So my "day job" has pulled me away from the shop this week...but It hasn't kept me from thinking about things.
In rigs past, I've swapped engines, swapped axles, moved axles, cut, hacked replaced darn near everything on one rig or another. But one thing I haven't done...is build a a chassis. Here's where I'm going with this....
I'm at a cross roads with my JK. A cross road I've been at before. It's the "fiscal cliff" if you will. How my mind works when I build is "well, if I'm doing 'x' I might as well add/change/replace 'y' while I'm at it. And **** snowballs quick like. That's how my stockish daily driver got on 42's stretched and a chevy engine. Thing is...I think I've learned from that. The one regret I had with prior "big rigs" is that I couldn't enjoy them daily. I couldn't enjoy a JEEP daily. That's the reason I bought a jeep. One of our own, BESRK, once told me " just build a buggy, you'll appreciate not hacking up your rig later". I think he was on to something...lol.
So....after some consideration, I don't think I'm gonna put these 60's under the JK. I think I'm gonna build a tube chassis and throw them under that. I'll "fix" the issues I have with the JK and drive the pee outta it on the road and weekend romping until the buggy is done.
Soooo...with that said, here's my thoughts on the buggy. I want the chassis to look amazing, while I want the drivetrain simple. I think I can find an LM7 (5.3L GM) drivetrain reasonably priced. There is more and more aftermarket support for it now that it's a common swap in the JK's. While I'd like to say I'm gonna throw an atlas in there....I'm gonna wait and see what I can come up with for that. Coilovers and some 42's should put me in business. There is obviously lots more than what I've typed involved...but the basic's are there. Guess it's time to start scouring craigslist, junkyards and getting some tube !
In the end, I want this....right down to the color...