Noah is a Jeep owner...and God comes back to check on progress after one year...
"Well, it's not quite finished yet, Lord. I decided to put some 38-inch Swampers under it for extra flotation, then realized that I'd get some rubbing on the gunwales, so I did some trimming on the side to fit the tires. But while I was under there, I saw where I could move the shock mounts up and get more travel, and figured since we don't know what kind of terrain we'd be coming back down to, I might want to make the modification. Well, it went ok, except that it made the rear suspension kind of spongy, so I decided to redo the 5-link in favor of some leaf springs...which is a whole 'nuther story. I had to rig up a new crossmember, and while I was at it, I put in a 2" body lift and replaced the stock crossmember with one that had better tuck, since I didn't know exactly how much higher the flood would go than the mountains, and I didn't want to get stuck on some awful mountain in Turkey or somewhere. So I go to do the body lift and then realize that the engine will need to be lifted, too, to resolve some drivetrain problems and also to keep the radiator fan out of the shroud. Then I realized, 'radiator fan? water crossing?', and I went ahead and took out the clutch fan and put an electric in. I also upgraded to a 3-core radiator. Since we were going to be over water so much, I also stripped the body down completely, in order to Rhino Line it, inside and also underbody. That took forever because of the the tamper-proof torx bolts, but I finally got the cage out and figured while I'm at it, I might as well do a complete six-point cage, but the local shop had nothing but rolled tube and I wanted DOM, so there was a delay there. So we get the tub put back together, the new cage in, and I saw that the underside was really unprotected, so I decided to add some armor. Made up some custom skid plates that attached to the new crossmember I'd made, and also some rocker protection that has built-in flotation devices...you know what that means: on-board air. Well, I scraped around in junkyards for a while till I found the right York compressor and fabbed up a bracket for it. Also got a K&N filter to move the stock airbox so the compressor would fit. Now I'm looking at all that armor I'd added (1/4" steel) and realize that the pitiful little 4 cylinder is not going to cut it with all that weight, not to mention all the animals and food and stuff, so I found a V8 that would fit (I figured that the DMV of all things would not be around after the Flood anyway, which is why I felt ok about doing a V8 instead of sticking with a stock motor), but I needed a new bellhousing etc. and realized that I might as well upgrade the transmission and transfer case at the same time..."
At this point God interrupts Noah,
God: "Uh, Noah?"