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    1. 01-30-2012 04:34 PM #26
      Good work going on in here.
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      01-31-2012 07:34 PM #27
      I like the cherokee how it is

      Looking forward to seeing what you do with the wrangler... I really like how you mounted the winch!!


      to more work!

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      02-10-2012 12:22 PM #28
      looking good. glad to see a build with normal home tools and not a "budget plasma" or some crap. how long did it take to make those cuts with the jigsaw?

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      02-11-2012 01:26 PM #29
      Just got very bummed when I got to the end of this! MORE UPDATES! good **** so far

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      02-12-2012 12:32 PM #30
      Great thread....

      I just got a YJ to make a trail/beach rig because all I ever do is bash my TJ up when I take it out.
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      02-13-2012 12:38 PM #31
      Thanks guys. You will def see more grunt & ignorance than fancy tools. Hopefully the finished product doesn't show that though. This is my 2nd $40 jig saw. They quit when you really push them...

      Quote Originally Posted by silvermannn View Post
      Just got very bummed when I got to the end of this! MORE UPDATES! good **** so far
      The XJ ain't going anywhere. I put 800 miles on it this weekend. This wrangler is going to take a long time. Realistically, I won't be posting finished pics in this thread for 2 years. So, stay tuned...

      If anyone wants to move things along, I have an 8kW Dayton Generator I'm looking to sell, to help fund the (14) $40 link ends...

      Got a few more 32" tires and station wagon wheels. 32" tires don't really fit on stock suspension TJs, should be good enough to get inspection. Goes in next weekend. Figure I might as well start with fresh stickers on the off chance I do get it rolling by the time the next one comes around. .
      "stage 1" parts are coming in. 1" body & motor mount lift, low profile trans mount, ultra high clearance skid. That way I can have all that set in the right spot for mounting links, checking oil pan clearance, and all that fun stuff.



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      02-17-2012 10:28 AM #32
      I like it- what’s a 14-year-old non-runner clapped-out semi-wrecked methbuggy 4-banger Wrangler go for?

      Now that I have said that- did they pay YOU to take it? :p

      The XJ looks real nice, too. Good work on both, looking forward to seeing what else happens.

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      03-07-2012 09:07 AM #33
      too many pics on 1 page.

      Quote Originally Posted by deucestudios View Post
      If anyone wants to move things along, I have an 8kW Dayton Generator I'm looking to sell, to help fund the (14) $40 link ends...
      Sold.

      buy all the parts!
      Last edited by deucestudios; 03-07-2012 at 09:21 AM.
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      03-07-2012 09:08 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by wrigh003 View Post
      I like it- what’s a 14-year-old non-runner clapped-out semi-wrecked methbuggy 4-banger Wrangler go for?

      Now that I have said that- did they pay YOU to take it? :p

      The XJ looks real nice, too. Good work on both, looking forward to seeing what else happens.
      Cheap. Reeeal cheap. 3 digits cheap.
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      03-07-2012 09:08 AM #35
      page 2 is next.
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      03-07-2012 09:18 AM #36
      Got this.



      tested some of the welds with my 10lb hammer. Some failed. Maybe they were just tacked on I guess. But I went over all of them. Not that my flux core snot rockets are amazing. But I'd rather it be my welding that fails...



      Not amazing looking, but good penetration. Hopefully strong enough. If not I have a buddy with a TIG. But, I'll run this till it breaks.



      Started taking stuff off.
      This is 87 lbs of stuff gone, and that's only 1 side, and didn't count the tie rod.
      (rotor, caliper, shafts, spindle, hub in a rubbermaid container = almost 90lbs)



      boring cleaning and painting BS. got some parts piling up though. Picked up 8 used heims, 2 used small body JJ's, some steering tubes, and some other crap. Also scooped up 20' of 2"x2"x1/4" at the local mennonite machine shop.







      60 stub shaft vs. 30 stub shaft.



      And as I finish rebuilding the front, and piling up parts, in the late evenings I crack a beer and seriously over think this...

      Last edited by deucestudios; 03-07-2012 at 09:26 AM.
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      03-07-2012 08:49 PM #37
      Haven't posted in months (years?) and never in 4x4, but I just have to say, being from Lancaster, there's nothing like a Mennonite machine shop! Or tire shop, or exhaust shop... how do these guys stay in business?

      Nice Jeep, BTW, I'm enjoying your build.

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      03-07-2012 10:39 PM #38
      Awesome x3! In for more.

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      03-09-2012 08:49 AM #39
      Matt - white horse machine shop. Awesome place for just about anything.

      caught my left thumb between the sledge hammer and the rotor, beating the hub out.
      tough to see that it was almost completely severed in the Xray, even though I had gloves on...
      nails gone, 5 stitches. just saw the specialist yesterday, there's no necrosis in the flappy piece yet, so they think I'll have a full thumb when alls said & done.


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      03-09-2012 11:34 AM #40
      ouch!
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      03-09-2012 12:44 PM #41
      That definately leaves a mark .
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      03-23-2012 09:37 AM #42
      Picture time.



      still rockin the flux core.





      Spent some quality time with a wire wheel. Got the front one all cleaned up. Everything stripped off the outers, except the king pin on the good side. As much of a pain in the dick the first one was, no way I'm changing the good one.





      The. Worst.
      Its kinda galled, so I figured might as well change it I'm here, nows the time.
      Well then it became personal, couldn't get it out of my head that I couldn't turn the thing.
      Ended up with a case hardened 1/2" coupling nut, which is 7/8" on the outside. Dropped that in the pin, and used a 7/8" x 3/4" drive impact socket on a 6' breaker bar.





      And. My thumb is healing nicely.
      Here's where I'm at:
      http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/86ca2958.jpg
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      04-10-2012 02:57 PM #43
      Lame "I took 1 bolt out" update.
      Well I've broken just about everything I've thrown at the other kingpin.
      Finally borrowed a 3' pipe wrench from a friend of a friend, and put it with a 6' piece of pipe.
      Took all 200lbs of me bouncing 7' from the fulcrum.
      Got'im!



      Also sold the inspection tire & wheel set, and picked up a d300 with twin sticks and a clocking ring, and a set of H1s that came with a free set of 36" swampers.
      I got an expensive PartsMike order brewin, which is kinda holding me up at the moment.
      That's all.
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      04-12-2012 11:02 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by deucestudios View Post
      Lame "I took 1 bolt out" update.
      Well I've broken just about everything I've thrown at the other kingpin.
      Finally borrowed a 3' pipe wrench from a friend of a friend, and put it with a 6' piece of pipe.
      Took all 200lbs of me bouncing 7' from the fulcrum.
      Got'im!



      Also sold the inspection tire & wheel set, and picked up a d300 with twin sticks and a clocking ring, and a set of H1s that came with a free set of 36" swampers.
      I got an expensive PartsMike order brewin, which is kinda holding me up at the moment.
      That's all.
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      04-13-2012 10:17 PM #45
      I'm from the Philadelphia Area, did I just see this jeep on CL?!

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      04-15-2012 08:48 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Smarty_Kirkland View Post
      I'm from the Philadelphia Area, did I just see this jeep on CL?!
      You tryin to buy it or what Smarty?
      The tub/body/motor is only a part. If I can get what I'm askin, it'd make for a pretty cheap & simple 4.0L swap.
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      04-16-2012 01:49 PM #47
      Did you run that set up through the link calculator on Pirate? Its pretty damn easy to use.



      Im really thinking about doing something like this when I get back.
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      I have an idea, we will try it my way first...and then we will finish.

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      04-16-2012 04:54 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by deucestudios View Post
      You tryin to buy it or what Smarty?
      The tub/body/motor is only a part. If I can get what I'm askin, it'd make for a pretty cheap & simple 4.0L swap.
      I wish, but I'm only 16 and still have yet to buy my first car, let alone the time/money for a project.
      Last edited by Smarty_Kirkland; 04-16-2012 at 04:59 PM.

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      04-17-2012 09:04 AM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by morecarsthanbrains View Post
      Did you run that set up through the link calculator on Pirate? Its pretty damn easy to use.



      Im really thinking about doing something like this when I get back.
      I have a few times. Every time I save it I end up changing it. At this point, I probably won't go back to it until I'm done, and do kinda like an as-built. A buddy of mine just built a single triangulated rear in a TJ for an 8.8, helping with that got me to see what numbers I have in the calculator that'll work and what's nowhere near working.
      I have like an arms length understanding of all those numbers. I'm kinda just moving forward at this point, once it's driveable, if it's horrible I'll make changes. If I nail what the plan is, the body side upper will have 3 mounting positions, which put the AS at 105, 100, and 95. Reality is, stick the **** where it fits...
      5.3L Wrangler work in progress
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      04-19-2012 11:54 PM #50
      I went a bought the Mac 7/8 Allen socket for 3/4 drive cause you have to torque them back to 600 ft lbs haha

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