|09-03-2011 07:37 PM|
I still want to learn how to weld. I just don't have the money for a welder.
|09-03-2011 07:31 PM|
|09-01-2011 04:50 PM|
|markzeronine||Amazing job. They'll take much more pride and care with something they/their father put hard labor into. Great stuff!|
|08-19-2011 12:50 AM|
|IDSKoT||What a hell of an awesome build, man! You should be proud of your great work! And your welding is actually pretty good.|
|08-13-2011 02:02 PM|
|Always Stuck||Do the same as the one on your jeep. I can work with that.|
|08-13-2011 01:36 PM|
|VicVanJeep||Can't believe this! Looking great|
|08-12-2011 12:31 PM|
|Curky||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.|
|08-12-2011 12:19 PM|
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.
|08-11-2011 09:43 PM|
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.
|08-10-2011 01:07 PM|
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.
|08-09-2011 07:18 PM|
|Always Stuck||Will you adopt me........................Please.|
|08-09-2011 03:55 PM|
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.
|08-08-2011 08:42 AM|
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.
|07-28-2011 08:33 PM|
|RatherBNarizona||damn! Well done!|
|07-28-2011 04:23 PM|
|jtaghansen||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.|
|07-24-2011 04:00 PM|
|tjwrangler65||do you sell any parts|
|07-07-2011 10:15 PM|
|JDsDream||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.|
|07-07-2011 09:55 PM|
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.
|07-03-2011 03:33 AM|
|TheDoc||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|
|07-02-2011 01:01 PM|
I'd post some pictures, but they haven't slowed down long enough with daylight to snap a few.
Plan is to bend the nerf/rock bars tomorrow if weather is Ok as I have to return the borrowed bender. We still have a few other items we'd like to tackle (like painting the wheels) but we have to work them in around the kids' smiling as they take off with the top down and the radio up.
|06-30-2011 09:31 AM|
|the beep mechanic||
That is a good question. 1 Jeep, 2 girls.
You might have to build a 2nd one.
|06-28-2011 03:24 PM|
Wow, Jeep looks great!
You and your girls have done a awesome job on the rebuild.
Have they decided which one gets to keep it yet?
Or are they going to drive it for XX amount of time each then you get it back?
Again great job!
|06-25-2011 08:09 AM|
|JeeperJake||What an IMPRESSIVE project!!! Congratulations!|
|06-24-2011 11:04 PM|
|RatherBNarizona||awesome, good work!|
|06-24-2011 10:46 PM|
|HULIO||New to the forum Just read this thread. I am looking forward to those days with my girls awesome job I bet it has been a blast|
|06-24-2011 10:41 PM|
|06-24-2011 10:40 PM|
|chefbean43||Awesome job! Its been fun following the build. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to enjoy it also!! Can't wait to see what is done in the future. After all its a jeep its never finished!!!|
|06-24-2011 09:58 PM|
Thanks guys. It's been a fun project. We are legally "on the road". Stick shift driving lessons for 2 teenagers (one with a learner's permit only) are going well. I'll update pics soon, but it seems to be raining most days when I get home from work .
We did start working on the stereo install. The budget has been blown open (as I suspected it would), but I was too cheep to spend $80 for a plastic speaker enclosure without speakers...so we grabbed some baltic birch ply from the shop and started cutting...
When we had the box scribed to the floor and test fit.
We then covered with some black vinyl left over from a snowmobile seat recover project and mounted the old speakers that had been in the doors.
After this we removed the beat up grill, straitened them a little and sprayed them flat black. If schedule don't go to h#$l tomorrow we'll get them wired to the stereo we mounted in the console. If it's not raining too bad, we'll drop the top and take some updated pictures.
|06-19-2011 02:59 AM|
|bwdenman||Well done, sir!|
|06-19-2011 01:57 AM|
wow... wanna come visit me in NC and tear my 94 yj apart?? O.o
this is amazing
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