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post #16 of 448 Old 09-26-2011, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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A friend of mine sent me a really cool military dome light that has found a new home in my truck.

I was able to make a pretty cool and simple modification to the modern GM steering column that I plan to use for the J200. It's a nice tilt column with the hi/low beam, cruise, and intermittent wiper, turn signal combo switch. But the horn button said Chevrolet. I like the steering wheel, so I cut out the Chevrolet emblem with an exacto blade and popped in the horn button from a 78 Cherokee. The emblem matches the badge on the original Gladiator grill. I think it turned out great. And the horn still works!

Dynamat Extreme - 36 sq ft of it! Should be plenty to make this truck sound and feel like a new luxury beast.

New carpet kit from BJ's. It is form fitted and insulated. I also took the floor skid plates from an 84 Grand Wagoneer that will help trim it out nicely at the door entries.

The carpet will go nicely with my new 6 way power leather seats and center console.

The original upper rear shock mounts and crossmember were removed and these 2 new square tube crossmembers were welded in place for the shocks and fuel tank mounts.

This also made a nice mounting location for the inline fuel pump and filter along with my custom made brackets.

The original wiper motor/washer pump and bracket were removed and a GM wiper motor with integrated intermittent wiper control module was mounted in its place. It works great and even has the original wiper motor arm so it connects to the OEM linkage.

And of course some new 6.0L emblems that will find a place somewhere on the body.

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post #17 of 448 Old 09-27-2011, 11:05 AM
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badass build sir!

i might have gone with original style paint but i dig the military theme, ive got a willys so i have a weakness for green
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post #18 of 448 Old 10-08-2011, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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I have a weakness for green as well. My favorite color. Actually, even though it is painted with a military forest green, I don't think it will look extreme military. If it was olive drab it would. But with the combination of green and black with dark smoked glass, I think it will look more like a nice green civilian truck. I have polished aluminum wheels and since they are already mounted on tires, I am going to leave them polished until it's done to see how it looks. If it looks out of place, I will have them powdercoated black.

Ok, so here is an update on the latest:

I got a huge number of parts back today from the powdercoater. They did a fantastic job. First, they blasted all the parts to put a nice fine etch on all the surfaces. Then they sprayed the semi-gloss black powder and baked everything at 400 degrees for different lengths of time depending on the type and thickness of material. They mask off the areas that aren't to be sprayed with metal tape.

A few group shots of some of the stuff. It wouldn't all fit on the table.

My custom AV4 shackles came out beautiful. I also had them do all of my spring plates.

And my 1/2" thick polished aluminum diff covers look amazing.

All 4 Dana 60 hubs that mount on the front and rear axles will not scratch now when sliding a wheel on and off. I also had them powdercoat my front knuckles and my custom front and rear AV4 caliper brackets.

Pitman arm:

Ballistic Fab high steer arms:

I also decided to have them do the front grill light covers, headlight buckets and rings. They look sweet:

My custom AV4 motor mounts:

I even had them do my exterior door handles. They were chrome, but will look much better with the forest green and black color scheme. There will be no chrome or aluminum. It will either be black or green.

I also had them do my tie rod and drag link. I didn't snap a photo of them but they really turned out nice too.

I have now decided to have them powdercoat my exhaust with a cast iron ceramic coating. I am also going to have them do my leaf springs and a box of other miscellaneous parts.

The engine is now mounted back in the newly painted frame. And all of this means that it's time to put everything back together for the final time.
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post #19 of 448 Old 10-09-2011, 03:49 PM
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looks killer.

I had a 77 Waggy with a 401, desert tan on slots.

my Willys is debadged but has some smaller flags and a 7 color desert rucksack cover..still miltary themed enough
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post #20 of 448 Old 10-10-2011, 10:05 PM
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Dude! Score and a half
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post #21 of 448 Old 10-10-2011, 11:31 PM
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dude this is awesome! subscribed

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post #22 of 448 Old 10-11-2011, 01:48 AM
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Nice work! Awesome build!
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post #23 of 448 Old 10-11-2011, 07:09 AM
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Beautiful. Great work!

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post #24 of 448 Old 10-11-2011, 08:21 PM
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Crawled. Nice truck!!!!!!
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post #26 of 448 Old 10-12-2011, 10:44 AM
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great job! looks amazing and keep the updates coming.

did you buy the 6.0 brand new or pull it from a donor truck? super happy to see a gm block being used

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post #27 of 448 Old 10-12-2011, 12:36 PM
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Impressive work! Can't wait to see it finished!
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post #28 of 448 Old 10-12-2011, 12:40 PM
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I'm a sucker for a build thread.
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post #29 of 448 Old 10-12-2011, 03:01 PM
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Can't wait to see it when it is finished. I love seeing old trucks and jeeps fixed up with new technology.
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post #30 of 448 Old 10-12-2011, 06:05 PM
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DUDE! the Gladiator was a awesome truck back in the day, glad to see someone reviving it back to glory. i thought that when Mopar made the Gladiator concept, they might bring it back, but it seems not.

very nice, cant wait to see it done.
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