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Old December 6th, 2011, 11:10 PM   #81
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Few pictures to update


Got the frame painted, just doing little stuff to it atm changing out diffs, etc. while finding the parts which I have found most of so this weekend is going to prove expensive but worth it.



Got the old man working on his Jeep so had to steal the Goodyear's. Great now I have to find myself a set.


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Old December 6th, 2011, 11:50 PM   #82
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Halfway through the frame chop. Luckily the design of the frame made for an easy shortening.
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Old December 8th, 2011, 06:56 AM   #83
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this better be in the canada trip next year haha.
its cool as hell.
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Old December 8th, 2011, 12:40 PM   #84
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Bringing the HEMI home, barely fits in a TJ
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 02:57 PM   #86
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Progress had slowed down some for a while due to time and money and havin to fix the dd. but now its back in full swing! finally got to tear into the engine and sadly it was worse than I thought originally. The guy before me never bothered to change the oil and it ate the main bearings. Luckily when it started making noise he did a chain fall tune up right away which saved the HEMI from getting too much worse. Besides the bearings everything else looked ok, just coated in lovely burnt oil. The crank was toast but got another with the engine so that is good news. Had to take every last little piece apart, all the lifters were broken down, all the plugs pulled, etc. Even though it was a great price, I've learned my lesson, I'm not buying another one like this! just picked up the last parts for the engine at lunch today and should have it buttoned up and in the frame this weekend.



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Old February 29th, 2012, 12:21 PM   #87
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So it turns out the 2nd main is messed up and now I have to get the block line bored to fix it. The main "grew" and with the bearings in the crank binds up. Take the #2 bearing out and it spins perfectly in the rest. mic-ed the crank at nominal on all journals even though it's new so that no big surprise. Going to take it to my friends at Motor City Muscle this week and let them work their magic on it.

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Old March 20th, 2012, 11:47 PM   #88
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So while I wait for the engine to get done I decided to focus my attention on the Gladiator to get it ready to transfer the Cab and Bed. Spent a few hours tonight starting the tear down. Went pretty smoothly, will be doing to same tomorrow.





Can't wait to get her off the frame and start getting it all on the new one!
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Ha! got Photo bucket to work!



Start of tear down



Front Clip Removed



As it sits, after work today hopefully will have the bed and cab cut free with all wires rolled back to the cab so we can lift it off!

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Spent a few hours in the garage after work today with my dad and my uncle. got a lot done! Got everything cut free, all wiring rolled back to the cab, cab and bed off and dropped the bed down on the new frame.



Lifting the Bed off



Positioning the Bed





Bed sitting on the new frame



Cab off



Bare Frame!

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Old September 21st, 2012, 02:40 PM   #91
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Just realized it's been a while since I updated my build sorry about that.

When we last left our hero I had just gotten the box sitting on the ram frame. I now have the bed bolted in place, the cab sitting where I need it and the engine sitting in the frame. Like always life got in the way for a while and the build slowed down some but we are back moving on it. I'm hoping to have it running and driving by the spring. When the weather warms up I'll do the body and shoot paint. Still have a long way to go but it's coming along and getting everything mounted is a huge task out of the way. Here's a few pictures from the last couple nights.



Had to cut out the floor in the back of the cab to get it to sit down where I need it to.


Got everything where it needs to be, threw the fender up there to get an idea of where the radiator and everything will line up. Looks like it is close but it will all fit.

Current issues I have to look at are;
- Front cross member sits low, want to try and hide it somehow so it looks like it belongs.
- Big one is I got a second hemi that has full wiring harness, computer, etc to make this an MDS engine. I need to do some research and see if it really is just the solenoids, lifters, and wiring that make MDS work. We will see what happens there.
- How to make the electric t case and front axle disconnect work. Thinking switch on the dash for the axle and then try to figure out how to wire the t case in.

If anybody has any thoughts let me know!

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Old September 24th, 2014, 03:17 PM   #92
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Wow! it's been waaayyyy to long since I updated this! Sadly not nearly as much has gotten done as I would have liked, life, work, new house, etc has all gotten in the way and she's been worked on a little bit here and there when I had time.

OK so basically body and bed were sitting on the frame and engine was sitting in place. So I had to get the cab bolted down and ready to go.


I bent up a piece and tacked it in place to cover up the floor on the inside. Once the seats/sound deadener/carpet is in you shouldn't be able to see it.


When we cut the center of the frame earlier we also happen to take a center cab mount out with it. Luckily we were able to salvage the body mounts and actually repositioned them for use as the rear cab mounts. :-bd Win! This one was tacked in place while we made sure everything lined up. In this picture you can also see where we rewelded the frame together at it's shorter length using the factory joint.


The width of the Ram Mounts and the Width of the stock Cab supports didn't quite line up so we made a intermediate mount so to speak. We have 1 on each side tying the front and rear cab mounts together and tying the cab support holes together. This was a picture while we were still mocking everything up.


Rolled her out of the garage for some fresh air, and to turn her around for the engine install! :D Gives you a rough idea of ride height and where it stood at that point. You can see some of the frame but once the cab was actually mounted it took care of some of that so it doesn't hide all of it but it doesn't look out of place either. Overall I'm happy with how that part turned out.
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So engine is in, body bolted down, started looking at the wiring.

At this point we shifted gears and started tackling all the other little things that might not have the WOW factor but none the less have to get done. Gas tank, fuel lines, brakes:master cyl/lines/all 4 corners were done first. So it can feed the engine and stop now. We used a master cylinder from a Ram so that the whole braking system worked together as it was meant to. Took a little work getting it all in place but should function nicely now.

We also got the HVAC in place. In order to have AC as well as heat, and to pull it under the dash and make room in the engine bay we were going to order up a vintage air unit. After looking around however, we ended up making a hybrid unit. Using the heat core, evaporator, blower motor section from a ZJ we mounted everything up under the dash. On the left side however, we graphed on the original FSJ vents and controls. We now have heat and AC hidden under the dash that use the stock controls and vents. Turned out pretty nice in the end.




For an exhaust we were actually fairly lucky. I found a lightly used Borla kit for a Ram that I was able to get for a good price. Using all of the stock mounts,etc the kit bolted right into place. The only place I had to "massage" it was at the very back where it exited through a set of tips. We had to tweak the pipes some to get the exhaust to exit cleanly under the edge of the bed to make it look like it belonged. The picture shows it mostly complete. We were able to bring it back just a hair to from normal ride height you can't see where the tips neck down into the pipe. I was a little worried with how big they looked but after mocking up a rear bumper and putting a wheel/tire on the corner there they look much better.


When it came to steering we lucked out. I really wanted to keep the stock wheel/column to keep with the OE look in the interior. Turns out that the steering shaft on the column matches up perfectly with the joint coming off the steering rack on the chassis. We were able to clean them up, weld them together, and then for added support we sleeved the area and buzzed that in place. Seems to work nicely!


When doing the brakes we had a bit of a hair brained Idea that seems to have worked out so far. We were both kind of bummed that once this was all together we weren't going to have locking hubs on the truck and it just wouldn't look right. After looking at however, we were able to figure out how to mount the old hubs onto the truck so now when it's all said and done it will look the way it should from the side! No they are not functional but nobody has to know ;)


Also found enough time to cobble together a tonneau cover for it using the remains of an old dodge tonneau.
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also have the Trans and Tcase shifter installed. I bought a kit for the Trans shifter which was close but needed some "fine tuning". I was really hoping to get a nice lokar setup or something along those lines but they didn't make anything for my trans!! Turns out the only one I could find was from American shifter Co, conveniently made in China :P The shifter itself wasn't too terrible but I really want to find a knob I can replace the cheap plastic one with. If anybody knows of something that would work let me know! For the T-case shifter we went to the junk yard and found one out of a late 90's Ram IIRC. Same T-case so that was nice. I was able to use the stock links shortened slightly and mounted the shifter on the trans hump. The bend in the hump was close to that of the shifter body so with a little massaging it should fit nicely and seal.



So roughly that should bring us up to speed. We have a full rolling chassis, bed and cab mounted, Brakes, steering, shifters, fuel, HVAC. Plan is now to paint next week while it's still warm enough, then finish hacking apart a production wire harness to make one that works, test fire the engine, finish installing the interior, build the front clip and bumpers, and button up the millions of little things I'm sure we are forgetting! No problem right? :lol:

If anybody has any questions on anything feel free to ask!
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