LS motor in the LJ is what is in my future as well! :D
 

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Oh how I love the feeling of red hot metal goobers raining down on me as I weld the inside of a cage, especially when I'm in an awkward position and cant move enough to shake out the one that lands on the inside of my thigh and sticks. :laughing::mad3:
 

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Oh how I love the feeling of red hot metal goobers raining down on me as I weld the inside of a cage, especially when I'm in an awkward position and cant move enough to shake out the one that lands on the inside of my thigh and sticks. :laughing::mad3:
Better than down the ear, that'll send you into convulsions! :flipoff2:
 

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Oh how I love the feeling of red hot metal goobers raining down on me as I weld the inside of a cage, especially when I'm in an awkward position and cant move enough to shake out the one that lands on the inside of my thigh and sticks. :laughing::mad3:
Maybe have Amber rub it out for you ? :smokin::laughing:
 

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Better than down the ear, that'll send you into convulsions! :flipoff2:
Ear plugs are wonderful... just sayin.


Dallas, lookin badass!
 

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Pull up your black socks farther :flipoff2:

Jeep is looking fantastic as usual
Hey now, just because I live in So-Cal doesn't mean I'm a damn flatbiller :flipoff2:

Amber will tell you, I'm weird about socks. I have lots of them, but they are all white :flipoff2: Unfortunately none of them are molten metal retardant :(
 

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Less pictures of your socks, more of the seat mounts. :) (or Amber)

I like the cage with the b-pillar pushed back some for head & seat clearance, but it also pushes the rear seat bar back and up for extra headache with the rear seat tabs. I've been watchin this thread to see how you end up pulling it off.
 

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Yeah we decided to push the b-pillar back quite a bit for a few reasons, seat clearance being the biggest one. If you keep the b-pillar in the stock location you end up having to bend the shoulder bar around the back of the seats, or weld it to the horizontals going back to the C-pillar. It also makes putting the diagonal cross bracing in really difficult. You also end up with the B-pillar right next to your head if you move the seat back any, which is not so great in a hard roll. By moving ours back we are able to keep everything nice and straight and strong, with lots of room for occupants.

Here's how the passenger seat mount came out. At first I really didn't like how it was working out, but I just kinda went with it, and now that it's finished I actually like it. I also got a lot of the passenger door bars done.
 

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Maybe it's the camera angle or perspective, but it looks like the vertical A-pillar bar isn't quite perpendicular to the chassis or parallel to the B pillar. Am I correct?

Digging the build, just an observation.:p
 

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It's not camera angle or perspective. It does angle back to connect with the frame tie-in. In most cars that bar just connects to the door bar or a horizontal tube going from A-pillar to B-pillar at the floor. This one goes all the way to the frame. :mr-t: Aesthetically I'm still a little unsure how I feel about it. Structurally it makes me :D
 

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It's not camera angle or perspective. It does angle back to connect with the frame tie-in. In most cars that bar just connects to the door bar or a horizontal tube going from A-pillar to B-pillar at the floor. This one goes all the way to the frame. :mr-t: Aesthetically I'm still a little unsure how I feel about it. Structurally it makes me :D
Dallas, I'm a big fan of your work, but, in my opinion, the upper portion of that bar should be straight and then angle the lower one to get it where you need it. It will still be plenty strong and look 1000000x better.

It's obvious you have put a bunch of thought in this cage though and are thinking outside the box.
 

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in my opinion, the upper portion of that bar should be straight and then angle the lower one to get it where you need it. It will still be plenty strong and look 1000000x better.
I'm in agreement. I just hung a plumb bob on the roof and I'd only have to move the tube about 2" to get it vertical. I wish I hadn't welded the tube as much as I already have, but it's coming out anyways. Last night I looked at it and didn't really like it a lot. I hoped it would grow on me, it hasn't.
 

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:p Glad you are going to change it! It'll make the window nets easier to fit as well.

I'm in agreement. I just hung a plumb bob on the roof and I'd only have to move the tube about 2" to get it vertical. I wish I hadn't welded the tube as much as I already have, but it's coming out anyways. Last night I looked at it and didn't really like it a lot. I hoped it would grow on me, it hasn't.
 

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Yep, they will be a big rectangle now. I think the way the rules are written we will need little triangular nets for the area forward of that tube though. Not sure if Ultra4 rules allow it, but I noticed BJ Baldwin actually has little lexan windows there on his TT. That would be cool.
 

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All Fixed. Also got a shot of how the seat fits with the B-pillar. As you can see there is plenty of space. A couple of the desert race orgs require you to have 2 double-d adjusters on your shoulder belts. I dont know if we'll be racing with any of them, but if we decide to we shouldn't have any problems.

Also in case anyone hasn't seen them and was wondering about the ratcheting belts I mentioned here's a closeup of the business end. Instead of pulling on the ends of straps at awkward angles you just ratchet yourself in place. :smokin:
 

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All Fixed. Also got a shot of how the seat fits with the B-pillar. As you can see there is plenty of space. A couple of the desert race orgs require you to have 2 double-d adjusters on your shoulder belts. I dont know if we'll be racing with any of them, but if we decide to we shouldn't have any problems.

Also in case anyone hasn't seen them and was wondering about the ratcheting belts I mentioned here's a closeup of the business end. Instead of pulling on the ends of straps at awkward angles you just ratchet yourself in place. :smokin:
Can you push the top back just a little?
 
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