Got the welder, now I need a grinder, circular saw metal cutting blade, and a helmet. Then I'll start making some stuff
Get a corded angle grinder like a ryobi. Mine has run forever. And a bench grinder used if you find one. A jig saw with metal blade and a cut wheel for the angle grinder will serve you well. And you can get a helmet at tractor supply for a decent price, the one I used when I started I think. An auto darkening helmet.
Ryan - A good eye, a light foot, and a smart rig. Bolt-ons are boring
yeah, i have a grinder coming from family up north, and im going to go get a helmet next week-ish. as far as the saw goes i think for now ill get a metal cutting blade for my circular saw and work with that
Also made it down to the shop today. didnt weld to much, it was more of a plasma cutting day. we cut the templates for the other jerry can mount, cut the brace piece for the tailgate link, plasma cut some holes because its faster than a drill and all the bits were broken, and then we plasma cut the big piece down to manageable pieces. instead of just doing regular rock rail type setup its going to come up about 9 1/2" up the side of the tub to protect the body from the all to famous trees... alot of my wheeling is down 4 wheeler trails so they are really narrow and i tend to scrape the body on low branches...
brand new? im not sure exactly but i think he said the one we use is over a $1,500. i use my buddy's shop, and he has just about everything... except a pipe bender. the plasma cutter is great though. like i said it goes through just about everything.
Just found this thread! AWESOME lookin jeep, absolutely love what you've done and are doing with it! Question though, I've been looking to get one of those cargo net tops, and I've seen another jeep in my neighborhood that looks like it has a cargo next UNDER a soft top. Doesn't the cargo net use weather stripping though? I was just trying to figure out how he gets both on...could be he just keeps the cargo net there without putting the stripping in
1995 Wrangler YJ 4.0L on a highschool-budget !
It goes on the weather stripping but it hugs the roll bar unlike the soft top, so the soft top can be folded down inside, and if it starts to rain all you do is pop it off the weather stripping, tuck it inside, and put the soft top up. I need to do that actually... And thanks, it's still a work in progress but I'm assembling my own set of metal tools so I'll have better updates much more often
Just got a white CB radio antenna, Im going to wire it up with my friend who has a similar jeep to mine tomorrow, and then we are going to price 33s for him. this is the jeep from the picture i posted earlier of the white yj in front of the gas station with the same top as me. i also have a grinder in the mail on its way to my house, and when i recieve that i am going to go buy a metal cutting blade for it, and my circular saw, and a welding helmet and then i will build a permenant overhead CB radio mount and switch plate. not sure how im going to build the switch plate yet though... im thinking some kind of plastic sheet but im not sure where i can get a plastic sheet...
made it down to the shop, hopefully the second or third to last time i have to take the bumper, spare tire, and spare tire mount off of my jeep, only to have to remount the new one, and the tire, and the jack, only to have to take it back off later to remount the other stuff. yeah it gets old... but almost done. today we welded the other can holder together, and made a pair of "wings" to weld the cans to onto the stinger piece on the back. then we welded those onto the stinger. all thats left is to attach the cans to the wings. im thinking i should get a full sized spare before i do this however...
and the wing process... was not sure how to attach them so we just kinda started making stuff and i liked this so we went with it:
here is the two of them:
and putting on the left side:
and here is both sides welded on. its pretty solid. kind of makes some noise when im bouncing around though so we are going to weld sleeves onto the bottom of the pins to minimize movement and maybe add some sort of nylon sleeve inside of the metal sleeve to add a tighter fit.
so any input would be great here; i want to do an 8.8 swap, but from there i am not sure if i want to go to 35s, and re-gear and probably have to change my transmission, and buy new tires, or if i should just do the 8.8 swap then lock it. thoughts?
i want to but i dont think i have the funds... if i did that i would need a SYE, because right now i just have this akwardly long drive shaft. im not sure what it is to be honest, but it seems to work. ill put pics up later. also if i did that i would kinda have to get 35s, and since i have the ax5 i don't think it would last to long with 35s so i would have to replace that around the same time... and if i got 35s i would have to either regear the axles or do an engine swap, both of which would be over a grand... trust me i have considered it, i just dont think i can gather the cash to do it anytime soon
so i think ill stick with the 33s, lock the rear, then lock the front, see how much i get stuck, and if i still get stuck alot, ill just go ahead and SOA with 35s and regear and tranny swap. but if i can avoid having to do all of that it would be great