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Old November 29th, 2008, 11:36 PM   #41
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uh, ya. i thinks ya need a new blade
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Old November 30th, 2008, 01:40 PM   #42
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uh, ya. i thinks ya need a new blade
me fo the blade still has teeth, so it still cuts, but a ton of it looks like that. I still used it to make 6 more cuts today. Slow, but works. I'll go get a new blade tomorrow.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 01:40 PM   #43
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last bit of work for the weekend:

Made the shock hoops for the front end. Later, there will be a removeable hood/radiator bar across the front, and then a bar from each back to the firewall, where it will tie into the dash bar. So the cage will be tied to the frame in 10 places total, and add significant structural strength along the entire Jeep. I originally thought about a traditional grill hop, with bars running back to the firewall, but since its the mount points for the springs/shocks, I wanted these bars welded to the ground. And I want the bar spanning the engine removeable, so that I can have easier access to removing the engine if necessary.

Here's the hoops in process. I borrowed a protools 105 to do a total of 8 bends for this cage, all 90* bends. The rest of the bends in the project are small, and can be done with a standard cheepie pipe bender.





By the way, here's proof that I'm working in an every-man's garage. Basically, on the weekend, I pull the wife's minivan out, take over the garage. Then put it all back for the week. Hehehe, its soo cramped, that to swing the handle on the bender, I have to lay the grill back on the Jeep, thats why it looks funny.

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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:04 PM   #44
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It's not going to wheel very well if you weld bars to the ground.

And clean that garage you slob.
And sweep up those leaves.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:10 PM   #45
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It's not going to wheel very well if you weld bars to the ground.
keeps it low and stable.

And anyone who saw my old garage knows this is an improvement. I just have too much stuff in there. Need to get by barn/shop built, but that won't happen until I sell my property and/or the economy stabilizes a little.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:19 PM   #46
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I went over all the pics of your thread and I absolutely love it, great build you will have a great ride when your done, even 15 minutes a day for one quick small step is forward progress on getting it done..........

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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:26 PM   #47
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I went over all the pics of your thread and I absolutely love it, great build you will have a great ride when your done, even 15 minutes a day for one quick small step is forward progress on getting it done..........

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hehehehe, I'm guessing you like the paint color.

I'm having fun with it all. I've always been happy with my previous rigs as trail vehicles, but this one will also be clean and nicer on road, as well. I have two more weeks to work this year, and then I'm going to have 3 to 4 weeks off for christmas, so I'll get some good progress then.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 02:33 PM   #48
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hehehehe, I'm guessing you like the paint color.

I'm having fun with it all. I've always been happy with my previous rigs as trail vehicles, but this one will also be clean and nicer on road, as well.
Yes I like the color and fun is what its all about, that gets for gotten quite a bit and its great that you have your family involved too.

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Old December 26th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #49
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I like this. Simple and functional with the old school appeal.

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And clean that garage you slob.
And sweep up those leaves.
Yeah. Damn you can fab up a vehicle but ya can't replace the dry rotted trim over the garage door?

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Old December 27th, 2008, 12:00 PM   #50
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Wow, I just stumbled upon this. Looks like a fun little project.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 10:16 PM   #51
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I've been stuck on other stuff lately, but I did get a lot of garage clean up done in the last few weeks. Built some steel racks, had over 250 feet of steel in the garage with no where to put it. Much more organized now, got my drill press back in action.

I've been fabbing link mounts, hoping to have the rear axle in place on monday or tuesday.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 11:00 PM   #52
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you are going die in some kamikaze death wobble when the american bits of the willy's drop a nuke on the axles.
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you are going die in some kamikaze death wobble when the american bits of the willy's drop a nuke on the axles.
Keep your humor, or feeble attempts, anyway, in the pub.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 06:21 PM   #54
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SO, been really busy, as always. Work, training, Xmas, family stuff. Starting to get back to work. I did some adjusting in my garage, got rid of a lot of stuff, got my drill press running, dusted off the mill, got the press and band saw into new places where I can use them much easier. And built some nice steel racks to hold all my stuff, probably 250+ ft of steel, and tons of short pieces...

Here's the 'shop'...not much, but I have at least 3-4 ft in front of each tool...



So, then I *finally* started making the 4 link brackets. These took way too long, but time goes into making things exactly the way you want them, not hang down too much, fit well, etc. I could have spend the ~$400 or so buying them, but these will fit better and I do enjoy making stuff. The frame mounts for the LCAs will be pretty nice setup when they are welded to the frame, don't stick down much, nicely ramped, etc. They are all 3/16" thick.



Then got to cutting off the brackets from the rear axle. Its always a pain using a sawzall or grinder, and I *do* have one of these, so... plasma time.....



So, then got the lowers tacked into place...




Tomorrow I'll get the UCA brackets done and build the arms. Both the uppers and lowers will be 28.2" long, so I can carry one spare link. Targeting all my front lines to always be that long as well.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 09:29 PM   #55
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where did u get that 4 link calculator thing for windows excel just wondering or did u make that up cause im thinking about doing a four link in my yota
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Old December 29th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #56
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Go to pirate4x4.com, search for posts by 'triaged', he made it, there will be download links in his signature.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #57
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this is going to be an awesome ride im looking forward to seeing the finished product. keep up the good work
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Old December 30th, 2008, 08:20 AM   #58
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Did you ever think of stacking the tires somewhere? Looks like you are constantly tripping over them.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 10:10 AM   #59
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Did you ever think of stacking the tires somewhere? Looks like you are constantly tripping over them.
Yeah, actually, I have been meaning to store them somewhere else, but never get around to it. I really need to get at least one mounted (which means I need to paint at least one rim...) to check for clearances as I mount the shocks.


But in general, thats how I work. It bugs lots of people that I don't keep a pretty garage, don't have a $5000 tool box with snap on tools, etc. I did my first lift in a 10ft wide apartment garage with a single 110v circuit. I'm used to cramped, messy spaces.

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Old December 30th, 2008, 10:14 AM   #60
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kickass build, nice fab work and knowledge going into this.
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