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post #91 of 164 Old 03-13-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Well got a lot done today, started off by bolting up the new trans cross member.





I am really happy with how it turned out. I still have some finishing to do to it later, I will wind up capping all of the tubes and adding a skid plate. but for now it is good to go.

Also bolted up the accessory drive. I didn't bother cleaning it up real pretty because I am going to get the Bulltear serpentine drive setup for it.





Then I got the new fender cleaned up, painted and installed.



I also took the time to scrub up the rest of the front clip the best I could tomorrow morning I am going to reinstall it. Put the hood back on, put the doors back on, get my mess cleaned up and town the jeep home with the tow bar.

Over the next couple of months I am going to be gathering parts again, I need Headers, all the exhaust, a pair of drivelines, and all of the goodies for the axles. I am also going to get a new wiring harness, need new control cables for the Heater, and need a new heater core. Lots of little things but slowly and surely it is coming back together. I am just glad this phase of the project is over with.


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post #92 of 164 Old 03-13-2012, 09:48 PM
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will u stubby that front bumper? it is coming along very nice, great job.
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post #93 of 164 Old 03-13-2012, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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will u stubby that front bumper? it is coming along very nice, great job.
Nope, I am cutting it off and building a new one. going to have a winch mount and a mount for some lights.

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post #94 of 164 Old 03-14-2012, 07:16 AM
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Your crossmember looks good Nick and capping the ends is a great idea. I'd add some brace plates to the sides though. You'd gain allot of strenght where the square tubes are joined if you laid something like 1/4" thick material along them and weld that across the joint. Keep going, it's looking great!
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Yea it looks good and like Jim said the plates would be a good idea.
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It is going to get beefed up quite a bit more when I add the skid plate. Before I do though need to have my drive lines made and installed, reroute the fuel line, Build my exhaust, and get the shifter for the Transfer case setup.

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Crappy cell phone pic...



THE FRONT CLIP IS BACK ON!!!

Had to come home for a little bit because I was getting violently ill. I have a few more things to button up tonight, then clean up my mess and bring it home!

Going to be sitting for the next couple of months until I can get my new wiring harness, headers and driveshafts. as well going to get a new heater core, rebuild the heater, do a DD fab dash, and instal all new gauges, Little things like that. Need to get all the parts to do it first so the jeep will be going back into storage for a while.

I sure am happy to have it this far though.

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Looks great man. Good to make some progress huh?
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Looks awesome brother! can't wait to start my build!!

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Looks great man. Good to make some progress huh?
Oh man, it feels so good having the doors and front clip back on. That is a huge weight off my shoulders. Going to feel really good when I tow it home in the morning and no longer have to mess with it for a while, been so stressful going over there every day working on it, especially when I forget something I need here and have to make a 35 mile round trip to get it.

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I forgot to throw this up last week, I snapped this Thursday when I was hopping in the truck to head for Houston. This is where my Jeep will be sitting until I can go get it in a few weeks.



I am really wishing I was driving it right now, but just going to take a little time.

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post #102 of 164 Old 03-26-2012, 06:56 PM
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Any progress? Have you started the new engine?
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post #104 of 164 Old 06-07-2012, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Well Time for some updates, I finally got some shop space in Houston, working on moving in over the next week, then I am going to be ordering parts and getting the jeep running and back on the road!

Tuesday I made the trip to corpus to get the Jeep, it is up at the new shop.



My old 70 Chevy has drum brakes, so towing the jeep was very interesting, not to mention the fact that it is a 4 hour trip to corpus each way, so I was one tired puppy by the time I got back with it.

I am really looking forward to getting it back on the road Really looking forward to pulling the top and doors and getting to go run around in it this summer.

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post #105 of 164 Old 07-07-2012, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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I finally have the welder hooked up in the shop, I have been collecting tons of parts, have almost everything I need now to build the exhaust, new fuel lines ect.

I should have some updates next week sometime.

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