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Midnightburn 09-20-2011 11:34 PM

64 Gladiator Tribute Build
I thought I would share a few photos and details about my J Truck project. At this point the project is pretty much done, but here's how it looked the day I drove it home and a few restoration/modification photos.

It was tucked away in a storage unit for 27 years with only 12,000 miles on it. The original owner just stopped paying on the storage unit and they never heard from him again. So they auctioned off the unit. The guy I bought it from won the auction and found this inside.

The body is very nice.

All of the original and not so original drivetrain has been removed in favor of a much better setup.

It is now sporting a 400hp/475tq Gen III 6.0L Chevy engine with OBX headers, Bosch Platinum plugs, a Summit crossflow aluminum radiator, dual exhaust running through Flow Master HushPower mufflers, and new Vortec Max engine covers. Behind that is a high performance 4L60e 4 speed automatic and a 241C transfer case with a JB Conversions Super Short SYE kit that removes 9" off the length of the transfer case and adds a CV yoke.

It has a Ford F350 high pinion Dana 60 in the front with 35 spline chrome moly inner and outer Superior Evolution axles, Yukon Super Joints, Ballistic Fab high steer arms, a Detroit locker and Warn locking hubs. I also installed my own custom designed caliper brackets that hold 1/2 or 3/4 ton gm caliper calipers, 77 F150 rotors, stock knuckles and spindles with all new bearings, king pin parts, and seals. It is bullet proof.

It as a full float Dana 60 in back that is heavily modified. It has 300m dual splined 1 1/2" axles, a Detroit Locker and Warn locking hubs just like the front.

On both the front and rear I had the 8 lug hubs machined down to the Jeep 5 on 5 1/2" lug pattern so I could run the same 77 F150 Ford rotors.

Brakes are controlled by a 1 ton hydroboost set up and Corvette disc/disc master cylinder with no proportioning valve. Pressure is provided by an AGR power pump that controls the brakes and a Rock Ram System. The ram is connected to a custom 1 1/2" x .50 wall tie rod. And I built the same size drag link with QA1 rod ends.

It sits on 17x9 Mickey Thompson Classic II polished aluminum wheels and 41" Irok radials.

It is fully insulated with Dynamat and a new carpet kit from BJ's. It has a tilt GM column with a column shift, cruise control, hi and low beam, and intermittent wiper controls.

The courtesy lights run through a manual dimmer/on/off switch that has a 0-60 second dial that slowly fades the lights until their off once the doors are closed.

It has a new Howell Engine Developments engine/transmission harness, modified computer and an inline MPI fuel pump, return line regulator and filter.

The OEM springs and anchors were removed and new BDS XJ rear and YJ front springs, Warrior anchors and my custom designed shackles have been moved under the frame on both front and rear. It is sprung over and has a shackle reversal that provides about an 8" lift. I designed a 28 gallon stainless steel fuel tank with a JAZ fuel sending unit. It is now mounted in the back and the fuel filler is on the passenger side.

After I got it home, I wanted to see what it looked like with the bigger tires, so my friends jacked it up and put my 41's in the fender wells.

I will post lots of other photos of the project, but I am still recovering from a major spinal surgery that has just about taken the life out of me. So, I won't be writing much. Just posting photos with little blurbs.

Midnightburn 09-20-2011 11:37 PM

Here's the tank:
I had him angle the back lower part of the tank for a nicer look.

Here's the engine:
Here are some photos of the 6.0 engine with the new covers.

OBX headers:

Midnightburn 09-20-2011 11:44 PM

The front section of the 64 frame was cut off in favor of a 79 Cherokee Chief front frame section with integrated power steering mount. This saved a lot of time.

All aligned and welded together. The welds on the outside have been sanded down smooth and an original style patch has been welded on the inside. The factory welds were horrible by the way. Notice all the spatter around the original patch that was removed. In fact, all the front welds were cracked. They are all re-welded now.

AGR PS Box mocked up:

Midnightburn 09-20-2011 11:54 PM

Pictures of how it looked after the the bed was put on for a test fit.

Progress shot:

Midnightburn 09-21-2011 12:03 AM

The collection of new stuff from BJ's:

New sliding rear window with tinted glass.

The Dynamat pack:

I also ordered a new windshield and rubber. No picture of it yet.

New carpet kit:

Midnightburn 09-21-2011 12:04 AM

Centech fuse panel:

Checo18 09-21-2011 12:12 AM

Dear GOD, hats off to you sir. :drool::drool:

Midnightburn 09-21-2011 12:14 AM

Mockup progress shot in the driveway.

The top has been replaced with a 78 J10 top because the original one was rusted at the A pillars. Here is the old top after it was removed:

Here is the new J10 top:

Removing the top temporarily provided an opportunity to build a roll cage inside the cab and tuck it up out of the way and behind the dash. Here is an in progress shot:

Midnightburn 09-21-2011 12:24 AM

I picked up some NOS military lights that are being used on the front bumper:

I ordered custom license plates that say "TRIBUTE". It is being painted in a true Marine Forest Green to somewhat resemble the M715 as a tribute to our brave men and women.

Midnightburn 09-21-2011 12:29 AM

Here are some pictures of the bed body work. It was stripped down, 90% of the dents were removed. The rest are minor and will be filled with body filler. Then it was sprayed with POR15's marine clean and metal ready phosporic acid to neutralize any rust between the panels. After that it was brushed with POR15.

Once that was dry, the bottom was scuffed and sprayed with the military paint:

Shots of the DP90 epoxy primer:

More to come...

Leans93 09-23-2011 07:10 PM

Awesome! I look forward to seeing it progress


suddendeath 09-23-2011 08:48 PM

....Holy **** man :drool::drool:

That is going to be a badass gladiator. I likey, a lot!

Palmetto 09-25-2011 08:33 AM

Wow man, that is so awesome.

Awaiting the rest of the show! :PopCorn:

azatrox 09-25-2011 08:59 PM

Was wondering what you were doing with the sliding rear window before I saw you cut the top!
The Mickey Thompsons look great. What size and back spacing did you go with?
Looking forward to more progress pics!

Midnightburn 09-26-2011 05:40 AM

The Mickey Thompsons are 17x9 polished aluminum with 4.75" back spacing. I wish they were more like 3" BS, but I have some spacers that will work just fine to push them out a bit more for a better look. The tires and wheels were originally bought for my 62 Willys wagon that had to be put on the back burner while I underwent my 3rd major spinal surgery that has permanently disabled me. It's really too bad, but I am adjusting slowly.

I saw this truck on Craigslist and couldn't pass it up.

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