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Old August 7th, 2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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For those who may have missed it,
It went from this:

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/attachm...1&d=1249683863

to this:

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/attachm...1&d=1249684086

in about 3 seconds flat!

But I'm baaaaaaack!
Build should begin as soon as I can 'see' the hoist. 95Geo is determined to take longer to build his dream buggy than it took to build both of our vehicles AND the two rebuilds that followed! LOLOL

I've got my new 'starter vehicle'.

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/attachm...1&d=1249684375

I'll defy anyone to tell them apart! AFTER the 'Frankenstein' process takes place of course. Haven't decided what all I would change just yet. Top of the list would be to ditch the 44's and put the 60's in. Upgrade the brakes to the Dodge twin pistons w/ 13" rotors.
Probably do an 'A' pillar bar and windshield header bar along with a unobtrusive roof scrub bar. Other than that, I had dam near everything I wanted on it. If I missed something, no one told me about it!
Build will commence shortly.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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Definitely subscribed to this one. You should name it Red Resurgence.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 07:13 PM   #3
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Great to see you're getting it resurrected!
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Old August 7th, 2009, 07:23 PM   #4
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I've always thought that was a pretty unique and cool build.
Looking forward to seeing you back on the trails.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #5
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Looking forward to see the re-build of this.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 09:34 PM   #6
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Sounds cool, I like different.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 01:55 AM   #7
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that is/was/will be one bad ass rig!!!
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Old August 8th, 2009, 02:46 AM   #8
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One of the best custom trucks I've seen. Can't wait to see the new and improved. x2 on subscribed.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 09:26 AM   #9
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loved this rig one of my fav.s cant wait to see it re-built
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Old August 8th, 2009, 09:29 AM   #10
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Hey Jim, glad to see this! I may have to stop and watch the wizardry from time to time.
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Good to see you found a replacement. 95geo has been building his buggy long enough, push his junk out of the way.
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x2 on geo boy. Boot his ass off the hoist.

I only have a couple recommendations for the next round;

Do the 60's now.
Do some form of scrubber bars so that you can lean it up against a tree in an off camber situation without doing body damage or taking out a window. It would also be nice to incorporate a cross bar at the top of the windshield frame. I would NOT do a full exo cage.
Maybe change your steering so it's not quite so reactive.
Get rid of that heavy chainsaw in the back. I know someone who might take it off your hands.

Snow is coming.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 10:52 AM   #13
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I've been on the hoist a total of about 2 weeks in the last year, dont let him fool you, he's just making excuses. I'm going to go put the shock mounts back on.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 12:10 PM   #14
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just please put a full cage in , you are lucky you did not get hurt bad. TELL GEO BOY GET HIS $HIT DONE AND OUT OF THE BARN IT'S BEEN LONG ENOUGH . I'M STARTING TO THINK ITS GOING TO BE A 2010 MODLE
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x2 on geo boy. Boot his ass off the hoist.

I only have a couple recommendations for the next round;

Do the 60's now.
Do some form of scrubber bars so that you can lean it up against a tree in an off camber situation without doing body damage or taking out a window. It would also be nice to incorporate a cross bar at the top of the windshield frame. I would NOT do a full exo cage.
Maybe change your steering so it's not quite so reactive.
Get rid of that heavy chainsaw in the back. I know someone who might take it off your hands.

Snow is coming.
Slowing the steering down is first on the list. I'm going to get custom hi-steer arms made and I'll spec out the exact hole locations instead of the off-the-shelf unit locations.
On the list are the scrub bars. Just havent figured out how to distribute the load on the sheet metal yet. No real reinforcements under the roof in that area so I'll use the old truck as a can opener and see what there before I dig into the new one.
Also on the list is a bar set up like yours. Up the 'A' pillar and then across the roof using the longitudinal scrub bars to tie into. That will take the most time of all. An total EXO is rather ugly IMHO and getting a full cage inside short of gutting the vehicle and moving seats is nearly impossible. So, I'm going to go half way there and gut some front support where I think the truck needs it most.
Oh, and the 'huge' chain saw is resting comfortably in my shop on the mezzazine!.....along with the other 300lbs of shit that came out of the truck from the back. Just can't believe i had all that back there. BUT the cage I had aback there held it all in. THAT was pretty impressive I thought.

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Hey Jim, glad to see this! I may have to stop and watch the wizardry from time to time.
Would welcome the company anytime. Almost stopped by the other night when Lower Forty left your house but was getting late.
....Will also be having a 'body sawp/pizza' party in the future so I'll solicit here later.

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Old August 8th, 2009, 10:10 PM   #16
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cant wait to see the progress, should be a cool rebuild.
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Old August 9th, 2009, 10:50 PM   #17
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Thats not a ZR2, it can't be the same
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Ok glad it will be alive again.

So when should I drop my blaZeR2 off for the 4-linked 44's front and rear?
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Would welcome the company anytime. Almost stopped by the other night when Lower Forty left your house but was getting late.
....Will also be having a 'body sawp/pizza' party in the future so I'll solicit here later.

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Let me know. I'll be ready to come over there and learn a few things.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 12:27 AM   #20
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This should be a nice rebuild! Can't wait.
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