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Old April 29th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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Trip to the Cliffs last spring was the last run my XJ had . Wheeled all day and couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t turn left. Came home and realized my trackbar bracket was broken and even worse the frame was completely f'd. It has sat in storage ever since . Well I'm planning a marathon wrenching session starting this weekend. First off I’m going to fix the "frame" and then put together a new bumper for it. And I’m thinking about painting the Jeep white. Just ready for something new. That might have to wait until later this spring for that though. It’s gonna be hell for about a week but should turn out good.


Broken “frame”..........all kinds of bad




Sent files to my CNC laser vendor this morning to have them rough cut some 1/8" steel for me to plate the frame with. First I'll try to fix the frame as best I can before adding the 1/8" plate to three sides of the frame (inboard, outboard, bottom). I’ll also be adding tubing in 6-8 spots per side that'll run from the inboard side to the outboard side. This should give the “frame” some torsional stiffness. Black is the factory “frame”, green will be the 1/8” plate, and the red is the tubing.






Absolutely hated the bumper I used to run on my XJ. Was one of the first things I ever built for my XJ. Hated it as soon as I finished it but never had time to do anything about it. Things I hated: to heavy, ugly, stuck out to far, and didn’t fit well to the frame. Well this one sinks the winch into the grill, keeps the winch low so that it doesn’t block the radiator much, and the front face of the bumper is only about 4.5" off the front of the grill. I'm also adding a bottle opener



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Old April 30th, 2009, 01:19 AM   #2
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That looks sexy.

Nice job with the CAD work!

I really respect the thought that went into this design. I'm excited to see the final result
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Old April 30th, 2009, 01:49 AM   #3
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bottle opener is a hell of a touch.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #4
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"bottle opener for the campsite only" disclaimer needed before thread gets out of control So you stopping by this weekend then?
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Old April 30th, 2009, 02:04 PM   #5
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"bottle opener for the campsite only" disclaimer needed before thread gets out of control So you stopping by this weekend then?

I do not condone alcohol consumption while operating a motor vehicle, whether on road or off road.

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Old May 2nd, 2009, 12:07 AM   #6
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few hours of work tonight and the motor/tranny/tcase are 95% ready to come out. why pull all those and not just the motor? well i was in the process of a motor swap last fall between this '98 and my "new" '99 and i ended up stripping out the inverted torks bolt at the top of the bell housing. so now i'm having to pull everything.

oh and the frame on the drivers side is a whole lot worse than i thought it was. i'll have to post up some more pics once i get the motor out.

picked up the steel for the bumper and frame plates from my vendor this afternoon. i'm really looking forward to getting the bumper together.
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got everything pulled today. took the brackets for the motor mounts off the frame and things are worse than I thought. still fixable but more work for me. probably going to replace the front crossmember with some 2x6x?.

inside drivers side





outside passenger side. frame is starting to buckle, crossmember is starting to split from the frame.


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wow, that is bad, making me think that since I have the front clip and motor,tranny and t-case out of my project, I should just go ahead and plate it in the front. yep mind is made up that is what i am gonna do
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i'd definitely recommend it if you're going to be doing anything with large tires, heavy axles, or wheel it hard.
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didnt get a whole lot of time to work on the Jeep today. the morning was spent running around for parts and spend the afternoon with my family. but the few hours in the evening were productive. tomorrow i hope to finish up the frame, hack out the front crossmember, and then start on plating the rails.

plasma'd out the tabs on the inside of the frame. this is so that i can wrap my 1/8" all the way from outside to inside. this is part of the way through that.


passenger side welded back up




trying to make the drivers side look like a frame again, still getting there. had to cut out a large chuck because there was just no saving it.

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Old May 4th, 2009, 10:39 PM   #11
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spent a lot of time working today and dont have much to show for it. decided to concentrate on the passanger side and see what i could get done on it. got the inner and outer plates pretty much ready to burn in. tubing shown in the pic is just there for mocking up, probably run them flush.

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Looks like to much fun is being had
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yeah tomorrow should be a blast burning that all in
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Maybe you could cut it up and put a frame on it Looks like progress none the less
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The thought as crossed my mind. Luckily the next time I have to do this, it'll be on a XJ where the frame is still intact.
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Want one? You just have to come get it
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I've already got one, a 2 door even
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Need some spare glass?
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i'm going to pull most of the glass out of mine. the next one wont have any, maybe the windsheild at most.
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Another really long day with not a whole lot to show for it. Got the passenger side inner and outer plates burned in as well as two of the cross tubes. While letting things cool I did other little things around the Jeep so that probably didnt help. Hope to have the whole passenger side wrapped up tomorrow and I think thats the end of the wrenching session. My shop is 2hr away from home so I'm ready to hit the road after 5 days of 12hr days.

Inner plate. Gonna tie in a 2"x6"x_" front cross member in there before its all over.


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