Another post cherry down the drain! I usually try not to post until I am caught up, but I still have 100 pages to go, and it's taken me several days to get this far. Apparently I work for a living far more often that most of you f*****s do. I started reading this thread because of the catchy title (you had me at Wasteland), but I kept at it for 2 reasons. One, you started with an almost stock TJ and are building an "all rounder", and two, well, see the pic. I'd like to thank you for this introductory lesson in TJ Building 101 here at the University of Jeep, and hope that I can catch up in a week or so. Maybe if I quit my job and empty my savings to wrench on my LJ, it'll happen sooner.... Anyway, I salute you, sir!
PS: Yes, I quoted you, because few know exactly how true that statement really is.
I like that LJ you have there, and I'm glad you're enjoying the thread. Hopefully there will be a lot more to come in the future from both sides!
Also, hopefully there won't be an alien invasion...but if there is, I'd like to think that we're prepared for it.
WOW!! That is great looking top. Glad things worked out for you.
Thanks, man! It's a little bit sunny today, so maybe the fabric will move and settle in and the pictures will look nice. I'm going to do the car-wash test, regardless.
I love foreshadowing. Any way you could think to make this partition removable in an LJ? I really LOVE the thought - but I would hate to loose the possibility of back seats permanently.
Okay, here's the thing: any object that's placed in any location is as easy to remove from that location as it was to put it there in the first place. In this case, the trick is to get a really strong partition in the middle of the bed, because the tub flex in that area is one of the issues with a half-cab conversion. I very unwittingly solved that flexibility issue by designing a top that doesn't have to remain rigid in order to be sealed...so the solution for the LJ partition is to do nothing more than replicate that top and to make a lower attachment point - in my case, the upper deck skirt - that will be solid, yet not occlude the bed. It's basically just a bolt-in panel that will mimic the forward portions of my hard deck; the difference is that the entire back of the rig would remain open. We've already looked at what an LJ would be like with that kind of conversion and a desert tan paint job...
People keep asking me if there's any commercial future for the hard deck and the soft half-cab; I don't see much for the hard deck because that's a VERY specialty-use item, but a version of the soft half-cab that allows the bed to remain open
could be a different story entirely. Since it would have to be designed to be an easy bolt-in with nothing more than removal of the C-pillars and installation of the panel, you could theoretically remove it without much of a headache. If it was my
rig, though - and the first one will be - it wouldn't come back out.