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Old 01-08-2018, 10:26 AM   #26 (permalink)
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All switched--should be good to go.
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:20 PM   #27 (permalink)
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All switched--should be good to go.
Perfect! Yeah I was looking on my iPad and had little black squares. Thanks for switching them over!
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They have been working for me!
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:04 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Some more shots of the rear links and rear chassis starting to take shape:
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Just the bare minimum trimming to get the tub to sit back on. I knew that cutting was just a start when we did it, but little did I know the sheet metal massacre yet to come!

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Used the Beast notcher to clearance the rear tub crossmember for the chassis rails:
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:54 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Moving forward to the front of the chassis next.

We mocked up the front sheet metal to check clearances, also visible is the Artec Chevy D60 truss:

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Bent up some frame rails and positioned them:

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Laying out the upper link brackets on the Artec truss:

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And fabbing the frameside upper link brackets. If you look closely, you can see that the rocksliders have also been integrated into the chassis in this pic.
Also, the boxed in sub floor pan structure found here on CJ/YJ tubs has been removed for clearance:

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Old 01-12-2018, 07:52 AM   #31 (permalink)
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very nice
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:05 AM   #32 (permalink)
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very nice
Thanks! I again want to stress that Deadlew/Paul is doing a lot of the "heavy lifting" on this project, and deserves much credit.

More front end work...Upper links mocked up:

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Cozy clearance with Ron Davis radiator mocked up:

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Winch plate added. I started with a Barnes 4wd plate but ended up tapering the front face in two dimensions and adding some dimple die speed holes. There will be some front tube work tied into this further along in the build. Guess my trusty 15 year old Warn X8000i is another "heritage" component of this build:

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Old 01-12-2018, 09:39 AM   #33 (permalink)
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is that sorry note on the pass side headlight?
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:56 AM   #34 (permalink)
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is that sorry note on the pass side headlight?
Ha! Just some unintelligible dimensions that will get thrown away at some point and end up being crucial!

Speaking of headlights, think I'll be going the LED headlight route similar to what you did in your build (which I'm enjoying, btw) for mounting depth (and aesthetic ) reasons.
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:07 PM   #35 (permalink)
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nice work man!

not sure if your already doing this but you should put something like this at the end of that tube that ties the front upper link mounts in to the rock slider... make pulling the tub easier if you ever plan on that.


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Old 01-12-2018, 03:39 PM   #36 (permalink)
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nice work man!

not sure if your already doing this but you should put something like this at the end of that tube that ties the front upper link mounts in to the rock slider... make pulling the tub easier if you ever plan on that.


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Thanks!

If flanging that one tube would make the rails removable, I'd do it in a heartbeat but they're tied in at 5 points total per side now. Placing the tub will be an exercise in precision . If it proves to be to be even more of an issue than anticipated, I might resort to something like that.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:02 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Great looking build. I did mine a few years back and decided to run parallel uppers outside the frame rails, triangulate the lowers in the rear to keep it low and not cut into the rear seat floor.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:27 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Great looking build. I did mine a few years back and decided to run parallel uppers outside the frame rails, triangulate the lowers in the rear to keep it low and not cut into the rear seat floor.
Thanks! I'm not running a back seat, so no worries there.
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:45 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Very cool build, If you think you had room issues try working with a 1974 Cj5 frame. Add an auto trans.......a doubler...........a Dana 300 t case.........dual 2 1/4 exhaust.......... Dodge D60 and a GM 14 in the rear, but I still feel your pain.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:40 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Cool build cJay! Keep the pics coming.
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:10 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Very cool build, If you think you had room issues try working with a 1974 Cj5 frame. Add an auto trans.......a doubler...........a Dana 300 t case.........dual 2 1/4 exhaust.......... Dodge D60 and a GM 14 in the rear, but I still feel your pain.
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Cool build cJay! Keep the pics coming.
Thanks fellas! sgtdave--auto, doubler, and duals sounds real cozy in a CJ-5! I had my passenger header routed forward with exhaust around the front of the engine because there was simply no room with the Atlas clocked up flat. Always got odd looks on that one!

Jeepy2000--as noted earlier, your build was on constant rotation as I got going on this project. Looking forward to your next build--are you documenting it?
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New build is coming along good. I got me a roller now and a ton of pics. Just been slacking on starting new a thread. I am focused on a few upgrades to BDR at the moment in preparation for koh this yr. not racing just heading down to do some wheeling and hang out with some buddies.
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:01 AM   #43 (permalink)
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At some point during this process, there was a bit of a lull in the build "tempo" due to some distractions...

For instance, new truck to replace my trusty '07 2500 with 5.9 and g56.

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My wife fired back by "rescuing" another dog:

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Between truck shopping and wiping dog slobber off my face, we did manage to get the front ARB installed. I had purchased this along with a hp gearset in preparation for getting a custom HP/pass drop housing, but I decided to stick with the Chevy housing. The Spartan lunchbox that I ran for 6+ years had served me well, but figured I had the ARB, so why not?

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Old 01-13-2018, 11:09 AM   #44 (permalink)
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New build is coming along good. I got me a roller now and a ton of pics. Just been slacking on starting new a thread. I am focused on a few upgrades to BDR at the moment in preparation for koh this yr. not racing just heading down to do some wheeling and hang out with some buddies.
Nice! My original goal was to finish this in time to head cross country to KOH this year to crew for friends, and squeeze in some wheeling before or after the event. That didn't materialize unfortunately.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing pics when you get them up! Have a good time in JV.
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Old 01-16-2018, 06:17 AM   #45 (permalink)
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Started on the cage next. The A pillar will go through the dash. We contemplated putting the lateral dash bar behind the dash as well but it was going to be needlessly cozy. The A pillars will have a tie in to the front shock hoops/engine cage.

Mounted the windshield and a borrowed full door (to nail the proper windshield angle.):

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Not an exo-cage:

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Old 01-17-2018, 08:22 AM   #46 (permalink)
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"It that the pixies?", "How 'bout dat!", "Triple brutal (best Arnold voice)!", "Making Jay's Jeep great again (in best trump voice)!" Are just a few private jokes and sayings that have come about during this build.

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...sayings that have come about during this build.

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Don't forget the Count, one tube, ah ah ah, two tube...

Way too much time spent in that garage!

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Time frame at this point in the build was Summer '17. Still spending plenty of time working on the CJ but lots of other stuff going on.

Ultra4 car "guest appearance" at the garage:

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And picked up this FJ40. Looks rough, but really is pretty solid! Slapped a new carb on the 350, added a little lift, swapped on some new tires/wheels, and put some new seats in it. Been a fun diversion from the Jeep and got me back out on some trails while the CJ project drags on:

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Between messing around with my new toy and Paul going wheeling out West (CO and Moab), progress was slow on the CJ for a bit. Next bit of work was mocking up position for the rear coilovers.

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Worked out the coilover positioning and Deadlew bent up some shock hoops. Meanwhile, I started on some dimpled mounting tabs for the hoops.

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On to the front coilovers...

Checking tire clearance at the hood and grill:

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Looking at shock placement:

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Had to clearance the lower frame "rails" some. Pic shows the initial notch--more needed to come out still:

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