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Old 10-02-2008, 10:48 PM   #1
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chevy 3500/ jk transformer

not exactly, this started life as a 2000 3500 hd 2wd gmc. now after removing about 6 1/2 feet from the frame and tossing the dually axle. then throwing in some 63 inch long rear gm leafs and 56 inch long rear leafs up front. and a d60 front and d70hd rear and a propane 454 and i still need the adpters to install the 4l80e and np205. and it got some new 42 inch iroks and black steel wheels that will have beadlocks installed. my plan now with the cab is tomove the column over and cut the width i need for a jk width body is to cut off what i dont need off each side and the from front grille to back corner is to skin it with 1/8 inch steel. and cut in the door openings and wheel openings and build flares off that. i now have a jk hood and grille. it will have 4 door openings just like a unlimited. i must miss my old jk unlimited pretty bad.:dontknow2: i started this project months ago but couldnt get much done since i only had 1 double car garage, but since i moved i have 2 double cars. so now i can really get rolling. heres some pics to start .



it will be completly torn down when done and the frame and axles will be painted black and evrything else will be painted or cleaned.

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so is this primarily a mud truck or what are your plans? that is gonna be one heavy rig. keep us updated.
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no mud truck, just a duner/trail ride for the family. it was buy a rhino or build this. as far as weight goes, i dont think it will be that bad. its alot less weight than a big block normally has to push.
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oh yeah, not too much for that engine, i was just thinkin how big that frame is. definately unique, good luck
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your seeing the unboxed area, where a jeep is boxed. i know it will be heavier but not much more. its 486 horse and 512 lb of torque with 12.1 pistons to handle the propane. the only real reason for the high horsepower engine is for the dunes. no mud, i hate mud.
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i got the sides of the cab and cowl cut down. to get ready to skin the sides and put a factory cowl and windshield frame on.


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Looks good. Keep us posted on your progress.
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well i cut off the front crossmember and welded one in front of the frame instead of below it. and also moved the front mount forward 4.5 inches. will finish the shackle end tomarrow


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That is going to be a monster. I will buy it off ya like 10 dolla?haha keep up the good work
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:19 PM   #12
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well i decided to move the front axle forward another 3 inches and redrill the rear axle spring pad and top plate centering pin 2.5 inches forward so it would set the axle back 2.5 inches. my wheelbase will now be 109.5.
still need to box in the front bumper, but heres pics anyway.
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moved the rear axle back 2.5 more inches by drilling new centerpin locations.
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I'm confused, how is it a jeep? If I was to weld a jeep hood and grill to a Yugo would that be a jeep too?
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I'm confused, how is it a jeep? If I was to weld a jeep hood and grill to a Yugo would that be a jeep too?
yes it would be a jeep, are you kidding. i did put chevy 3500/jk transformer becuase i am aware of the fact i didnt buy this as a new jk. but when its done and im sitting in it will it feel like im driving a jeep yes. like most modded jeeps, mostly older models that have swapped axles, motor, trans and t-case extended wheelbase. with all those swapped in chevy parts and having just a factory body and dash and mostly gm parts is it now a chevy. no its what the owner would like to call it. a yugo is a really stupid thing to say and when its done if it makes you happy to say its not really a jeep, go ahead.
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ide call it a jeep would like to see a mopar powerplant in it but as long as you still know a jeep lookes better than anything gm could put out thats enough for me. its an awsome vehical and if you like it, obviously or why would you build it, than thats all that should matter.
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ya i'm on board, i wouldn't build it, but as long as it doesn't look like a farmer put a jeep on a truck it will be a crazy lookin/drivin jeep. it looks like there's skill going into it, and i'm gonna keep watchin it.

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this is awesome, cant wait to see more of the build.
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Looks great

Thats some good jeep porn..
Keep the pics coming
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got started on the tub, got alot of work left. im going to try to get the rear corners and the rear wheel wells cut tomarrow.
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Wow, this is an awesome build. I can really appreciate all the work your doin because Im building something similar myself. Its a Jeep to me but who cares what it is!? A build like this is interesting no matter what the vehicle is. Keep up the great work man!
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yes it would be a jeep, are you kidding. i did put chevy 3500/jk transformer becuase i am aware of the fact i didnt buy this as a new jk. but when its done and im sitting in it will it feel like im driving a jeep yes. like most modded jeeps, mostly older models that have swapped axles, motor, trans and t-case extended wheelbase. with all those swapped in chevy parts and having just a factory body and dash and mostly gm parts is it now a chevy. no its what the owner would like to call it. a yugo is a really stupid thing to say and when its done if it makes you happy to say its not really a jeep, go ahead.
I think as long as any joe off the street walks by and says nice jeep or i love your jeep.....Its a jeep. The key is the unmistakable grill of a jeep.
I too am subscribed. Looking good man.
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call it a jeep call it a truck it will probably go more places and complete more tough obstacles than most of the grocery getters that are actually jeeps........cool build we are getting ready to do a similar build on a 1ton ford we picked up for 300 bucks......pm me some info on your propane injection if you get time b/c we wanna run that on the 460 in the ford
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Dude dont mix Mopar and GM its just not right your nut what were you thinking AHHHHH CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!! sorry Im a mopar guy not a gm guy but whatever its all personal preference....
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yes it would be a jeep, are you kidding. i did put chevy 3500/jk transformer becuase i am aware of the fact i didnt buy this as a new jk. but when its done and im sitting in it will it feel like im driving a jeep yes. like most modded jeeps, mostly older models that have swapped axles, motor, trans and t-case extended wheelbase. with all those swapped in chevy parts and having just a factory body and dash and mostly gm parts is it now a chevy. no its what the owner would like to call it. a yugo is a really stupid thing to say and when its done if it makes you happy to say its not really a jeep, go ahead.
Personally, I'm not gonna call it a 'Jeep'. I am going to call it 'simons' or more properly 'Simons Deangelo Beutward' but I'll refer to him as Simons for short.

Never ever tell me I can call something whatever I want to.... cause I will, and often as I am subscribing as well.

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only prob i have with the build is all of the leaf springs...that badboy is gonna jump around like a rabbit on the big stuff it was built to do...to all those mopar guys out there.....there is no replacement for displacement and/or the cheap adaptability of a sbc to a ny drivetrain.....dont knock the build until you follow it when its done......mopar is sweet when youve got the pocket book but an sbc is dime a dozen and far more reliable offroad

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