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post #361 of 448 Old 08-07-2013, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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It is welded very heavy and it's boxed. I couldn't break it off with a sledge hammer. So a shock sure isn't going to break it.







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post #362 of 448 Old 08-07-2013, 02:38 PM
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Looks plenty strong to me.
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post #363 of 448 Old 08-07-2013, 02:41 PM
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I have an interesting proposal for you. My soul for your Gladiator.

Not much motion in the ocean, but I'm the captain.
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post #364 of 448 Old 08-07-2013, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmmm.... Tempting..

But, your soul is infinitely more valuable than anything I have. You should hang on to that. Besides, I have enough trouble trying to keep my hands off my own soul since I gave it to a King.

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post #365 of 448 Old 08-15-2013, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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I initiated the 2nd stage of trimming my front and rear fender flares for added clearance. Personally, I like the FSJ flares, so it is very important to me to trim them in such a way that I still maintain the OEM look. Most people will not even notice that they've been modified when I am done.

The front trim work has added 4-5" of clearance.







I am experimenting with adding a small "flat fender style step. If I like the look, I will attach them to the 3/16" plate rocker guards; not currently built.



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post #366 of 448 Old 08-19-2013, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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The hood support rods, hood latch and grille are all painted and installed. I really want to paint the aluminum radiator black for a better look. But I need to research whether or not it will hinder cooling.

I also got the drivers door on. Now it just needs to be adjusted.











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post #367 of 448 Old 08-19-2013, 09:37 PM
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truck looks great! Your almost done too, it seems like you are just down to the nitty gritty stuff. Keep up the good work.

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post #368 of 448 Old 08-19-2013, 10:30 PM
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Man that's a rocking gladiator!
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post #369 of 448 Old 08-23-2013, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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My wife found a really cool antique handle that I am going to use for my transfer case shifter. It is the perfect shape for my custom setup.

It says Majestic Ranges. Apparently, from an old oven/stove like my great grandmother had.



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post #370 of 448 Old 08-26-2013, 03:11 PM
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yea it's a shaker crank for a old coal/wood stove. should look good!

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post #371 of 448 Old 09-03-2013, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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I did some research and found new universal door glass run channel. This will allow me to eliminate the noisy vent window and convert my doors to one piece glass. I am excited that I found the correct channel, so I can continue my endeavor to achieve a completely air tight and quiet interior.

The next step that's required to make all this work is to modify the upper door frames slightly. My plan is to use the extra FSJ doors that I have and combine the upper channel sections. I will take photos of how all this will be done.

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post #372 of 448 Old 09-03-2013, 03:08 PM
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Very interested, while I love the vent look ugh the noise even w new seals


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post #373 of 448 Old 09-12-2013, 08:15 AM
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Loveddddddddddd your project =) you have done extraordinary .... cant wait to see the final outcome .. Good Luck
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post #374 of 448 Old 10-18-2013, 02:52 PM
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Any updates?

I've been searching for Gladiators and Cherokee Chiefs online and have decided I should probably live vicariously through someone else instead, ha ha.


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post #375 of 448 Old 12-01-2013, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all,

Sorry I haven't posted any updates for such a long time. I decided to eliminate all the medications I have had to take since my last spinal reconstruction surgery. It's always a difficult stage to get through. But I am happy to say that I have succeeded! I chose to quit all meds cold turkey at home and as expected it was brutal beyond belief. Each time I have to undergo these surgeries I am forced to manage insane pain levels with very strong meds. And each time, I hate taking them, so I stop as soon as possible. I wouldn't wish that horrific hell on anyone. It has got to be worse than dying. It takes "true grit" to make it through such heinous torchure.

SO, now I am doing very well and I am super glad to be back. I feel like a normal human again. No more pain meds!

I will post updates as soon as I can. I hope you will stay close as there are lots more details to share on this build.

A very sincere "thank you" to all of you who have posted notes of encouragement and all the prayers throughout the past 3 years. It has meant more than you know. Even though most of us have never met, I feel like we've become great friends.
I also apologize for the constant complaining about how terrible it was. I guess it helped to express it somehow. Thanks for not hammering me for that.

Stay tuned...
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