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Old December 4th, 2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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Well went out and bought a dakota to start a truggy build.After trading josh back for the YJ ive been miserable without anything to wheel/work on.This build will take me sometime but im hoping to have it done within the year.

I first wanted to go rocks and a healthy ls,350 or 400,to a 203/205 doubler,42-44's linked front with coilovers or air shocks chevy 63"leafs in the rear.Now i have found a decent deal on craigslist on some chevy tons 60/14 bolt.

Now heres where i cant make my mind up.The frame has an area of rust on the driver side in front of the rear hanger,fixable but dont know if itll be worth the trouble to go through.My plan was to keep the stock frame then do some tube work from front to back but with this problem im starting to wonder if itll just be easier to chop it behind the cab and either go 2x4 square tube or start running round tub.If i start running tube itll be linked with air shocks then link the front with coil overs.I dont have a bender and i left my welder down in north carolina with the roomate.Instead of buying that 60/14 ive been thinking about taking that cash going to buy another welder and a jd2 bender so i can keep those purchase off the credit card haha.

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350TBI/350,400 trans to either a doubler or ?
60/14 locked front welded rear
def going linked front with air shocks or coilovers..rear is up in the air
42's on recentered h1's
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girlfriend wants it red with black cage.



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Old December 4th, 2011, 10:44 PM   #2
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Keep it simple Eric. Buy a $100 HF mig, tack the entire build togeter and then ask to borrow a decent welder or a weekend in a garage with one. I'd chop the rear of the frame for sure, and since you need to change engine and radiator mounts for the chevy drivetrain, I would chop the front off too. Start fresh and keep it clean.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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Thats the plan strangler...keep it simple.I was hoping to be able to use the front frame section,but whats another 2 sticks of tube.I was considering going to buy the axles and use my buddys miller 210 for a bit then go buy my own.I just cant get over the deal i could get on those axles
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Old December 4th, 2011, 11:00 PM   #4
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Tons are half price from two years ago. Not sure why, but its a good thing. Lots can be done without having them in the garage... if you have to pass on this set, another will be along soon. Full hydro? Chop the frame off.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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yeah seems like there everywhere on craigslist.Well ill finish ripping this pig down,taking most of it to scrap and going to buy tools and metal then start to piece it together
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Old December 4th, 2011, 11:31 PM   #6
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Good start man. I would cut the frame in front of the cab. This is the same thing I'm doing except mine is a ranger. Good luck.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 11:39 PM   #7
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yup look at your thread a couple times a week!
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I try not to. It just upsets me. I have a set of 63's if you need some. They just need bushings. Anyway good luck and happy building.
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yup i had ya in mind on the 63's.just need to figure out what way im gonna go with the build
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Cool build with some of good ideas.

I love the truggy's.
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What would everyone say the weight cut off is useing airshocks?Im gonna try to shed as much weight as i can.

Would really like coil overs but the spring rates have my mind in pieces haha.

Pros/cons of doing a 3 linked front,3link wishbone set up back?again just brain storming...
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We can always burn it in at my place once u have it all set
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well motor is ready to come out,Anyone want a 318 v8.Once the motor is out i will chop the rear section off,cut it up and haul it to scrap.

Beefy what size tube did you use for the exo and rear tube work?

Scott kick scooter out and ill bring this pile of rust over!


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I used all 1.75 DOM for my cage and rear section. Build's looking good

What are you going to do for a motor?


Edit... 350

What do you want for that 318? I could always use a spare

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if beefy dont want the motor, i might want the motor trans n tcase.
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All you flat black I think I found something differend.

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Well been thinking about ideas.

Rear is gonna get a 2x4 back half and leaf springs.Also trying to decide to keep the 318,get a new manifold and run propane through it.Trying to figure out my best trans/case options as well.
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you should look at some truggy pics , to get the brain thinking




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