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Old August 16th, 2012, 10:07 PM   #1
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This is my first time starting a build thread. Started out as 1990 jeep Wrangler 6cyl auto. Not running. Previous to it i had a 1986 chevy 3/4 ton pickup. The had a head on collision.
Motor, trans, tcase, axles, and YES the chevy emblem were put into the jeep.
Id start at the beginning, but dont know how to upload actual pictures. So ill start with a few years ago. With lots of pictures, every one likes pictures.


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Old August 16th, 2012, 10:19 PM   #2
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Frame removed for the rear straightening and raising for backwards xj springs.

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Side view of frame cut and removed, with xj main leaf in there.

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Body notched and tubes ran through for bumper attachment.

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Side view of the frame straightened and put through rear of the body. Welded on, but not fish plated yet.

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Pretty much finished with stretch and xj spring install. Bimper reattached. Puts my wheel base at 100".

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View of custom stanless fuel cell, moved up through the floor under the rear seat.

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Rear view of 30 gallon fuel cell..holds LOTS of premium fuel.

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Bottom view of 3/16" skid plate protecting 30 gallon 14 guage stainless fuel cell.

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Old August 16th, 2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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After moving axle back i had to re make traction bar, and its bracket. I used this time to separate my bars more from 6" to 9" to help control ths 39.5s a little better.

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Old traction bar top, new traction bar bottom..lots stronger 1.5" 1/4" wall dom.

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Belly shot, needs a skid plate. On the up side after moving my axle back i could move my cross member up 4" from where it was, this should help lots in the trails. No more droopy gut/muffin top.

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Pic of newly installed, 98 dodge ram 2500 master cylinder. Waaaay better brakes. One of the easiest mods to the jeep with tje best results...so far.

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At the same time i stretched the rear, may as well shave my 14 bolt, so this is a pre pic..

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This is an after the 14 bolt shave..

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This is how much was removed.

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This is a rear lower shot of the almost finished stretch and shaved jeep...

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Old August 17th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #4
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Here is a pic of the stretch, stance after all the work was complete.

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Next batch of picz are me testing out the flex after the stretch.

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Old August 17th, 2012, 08:37 AM   #5
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looking sweet man!


You should upload you pics to photobucket (get the ap) and link them. Then your pictures will be big.

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Old August 17th, 2012, 08:39 AM   #6
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Now after moving the motor trans, t case up 4", i decided to finally get serious and do a 1/4" skid plate. So here is a pic of the fabrication of it.
The last is a pic of the installed skid plate..love it.

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Old August 17th, 2012, 08:48 AM   #7
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Pic 1
On top of the louvers in the hood,i decided to vent the engine compartment and help kool it a little better.

Pic 2
Disassembled the iroks so i can get to welding all my bead locks on.

Pic 3
Just a quick fitment check.of the DIY beadlocks..

Pic4
Inner rings tacked on

Pic 5
First one welded and cleaned up. Double pass with the mig. Hope they hold air.

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Before and after the anti coning rings were on

Pic 7
Outer rings primed ready for paint.

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Painted outer rings...look nice

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Old August 17th, 2012, 08:53 AM   #8
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Pic 1
Inner rings painted..

Pic 2
First set bolted..wow thats alot of bolts, all torqued and filling with air. Lets hope no leaks. Turns out they hold air for Very well.

Pic 3
Finished product, all full of air and mounted to jeep. Sweet..now for some carnage. We will c what happens to the 10 bolt front with all that traction.

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Old August 17th, 2012, 08:59 AM   #9
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Did some wheeling at the blessing of the jeeps this weekend, as usual something always blows up. Well here is the pictures of the carnage.

Pic 1
Twisted spring shackle, should have been 3/8" or gusseted.

Pic 2
Blew a usa alloy u joint, and took ears out on the 10 bolt.

Pic 3
Bent chromoly cross shaft

Pic 4
Twisted splines on the chromoly outers for the 10 bolt.


Good weekend..lol i see a dana 60 working its way up front soon.



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Old August 17th, 2012, 09:26 AM   #10
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Pic 1
Got myself a superduty dana 60 front with factory 4.30 gears. Good deal, now for the real work. Going to make this superduty 60 a passenger side drop.

Pic 2
Getting a jig built to hold the axle where i need it..

Pic 3
Tubes all swapped and new 4.88 gearz and spartan locker installed.

Pic 4
Close up of gearz and locker installed...nice

Pic 5

Pic of the 10 bolt removed, niw to remove all my leaf spring hangers..

Pic 6
Hangers removed getting ready for triangulated 4 link.

Pic 7
More with no brackets and no axle.. Getting closer.

Pic 8
60 setting in place, selling whatever i dont need any more for air shocks..

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Old August 17th, 2012, 09:36 AM   #11
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Nice rig. I plan on venting my fenders like you did. What did you use for vents on your hood?
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Old August 17th, 2012, 09:44 AM   #12
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Stamped steel louvers, make em at my work..

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Old August 17th, 2012, 09:50 AM   #13
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They look similar to this. Just not quite as big.
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Old August 17th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #14
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Well made myself a mini press brake for my shoo press so i can get to bending some heavy steel for trusses, frame brackets etc..
Also got some 1/8" wall 1.5" dom for shock hoops. Some pvc for practice fit links, and tore down two turbo 350 trans for some part $...and a third on its way tomorrow..wahoo.
Also stole a really good idea from a friend. A double shear pitman arm..i like it.
Try to get some actual work done on it tomorrow. :thumbup:

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Old August 17th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #15
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Brake works pretty good..for cheap..

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Old August 18th, 2012, 02:19 PM   #16
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I have the app..and all the pics are uploaded there, but my smarter than me phone wont tell me how to link them.

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Select a photo, then hit the menu buttom. Should ask different options, one being view links

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Well thinking we got it figured out, thanks.
Blew the cheapo bender apart today trying to bend 3/16"wall DOM...dont ask got it cheap. Was trying to bend shock hoops.. And this os what happened.



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Let try a you tube link...



See if i can get a few videos uploaded,

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Another you tube..video.


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