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Old September 24th, 2011, 02:28 PM   #18
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Currently working with a earlier fast back design and reworking the heck out of it. This has the entire back of the rig open behind the driver letting me run 20 gallons of propane and a full spare of any size easily while having room for a extra 2 tanks and a second spare. The frame is not going to be used. Leaving the entire 1969 jeep untouched. Instead I am going with a slim downed cage that still lets me use the removable panel idea(no removable windshield). This raises a security issue with the tanks and spare being out in the open. But the "security" panels were meant to only be used when long term parked and I am sure I can make some kind of system that I can leave at the house and will bolt on.

Updated weights.

650 1.75x.120 Body/cage/windshield/frame 280 feet with tabs/brackets
180 3/8" Hdpe Body(removable exterior panels)
120 1/8" Uhmwpe Body (non removable panels)
600 350(with accessories)(less then 250ft/lb)using for easy low cost replacement
200 465 Trans/cast bell
150 Dana 18 Transfer/shafts
150 Tri link/Steering
300 Coil overs/shocks(estimate)
160 20 pounds of propane 2 tanks(will double with 4 for long trips)
400 5 Tires/rims
500 Axles/bracing
200 Air Seats/Audio system
200 Recovery items/winch
200 Other-sure I am leaving out a lot

4010 Total

Still seems heavy as heck considering what I took out. But, by using a stock like truck 350 ($500-1k replacement cost) with torque of less then 250 I wont worry about breaking the Dana 18 letting me have the overdrive and keeping the ps drop that I really wanted. This is still very safe letting me rub trees while costing 9k less then the air/hydro/atlas and crate engine setup.
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