Allright. I've been wanting to build a jeep from the ground up, and now have my chance.
I got a deal on a stolen-then-burned-then-recovered 2005 LJ Sahara Rubicon tub (pictured). Also, in this same deal, the guy sold me a TJ frame that very clean and will need stretched.
So...the first thing I am going to build is a schedule and budget, and try to keep this build thread updated for folks interested in doing this informed...I anticipate this to be at least a 2 year build, possibly longer (I travel for work, so getting the "shop-time" will be a challenge).
My goal is to make a very streetable trail rig, V8, Auto transmission, D60 rear/D44 front, 35s, plenty of armor...My oldest just turned 14 and I would like to have this jeep and my 2001 TJ to trail together...
Inspiration is going to be from the Rokmen rigs, their builds are solid, and look good...also gotta love the Poison Spyder stuff....GenRight...all of those and more. I have a lot of research to do, but I think this will be fun.
Right now, I am in search for something to name this build..."Inferno" seems too obvious....
Inferno sounds like a perfect name!! I always try to go with my gut and it sounds like your gut wants you to go with inferno!!
Also this looks like it will be an awesome father-son project!!
1998 Jeep Wrangler
4.0 : 5 Speed : Green with Black hard top : 33X12.50 Parnelli Jones Dirt Grip's on Eagle Alloy 15x7's : e-AutoGrille's Rock Crawler front bumper with an Engo E9000 with synthetic line
OK, we've got the tub home and almost stripped for sandblasting. I'm trying to research how to stretch the TJ frame to fit the LJ tub.
I've seen the AEV Brute conversion, utilizing some jigs and such for a fairly straight forward frame stretch. Is anyone out there aware of such information for the TJ to LJ frame stretch?
I have the dimensional drawings from a body shop for both frames, so I think with some careful measuring and some good frame-table set up measures we can do it, but why re-create the wheel if someone else has been through the pain and suffering?
It looks good so far, that is a nice project.... I have looked into the lengthening of a friends frame and it doesnt look to hard as long as you use a fram gig... I look at my LJ it is just streched behind the skid plate....
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I don't have a lot of "actual" progress to report at this point. I have been working out-of-state so the time in the shop has been minimal. (I'd rather spend time with the wife and kids when I don't see them all week!)
So, I've been spending idle time "planning"... so some things we're considering:
The vision - To end up with a four-seat rig capable of driving 500-1500 miles to wheel or explore and drive home...I guess leaning towards the "Expedition" rig maybe. We would LOVE to document this build then get a chance to participate in something like the Ultimate Adventure, or something like that...
>5.3 GenIII or GenV power plant and 4L60E Transmission.
>(wishlist) Atlas II case - I haven't studied how to (or if it can) be mated to the 4L60E.
>35" General Grabbers (the red-letters)
>Beadlocks (this is an area we aren't real familiar with yet...need to study this as well)
>Genright Elite coilover kit....or a Krawler kit with Genright coilover brackets - we have to figure this one out too.
>D44 front & D60 rear (with discs). I know a D60 is overkill, so only if I find one that is reasonably priced. Otherwise we are going to build up a 8.8.
Ok, I know I just listed things that are just one hella expensive, so the our challenge is to find the deals.
If anyone wants, chime in on my items if you have experience. I obviously have only concentrated on the drive-train...this is what we plan to get done this first year...