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Unread 08-20-2005, 08:51 AM   #1
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I FINALLY put my Atlas in something--only took two years...

What a history this poor thing has. I bought an Atlas 4.3 from Mudjocky and Q-tec two years ago and had it sitting in the shop. A friend needed one quick so I sold mine to him and he replaced it with the same thing, again from Q-tec, and that one has sat in my project chassis for over a year now. Well I took it out and put it in a friend's TJ this week. We will be buying another one from Q-tec when I need one hoping that three times a charm for getting one into something for myself... Anyway, here are some pics:

Notice the custom mount. I made it so that the skid plate can be removed independantly of the trans and transfer case. We will be building a custom 4-link and belly up pan this winter so this is the best for now. He has a Skid Row engine skid that we did not want to delete at this point.

That tube has some complex bends in her and took some time to make...


Thanks to Q-tec again for the smokin' deal and great customer support over the years.

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Unread 08-20-2005, 12:23 PM   #2
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That tube crossmember is the sweetest I've ever seen, you should go into production with it.
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Unread 08-20-2005, 12:26 PM   #3
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That tube crossmember is the sweetest I've ever seen, you should go into production with it.
personally i would like a little more protection than that.
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Unread 08-20-2005, 12:31 PM   #4
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personally i would like a little more protection than that.
I think the point of the custom cross-member is to support the tranny and drive-line guts while the skid-plate is removed. If I read between the lines correctly, the cross-member isn't a skid replacement -- just a support while the skid is removed for service... he left it off for the photo. I think it's a great idea.
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Unread 08-20-2005, 12:33 PM   #5
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I'm guessing the skidplate will still go back on right?

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Unread 08-20-2005, 12:35 PM   #6
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It's more than enough protection because the skid goes over the tube like he said above.
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Unread 08-20-2005, 01:03 PM   #7
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I'm guessing the skidplate will still go back on right?

Jim
Yup. We were not ready for the next step in this Jeep's build up at this time. We didn't want to do a MML and either a BL or major sheetmetal work to accommodate the flat skid. That and the custom 4-link will be done this winter along with a fully custom skid made from tube and plated.

This was basically a "Hey, I have an Atlas sitting in the shop, do you want it for this season of wheeling?" I figured it was doing me no good sitting there so I may as well offer it up to one of our best customers until he gets the funds to replace it.
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