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Old December 6th, 2011, 10:10 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, 10:50 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, 05:56 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, 11:40 AM   #84
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Bringing the HEMI home, barely fits in a TJ
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Old December 11th, 2011, 10:01 PM   #85
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 01:57 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, 11:21 AM   #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, 10:47 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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Old March 22nd, 2012, 11:06 PM   #90
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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



Bed on Frame



Cab off



Bare Frame!
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Old September 21st, 2012, 01:40 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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