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Unread 03-05-2013, 02:55 PM   #61
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Unread 03-05-2013, 03:12 PM   #62
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Unread 03-05-2013, 03:18 PM   #63
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I've been watching this for a little while, and ... not that I don't think it's an awesome build, but I'm starting to wonder what the point is. No offense intended, but it feels like one of those builds that ends up where the only thing left that's actually part of the original Jeep is a dash and floorpan... at which point, I ask why bother cutting up a perfectly good donor MJ, when XJ's are soooo much more plentiful. Or better yet, why not just build the buggy in the first place, and not cut up an MJ? In my area those things are hard to find.

Is it at least going to have some Jeep skin on it at the end of the show? Just curious.

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Unread 03-05-2013, 03:50 PM   #64
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I've been watching this for a little while, and ... not that I don't think it's an awesome build, but I'm starting to wonder what the point is. No offense intended, but it feels like one of those builds that ends up where the only thing left that's actually part of the original Jeep is a dash and floorpan... at which point, I ask why bother cutting up a perfectly good donor MJ, when XJ's are soooo much more plentiful. Or better yet, why not just build the buggy in the first place, and not cut up an MJ? In my area those things are hard to find.

Is it at least going to have some Jeep skin on it at the end of the show? Just curious.

Trust me, its been asked many times... So originally when i sold my jeep a year and a half ago the plan was to build a buggy. but after a career change and move to TX i was left with out a shop. and as you can see my alternative was very limited in space. I decided it would be easier and faster to build off an existing platform bc i was getting really tired of driving all the way back to MO to just ride along with friends. So i started looking for a cheep jeep to build off of and always thought building an MJ truggy would be cool. Found this one for 500 bucks, yeah it was in darn near perfect shape, but it was a police impound and had a bad title so trying to resell or license wasnt really worth it. XJs are everywhere, and everyone builds them... i dont want to build just any old trail rig and wanted to utilize all the parts i had collected for the buggy. and the more i got into it the more i remembered why i sold my last jeep to build a buggy, and now im left with what i got. yeah at this point i may as well have but my unwillingness to sacrifice the capability i was trying to achieve turned into not much MJ left... whatever... oh well... with all the parts i got rid of i made money on the initial purchase. lesson learned, in order to build a jeep thats as capable as a buggy with all the same components means basically getting rid of the jeep... itll still be really cool when its done, itll do the things i want it to do and it will hold up to many years of wheeling.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 04:05 PM   #65
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That's a perfectly legitimate answer, and what I suspected. I still cry a little bit inside every time I see an MJ hacked down to a dashboard though... I'd love to have a clean one to build as a DD, but like I said, there aren't too many of them floating around in my area.

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That is f**k'n awesome! Nice work so far and looking forward to watching this build!
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Unread 03-05-2013, 07:00 PM   #67
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Coolest mj ever. Please keep going and posting
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Unread 03-08-2013, 01:08 AM   #68
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That is f**k'n awesome! Nice work so far and looking forward to watching this build!
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mis bent the a pillars and they ended up being perfect for how i wanted my door bar so went ahead and threw one on tonight
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Unread 03-12-2013, 12:01 AM   #69
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Forget the haters it's looking good so far. Are you going to cut the roof to match the roll cage? Angry roof too match the angry cage and graft it into the cage.

Oh and the old TJ is getting a rear d60 soonish.
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Unread 03-12-2013, 10:59 AM   #70
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The original plan was to graft the roof back on to the cage but the stock sheet metal sucks, even with the TIG it's a pita... And I work with thin sheet metal all day long... I'm going to fill in a couple places with some 12 ga, but most of it is going to stay open. Now that I've got the cage design locked down I don't really want to cover it up ya know?
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I agree i think u should cut the a pillers off the roof and atleast maybe just try to graph the roof inside of the role cage i think it would look kind of cool
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Unread 03-14-2013, 10:19 AM   #72
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Would look cool, and that's what I had originally planned on doing.

Gf was in town for a couple of days so last night we went out and tinkered a little.








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Unread 03-14-2013, 11:38 AM   #73
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i agree i think u should cut the a pillers off the roof and atleast maybe just try to graph the roof inside of the role cage i think it would look kind of cool
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Unread 03-14-2013, 12:14 PM   #74
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This is the inside of the roof, in order to graft it onto the tube I'd have to remove all the bracing, cut it up, grand all the paint off and the stuff is only like 24 gauge. The roof bubbles and doesn't match the shape of the tube. Plus I'd have to build a filler peice to come down and fill the brow. Again, that's what I originally planned on doing but it's not worth the work. When it's done, if I decide I want a roof, I'll build a new one out of new sheet. But I love wheeling an open top rig so I doubt it is going to happen...
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Unread 03-14-2013, 12:29 PM   #75
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Again, that's what I originally planned on doing but it's not worth the work. When it's done, if I decide I want a roof, I'll build a new one out of new sheet. But I love wheeling an open top rig so I doubt it is going to happen...
Not trying to harass your point, but I think it'd look awesome with a roof that matched the tube lines, but I understand the topless appeal too. What about a removable (pinned on) roof section? or maybe just a custom sailcloth top that snapped onto the roll bar. That would be awesome, and you could fold it up and store it, or roll it back and tie it.

Just a thought. I'm sure at some point you're going to want a roof for something, whether it's shade, rain, or flying mud, right? Idk what you're wheeling environment is like there, I'll go sit in my corner now...
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