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freaknajeep 08-30-2012 11:48 PM

"Special Delivery" a '71 DJ5-B...
So since i pretty much finished up the xj project
and i decided sure it looks bad to the bone but didnt like the ride...i picked up this lil jewel for cheep
so here goes...lots of pics for now most should be pretty self explanatory but i will do a little narration
donor parts
bye- bye drive train
bye-bye suspension
haha drag
cancer removal/door opening modifications
modded door opening and suspension mock just for giggles
just a pic of the xj and mail jeep kisssin
so now on to real work
11gauge inch and 1/2 square tube subframe for tub/body
grill moved up to bumper
axle housings cleaned and painted
frame mostly finished

still have to make permanent rear upper spring buckets since i wont know exactly where the need to be untill i have drivetrain and body back on...

so heres the list of parts getting thrown at it...
winches: xrc10 front
m8000 rear
gears: 4.56:1 front and rear...rear spooled....lockrs would be nice but have 3 girls and a grandbaby on the way

drive train: ford 400/c6/205(soon to be twin sticked)
axles: hp d44 front/d60 rear
tires: 11.2x24 r-1s for now new 38.5x15 boggers to come round tax

ok thats about it for now will post more pics tomorrow mostly regarding suspension...would really love some feed back on this one...have a thread on nc4x4 but no one seems to care they are all ecours or a po-boy if i
want to go fast i have other rides for

AngryTJ 08-31-2012 07:12 AM

Is that mockup the actual WB your planning on? Pretty unique project :PopCorn:

freaknajeep 08-31-2012 09:24 AM


Originally Posted by AngryTJ (Post 14101032)
Is that mockup the actual WB your planning on? Pretty unique project :PopCorn:

No the mock up was right at 120" i have a final wheel base of 110"...suspension minus shocks and front knuckles is finished...body is still sitting on my 72 1ton ford flat cosidering sending my front housing off to that guy in michigan for the d44-50 hybrid conversion...supposed to strong as a 60 but keeping the ground clearance

freaknajeep 08-31-2012 09:30 AM

And the xj will soon revert back to a rolling chassis as its drivetrain and recovery gear are getting pulled for the mail jeep...would consider tradeing it for a stock beater 4wd xj 92-95..dents acceptable...i need one for hunting even the interior could be will just get nasty n bloody anyway

freaknajeep 08-31-2012 02:51 PM

ok so a few more

frame again...
front arms...
rear suspension

the front joints are currie "johnny joints" at frame and procomp polly at axle...where as the rears are all "johnny joints"
I fabbed th rear suspension about 3 years ago and had it under a 93xj till i basicly destroyed the i know how extreme it flexes but i am unsure of my front hard to tell with no weight on frame...well thats all for now check back in a day or two for more exciting lack of progress...lmao

freaknajeep 09-01-2012 01:23 AM

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Ok so here are more pics of suspension...
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freaknajeep 09-02-2012 07:19 PM

ok well a thunderstorm came thru and cut my work time short...but i managed to get all four balljoints replaced and knuckles all painted and bolted up...what a yeah and fabbed up the tie bar and bolted up some spare spindles and rotors so i could roll it around...

freaknajeep 09-04-2012 02:07 PM

ok so finally got the body off of the back of my flatbed...and on the trailer and moved around to where the "outdoor shadetree fabshop" is lol...started hacking away at some stuff the PO had scabbed in there to i guess hold it what a mess...tomorrow i go to get some steel and will finish up fabbing the well as im going to start relieving the XJ of its drivetrain front shafts/lockouts and recovery gear....hopefully i will have the motor and trans combo grafted in by friday and ready to start getting body back on...will have more pics tomorrow as well

freaknajeep 09-04-2012 07:15 PM

ok just some pics...heee heee i know youve heard of a tire swing...but what about a jeep

well there it

AngryTJ 09-04-2012 07:59 PM

That suspension and those control arms are very interesting. Have you done a jeep like that with the frame mounts all the way to the center of the frame?

freaknajeep 09-04-2012 08:33 PM


Originally Posted by AngryTJ (Post 14121795)
That suspension and those control arms are very interesting. Have you done a jeep like that with the frame mounts all the way to the center of the frame?

Yes but it was on a xj and i didnt strengthen the unibody enough lived for about a year before i ripped it in it flexed like u wouldnt believe the whole time...
I plan on doing an endo/exo cage so basicaly a buggy with a jeep body fused in the middle

freaknajeep 09-05-2012 10:53 AM

^^^ continued from above...i also am building the body a full subframe that will be welded will consist of outer 2x2x3/16 rocker tubes connected by 1-1/2x1-1/2x1/8 crosstubes and will have a tubular trans tunnel...also am relocating and adding body mounts to accomodate subframee and fullsise poly body bushings and will be held in place by 5/8x4 grade 8 hardware...well i just got back from the steel house time to go burn some wire...... pics to come soon

dayriesw 09-05-2012 11:01 AM

Looks like an interesting build. I am watching.

freaknajeep 09-05-2012 01:12 PM


Originally Posted by dayriesw (Post 14124330)
Looks like an interesting build. I am watching.

thanks i need all the support/criticism i can the past i had a team of beer drinkin offroad buddies to well to put it bluntly...stand around and say that'll never work all the while not offering any other options or helping hand for that matter..but none the less they were now im new to my area and no beer drinkin buddies yet i got to get to the orv park and holler "hey yall watch this " know how it really im srious i live in the deep south you can ride all day without a hitch and some folks might say hi...but you have oh ummm say a planned break in the first 5min or so and everyone stops to help..and friends are made...i preffer the broken rear u-joint method my self takes about 5 min to fix but the friends you make last a lifetime...lmao

freaknajeep 09-05-2012 08:40 PM

ok so made some good progress today..ill try to narrate as i post a few pics...

a pic of the first design on subframe...i changed it up a bit...but it will soon become clear as to what is really goin
just a pic so others with rusty jeeps can feel my also you can see where i startd hacking away at the midsection.
underside of rear floor...some surface rust soon to be delt with
top side of rear floor
roof...also a little surface rust soon to be delt with...and new guts and guard for the strobe and the vent in middle will be the snorkle vent

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