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Old December 10th, 2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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DD zuk build

After selling my 90 zuk and going through a Toyota pickup and Jeep pickup, I've decided it was time to get another Samurai. Picked up an 88 Samurai that had a HUGE shackle lift and 30" Thornbirds. Well I wasn't to fond of the Thornbirds, plus I really wanted to go 33's at the time, so I sold those and picked up a set of 15x8 Aluminum wheels that look brand new for $80 :jumping:. Although I didn't want to lift it just yet so i Picked up a set 31" bfg A/ts to get me through the winter for $60.

Here is what it looked like when I picked it up:



As you can see, the shackles are huge and it had a crappy paint job, but over all it looked decent. When I went to pick it up I found out it was pretty rusty in the usual rear fender area and the PO did a crappy trim and patch job with rivets. I'm limited on money right now so I decided to tackle the rust problem in the front,plan, remove all rust!



Started by removing the front clip, and breaking every bolt that held it on, and build a tube clip. Since its only a front clip I picked up some 3/4" pipe from home depot and bent it up with my Harbor Freight pipe bender. Also cut the shackles down, I believe now they are about a 1/2" longer than stock.

This is how it sits right now, I still need to figure out the high idle and do a little exhaust work. I also took it for a spin today and hit one puddle and covered every window in mud, so I decided it's time for flares smokin Ill be working on the flares today and will post some better pictures as I finish them up.

Future plans I am kind of up in the air with. Any suggestions will be appreciated. :happy Also need some ideas on inner fender material.
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Old December 10th, 2009, 09:35 PM   #2
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My start on the flares, using 1/2" pipe from home depot again. I couldn't get the Harbor Freight bender to make bend close enough together, nor straight enough so i had to bend it up and cut it up to fit it. I will be covering the flares with 1/8 sheet.

Heres my progress so far:





Here I reused the factory hood latch, and it works like a charm. Just hope my welds hold:funny:
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Old December 10th, 2009, 09:35 PM   #3
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Just set it on the zuk to see what its going to look like. Tomorrow I will finish welding and clean it up and paint it.
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Old December 10th, 2009, 09:38 PM   #4
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looks a shit ton better. make me some tube fenders while you're at it.
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Old December 10th, 2009, 09:41 PM   #5
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looks a shit ton better. make me some tube fenders while you're at it.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 01:59 PM   #6
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Finished it up, painted it semi-gloss black. I just set it on there to get some pictures, so the gaps are a little goofy.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #7
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nice job, looks good, cool idea
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Old December 11th, 2009, 02:12 PM   #8
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nice job, looks good, cool idea
Thanks!
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Old December 11th, 2009, 02:31 PM   #9
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looks good
Glad to see another zook.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 03:44 PM   #10
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looks good
Glad to see another zook.
Thanks! One day it will look as good as yours
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Old December 11th, 2009, 10:47 PM   #11
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Old December 11th, 2009, 11:34 PM   #12
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Nice find man. I would trade my Waggy for one if I could.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 03:31 AM   #13
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Nice find man. I would trade my Waggy for one if I could.
Thanks man. Ya, Idk why but these are a lot more fun to work on then Jeeps.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 04:26 AM   #14
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looks good
Glad to see another zook.
x2


they are fun to work on, (speaking from the one i just did anyway) it seemed really straight forward and simple in terms of their assembly - like actually working on it was part of the original design criteria. i suppose most older vehicles are like that to an extent -


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they are fun to work on, (speaking from the one i just did anyway) it seemed really straight forward and simple in terms of their assembly - like actually working on it was part of the original design criteria. i suppose most older vehicles are like that to an extent -


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Thanks! Ya I don't know why I ever sold my other one.
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