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Unread 11-24-2012, 01:12 PM   #16
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A few years ago I got a 4wd transmission and T-case. In stalled them but the T-case didn't last long. So I had to swap my 2wd tranny back in.

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Unread 11-24-2012, 01:16 PM   #17
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A few random pics.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 01:22 PM   #18
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Built a rear bumper. But still not done with it. Wanted to wait till after I fab'd the tire rack.Which I did last night. This is how the bumper build started. A universal hitch that I had for years. A 7or8ft piece of 3"-1/4" square tube. I cut the tube in half and inserted the hitch tube. Fit like a glove. Braced it in a piece of angle iron and welded it solid. Then made some brackets and paint. All the parts I had laying around. All it cost me was time and money for paint.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 01:27 PM   #19
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At some point last Sumer, I painted the bottom rocker with bed liner. Turned out nice. So I did the wiper cowl also. Cut the fenders also. Cut and fold on the rear.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 01:30 PM   #20
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installed an oil pressure gauge.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 03:17 PM   #21
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So I last night night I built my swing out tire carrier.

List of parts.

1- 7' stick of 2"x1/8" square tube.
1- 6' stick of 1.5"x1/8" square tube.
1- 2' stick of 2"x1/8" square tube.
1- HD spring pin latch.
1- 8" 1.3/8" solid steel bar.
1- 3" long 1.3/8" I.D. 1/4" wall chrome Molly tubing.
1- 4" long 1"wide 1/4" strap of steel
1- can of sealer.
1- can of high gloss high impact paint.
1- can of wax and grease remover.
Total cost for all parts about $70. Not bad.
I started by drilling a hole through the top of the bumper. Then dropped the 3" pipe down in it, and welded it solid. Then test fit. Used my buddy's shop for all this. Then used the plasma cutter to cut through the main beam. And weld in the steel bar. Mounted the latch and plasma'd the hole for the pin. Mounted the upright then the cross braces and the safety catch that the latch slides under.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 03:31 PM   #22
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Unread 11-24-2012, 05:46 PM   #23
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I started building a roof basket this Sumer. Since mine dindnt come with one factory, I used self tapping screws to mount the factory rails. Because of this I need to bolt it solid with backing plates before I can finish and install the roof basket. Other wise it just won't hold. I'm going to wait till I redo the head liner to do this. But here's the basket I've got allot more done to it then this but no pics. All that's left on it at this point is to grind down some welds and paint it.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 07:41 PM   #24
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The rack is looking good and that tire carrier is awesome. Let me know how it holds up with the weight of the tire
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Unread 11-24-2012, 08:51 PM   #25
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I got the Jeep as a graduation present. Have allot of great memories in it, and didn't want to let it go. So I worked with what I had.
I am glad to see an xj stay on the road i have to say. It's cool you are keeping it around for sentimental reasons too. What are your plans for it?
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Unread 11-24-2012, 09:18 PM   #26
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Well it's not going to be a hardcore OFFROAD beast. I want to build it to be an extremely capable "expedition" rig. Anything from hunting, camping and fishing to long haul backcountry treks. But I still want it to handle anything that I might come across.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 09:23 PM   #27
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A few weeks ago I took the 4wd tranny and t-case to the shop to be completely rebuilt. All new bearings seals, synchros... The works! I also ordered an IRON ROCK OFFROAD SYE. The tranny need to have a new main inputshaft. New chain also in the t-case. The T-case rebuild kit came from Novak Conversion. Very complete kit!! The tranny parts came from the shops supplier, can remember the name future trans or something close, But they are out of Tenn, nice folks. And Novak what can I say? They are just great!! Hope to be doing business with them again very soon. They have a cable T-case shifter that replaces the factory z-linkage. Direct bolt In replacement. Runs Around $160 but awesome reviews! And I want it.

Because the fan clutch was bad as well as the stock electric fan. I wasn't going to just replace them... It was time to upgrade the cooling system. So I ordered a birtboundoffroad triple electric fan conversion kit. Flows a max of 4650cfm. Nearly triple that of factory!!
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Unread 11-24-2012, 09:32 PM   #28
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Last Monday I ordered a new crate 4.0 to replace the one I blew up a month or so ago. Yesterday I picked it up and took it to the shop. Same one my buddy owns that's rebuilding the rest of the drivetrain. So hopefully it'll be back on the road in a week or two.

Ain't she purrdy?!!! Paid an extra $80 for one with oilpan, valve cover and timing cover installed. Well worth the extra coin!!!
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Unread 11-24-2012, 09:35 PM   #29
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Once everything is back together I'll slowly start upgrading the suspension and axles. Oh yeah I replaced the front axles with CV joint axles last spring. I really want some lockers!! And a winch!!
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Unread 11-25-2012, 02:31 PM   #30
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I'm in the market for a new motor also. With over 230 thousand, coolent being used up somewhere and the 0331 head id say I shoulld start saving. Where did you get yours
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