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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:59 pm 
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Thank you John. It has been a journey. The though of stopping here and keeping this raw, just built look has crossed my mind. That would be cool, but I just can't. I've been picturing it bright red for a long time. Hopefully about a month from now it will be. Shortly after that, driving around, God willing.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:48 pm 
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Filler work mostly done. Shot a coat of epoxy primer today. Let that cure a day or two and shoot 3 coats of high build primer and get to block sanding. After I finish painting it, go rub it against a tree within the 1st week of having it on the road :roflmao:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:42 am 
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Making good progress on the CJ-6. Look close on the drivers side, you'll see a big fat run. Rocker armor will cover it, so no big deal. It's tall, I know. It'll have to do. Next up, get it running/driving. I still have so much work to do haha...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:24 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:21 am 
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Back hard on this. Wait. What? Anyhow floor is in epoxy. Top coat Monday. Then wiring. Then vrooom vroooom.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:15 am 
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Herculiner is sprayed on. Now it's time to make it run. My favorite time is now. Well that and building the roll cage. I just don't like to sand and paint and I'm glad that's mostly over. If I ever do this again (which if you know me, you know I will) I'm having everything media blasted by someone. Still got the hood, grill, fenders, bumpers and cover plate for bed area to paint, but getting closer.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:01 pm 
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Loaded grill with LED's. Hope the LEO's will forgive the red in my front turn signals. The red will not be hooked up. There purely to match the paint. Center will flash amber. Halo's will flash amber as well. Should look cool.

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Went to picknpull and got a PDC I can use to wire everything up. Plenty of relays and fused circuits available now.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:49 am 
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Pic dump. Next up is to crimp all a/c hose fittings and get to wiring. Prime engine oil system, turn the key and see what happens. Hope I got a good JY engine. Will suck if it's a turd. JY said it's good and they're never wrong :roflmao: .

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High Angle Driveline flanged 1350 CV

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:14 am 
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Time for more pics!!

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Head light relay harness installed and works beautifully. Hid the relays up behind the pass side headlight.

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Condenser to rad clearance at 1/4". Foam insulation installed between them. Hope it don't melt. I'll have to use a more appropriate material in it's place if it does.

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Trans cooler located behind tcase up high. The 20" stretch area was the perfect place to put it.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:24 am 
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1st drive!! Sorry for the messy garage. Just turned it around in the d-way, so I could pull and weld the rear axle. Broke all the tack welds on the truss and the rear axle was feeling a bit slinky back there after that, but managed to nurse it back into the garage. Rear axle is out and is mostly welded up. Gotta box in the truss with some plate steel. Don't ever want it breaking off again :roflmao:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:47 am 
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Final welded everything on the rear axle less shock mounts. That's next. Added a 1/4" thick piece of plate to rear of ruffstuff boxed truss. Should be strong enough now. I'd have added 1/4" plate to the front of it as well, but due to how the axle is clocked, and it being a 9" with removable 3rd member, it wasn't feasible. Double pass welded and boxed both 3/8" thick lower link mounts. Shouldn't have to worry 'bout those, I hope. Pics...

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:24 am 
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Flexed it out. Hated cutting into fresh paint, but better that than wadding my whole rear quarter due to lack of tire clearance. Save that for the trail haha. Shocks are installed, clearances checked @ full flex. All good. Gas peddle is mounted using riv-nuts and spacers. Took 20 mins. Thought it was going to be a pain, but was one of the easiest things I've done haha. Beautiful thing. Pics later. Love my amazon bought riv-nut tool. One of my fav's. Real short list left till I'm on the street. Re-new'd the licence tabs yesterday. I power braked it in the driveway with the rear brake adjustable prop valve backed off all the way and dug two nice deep holes in my driveway. Couldn't stop, liked the sound too much. Had to fill those back in :roflmao: Pics...


Homemade flex checker tool. 5" up. 9" down travel.

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Flexing with tire

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Trimming using tire as guide.

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Lousy pic of shock/mount/limit strap and their orientation in the wheel well. Better pics of that to come.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:16 pm 
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Alot has happened on my build in the last month. I'm now driving it around town often. It has rear fender flares now and rocker armor, plus folding side steps. I'm thinking the folding side steps will be temporary. They are a carry over from my last attempt at rocker armor. I might do something different. It's a pain in the ass to close the doors and fold those up. With no doors it's a non issue. All these years and I still don't have any type of latch to hold them in the up position. Don't miss out on the video below and be sure to turn on sound.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:29 pm 
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Anyone still here? I'm shouting into the canyon and just hear my own voice echo back. Thinking this will be the last update and I don't even know why this update. Whats the point? Not many here anymore. Makes me sad.

So I had a failure of the ring and pinion in the rear axle. It was due to my own dumb ass activities. I swapped pinion yokes to one that accepted a 1350 u-joint and failed to check pinion bearing preload, or at least grab the fooking thing and pull it fore/aft. Had 1/16" slop in the pinion bearings, because the yoke was that much shorter and the pinion nut shanked out. If I'd have grabbed the yoke and jerked it back and forth I'd have saved myself about 2K bucks (swapped out detroit for zip locker + plus gears/rebuild kit). So a lesson to you young guys, grab the yoke and jerk it. It will save you thousands. Smoked the gears in about 3 weeks. Well it didn't help that I was using the wrong damn lube in the axle the last 3 yrs. God damn Ford 9" just gotta be different you know. Fookin' hate this axle. I'm going to tons soon as I can afford, or convince my better half to let me, so I don't want to spend a damn minute or dollar on my existing axles if ya know what I mean.

That said, here's pics of the upgrades... A zip locker, strange s-series nodular case and nodular Daytona pinion support. Motive "blue box line" gears.

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Pic of worn pinion. There was a palm sized mound of metal pudding globbed onto a magnet I installed in the case 3 yrs ago.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:47 am 
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Still here, mainly been checking in as a vistor because I have alot of password problems. I have to keep resting them because I can't remember what password I use where. Sweet build by the way, keep up the good work! :rock:

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I show up just to read this and the trailer build threads... :roflmao:

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:39 am 
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Thanks guys. Appreciate the comments.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:15 am 
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The steps need to go :hmm: sweet build!!!


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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 5:25 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 7:45 pm 
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Holy hell! Is that the same jeep I saw when you came up to help with the old man's truck?

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 6:42 pm 
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DadsXJ wrote:
Holy hell! Is that the same jeep I saw when you came up to help with the old man's truck?


Yessir, same indeedy. I been busy these last two years haha.

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 6:46 pm 
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Since there does appear to be at least 3 or 4 guys that still come here and check out updates I'll keep posting for you guys. Sure why not.

So today I finished up the drop shank support bars. Their triangulated orientation firmly locates the 14" drop shank and helps transfer the forces of hard acceleration and hard braking from the trailer directly to my Jeeps frame and they do a great job at it. Very very happy with them.

Towed the travel trailer again today. 16 mile drive up to 60 mph on rough roads. I'm not gonna be so bold as to say my Jeep drives better towing the trailer but it certainly is no worse. The weight of the trailer transferred to the jeeps frame seems to have resulted in a slightly smoother ride. There was no sway at all, no issue accelerating at all (because nearly 400hp/400tq). No issues braking, the trailer brakes are working awesome. Ok I'm ready for some camping in a couple weeks. Been a long time in coming.

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 5:37 pm 
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Nice. Quick disconnect pins on TRI bars?

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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 11:40 am 
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I seen it sitting out in front of your place.. looks really good from road! Didn't look tall enough to need swing down steps??.....


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 3:04 pm 
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DadsXJ wrote:
Nice. Quick disconnect pins on TRI bars?


Eventually. Bolts for now.

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I seen it sitting out in front of your place.. looks really good from road! Didn't look tall enough to need swing down steps??.....


Thanks! I can’t get in it without the steps. My wife and kid really can’t. They’re staying till I come up with something cooler.

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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 5:41 am 
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Have you took it up to the woods yet?


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:28 am 
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No front ds yet, so haven't wheeled it. I have one, just gotta fab a mount for the carrier bearing. It's two piece. Also gotta add a second trans cooler. One has been fine so far, but towing gets the trans too hot. I'll do all that this weekend. Shooting for memorial day for wheeling trip. Super excited to get back out in the woods. Crap also gotta build some kind of roll bar/cage, forgot about that. Safety 1st.

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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 12:40 pm 
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So is this primarily a tow rig then? Hows it feel sitting on coil springs towing? I would think the rear end would be sacked out.. whos gonna build your cage?


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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 3:55 pm 
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This rig tows my travel trailer surprisingly well. I use a weight distribution hitch sized properly to prevent ass sag. Without that it sags in the rear like a mo foh. Towed the TT round the block once without it and it was not great at all. With the weight distro hitch I can level it all out nicely and it tows down the road great and rides well. All that stuff u see hanging off the back is removable in a few minutes time.

I do all my own toob work.

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 8:10 pm 
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Finally got around to installing a front drive shaft. Made a vid for ya'll. Had to go with a 2 piece design. DS was too long for 2" OD shaft and no room to go bigger. 2 piece allowed me to kick it out away from the trans just enough for proper clearance. Tried my best to maintain good geometry. I took it up to 40 mph on the jack-stands and no vibration at all, so I'm satisfied. Didn't have the cajones to go faster haha.

Carrier bearing mount looks hack. It's not. I'll purty it up later because right now IDGAS.



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Added a second remote trans cooler as well. Was having problems towing at 65 mph, getting too hot. Got up to 214 deg F after 20 miles on the freeway. Not OK, need below 200 deg F at all times. Second remote cooler is a stacked plate type rated for 30K GVW. 1st cooler is 16 pass tube and fin type (basically no flow restriction-its a tube), so shouldn't have to worry about any pressure issues since I'm somewhat mimicking a factory way of doing it. Two coolers in series. Both coolers are regulated to turn on fans at 180 deg and maintain that temp. Fingers crossed.

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Oh and installed a Warn 8274 last weekend. Lets see how much the second pic below messes up you OCD types. Works good John, thanks!

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