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Old 11-03-2013, 07:23 PM   #31
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..... finally got a chance to get in the garage today. Ran out of funds and materials for the back, so I decided to work on the cab a lil bit. The other builds I've seen similar to mine they had a lot more room behind the seats. I wanted my cab to be as short as possible so my bed would be longer. Im going to have to straighten my roll bar in the future when I find a hard top cheap enough to cut up. I plan on having an external roll bar integrated with the bed. The factory one will basically keep my factory seat belt locations and support my windshield.

Here you can see how close it is to the roll bar....


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Pass. side.. its not as pretty




I'm not going to get to use my CJ tailgate in the rear panel as planned, the edges are just to rotten. Instead I'm just going to bead roll some sheet metal and weld it in. I may cut out the JEEP logo out of the tailgate and incorporate it into the back of the bed somehow...

... did some research and found this build a while back.... Mine's not gonna be this complex or meticulous but this guy gives me lots of inspiration....

"Gaucho" CJ stepside pickup build - JeepForum.com

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Old 11-06-2013, 10:50 PM   #34
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thanks guys, tight budget means slow build, but i'm trying to keep a steady progress..... I think I found the top I'm gonna run til I can find a cheap enough hard top to cut up... Thanks to Raoul...

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Old 11-12-2013, 09:01 AM   #35
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Ordered my steel yesterday for the bed, so I'll be picking it up sometime this week hopefully. Gotta finish up the cab corners and the back panel then start on the bed.


Quick question.... Would you guys do a full steel sheet bed or a composite deck/steel bed? I'm torn between the two.....
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Ordered my steel yesterday for the bed, so I'll be picking it up sometime this week hopefully. Gotta finish up the cab corners and the back panel then start on the bed.


Quick question.... Would you guys do a full steel sheet bed or a composite deck/steel bed? I'm torn between the two.....
I would think a full steel sheet would last longer and take more of a beating. Can't wait to see how it turns out, subbed
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Nice...I always love to see a Jeep truck build!
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I would think a full steel sheet would last longer and take more of a beating. Can't wait to see how it turns out, subbed
.... that's what I was thinking too, but it's not gonna see that much abuse. The occasional deer carcass or a small load of firewood. The wood would be lighter but the steel much more durable and less to maintain....

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Thanks! Sucks Jeep never built them so we have too.... Looks like your doing the same! I've been waiting for a few years now for them to release the prototype they've been teasing us with for years. Finally the wife said "Why don't you just build one yourself"..... I love her....
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Full steel is going to be easier to get blood off I think, safer to just wash down with water in my opinion. What kind of deck are you thinking about using?
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Full steel is going to be easier to get blood off I think, safer to just wash down with water in my opinion. What kind of deck are you thinking about using?
if I did wood it wouldn't really be wood... probably Trek composite.. but I'm leaning more to steel now... maybe.... the only thing is weight
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Can't wait to see more pics when you get more done. What did you use for the rear leaf springs? Obviously you had to find something longer.
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if I did wood it wouldn't really be wood... probably Trek composite.. but I'm leaning more to steel now... maybe.... the only thing is weight
I've never really liked Trek composite but you do have a point with the weight, anyway can't wait to see what happens
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Can't wait to see more pics when you get more done. What did you use for the rear leaf springs? Obviously you had to find something longer.
they're Dakota springs plus I moved the frame mounts back 7 inches

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I've never really liked Trek composite but you do have a point with the weight, anyway can't wait to see what happens
Cost too.... that much composite could cost double what a sheet of plate might cost........ this is why I'm back and forth on this LOL
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Go with steel, it's a tough job welding wood or composite deck! lol
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What you cant weld wood? LOL

yeah after talking with a friend today he made a good point. This thing is going to be light as hell in the rear anyways so steel it is. Now to figure weight...
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Sweet build! A guy I wheel with is building a CJ-10 crawler. Hes putting the cab on a TJ frame I think.. Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:49 PM   #47
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Sweet build! A guy I wheel with is building a CJ-10 crawler. Hes putting the cab on a TJ frame I think.. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

I would have loved to find a CJ10 that someone didn't want an arm and a leg for....
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:07 PM   #48
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A lil progress... I finally got the one million tack welds to finish off one side of the body panel done... slapped on a lil body filler (very little) sanded, primed, and sprayed. I'm going to sand the whole body down and repaint the whole cab when I'm done but wanted to get an idea of how it's gonna look.


also started on the bed rails. Not quite sure how I'm going to attach the bed yet, but I had these poly spacers leftover from an MGB rebuild I did a few months ago. They work perfect for this...










hopefully I'll get more done this weekend...
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:46 PM   #49
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today's progress... got the bed frame tacked up and set in to check clearances. Found out I'm gonna have to drop my gas tank about 2 inches.









man this is going slow...... lol
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Or get a fuel cell in the bed
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I'd love a fuel cell, but it's not gonna take much to drop the tank. Everything is just tacked in for situations just like this. I liked how high the tank sit in the rear but was worried my diff would hit the skid. By dropping it the 2 inches I need, I can also move it back an inch or two. I should still have a better depart angle than stock. Also I don't really want anything taking up space in/on the bed. I'd rather have the room for gear or dead animals LOL (hunt truck)
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:00 PM   #53
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Hey guys, everything has come to a complete standstill for the moment.... between work, the holidays, and trying to buy a new house (w/ much larger garage) I've not had any time to do anything. Hopefully some updates soon, but probably not til after we move. Thanks for the comments.

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Well we finally got moved and letting the dust clear. I'm hoping to get back on this thing soon b/c I wanna have it ready by this summer. Maybe some fresh pics up soon.....
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Glad you are back at it. I feel for you, I am moving in the next couple of weeks myself to a place with a bigger shop (40 x 80). I hate to take the time off from working on the Jeep, but I will be so much more productive with room to move at the new place.
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Just read everything, awesome! Wish you lived closer to me, I would love to help.
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Glad you are back at it. I feel for you, I am moving in the next couple of weeks myself to a place with a bigger shop (40 x 80). I hate to take the time off from working on the Jeep, but I will be so much more productive with room to move at the new place.
That's HUGE!! LOL I went from a dinky 2 car to an oversized 2 car but its amazing what a few extra square feet in each direction can make.

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Just read everything, awesome! Wish you lived closer to me, I would love to help.
Thanks, I can use all the help I could get, but the Biggest slowdown is money .... it's moving along though.
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Very unique build. I like it. Don't forget to weld a couple of hydraulic cylinders in and a power unit and then you'll have a dump bed. That would be so cool. Good luck and keep up the good work. Dave
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:48 PM   #59
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Nice build! I'll be watching. Here is a pic of one I came across on the net that I really liked. It may give you some ideas.

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Old 02-10-2014, 10:15 AM   #60
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Really like this! I may be down in Charlotte picking up an axle sometime soon, I would love to come see this in person

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