This guy is making a way nicer bed, really close to my original idea.
Keep at it man. Any plans to just buy another TJ or tub to make the cab out of?
How about the cab close out ? AEV or are you going to tackle the custom one like I did?
I've been looking for a wrecked TJ, but I may have to buy a good one to cut up. I have been looking for a 2000 TJ, because I am going to do a 5.9 magnum engine swap.
The 2000 TJ was the last year for the CCD data bus, and it had a NV3550 transmission. Having a CCD data bus is easier to do manual trans, magnum V8 swap. In 2001 Chysler went to a PCI data bus in the Jeep Wrangler, but Chrysler never made a manual transmission PCI data bus engine computer.
Just in case some of you may not know...the data bus is the wire or wires the engine control computer (ECM) uses to "talk to your dash" and makes your gauges work, sets the check engine light, and I think has something to do with the air bags(ccd uses 2 wires and pci uses 1 wire). I've heard that BG Chrysler and Hemifever can reprogram the PCI ECM to turn off the automatic trans controls, so a manual trans can be used. If this is true I can use up to a 2004 Wrangler (Daveys Jeeps has a 2004 Rubicon I have thought about looking at). After 2004 Chrysler stopped using the JTEC engine computer. I can't remember what kind of computer Chrysler used in 2005 and 2006, but those are the years you would want to do a Hemi swap in. A Hemi swap would be cool, but I already have a 5.9.
As for the cab close out I am leaning towards using AEV's cab close out. It looks like a great product, and would save time to install (with my schedule, time is one thing I lack in).
Thanks for the complements.
I hope it turns out OK. I am hoping designing a bed without a Jeep to set it on doesn't bite me in the butt later. I've been looking at my 2003 Wrangler X and taking measurements, but I really won't know until I cut a wrangler and see how the bed fits. If it doesn't work, I'll be buying a Brute kit (another reason the use the AEV cab close out), and my bed will be a Jeep Trailer, or end up for sale.