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Old September 23rd, 2008, 02:48 PM   #1
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So a while back I sold my FJ40 because...... I'm a Stupid F-ing Moron.... and I didn't have the time or space for it (the two parts trucks didn't help).



I had planned on waiting and finishing the house and buying a project sometime down the road... well, I'm weak. I "stumbled" accross another FJ, and thought it would make a better family wheeler so I ended up buying it.

1984 FJ60 tan with poo brown stipe....

How I picked her up.



Yeah, they 30's....




And on 39.5's....







then, my A.D.D. Struck again, and I wanted an Early Bronco. so the cruiser went bye bye...

Of course, then i missed out on the E.B. so I decided to start on a full size build. See page two...

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Old September 23rd, 2008, 04:10 PM   #2
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Looks good. You don't see 60's that much. You gonna change gears to help with the 39s?
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Old September 24th, 2008, 08:01 AM   #3
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I'm going to see how it does with stock gearing for now. Then I'll add the doubler. But yes eventually, I'll replace the gears. I can add the doubler for less than re-gearing, and still cruise comfortably. SBC and auto are in the future as well, which would help even more.
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dubbler helps offroad gearing help all the time IMO. But you are corect the dubbler cost less. Keep the pics coming.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 07:52 AM   #5
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Default Giant Rubbers

mmmm Giant rubber goodness.....



These mounted better than the ol' sand blasters. I'm hoping to have all of them on this weekend... mo pics to come.

Make the 36's look like babay's



Here you can see the clearance....



Looks like I'll be doing some cutting. I might still have to go a little higher. I want to see how it looks when I remove some leaves and go spring over.... I'll wait to see how it sits with all of them mounted then decide how much more room I need.

Peace Out.

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Old September 29th, 2008, 07:26 AM   #6
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got em' mounted up. I tried the airsoft bead balancing. It seams to work, but haven't really had a chance to go much more than 35. It smooths out right around 25. I wasn't real comfortable with the stearing still boogered up, so the real road test will have to wait.

So next is going through the drag link and tie rod. I've got all new tre's, just need to find the time to get it done. Then on to the front springs. I'm still debating how I want to do the front. Let me re-phraze that. I'm debating the best way to get the front done. I know what I would like to do, but also what is realistic.

I'm thinking SR, re-using the stock hanger and running the shackle mount through the frame.... I'll have to figure it out when I can crawl around and get some measurements.

Then there's the body work.... or weight removal. I really like the stock lines, but I'm going to have to do some trimming. There are some cancer spots I need to get rid of, anyway.

So anywho.... here are a couple of pics.

Approximately 4" suspension, 3" body, 39.5x14.5 x 16.5 Pitbull Maddog's, 16.5x12 trailready beadlocks.



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Old September 30th, 2008, 03:43 PM   #8
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ordered up some All-Pro Hysteer arms. Hopefully have the steering finished this weekend.

Aussie is dealing with customs trying to get in a shipment, but I'm hoping to have my locker sometime next week.

I haven't been too impressed with any of the spring and shackle mounts I've been finding, so I might be building my own low profile mounts. Has anyone used Ruffstuff's frenched spring mounts? I'm not sure if they are the correct width, but they would help lower it for the soa.
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I like the looks of the old land cruisers. if it were mine i would just pie cut the fenders up to that 1st bodyline(looks to be about an inch) and roll the fender inward to get some clearance and have a smooth rolled edge, raise the rear 2"s,add longer bump stops to limit uptravel and call it good. the stance looks really good w/the 39's. looking good though
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Old October 10th, 2008, 07:01 AM   #10
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Got my steering straightened out. I had to cut about 1/2-3/4" off of one end of my drag link to remove the bung that was welded on the end, and the PO must have broken the TRE, the threads were still in the link. After cutting all the way around, I had to grind some flats in the bung to get a grip with my large cresent wrench, and it broke right loose.

On a more exciting note, she made her first high speed run last night. Jumped out on the e-way for a couple miles down and back. I was pleasantly surprised with the ride. Well, the tires any way.... the thing rides like a tank. The air soft beads seam to work pretty well. The only draw back was how apparant it was that I'm going to have to re-gear. It's not that it doesn't drive well, but I was cruising at about 45-50 and keeping up with traffic. It actually gets up and goes fairly well for stock gears and 194k on the ticker.

I got my aussie this week, and my hysteer arms. So I'll be doing some more tweaking this weekend. I'll post up some new pics all stickered up.

If I'm really ambitious, I might try cleaning up the cut on the rear wheel wells.... we'll see....

Still Planning on Oct. 17th at Silver Lake if any one is interested. I know we'll have at least two other large jeeps, and probably a few misc. trucks and such.
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Got the aussie installed, and did some fine tuning on the steering. Not much else exciting.... The aussie install went very well. If I did the rear again, I could probably knock it out in an hour. So far I'm pretty happy with it.

I did find an issue with the steering... The passenger side tire is rubbing on the drag link when I turn hard left. I ordered up some 1.5" spacers for now. When I install the hy steer arms, it should take care of the issue, but I'll need to build a new drag link.

I'm guessing I'll be doing some body work this week to, to accomodate the added width from the spacers.
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Old October 15th, 2008, 10:53 AM   #12
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"F"... I'm supposed to leave tomorrow afternoon straight from work and my spacers won't be here in time. Anyone around GR have some 6 lug spacers available? I only need a pair for the front.

I started hacking the front fenders too. I should have it done tonight and will post some pics. Not sure if I'm going to get into the rears, or leave them for now. We'll have to see how much time I have to tonight.
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Well, I still haven't received my spacers, but I did get my front fenders trimmed. I also went back to the heim joint on the drag link. Unfortunately, the tire still rubs on the bolt.... aargh.....

I'm going to stay on usps tomorrow, and hopefully I can run home and get the spacers at lunch. I should be able to get them installed before we have to leave...

Here are some pics of the front cut. I need to clean up the inner fender, but I think that will be a winter project.

Of course, the first step before any project is proper hydration....



I removed the passenger side fender to try and straighten it out a bit. And holy hell do they use a lot of bolts on these things.... I think there were over 20 just holding the fender on, then there were the bolts holding stuff on inside the engine compartment....



Here's the before....



After the cut....



Finished product.






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Old October 20th, 2008, 10:14 PM   #14
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Had fun at Silver Lake, but wasn't totally happy with her performance. Basically, she's a fat lazy pig. Too heavy and too underpowered. She didn't do too bad for the most part, but she didn't want to make it up test. It didn't help that the t-case kept jumping out of 4low. Here's a couple of poser shots...







Got the spacers Thursday on my way out. Installed HardKore style on the trail.



Fat new stance

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nice track width, looks more proportional to the overall height.

gotta love the older 60's
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Nothing major happening.... I got a great deal on some 35" toyos, and picked up some 17" soft 8's. At the time I had planned on driving the toy through the winter... I've since picked up a super clean 4Runner instead... of course that was after I picked up the tires and got them mounted. They made a world of difference in how she rides, compared to the PB's on beadlocks and even the stock 30's.

I also re-aligned the steering, which probably helped a bit too.

Here's some pics after.


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A friend of mine was traveling through Wisconsin. He brought me back 4 cases....

I checked when I was over there last, and they don't export anywhere outside of Wisconsin.... too bad, they have some great beers...
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Since Chad thought it was cool, I had to get rid of it..... J/K. I did get rid of it though. I listed it a few weeks ago to try and sell it quickly and buy S.Hembre's bronco, but wasn't fast enough. So I'm keeping an eye on hosejockey's jeep, but I just don't have the cash to swing it right now without selling off my other stuff. So, I'm going to return to my roots.

My first truck was a 79 bronco that my dad and I re-did the summer before I left for college. I bought it with a 429 and 4speed, along with no interior and broken rear springs. I ordered up a sky-jacker softride 4" lift, and some 35" all-terrains. Then we cleaned up the body and interior and replace some seals on the big block.

I drove it daily for the first three years in college. Back in the good old days when gas was still cheap. After a few years of romping around Houghton and Copper Harbor, she started giving me problems and I basically parked her.

When I graduated, I started playing again and added a little body lift and some boggers... cleaned up some rust areas and had her looking pretty good.



Sadly, I decided to run her in the mud, and she was never the same again. I sold her a while later for a decent price. But was never over the old girl........

So on to my next project.

My dad bought this bronco about 10 years ago. He drove it a bit, but never really did anything with it. It has has steering problems since we've owned it and has been sitting for at least 2-3 years. I did start it up not too long ago... much to my surprise. The truck was originally from California, but unfortunately has developed some michgan rust in the floors, doors and quarters. Since my dad passed away, going on two years ago now, noone has touched the truck, so I decided to take it over.

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Since I still have the PB's, I'm planning on making room for them with a combination of a little lift, and some creative trimming.

I've been researching some 78-79 builds, and have some great ideas. I would love to narrow the front a bit to help with the size and visibility. Long term, would include dove tailing the rear a bit too.

Here's what I'm looking at for the front. I think he is running 38's, but I'm not sure. I wouldn't want to be any higher and would have 39.5's



The truck has a pretty strong 351m, but it would need some freshening up, so I'm still undecided about what to do with that. I am looking at a parts truck with a 460.

I just picked up an 85 HP60, for a decent price, so I'm trying to figure out if I want to use the stock radius arm design and extend them, or do a modified design with a removable link to effectively make it a three link for offroad and a more stable radius arm design for on road. I'll also be converting the 60 to 6 lug, and ordering cromo shafts for the 9" with matching 6 lug pattern.

Rear will probably stay with leafs for now with a shackle flip.

I'm pricing out doublers as well, but that's going to be a later project as I'm looking at gears first and the 351/460 with a C6 should work for now.

This is going to be a family wheeler as I have an 18 month old and another due in April, so a full cage will be installed before any family trips.

That's about it for now. I'm hoping to start cleaning up the axle and evaluating what it's going to need then I'll start mocking up my links and stuff.
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