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Old 02-24-2011, 10:03 PM   #31
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I've been trying to decide what tire to buy, but I haven't made up mind yet. Leaning towards MT Baja claws. Any opinions?
I've been running the MT Baja Claw Radials for the past 2.5+ years and I'm super happy with them. If you keep on top of your tire maintenance (rotating front to back and watching your tire pressure), they're a long-lasting tire. If you're the type to throw on a set of tires and never worry about them, they probably won't be a good tire for you. They'll chew themselves up relatively quickly. Like I said, I love mine. They've never let me down whether I'm in mud (not often, I hate mud), rocks , snow, sand, etc.....
I don't know how many miles I have on my Claws, my Jeep isn't my daily driver, so maybe someone will chime in with Claws on their daily driven Jeep....

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Old 02-24-2011, 10:17 PM   #32
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Thanks for all the comments. I hope to finally finish the frame boxing tomorrow and set the tub back on to start on the Saginaw swap.

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Old 02-25-2011, 09:01 PM   #33
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About 12 years ago I bought a 76 CJ-6. It was in great shape, 33s, 304...and they wanted $3995. I told the seller "I'll take it" without any negotiating and he said " I was thinking and I'd be happy with $2995"! Huh?!! I gave him $3000 and he gave me $5 change! LOL! I drove it a lot, It was fun to drive, hand mit on my left hand to wipe the fog off the inside of the windshield, pliers to turn the knobs on the dash... Then i took it to a body shop to do a frame off, not resto, just new metal for the body mounts...Long story short, they ripped me off ($1000 that I never got back) and 3 months later I picked up with a trailer and brought it home. I was soo mad about it that I put the body back on the frame by myself that same day. I spent a ton of cash on replacement parts and was completely rewiring it. I never could figure out the wiring, couldn't get it to run so out of frustration I traded it even for a 83 Cherokee Chief. Turns out the Chief was a POS and to make it worse, I later learned that I had 1 wire wrong for the ignition. . That whole ordeal was a live and learn experience . Just thought I'd share all of that, I can't wait to see your 6 in the days to come! Best of luck!
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:06 PM   #34
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I finally got to work on the 6 today. I managed to get the steering column, gear box, swining pedals, firewall plated, power booster, and master cylinder installed. The frame rails are boxed but I put the body back on before I remembered to take pictures.

Tilt column from 91 Cherokee and pedals from 78 CJ
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Master cylinder/ booster from 93 S10 and a HEMI booster bracket from 69 Charger
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I routed the steering shaft down to a frame mounted bearing then ujoint then to an 78CJ gear box
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I ended up with plenty of clearance for the steering
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:16 PM   #35
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I have seen many different ways other people have mounted swinging pedals just wanted to share how I did mine
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body back on, unfortunatly I has to come back off again once mock up is done.
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Here are the trans crossmember mounts I fabricated, I already installed these but again I forgot to take pics.
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I had to add a 2" body lift to clear the new trans, not all bad because now 37's will fit nicely. SWEET.........
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:22 PM   #36
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:34 PM   #37
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Well, I got a little more done done today. The body lift is installed and I fit the grill and fenders to check clearance with the steering and brakes, all looks good. Gonna start on the seat frame tomorrow. I'll post more pics tomorrow night.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:38 PM   #38
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Worked on the seat frame today. I used junk yard tracks so alot of fabrication was involved. The hardest part was getting it to work without covering up the tool box lid and yet still getting it back enough and with the right recline to be comfortable.

The framework is 1"x1/6 sq tubing.

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Old 03-08-2011, 07:27 PM   #39
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Well I finished up the seats yesterday. The passenger seat seat now flips backwards to access the toolbox. With the high back racing seats the headrest hit the windshield before I could open the toolbox. I also got the front half of the floorboards in POR, I'll put a topcoat on tomorrow and reinstall the seats. Then on to the back, lights, tailgate, bumper, ect.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:33 AM   #40
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cool build. that bronco looked great, i love the style of the first gen broncs.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:29 PM   #41
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Yea I always liked those Broncos too, but only after the rear wheelwells are opened up.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:37 PM   #42
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I got some more work done on the 6 today.

the seats are now done, the passenger seat now flips backwards and access to the toolbox is great. Also got the console mounted today and the old gas filler neck removed and filled. I'm gonna cut the new one in tomorrow, it will be on the passenger side rear. Then I'm stripping the whole thing down for finish welding and paint. OH JOY.

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Old 03-18-2011, 09:47 PM   #43
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Had to take a break on the jeep, I had to do some paint work on my daughter's car and put an engine in my other daughter's car. Also I painted the topper for my pickup. I hope to get some more work done this weekend.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:05 AM   #44
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Been gathering more parts for the jeep, I got the chevy flat top knuckles for the hi steer, picked up a fold and tumble back seat for $15.00 (score), and new calipers and pads. Also got the new taillights cut in. I've been working on other projects to nuild up the Jeep fund, hopefully will be buying my tires soon. I'll try and post some progress pics tomorrow.
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:34 PM   #45
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Well its been over a year since I worked on the jeep but I started back on it in may and forgot to update this post, and i hate getting into reading a great build and then it just ends. The last year was spent restoring 2 customer cars, a 69 LeMans conv. and a 60 MGA Roadster. Unfotunatley the 6 had to sit but on the upside i now have more money for the build.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:24 AM   #46
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Well in the last 3 mo I've did a total tear down for finish welding, upon reassembly i found out that the transmission that i spent so much time on was not cooperating with my clutch disc. Plan B, i found an NP435 and a 205 t/c out of a 78 f250 and with a few mods it barely fit perfect and it works great. i had to refab the crossmember but I was worried the dana 20 wasnt stout enough anyway. I installed the hi-steer setup from Parts Mike(awesome) 1 1/2 .250 wall tie ros and drag link with 1 ton chevy ends, Bought new 35x12.50x15 Maxxis Bighorns, installed drive shafts, rebuilt 2g carb and painted to match the engine. got an alum radiator and elec fan from summit racing, fabbed mounts and installed shocks, installed a hyd clutch setup using a pull type slave, and upgraded to an HEI dist.
Painted the dash assy and assembled with new gauges, put bedliner on the inside of the tub, built bumpers, And the biggie, Rewired the entire jeep from scratch.
I used a underhood fuse box from a 95 ford explorer, it has tons of fuses and relays, and i used most of them. figureing out all the wires on the cherokee steering column and making them work with my components was the hardest part but it all works. Here's a few pics from a few days ago and I will get some item specific one tomorrow.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:24 PM   #47
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Awesome build man. Nothing cooler than a vintage jeep. It seems that you know what you want accomplished and by looking at the pics of that awesome bronco I saw, a cant wait to see how this CJ turns out! Keep the pics coming!
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:39 PM   #48
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Thanks, what makes the CJ way cooler than the bronco is that the CJ is mine and I won't have to watch it drive away when it's done
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:46 PM   #49
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Took the jeep out for its maiden voyage around the block open manifolds and all. Everything went great and we even made it back. Got the exhaust on today and started block sanding the body. If all goes as planned it will be wearing a nice coat of 2K primer.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:56 AM   #50
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Block sanded all day, it's finally starting to take shape. It won't hardly seem worth it when I bury it in it first mudhole.

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Old 08-12-2012, 07:02 PM   #51
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Well I'm still on schedule, I got the 6 knee deep in 2k primer today. If all goes as planned she will get her shiny coat on Saturday. Finally found a steering stabilizer that fits. Every company I called only sold vehicle specific ones and this thing is far from specific. After some research I found one for a 2ton IH truck, the hard part was getting a kit to fit an 11/2 tie rod.

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #52
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I took a few more pic today. This is the explorer fuse box I used and the hydraulic clutch master

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The Chevy high steer and damper

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #53
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Nice!
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:40 AM   #54
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Cool Build! That Bronco was awesome. you certainly have talent
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:18 PM   #55
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Just found out the Bronco is for sale. PM me if anyone is interested
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:27 PM   #56
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Man you are talented!!!! Your work is awesome, I love the Bronco too. I cant wait to see where you go with the 6 though. I love how you added the Explorer fuse box and the slave cylinder, clever
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:43 PM   #57
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Thanks for the comments. Well it's paint day tomorrow, hopefully by lunch time it will be covered in Carmel pearl metallic.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:53 AM   #58
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The 6 is now sporting color. And it looks awesome, I love the color. A day of wet sanding and buffing and it will be ready to get her collage installed. Pretty happy camper.
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Oh man is that a beautiful color... you know your getting close when the color goes on.
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great build. i had my chance to get hold of a cj-6 once and i kick myself everyday for not buying the dang thing.

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