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Old 01-02-2014, 03:05 PM   #31
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I have been sub'd from the start and it's been awesome so far. What will '14 bring? Happy New Year's to you and yours and venture on. Love the Tolkien quote.

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Old 01-03-2014, 01:44 PM   #33
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This is the same project I am researching now. The only differences I see so far is I am gonna get a 4D body and unfortunately I am gonna make it an automatic because my wife doesn't know how to operate a manual. IF MOMMA AINT HAPPY AINT NO ONE HAPPY!
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:23 PM   #34
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thats crazy.. do you wnana do my jeep next lol
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:34 PM   #35
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This is the same project I am researching now. The only differences I see so far is I am gonna get a 4D body and unfortunately I am gonna make it an automatic because my wife doesn't know how to operate a manual. IF MOMMA AINT HAPPY AINT NO ONE HAPPY!
Be careful with emissions. Lol thats my advice to anyone. And get a budget, or a spreadsheet of the total cost, and then double that and you'll have an idea of what it will cost you.

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Be careful with emissions. Lol thats my advice to anyone. And get a budget, or a spreadsheet of the total cost, and then double that and you'll have an idea of what it will cost you.

Thanks again for the compliments everyone.

What was your budget for this project? If you don't mind me asking? My main thing is I can go spend $35,000 on a 4D I like or I can put in the time and make it exactly the way I want to.

I found a bread truck with a 4BT for $2000. After scrapping most of the truck and taking the engine Ill be able to get a good chunk back.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:38 PM   #37
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I'm all for built, not bought. Its one thing to spend a lot if money and get one, but another to spend less and have it just how you want it, and to have the knowledge and skills learned as well. If it was me I'd but one cheaper and build it, but I've had a lot of time to do it. And an open garage haha!

By the time I finish I will have around 18 to 21,000 in it. I'd have a lot more if I didn't get the jeep for so cheap to begin with. That's not including the hundreds of hours I have in it, and time is money...

But if I had to do it all again I still would. 2000 for a bread truck is a good price, especially if the block is in good shape.
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I'm all for built, not bought. Its one thing to spend a lot if money and get one, but another to spend less and have it just how you want it, and to have the knowledge and skills learned as well. If it was me I'd but one cheaper and build it, but I've had a lot of time to do it. And an open garage haha!

By the time I finish I will have around 18 to 21,000 in it. I'd have a lot more if I didn't get the jeep for so cheap to begin with. That's not including the hundreds of hours I have in it, and time is money...

But if I had to do it all again I still would. 2000 for a bread truck is a good price, especially if the block is in good shape.

I agree. The guy I have helping me is our mechanic at public works and is a mechanical genius. My only issues that I am having right now is trying to figure out what type of tranny to run. Whatever I decide I need figure out what adapters or flexplate I will need and what sensors I will need to add. I, myself am not to intelligent with engines and so fourth but he wants to help with this project and he will be able to teach me a ton. I have been searching the COPART.COM website looking for a body to begin with. This is going to be a spring project.
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:41 PM   #39
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If you have someone like that helping it shouldn't be a problem.

Im trying to decide between viper blue, or metallic green for the jeep paint. What do you guys think?
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I think metallic green would be sweet because it's a rare color. U see blue quite often. But that also depends on where u are from
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:03 PM   #41
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Yeah. That's the color on the newer wranglers, I think it looks great. I am leaning that way
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Just one more for good fun



I'm a little disappointed with Genright. I ordered the cage 4 weeks ago, and they still have not shipped. The guy I talked to today said that there were three LJ Cage orders, and one of those was in front of me. I don't see why it takes a month to bend a few sticks of DOM, Especially when I'm shelling out $1500 for it.

I'm going to be ordering some POD injectors soon, as well as ARP head studs, a Fuel pin and spring, and a few other goodies for the engine. Right now I have an intercooler off of a dodge ram 6bt, and the lines to run it. The injectors, fuel pin and spring should add a nice hp increase.
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Just one more for good fun I'm a little disappointed with Genright. I ordered the cage 4 weeks ago, and they still have not shipped. The guy I talked to today said that there were three LJ Cage orders, and one of those was in front of me. I don't see why it takes a month to bend a few sticks of DOM, Especially when I'm shelling out $1500 for it. I'm going to be ordering some POD injectors soon, as well as ARP head studs, a Fuel pin and spring, and a few other goodies for the engine. Right now I have an intercooler off of a dodge ram 6bt, and the lines to run it. The injectors, fuel pin and spring should add a nice hp increase.
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That looks awesome cant wait to see it done
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:48 AM   #45
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Nice build up likin the progress!
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:56 PM   #46
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This is amazing! Exactly what I would like to do to my Tj. Keep it up! I will be coming back to see whats new.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:47 AM   #47
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Thanks a lot guys. My buddy and I tore down the rest of the cummins last night to the block. Im going to try to get it to his father in laws machine shop to do some polishing and balance it. Then the rebuild!
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Amazing build!
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Repost, sorry lol
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Woohoo! Cage finally came today. Ill be posting up pictures of all the tubes and stuff when I get a chance.
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Got the stuff all set out and organized. The directions are pretty shitty, to say the least, as is the part numbers on the tubes. They are all supposed to be labeled, and in the instructions it is for the TJ, not the LJ, so the part numbers are different. There are also no measurements in the instructions, I guess they want you to eyeball it lol.

Well here is the beginning. I got this far in a couple hours tonight. Hopefully I'll get some more done tomorrow.







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Old 01-26-2014, 07:06 PM   #52
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Got the cage all tacked up. I still need to put on the windshield bracket, but I'm going to wait until I get a new windshield frame.


























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Nice work. Are you pulling it out to fully weld it up?
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Yeah im going to weld what I can with it in to minimize flexing, and then take it out to finish. Then it will be painted and go back once the interior is finished. I still need to order the triangulated bars for behind the seats, and the seat belt bar.

Next up will he everything to mount in the drivetrain. I think Tuesday the cummins is going to the machine shop. In the mean time I need to get motor mounts, fab up a transmission cross member, and start figuring out the wiring.
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Sweet build. I just scored a TJ for cheap with a bad motor knock. been thinking of the 4bt swap buuuut for $500 plus some machining I can rebuild my stock motor. I also have had extremely bad luck with Geright... build looks great keep it up!
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I wouldn't recommend doing it unless you have a lot of time... a lot. and some deep pockets lol.

The instructions were beyond belief. There were a lot of things I could have done first. Instead I had to go back to properly space the tubes because It doesn't say which to do in order. Really frustrating
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ive got the time and space but the money is going towards a house. I build roll cages for samurais and when I build a cage I assemble them 100% and mark and number all tubes so the customer can assemble it and fit it just as I did at my shop.
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I dig it man! I have just about the same plan, but I have a standard tj(yellow of course). are you going to be running a turbo with this?
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Wow...speechless. What a build. I'm beyond jealous.

Nice work, man...going to check back with your progress for sure!
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Every time you post a pic of the jeep in the garage with the roll cage, it does not look like it would make it out, too tall. But obiously it isn't as there pics outside as well. Optical illusion. LOL

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