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I've wanted a Wrangler based pickup truck forever. I fell in love with the Gladiator concept in '05, but Jeep hasn't produced anything. I know they have a truck scheduled for production next year, but I want a regular cab almost "compact" truck. Something to replace my abused '90 MJ


Got to shopping on copart for a rear ended JK, and ended up with a '16 JK Willy's. Perfect starting point; 3.73 posi axle, 3.6 with 5 speed auto, just over 16k miles and a big dent in the rear.

Just after I got it home I contacted GR8TOPS and talked Matt into a "one off" recruite. It's based on the 4 door recruite top with the door opening pie cut, narrowed in the front, and built to match the windshield (no freedom panels) Land vehicle Vehicle Car Automotive tire Jeep
 

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After getting it stripped down, did a little hacking. Extend the frame 26" making it 6" longer than a JKU with a 122" wheelbase.

Picked up a '05+ TJ tank from the local salvage yard to swap in behind the axle. Converted the rear axle and t-case to u-joint style.
 

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Set the body back on for some approximation measurements added 15" extensions behind the axle, pulled it back apart and yanked the springs for checking clearances on the crossmember.

Pretty sure that is everything so far
 

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Awesome project, subscribed!!!


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Very interesting Thread!
 

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Fuel pump basket is lowered 4.25". Sits nicely in the bottom of the TJ tank. Used 1/4" stainless rod, cut e-clip grooves on the lathe and used a stainless washer and e-clip to load the spring. The fuel line seems perfect, still have to extend the wires
 

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Been working on the Jeep some.
UPS lost the capacitor for my welder (vendor shipped another out, hope to see it soon)
Nearly finished the chassis up with a friend's welder.

Rear frame extension is done, cross member is relocated and one added just behind the sway bar to hang the TJ fuel tank on.

Mid frame is nearly complete, added a cross member pretty close to the back of the shortened body. EVAP is now on the right side. Exhaust dumps just ahead of the axle on the left side, using the stock intermediate pipe, stock hangers and a muffler off of my LS YJ.

Called the salvage yard and they found me the tail of a 4-door JK to cut up for my cab corners. no tailgate, they want a fortune for a tailgate.

I need to drill a bunch of drain holes, paint, wire and plumb.
 

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Pressure washed the frame and brushed everything bare with chassis saver from magnetic paint. Reviews seem pretty good on the stuff, disappointed to find out it isn't UV stable (needs top coated). Probably hit everything again in a few days.

The JKU rear quarters are stripped (interior, wiring, flares, ect) Salvage yard included the wire harness that runs down the top of the right frame rail, sadly the '07 harness has a lot less wires than my '16. I was hoping I could match all the factory colors in my extension, but it isn't looking good.

Fuel line stuff arrived this week. Plumbing plans are -6 pushlock adapter to -6 tube adapter, 3/8" tubing back to the TJ tank, back to -6, 2' or less braded to pushlock on fuel pump. I'll have enough extra 3/8" tubing for my EVAP plumbing. Also got some pfte coated wire for extending the stuff in the tank.

Capacitor for my welder finally arrived also, it is back working correctly.

Still hoping for an April completion date
 

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Fuel pump is finished, in the tank and the tank is mounted

Extended the basket down 4.25" using 1/4" stainless rod, lengthened the fuel pump and fuel gauge wires with PTFE coated wire (correct size for pump, overkill for the gauge) and adhesive lined polyolefin heat shrink. Bent the pick up tube around to the front of the tank, stuffed it in and put the lock ring on.

I know that the gauge won't be very accurate, but empty will read as empty (much like my YJ with the 20gal tank mod and the stock sending unit)
 

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Had an opportunity to work a couple hours tonight. Wheel speed and tpms wiring has been extended, next up is fuel pump/sender and tank pressure.

Studied and now I understand how EVAP works and what needs to be changed/ modified for the TJ tank.

Having some difficulty finding OE style zip ties for mounting the harness to the frame. Hate to try and explain what I want to the dealership, they were complete morons when I had problems with my pick up.

Maybe I'll have the body bolted on permanently by the end of the month
 

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Frame harness is completely; everything is soldered, heat shrunk, completely wrapped in Tesa tape, covered in split loom and lightly wrapped in Tesa tape. It's about half mounted with fir tree push mount zip ties (like the factory use for wheel speed wires on the axe)

Fuel line needs mounted, steel line cut to length and the -6 put in to finish it out. Waiting for fancy double zip ties to tie the EVAP stuff to the fuel line. Cut the charcoal canister mounting bracket and raised the rear 1.5" level with the frame

Brake line mounting clips are still in transit but otherwise complete.
 

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