Rear fiberglass is getting ordered in the morning, just hope that they give me the price they quoted me a couple of weeks ago when I still worked for 4WP, find out in the morning. Hope to be cutting on the bed by the end of the month.
I have to wait till the bed sides get here to figure out how much I can bob the bed, once I get the bed cut to length I can cut the frame off and rebuild to match the bed length. Set the bed on the new frame, locate the rear axle, and start building the rear suspension. Going to need to get my tires before to long too, atleast find some stand-in's for mock-up.
The fiberglass showed up yesterday, it's all going to need some work before they will be ready for paint, nothing I wasn't expecting though, most fiberglass products do. I'm still not sure how I'm going to do the rear flares, the rear bottom of the flare is meant to come down the full length of the stock side, IE no rear cut and fold for better clearance. As much as I hate the idea, I may have to cut and modify them to get the rear end up where I want it.
I'll be going up to my Dads this weekend to start test fitting the rear flares, and possibly start by at least marking out everything for the bob.
I've been emailing M.O.R.E. and Brown Dog about block brackets. Both of them say that they have what I need. For the complete bracket and motor mount, BD is about $75 cheeper, has free shipping, and a 10% discount through JF, but MOREs brackets hit more bolt bosses(7/8 vs BDs 6/7), and don't come in that ugly yellow. Here is what I've been able to work out, MORE is willing to sell me their block bracket just tacked together for a discounted price, making them a good bit cheeper than the BD ones. This also allows me to cut tacks and easily modify the bracket if need be. Although getting the motor mounts from MORE would wash any savings made by welding the brackets myself, so I will be going to BD for the motor mounts, I'll just have to sand blast the yellow off and repaint them before they go on the Jeep. In all, it will save me about $40 from buying everything from BD, and $115 from MORE.
Also got some port work on the head done tonight, 2 down 10 to go.
Finally got the time to go up to my Dads this weekend and start test fitting everything. I've decided to change my plans now. I had originally planed on using a short bed and bobbing 12" out of the back of it. With the rear flairs that wasn't going to happen, the most I would be able to cut would be about 6". I decided that that was too much work for only a 6" gain. Also, I have been very conflicted about cutting up a bed thats was in such great shape, so I've decided to cut up the long bed:
To make my life a little easier, I decided to do things a little differently, starting with drilling out all of the pinch welds for the bed sides.
I think the whole corner is going to come together nicely
The tail light box will be getting deleted, and the 70's style Ford truck tail lights will be going in their place(without the chrome)
The end result will be about a 61" bed(5'1"), and about a 107" wheelbase before any front stretch, probably 109" in the end.