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Old 08-25-2019, 07:33 PM
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Got the drivers side main shape all built today , now to do some final welding and on to the passenger side.

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I was all in to this job at first.
Now, I'm starting to get jealous. I'm a retired bodyman and I know the level of fabrication skill necessary to do what you are doing/have done so far.

If the final finish is as amazing as what we've seen so far, that's going to be a show Jeep. It'd be a shame to tear it up on the trail.

Keep up the good work.

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Thanks luckymac. No show Jeep lol that’s why it isn’t getting paint. I do t want to be super pissed if we get a scratch into a paint job that cost $1000 in material. Instead I just plan to finish it with a tinted bed liner. Thanks for the compliment on the work. It is something I enjoy a lot. I tend to build more then I buy just for the love of it... and lack of money haha.
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I tend to build more then I build just for the love of it... and lack of money haha.
I assume you meant to say buy there. I am the same way... for the same reasons. I suppose it started out about the money, but the more i built the more I liked it.
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Daddy Jeep yeah that was supposed to be buy. I fixed it now lol thanks. For me it just started as a challenge to myself to learn and then became my career and hobby to build custom vehicles. Now the hard thing is to do thing cheap or not spend a ton of time building custom. Once you build a customers car badass you look at your own and have to start changing it. Attached is one I’m finishing for sema this year. Sorry I know it’s not a Jeep.
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Oh my... There is a custom touch or two on that one. Pretty bad ass. That is the color scheme I am most likely going with on my other project. Since we are a little off topic.

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That is going to be an awesome truck
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Oh my... There is a custom touch or two on that one. Pretty bad ass. That is the color scheme I am most likely going with on my other project. Since we are a little off topic.

Hopefully that truck has a big block and your gas credit card has plenty of reserve.
I'm partial to the old suburbans, but I like your mock up of a 4 door pickup with a topper and roof rack as a tow vehicle for a trail rig.
I need a bigger shop/garage.

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Hopefully that truck has a big block and your gas credit card has plenty of reserve.
I'm partial to the old suburbans, but I like your mock up of a 4 door pickup with a topper and roof rack as a tow vehicle for a trail rig.
I need a bigger shop/garage.

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It does currently have a big block. Currently is the key word. It will be replaced with a lightly modified 5.3 at some point. For a big block it isn't terrible at 8 mpg, but I hope to at least get into double digits with the 5.3.
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Things have been super busy, wasn’t even able to work on the Jeep almost all winter, but was finally able to get my shocks all mounted this past week and then the wife and I worked on the Jeep some more and I was able to get my steering figured out and mounted. I realized I messed up my front track bar mounting so I had to bust out the plasma and remove that, but I will fix that this week. For today small, but big accomplishment!!
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It's about time you got some work done on the Jeep.. Glad to have you back
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This gives me encouragement to finally put coils in my jeep. I'll probably start with the rear seeing how TJ rear frames are similar enough.
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Thanks daddyjeep, it is nice to be back on it. It’s nice to be super busy at work but sucks when you have something of your own to get done especially when it’s for your wife lol. She has been super understanding though. I got my Trac bar figured out today I’ll get some pics of that tomorrow so I can show what I had to do.
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Glad you're back at it.

We all have different opinions. I wouldn't bedliner the outside of the tub. I'd simply give it a mist coat of etch primer, a full coat of primer surfacer than buzz it down with a DA. Then, shaky bomb it to a color I liked. Probably equal to the cost of bedliner.
If you bedliner it and then decide that you want paint, the bedliner is a great PITA to remove. Plus, it's difficult to clean. JMHO

It may be presumptive of me to give my opinion on your build, but I'm so invested in what you're doing with this old heap that I can't keep my mouth (keyboard) shut. I can hardly wait to see how the finished product works out off road.

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So I was able to get everything welded up today after work. So I move the pan hard bar above the steering stabilizer so I could keep it more level, I have a new drop pitman arm so my steering sits More level as well. I had to cut the bracket for the steering gear box, so that I could level it out since I moved the front axle forward I needed to make up the difference. I slid the gear box as far forward as I can. The main reason I’m not painting the body is because of the work I do, I have a hard time being ok with spray can, so I have set my mind on something that I don’t have to worry about beating the hell out of.
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Had to break down and buy a new brace instead of building one... got that installed today as well as fixed some rust on the rear quarter. Our plan once the Jeep is done is to take it on a trip to Drummond island, and when I took the diamond plate off the rear I got a nice Drummond island surprise.
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I don't think I'd be surprised. Whenever I see armor plate, especially aluminum armor, I'd expect to find that the PO installed it to hide damage or rust.
Luckily you have the resources to cure it.

Looking good. Please keep the pics coming.

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Super productive day today. I got the rear sill finished up and new body mounts made. Changed them up a little bit from the stock and built them more like the other mounts. Welded my new bumper in place and started getting the shape figured out.
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I don't think I'd be surprised. Whenever I see armor plate, especially aluminum armor, I'd expect to find that the PO installed it to hide damage or rust.
Luckily you have the resources to cure it.

Looking good. Please keep the pics coming.

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I think he was referring to the Drummond Island sticker.

Anywho... The metal fab is looking good.
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Build looks great. Nice seeing all this progress. Mostly posting so I get some notifications on updates.
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So I scored me a sweet deal today for the Jeep. I have been through Facebook marketplace for a couple weeks trying to find a half way decent deal on some tires for the Jeep. I’m not trying to break the bank, this is after all a budget build. After a couple weeks with no luck I stumbled across a set of 36/14.5r15 a little bigger then I was looking for but when he said $300 I said oh hell yes!!! Plus it just took the Jeep to another level lol
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Guess I have to spend a little more money on some new steel wheels. I was hoping to use the aluminum wheels I had for the Jeep but they are no where near wide enough.
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Put the Jeep up to the new ride height today and cut off the old passenger side quarter panel, tacked the new one on and put the new tires in the wheel well. The original flare I built was gonna be great if I ran the 33” tires but now with the 36” tires I want to make sure I have lots of room.
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Put the Jeep up to the new ride height today and cut off the old passenger side quarter panel, tacked the new one on and put the new tires in the wheel well. The original flare I built was gonna be great if I ran the 33” tires but now with the 36” tires I want to make sure I have lots of room.
It's almost funny that part way through a build, something like a great deal on a set of tires changes a major part of the already built project. I like the current fenders so well that I'm inspired to buy another YJ and build something more trail rated than my current daily driver/grocery getter/easy trail rig.

Now, you might want to consider re-gearing your axles for the even larger tires. The larger tires should make the Jeep even more capable.
"Change one thing and you end up changing five more things just to make the first one work". I'm guessing you've built enough customs to understand and agree with the quote.

Keep the posts coming. This is a great thread.

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Well Michigan is on lock down, but luckily I’m essential lol. So I still get time to mess with the Jeep. I got the new rims in today and went over and got them all mounted and dang I love the look!
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More important..... Does the wife like the look?
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Daddy Jeep she is asking how I expect her to get into it. So I am getting that worked out.
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Got my last sheet metal piece tacked into place today, now a little bit of floor work, fenders and finish the rear wheel wells.
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