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    Default It's not an XJ build thread.

    Well it's really already built but anyone that knows me knows that if you give me an anvil or a lump of steel I'm gonna modify it some how. I traded a fellow forum member a corvette for a rock crawler today. I haven't even had it for 8 hours yet and I'm already hacking, welding, and changing it to suit me. Tony says he doesn't care if I post about building birdhouses on here so I'll post the mods as they go.
    Here's a start:


    Here's one very happy 17 y/o son:


    He's 6' tall and all leg, those tires make him look short.

    Having long legs caused some interference problems between the gas pedal, steering wheel and shifter. So the first mod we've done was to fabricate a new bracket and relocate the shifter to a higher position. I got caught up in the project and forgot to take pics, I'll do better next time.

    Next we started repairing a minor brake issue and found more issues I wasn't comfortable with so we're completely rebuilding the brake system. This should be finished tomorrow. No matter what I own the ability to stop takes priority over ALL else.
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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    This is going to be exciting

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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    Stopping is usually a very important item to take care of no matter what project you are looking to build... well other then maybe a demolition derby car... LOL... Look forward to seeing some pics!!
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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    so where's the birdhouse build plans.......
    keeping it red........

    I DRIVE A BARBIE JEEP

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    Think I would go that crazy too if my Jeep turned white

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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    No pics, do it again and take the pics
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    No pics, do it again and take the pics
    No way!!!! This thing drew blood 3 times today and put a pop knot on my head. What's done is done.
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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    Very cool. What are the specs now? (Engine, trans, tc, axles etc)

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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by abebehrmann View Post
    Very cool. What are the specs now? (Engine, trans, tc, axles etc)
    Here's the list:

    Custom Full tube chassis
    Sbc 400 bored .060 with mild cam on propane
    Headers dual exhaust
    Aluminum radiator with dual fans
    Built turbo 400 trans with 2400 stall
    Atlas 5.0 with twin stick
    Dana 60 front axle with Detroit locker and 538 gears heavy duty diff cover
    Psc full hydraulic with double ended ram
    3 link suspension with 18" king shocks
    14 bolt rear axle full floater with spool and 538 gears heavy duty diff cover
    1 link suspension with 16" fox shocks
    44 tsl swampers on 15" rims with mrw bead locks
    Front winch
    Corbeau seats
    5 point harness
    Msd ignition
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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    That sounds AWESOME! Bet the son is in heaven!

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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    Well today we finished up the brakes (almost). This has been a challenge, you can't walk into the parts store and give make and year model on this thing. Do you have any idea how many calipers they make to fit a dana 60 or a 14 bolt? I've now got 80 miles of driving in the brakes alone just trying to get the right combination of parts.

    The only brake issue left is a small leak at the master cylinder. I'll have to cut and re-flare the end to fix it.
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    Some big gnarly rock crawler thingy.
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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    I wanted to put this info in it's own post.

    I learned a trick years ago how to remove a broken bolt with a torch. You set the torch like you would to cut a piece of metal then heat the bolt just to melting point, hit the O2 lever and the bolt will blow out of the hole. Retap the threads and presto good as new.

    Today I pulled this trick off using a plasma cutter to remove a stuck/ broken bleeder valve. The valve had an ez out broken off down in it making it impossible to drill. At last resort I broke out the plasma cutter and blasted the bleeder valve out then used a new ez out to remove the remainder of the valve.

    I wouldn't recommend doing this unless your willing to buy a new part, chances of failure are high.
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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    One of the things I didn't like about this crawler is it only HAD 2 seats. We sometimes take a crowd with us when wheeling so we need as many seats as possible. Also if I take just the crawler we were limited 2 to people. That is all changing now.

    Heres is a shot that shows what the area behind the seats looked like before. I forgot to take a picture in the shop before we started.


    With some thought and engineering we decided to relocate the propane fuel tank out side of the rear tub and build armor around it then add a seat in the "tub" and also add roll cage as needed.

    Here's where the fuel tank will be located ( no armor yet):


    Here is the first roll cage work we've done with the new bender:



    The cage addition turned out great, I've NEVER bent, notched, or fitted pipe for something like this. Everything came out even, square and symmetrical. The best part is we did it first try and this is all the waste we had:


    Tomorrow is an "ice" day, no work, and probably no school, we can finish the roll cage and work on the tank armor next. Stay tuned.
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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    The "re-build" of the buggy is looking good... so is that netting you just one more seat in the Buggy??
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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    Show off lol! lookin good!

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    Default Re: It's not an Xj build thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by bluedragon436 View Post
    The "re-build" of the buggy is looking good... so is that netting you just one more seat in the Buggy??
    Yep, in order to get more I'd have to stretch it.
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