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Unread 10-30-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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Welp, I thought I might as well start my build thread since all this rain is keeping me down a bit.

She's gonna be an ugly sum ***** up top, but I'm slowly piecing together a pretty under carriage

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T-176 4-spd manual with a dana 300 transfer case
AMC Straight 6
Dana 30/AMC 20 -- Either 3.54 open or 3.07 trac-lok, assuming it's still got the original stuff. The AMC has either a Y or A stamp. Too hard to tell.
rusted out body and frame included!


So instead of dealing with tracking down some good steel to replace the frame with, went ahead and went to Okeechobee and bought a body and frame. The frame is what I was really after, the body was only 100 extra so why not.




Limited space at the shop I'm working at, so I got a few friends together and lifted the body off the frame and left the body on the trailer




Now I've got the frame with a coat of primer and welding some steel for the body mounts.




Meanwhile, I started to tear down the actual running Jeep so that'd it'd come apart real nice.

Still runs (gotta be able to move her right now), just barely held together at this point.


By the end of this week, assuming the rain lets up. I plan on having the frame matte black, unless you think gloss would look better

Ordered a 1" body lift with new body mounts as well as a 4" leaf spring shock lift combo.

Once I get all that done, I'm gonna start tearing apart the green one and seeing what I can do for those old axles. I think I'll leave the AMC two piece for now, just gotta make sure I torque her back down to 350 after cleaning her up some.

Probably gonna see about getting different gearing and a lunchbox at least in the rear.

Got a set of 32" Super Swamper S.S. tires to try out, as well.

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Unread 10-30-2011, 04:06 PM   #2
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Anyways, got some more work done today and Saturday, let y'all figure out what :P

Rough country 4" leaf lift (I know it'll be a rough ride, but she's a mud *****)


Loving father helping his ******* son build said Jeep LOL



Some more work done today, got the rear axle in just gotta put the u-bolts and **** in...




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Unread 10-30-2011, 04:06 PM   #3
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SHE ROLLS!!!!


Sorry for the random talk in the posts, I copy/pasted this from a local forum I'm on. Too lazy to redo the stuff, haha.
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Unread 10-30-2011, 06:25 PM   #4
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You south Florida boys work fast!! Looks good. What's the story on the tub and frame from Okee?
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Unread 10-30-2011, 07:08 PM   #5
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Haha, that's 15 days of progress. The tub is already skinned with tin so rather than deal with my rusted up one, I'ma scrap it, wrap some DP around it and bondo over the rivets. It's gonna be strictly for mudding, so I'm not really too worried about the body looks. As for the frame, she wasn't all that bad, few spots here and there but the most work she needed was welding some steel to the body mount posts.

my plan is pretty much to get one solid Jeep out of this, and then work on rebuilding the diffs, etc. She ran and drove when I bought her, so it won't be too bad. I'm really pleased with how it's turning out.

Started taking the wiring and everything off the motor yesterday, as well as the steering column. Motor looks like a fun job, haha. (Note, I'm 20 with pretty much no mechanical experience...just doing this with my dad's help, but I'm the main grunt).

So far I've got about 1600 tied up in everything, which I think is pretty cheap considering it's a four letter word
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Unread 10-30-2011, 08:54 PM   #6
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Looking good.
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Unread 10-31-2011, 01:33 AM   #7
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So far I've got about 1600 tied up in everything, which I think is pretty cheap considering it's a four letter word
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Unread 01-25-2012, 10:07 PM   #8
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Still have to clean up the motor, but other than that it's coming together nicely. Gonna get some cheap repair panels and fix up all the holes the best I can, fix the floorboards, and then go tear some **** up in the mud. Down the road, I'd really love to find a good tub to put on her, though. Just don't wanna spend 3,000 for a new one...just yet.
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Unread 01-25-2012, 11:31 PM   #9
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You will be surprised how far you can get on a CJ tub with flat metal, a hammer and a bit of care. most panels are flat and with a bit of welding experienbce you will find it comes together to an acceptable standard for something which goes off road. Just remember that fixing rust you need to cut back some way to clean solid metal. In its day gas brazing was easier and stronger than welding but I guess MIG makes it all immaterial.
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Unread 01-25-2012, 11:55 PM   #10
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It's always good to have people in this world that do something with these good old jeeps other than let them sit in a heep to rust out or scrap them keep up the good work
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Unread 01-26-2012, 12:01 AM   #11
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[QUOTE=ground_sniper;12412504]

SPECS:
Dana 30/AMC 20 -- Either 3.54 open or 3.07 trac-lok, assuming it's still got the original stuff. The AMC has either a Y or A stamp. Too hard to tell.
rusted out body and frame included!


This might have been already answered but I'm too tired to read the full thread right now.
1980 AMC 20

X=3.08 open diff
Y=3.08 factory LSD (limited slip diff) works great
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Unread 04-08-2012, 09:47 AM   #12
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Since I haven't been on here in a while, I thought I'd show off some updated pictures.








Entire album for the build can be found here: http://s102.photobucket.com/albums/m...d_Sniper/Jeep/

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Unread 04-11-2012, 04:42 AM   #13
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Ordered some u-pol raptor for the tub, gonna do that and the top lip after I strengthen the rollbar mounts a bit.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 06:00 PM   #14
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I have heard nothing negative about Raptor. Just make sure your prep is beyond good!
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Unread 04-11-2012, 08:20 PM   #15
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Roger that! and yeah, I think I'll be real pleased with it after looking over everybody else's tubs.
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