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Old 07-03-2011, 04:33 AM   #91
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Glad to hear they are enjoying the fruits of their hard labour. you have created a well skilled family now, they have the bug..lol

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Time for the promised pictures. The camera and I caught a break when the stereo wires vibrated loose and the amp was humming through the speakers creating a "strange noise in the Jeep...can I borrow your truck" situation. Quick fix and I got a Jeep for the afternoon!







Here is a shot of the quick disconect windshield supports we made. Pull 2 pins and the winshield folds. We used the factory windshield pieces and welded the tabs we fabricated. The pins were from HDepot.



Here are the factory flares we modified. We cut about an inch out of the opening with a jig saw. We then cut the return that used to run along the bottom of the fender. We cut a piece out of an extra flare and trimmed to make the lower extension then rivitted it on. We still need to get a donor driver's side flare to finish that one.



The rears were just trimmed about an inch.



Here is the front license plate bracket we made to fit in the receiver hitch in the front bumper. It can be removed to add access the front hitch site.



Then after a couple cold beverages I climbed on top of the roll bar for some aerial shots.





Next up is bending some rocker protection/steps and a tire carrier. We also plan on modifying the sound bar we have to fit the roll bar tubing. I also have the satin black paint for the wheels, but it's tough to paint a rim rolling by at 30 mgp!! This is the opposite side I usually see when I look down the street.



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Amazing Build. Your girls must be very proud of their accomplishment. I know that I'd be proud just to drive it. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:00 PM   #94
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do you sell any parts
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:23 PM   #95
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Very well done. You and your daughters will remember this for life. I hope to share some times like this with my kids some day.
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damn! Well done!
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I could only hope to do anywhere near close to that on a build project. Yours makes mine look tame. That was awesome, thanks for sharing it.

It took me a couple of days to read through all the posts. But well worth the read and the time.
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Thanks for the kind words guys. The project has slowed a little as I rarely see anything but the taillights as it's leaving!

We did make some upgrades to the stereo system. The sound bar that came with the original YJ had to be modified to fit with the roll cage. We used a hole saw to make circle cuts in the sides and conected them with a handsaw. The speakers were re-installed and it was wired.





We mounted the amp under the driver's seat upside down on a piece of 1/2" plywood where it is out of sight as you walk by. No pics as the camera took lousy shots under there. The Alpine radio we had wouldn't play CD's in the console because it was mounted at more than 35*'s so we upgraded to an i-pod/USB ready unit.

Next we started making some rocker guard/steps. I had some 1 3/4" tube left over from the roll bar and bought some 3 x 3 3/16" angle stock for the sliders. A wood template was cut and transferred to the steel to be cut. We taped 1/4" plywood to the back/bottom to protect the paint when test fitting.




The tube was bent and cut at a 30* upangle for clearance. I tacked the tube.





Next is to weld up the joints, clean, and paint for installation. I cut some 1/4" mounts to attach beneath the front and middle roll bar mounts to tie it all together.

This past weekend the girls took their first Jeep road trip over 420 miles to PA from MA for a family reunion. Handwritten directions, a map, NO GPS, top down...they had a great time and the YJ ran great. The 4 cyl did work like a dog in the over 1200' elevation mountains of PA. My 18 year old asked about an engine swap in the future...gotta love that kid . Maybe next year.

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Will you adopt me........................Please.

Well I get to drive my girls' Jeep occasionally, if I adopt you I'd have 2 to drive once in a while! Of course you are too old for me to declare as a dependent on taxes, so there would be no benefit there.

Did you take your trip to Canada yet? Been quiet on the "blue Jeep" posts lately so I thought you might be out of town. If you want to bend that bumper hoop later this month let me know. The next week and a half are a little crazy but then things should quiet a bit...that's also when daughter #1 goes away to school and daughter #2 still has to take her license test so I have a Jeep for a couple of weeks. I have to finish these rocker gaurds so I can return this tube bender then I want to check out your tire carrier/rack.

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Well I get to drive my girls' Jeep occasionally, if I adopt you I'd have 2 to drive once in a while! Of course you are too old for me to declare as a dependent on taxes, so there would be no benefit there.

LMAO - Day late and a dollar short. Story of my life.

Did you take your trip to Canada yet? Been quiet on the "blue Jeep" posts lately so I thought you might be out of town. If you want to bend that bumper hoop later this month let me know. The next week and a half are a little crazy but then things should quiet a bit...that's also when daughter #1 goes away to school and daughter #2 still has to take her license test so I have a Jeep for a couple of weeks. I have to finish these rocker gaurds so I can return this tube bender then I want to check out your tire carrier/rack.



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I think dad wants to go to Canada next year. It's up to him, I'm ready to go.

I'm ready to bend the front hoop anytime you have the time. No rush.

As far as the build thread goes there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest, so I stopped posting.

I've also been pretty busy with side work. I swapped a frame on a GMC pickup and I'm on vacation next week. I'm heading to R.I. to get two 350's on a 32 foot cabin cruiser running correctly. I feel I'm going to have to take the boat for a test ride to Newport when I"m done. Grab the kids the wife and jump aboard. Don't forget the fishing poles.........It's areal nice boat.
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I think dad wants to go to Canada next year. It's up to him, I'm ready to go.

I'm ready to bend the front hoop anytime you have the time. No rush.

As far as the build thread goes there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest, so I stopped posting.

I've also been pretty busy with side work. I swapped a frame on a GMC pickup and I'm on vacation next week. I'm heading to R.I. to get two 350's on a 32 foot cabin cruiser running correctly. I feel I'm going to have to take the boat for a test ride to Newport when I"m done. Grab the kids the wife and jump aboard. Don't forget the fishing poles.........It's areal nice boat.

Can you get a rough size of the hoop (2 legs and top)? I have one piece of 1 3/4" HREW tube left fom other project and I have the tube bender until next week. I also have the 1 1 /2" schedule 40 pipe and the hydraulic bender we can use anytime. If I have enough tube, it bends so pretty maybe we can squeeze it in.

Good luck with the 350's. You wouldn't be a good mechanic if you didn't water test properly...a week would be a good test period! I just replaced the EEM (ECM), water pump, and t-stats on my 225 Evinrude last week...in the middle of my vacation...but it runs good now.

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looks great. what a father. You and your daughter doing it. She will take care of it more since she put alot of work in it to. Great job.
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Can't believe this! Looking great
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Do the same as the one on your jeep. I can work with that.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:50 AM   #106
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What a hell of an awesome build, man! You should be proud of your great work! And your welding is actually pretty good.
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Amazing job. They'll take much more pride and care with something they/their father put hard labor into. Great stuff!
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:31 PM   #108
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Amazing job. They'll take much more pride and care with something they/their father put hard labor into. Great stuff!
It has been a lot of fun and the girls have learned a bunch. Daughter #2 and I just installed our shop built rocker guard/steps...pics to follow soon. It is great to ask them for a 3/8" drive with a 9/16" socket and have them grab it. It is even better when they ask me for it and ask me to hold something while THEY install it! They've both done great learning stick shift this summer. The oldest drives like she has never had an auto and the younger wishes she had a hand brake (requirement for a license test in Mass) cause she wants to take her driver's test (she has a permit now) in the Jeep. She drive it well enough to easily pass as well (as long as the registry tester likes windblown hair ).

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What a hell of an awesome build, man! You should be proud of your great work! And your welding is actually pretty good.
Thanks. They look good from 2 yards. Good penetration and no porosity, but not neat like a professional...I'm learning and getting better.

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Thanks. They look good from 2 yards. Good penetration and no porosity, but not neat like a professional...I'm learning and getting better.

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Just more and more practice, like everything. I was horrible at soldering... but then I had to make a clock out of discrete parts (basic parts), so I spent probably 10 hours or more soldering. Now my joints look like a pro did it.

I still want to learn how to weld. I just don't have the money for a welder.

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