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Old September 22nd, 2011, 12:14 PM   #161
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JCR XJ Rear Frame Nut Strips are en route, and will let us finish the shackle relocation install.

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Old September 22nd, 2011, 02:03 PM   #162
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I love that you are building it as a team! Keep an electronic journal for her so she can access it when she is older.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 07:37 AM   #163
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Thanks Dave. Great idea on the electronic journal!
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 11:23 PM   #164
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Somebody linked your thread to a different forum and it caught my attention. I think it might have been naxja. I love what you guys are doing, and I dream to do the same thing with my daughter Ghia. I have a 1986 Jeep Comanche, and an 86 Jeep XJ Wagoneer just sitting around waiting to be worked on. Hopefully Ill still have them by the time Ghia gets old enough. She'll turn 3 next month. I know I have a ways to go, and a lot can happen before then, but at this moment that is the plan. I may be in North Carolina now, but I grew up in Battle Creek, MI. I get up there a couple times a year to visit family still. I feel your pain working with the rust. But I do have to say I dont miss it. My 87 Comanche has 350,000 miles on it and NO rust. It has been a joy to work on concernong that. Keep up the great work, and thanks for being the inspiration to join this group just so I could subscribe to your thread.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 05:53 AM   #165
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Somebody linked your thread to a different forum and it caught my attention. I think it might have been naxja. I love what you guys are doing, and I dream to do the same thing with my daughter Ghia. I have a 1986 Jeep Comanche, and an 86 Jeep XJ Wagoneer just sitting around waiting to be worked on. Hopefully Ill still have them by the time Ghia gets old enough. She'll turn 3 next month. I know I have a ways to go, and a lot can happen before then, but at this moment that is the plan. I may be in North Carolina now, but I grew up in Battle Creek, MI. I get up there a couple times a year to visit family still. I feel your pain working with the rust. But I do have to say I dont miss it. My 87 Comanche has 350,000 miles on it and NO rust. It has been a joy to work on concernong that. Keep up the great work, and thanks for being the inspiration to join this group just so I could subscribe to your thread.
Great to e-meet you, dasbulliwagen. I'm glad the build caught your attention. It's slow-going, but we have plenty of time. Fortunately, the rust on the shackle bolts is probably the worst on the entire Jeep. I originally came from Maryland . I got it from our friend Don in Kentucky. Aside from needing some floor pan work due to rust-through from the inside (windows were broken out for 4-5 years), it's relatively rust-free.

I hope it'll be something she always remembers.

BTW, my old college roommate (circa '89-94) was from Battle Creek. If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? I'm wondering if you may know him.

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Old September 24th, 2011, 12:34 PM   #166
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Great to e-meet you, dasbulliwagen. I'm glad the build caught your attention. It's slow-going, but we have plenty of time. Fortunately, the rust on the shackle bolts is probably the worst on the entire Jeep. I originally came from Maryland . I got it from our friend Don in Kentucky. Aside from needing some floor pan work due to rust-through from the inside (windows were broken out for 4-5 years), it's relatively rust-free.

I hope it'll be something she always remembers.

BTW, my old college roommate (circa '89-94) was from Battle Creek. If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? I'm wondering if you may know him.

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Old September 26th, 2011, 08:21 PM   #167
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JCR XJ Rear Frame Nut Strips are en route, and will let us finish the shackle relocation install.

First of all, I want to thank Eric at JCR Offroad for getting the nut strips out to me quickly. I ordered them around lunchtime last Thursday, and had them on my door step Friday when I got home. Woot, WOOT! I'm in the process of cleaning them up & painting them now.


Tonight's "mini project" was doing some minor paint work related to the rear shackle relocation install, and installing these Dana 30 JKS Mini Skids for the lower control arm brackets. The fit was really nice, and the install very simple. Given all the mangled D30 LCA brackets I have seen, I thought this would be a good idea since Mira plans on wheeling her XJ.

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Old September 26th, 2011, 10:23 PM   #168
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what are the frame nut kits for> sorry if im a weeetaddd
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Old September 27th, 2011, 07:27 AM   #169
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what are the frame nut kits for> sorry if im a weeetaddd
They're for easy mounting of trailer hitches, gas tank skids, etc. In this case, there are 3 mounting holes on the underside for the shackle relocation kit, but I'm certain we'll have a gas tank skid of some sort down the road also.

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Old October 9th, 2011, 04:05 PM   #170
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Naked LJ (soon to be XJ) Dana 44.


LJ Dana 44 mocked up with XJ leaf spring perches and T&T Customs XJ D44 truss.


Another shot of the mocked-up Dana 44.


Mira's completed Dana 44 differential cover. I used Eastwood Extreme Chassis Black for the cover, then painted the skull with Duplicolor wheel paint (metallic silver). As Mira would say, "Skulls rule."
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Old October 12th, 2011, 05:14 PM   #171
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D44 looks good!
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Old October 13th, 2011, 12:55 PM   #172
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Still liking this build. Keep up the good (team) work!
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Old October 13th, 2011, 01:38 PM   #173
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Great build, and its great to see kids working in the garage and learning. I dont want to offend by saying this, but after having my kid to the eye doctor for an eye infection from getting stuff in his eye in the garage, i have a steadfast safety glasses rule for the garage. Other than that keep the good work up and pictures coming
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Great build, and its great to see kids working in the garage and learning. I dont want to offend by saying this, but after having my kid to the eye doctor for an eye infection from getting stuff in his eye in the garage, i have a steadfast safety glasses rule for the garage. Other than that keep the good work up and pictures coming
Point taken. She'll have safety glasses on at all times going forward (even when it may be overkill). Glad you're enjoying the build/pics.

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I think the garage is a great place for kids to learn and bond with dad. I love it when they are out helping me. Some pretty good discussions have happened out there. My boy is 11 and sometimes its hard to get him to discuss stuff until we hit the garage.
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I think the garage is a great place for kids to learn and bond with dad. I love it when they are out helping me. Some pretty good discussions have happened out there. My boy is 11 and sometimes its hard to get him to discuss stuff until we hit the garage.




After a nice weekend with my girls, and then returning them to their mom tonight (), I hit the garage again and built a jig to easily transfer the positioning of the XJ bracketry over to the LJ Dana 44. I also used a digital angle finder to capture the pinion angle relative to the spring perches, and will position the new HD perches on the new axle tomorrow night. I'll also get the lower-profile M.O.R.E. shock mounts positioned and tack-welded on.

No photo updates just yet, but they'll come soon.

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Thanks Jesse - I greatly appreciate the offer. I'll probably just have RockSolid weld it up for me. I have to head over there this week anyway.

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Small progress, but progress nevertheless. I got the brake backing plates/outers/yoke prepped & painted, and got the H.D. spring perches positioned & welded on. My Millermatic 135 worked very nicely with the spring perches.

Next...shock mounts, and then the T&T Truss.

Once the axle itself is done, we'll paint the brake calipers & detail areas on the rotors with Eastwood caliper paint (but that can be done in the warmth of the house).

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Let me preface this by saying that it's been a full year since I have bought a parts rig...


I'd like to thank Shane Rugg from Grandville, Michigan for sponsoring Mira by giving us a REALLY great deal on this wrecked 1999 Cherokee. Shane has owned it for about 4 1/2 years, and is a mechanic (vehicle is well-maintained). He drove it until he was t-boned. Save the tears...he has a couple other Jeeps now.

This XJ has only 94K miles, and runs GREAT. It also has a variety of other great parts that we'll be able to use for Mira's project. At this point, I think this will be our new engine donor. The rest of the vehicle will be parted out. PM me if you're interested in parts. Better pics to come.

Thanks again, Shane.

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