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Old August 2nd, 2012, 12:58 PM   #21
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I can't wait to take my old man's sixty four cj5 and "resto-mod" the shit out of it.

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Old August 2nd, 2012, 02:16 PM   #22
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Glad to see you finally started on this.....I also hope you keep your build plan as is....As hard as it will be to follow the K.I.S.S method....
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Rugged Ridge runs them on their XHD bumpers. Haven't found a part number on line tho.
Thanks, I'll check into that, and see if they are available.
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Looks like great work as usual! I too have been wanting a classic Jeep to cruise in but it's pretty low on the priority list at this point.....I just need to finish the damn TJ so I can enjoy that
Have you made any more progress on the TJ? Love the way it was turning out.
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I like the looks, but I'm a little puzzled by putting a bumper over the rear cross member.

yo dawg, I herd you like bumpers, so I put a bumper on your bumper so you can bump while you bump
Like Strangler said.....I kinda needed a spot to build the carrier off of. I didnt intend on using the rear bumper, but didn't care for the way things looked on the back of the crossmember. Guess I figureed it was just like putting a bumper on the back of any other jeep. I dont know....I just work here.
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Agreed John, but I think he needed a place to build the tire rack off of.

Itchy, I still have a Chevy parts list for you if you want it.
Yes I do. I was actually going to call you next week about that. I'll be getting ready to mock the motor up shortly. Maybe you could give me a call, or send me a PM. What ever works best for you.
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 10:00 PM   #24
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Glad to see you finally started on this.....I also hope you keep your build plan as is....As hard as it will be to follow the K.I.S.S method....
I went thru a rough patch with the little cj. Its just in my nature to get carried away with what ever I do. I almost cut it up, and stretched the wheel base, four linked it, and was going to build a full dune rig. Long, low, trick suspension, and gobs of horspower....But then I realized that I have a mortgage, two car payments, insurance to pay, and no body to go to the dunes with anymore. Besides I didn't really want to cut this one up. Its way to nice. I figured I could buy any crappy YJ/TJ down the road and build a trail rig if I wanted. It sat for most of the spring and summer with nothing getting done to it. I tried to sell it on Pirate, and Ebay, but had no bites, so after coming to my senses, I figured this was what I intially wanted in the first place. I really just want a nice clean cruiser I can take to the dunes If I want, or go grab a cup of coffee with the wife. I'm tired of dumping thousands of dollars into these things, and then taking them out and destroying them in one weekend.

What is this KISS method that I keep seeing? I must be out of the loop...

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Old August 2nd, 2012, 10:31 PM   #25
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Looks sweet. If you need someone to stand around in your garage and drink beer while you are working on it, let me know. I'm just down the street.
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Looks sweet. If you need someone to stand around in your garage and drink beer while you are working on it, let me know. I'm just down the street.
Stop by anytime. I'm usually out there every night. I gave ya a honk and a wave the other morning on Allen. Not sure if you seen me, I was in the grey crew cab Chevy truck.
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Subscribed! Keith you really do some top notch work - keep it coming!
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 07:04 PM   #28
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Subscribed! Keith you really do some top notch work - keep it coming!
Thanks buddy. I cant wait to see what you do with that white Sahara your getting from Davey's. I like your Pewter TJ alot. I still havent be able to find a TJ around here yet. I'm holding out for the Jeep Bantam Festival in PA next week. Maybe I can bring one back with me.
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Just about got all the suspension mocked up. I'll try and get some pics up tonight. It doesnt look much different I was hoping it wouldn't be as tall, but it doesn't have any weight on it yet, so I'm sure with the YJ springs its going to settle a bit. Still may put the 4" BDS springs under it this weekend just to see how they fit, and what it does for the stance.
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Not a whole lot of updates here....My progress with this thing seems to come in short.....very short bursts, and then I kinda zone out on it, and start thinking about other shit.... For some reason I just can't seem to get into this build. I dont want to cut on the body and do a bunch of silly stuff to it, and I think that is holding me back from doing what I really want with it. Is it to early in the build phase for a part out????

Anyway....I managed to get the springs mounted, and didn't care for the way it looked, so I ripped it all back out, and built different shackle mounts for the front so I could push the front axle out a bit.










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Have you made any more progress on the TJ? Love the way it was turning out.
Not since ~February. I finally got a house, which has sucked up most of my time and money since March, and what's left of both has been comendeered for my wedding in another month. Working on getting my garage and stuff all set up for a functional shop, then the TJ will move over here and progress can start again.....although at this point I kinda wish I just had a fairly run of the mill bolt-on CJ or TJ on 33-35s to cruise and lightly wheel instead.
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Hey great work looks good I am doing 79 and 78 cj5 right now can you pm me your number. I like how. You set up the winch mount and bumper I was seeing if maybe I can get on made for my Jeep thanks
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although at this point I kinda wish I just had a fairly run of the mill bolt-on CJ or TJ on 33-35s to cruise and lightly wheel instead.
Thats exactly the reason I bought this thing. Just wanted to get back to where I was in 08 when I wrecked my CJ7 at Silver Lake. I sure miss being able to drive it to work if I wanted, and then go for a nice cruise with the wife, or take it out on the trail. Times were simple, and basic back then. Now it just seems like everything has to be so radical. Your rig aint shit these days if it doesn't have tons. I'm over that shit. I just wish this 5 had a little more room inside. The proprtions are killing me.

I can put you in a nice little cj5.....Very reasonably priced.....Some assembly requuired.
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Hey great work looks good I am doing 79 and 78 cj5 right now can you pm me your number. I like how. You set up the winch mount and bumper I was seeing if maybe I can get on made for my Jeep thanks
http://www.genright.com/ProductInfo....ductid=FBB1000
Here is the link to the bumper/winch mount I used. I just modified it a little to fit my early cj frame. This bumper will bolt right on you 78-79 frame.
If you have any more questions I'd be happy to help.

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Thats exactly the reason I bought this thing. Just wanted to get back to where I was in 08 when I wrecked my CJ7 at Silver Lake. I sure miss being able to drive it to work if I wanted, and then go for a nice cruise with the wife, or take it out on the trail. Times were simple, and basic back then. Now it just seems like everything has to be so radical. Your rig aint shit these days if it doesn't have tons. I'm over that shit. I just wish this 5 had a little more room inside. The proprtions are killing me.

I can put you in a nice little cj5.....Very reasonably priced.....Some assembly requuired.
That's where my head is at too. The TJ on 33s I had up till a few months ago did almost exactly what I needed, but there were a few minor issues I didn't like(most of which I fixed in order to sell it to a buddy ), and in order to get it to where I wanted it would've become another project("what I want" is a moving target that makes things that much harder)....last thing I need right now. I needed the money and an economical DD so down the road in went. Now I've got the overbuilt TJ project that I don't know how I'm gonna come up with the time or money to complete and I'd rather have something smaller and simpler. I know it'll be worth it when I get it done, but till then it's a bit of a headache that makes it hard to get motivated for.

A nice little CJ5 would be awesome, but without time and money for the TJ already, I'm not sure how adding another would help Just get yours done, keep it simple along the way, and enjoy the shit out of it for what it is!
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I don't know how tall you are but I'm 6'1" 230lbs and the willys and cj5 I had were a bit too tight for me... After 1/2 hr driving I was ready to be done. Have you looked into the Metalcloak line for the cj? The newer overline fenders look pretty slick on cj's/tj's and dont wreck the lines of the jeep.... with my 5.3,d44/8.8 and 33tires my jeep is 100% fun..... & fast... wife can get in + its easy to buckle in the 5yr.

With my 37's the jeep looks cool.... I need to pick my 5'3" wife up and set her inside. PITA to buckle the kid and with 4"lift and 600#'s of tires/rims even with 4 disk brakes, I still only feel safe going 65mph... drives fine but I always worry about some1 pulling out.

If I were you I would keep it on 33's and under a 2-3" lift... Don't hack the body up and get carried away. Your builds are always well thought out and your craftsmanship is top notch... I wish I was as motivated as you! I tig weld tool steel and just cant find the motivation to take on projects as large as yours... Subscribed!!!
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Old August 11th, 2012, 09:13 AM   #36
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Nice work. Your attention to detail is awesome.
Maybe I missed it, but where did you purchase the components to make the swing out spare tire carrier (spindle, latch, etc.)?
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Keep it up, and keep it mild like you are trying!

My little Willy's on the 34" TSL's has been the funnest thing I have ever driven on the trails.

You can ask the AEV guys how it wheels. They were quite impressed at Snofari a couple years ago. I overbuilt my YJ, got it together, and broke it again. I still have not finished it because the little CJ's are too fun.
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That's where my head is at too. The TJ on 33s I had up till a few months ago did almost exactly what I needed, but there were a few minor issues I didn't like(most of which I fixed in order to sell it to a buddy ), and in order to get it to where I wanted it would've become another project("what I want" is a moving target that makes things that much harder)....last thing I need right now. I needed the money and an economical DD so down the road in went. Now I've got the overbuilt TJ project that I don't know how I'm gonna come up with the time or money to complete and I'd rather have something smaller and simpler. I know it'll be worth it when I get it done, but till then it's a bit of a headache that makes it hard to get motivated for.

A nice little CJ5 would be awesome, but without time and money for the TJ already, I'm not sure how adding another would help Just get yours done, keep it simple along the way, and enjoy the shit out of it for what it is!
Yeah it's crazy how this has come full circle huh? Everything had to be so crazy and extreme and now we jus want easy simple stuff. Lol
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With my 37's the jeep looks cool.... I need to pick my 5'3" wife up and set her inside. PITA to buckle the kid and with 4"lift and 600#'s of tires/rims even with 4 disk brakes, I still only feel safe going 65mph... drives fine but I always worry about some1 pulling out.

If I were you I would keep it on 33's and under a 2-3" lift... Don't hack the body up and get carried away. Your builds are always well thought out and your craftsmanship is top notch... I wish I was as motivated as you! I tig weld tool steel and just cant find the motivation to take on projects as large as yours... Subscribed!!!
I'm going to stay with the 33's and maybe pull a few inch's out of the lift. The proportions I'm concerned with are more based on aesthetics and the way it's going to look with a cage. I just think the 5's look a limit weird with a cage in them.
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Nice work. Your attention to detail is awesome.
Maybe I missed it, but where did you purchase the components to make the swing out spare tire carrier (spindle, latch, etc.)?
Thanks for the compliments. I bought the spindle assm. from A to Z fabrication.
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Keep it up, and keep it mild like you are trying!

My little Willy's on the 34" TSL's has been the funnest thing I have ever driven on the trails.

You can ask the AEV guys how it wheels. They were quite impressed at Snofari a couple years ago. I overbuilt my YJ, got it together, and broke it again. I still have not finished it because the little CJ's are too fun.
Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm at the Bantam Jeep Festival right now, and seeing all these nice little cj's and Willys really gets me excited to get home and get my ass to work.
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