You sir are my hero!! This build is absolutely fantastic! Keep the pics coming.
I can't imagine doing all this after having such intense surgery. Spines just don't tolerate any abuse, and surgery never seems to help. Cheers to you for keeping upbeat and cheerful thru it all, and supplying us with another gorgeous Gladiator to drool over!!
__________________ 2000 4dr XJ 2WD, 4.0L auto Gone, but not forgotten- 1998 TJ Sport
"i'd want a bottle of 12 year old scotch and a 24 pack of rubbers. i'll go places with a hard-on that most people wont go with a mechanized infantry batallion."
But I am just the money, brains and designer behind it all. I can only do the easy things now and do my best to keep things moving along. But I am not complaining. After almost 10 months in a hospital bed, I am very thankful that I can at least get out of this bed for a couple hours each day. It isn't much, but I will take whatever I can get.
It's wonderful to have a hobby to focus on. Especially, one that I love so much. It is truly my passion. It takes my mind off this overwhelming pain and permanent life change. And you are right, the spine doesn't do well with abuse; and falling from a 3 story building sure qualifies. And after my 3rd and hopefully last extremely invasive surgery, I am in far worse pain than I was before. Everyday is a major challenge. But I barely escaped being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. So, I thank God everyday that I can still walk!
Yea, I designed this setup to entertain myself mostly. But I also did it because I wanted to find an easy, inexpensive way to narrow a rear full float Dana 60 or 14 bolt or whatever for a flat fender Jeep or any other 4x4.
So, I designed a kit that includes tube collars and caliper brackets that bolt up to a Ford front Dana 60 or 50 spindles and hubs. Then I used Warn locking hubs to disengage dual splined 300M 35 spline axle shafts. Now the rear axle can be disengaged for flat towing.
There are new full float spindles and disc brake conversion kits and parts available of course, but I wanted to do something different that didn't cost an arm and a leg.
So, since that kit was a success on my CJ7/Jeepster Commando rock crawler and Willys wagon, I decided to do the same thing on this FSJ. However, these locking hubs are not going to stay on this FSJ. I will be replacing them with drive flanges instead. This truck won't ever be flat towed. It will be the tower. So it's not necessary to disengage the rear axle. But I really like this kit.
Sorry for the long explanation. But that's the story.
Yes they did. They work pretty good until they don't. They're cast iron and I have broken 2 of them and some friends of mine have also had them break. Granted, they broke under extreme rock crawling conditions.
Just curious... What was your purpose for posting about this bracket?