Originally Posted by Ajcobosco View Post
The new back panels are in place - stock cage and the windshield re-installed along with the doors to make sure the gaps are all good. Tomorrow everything should start getting welded up.
And a big update - the bed set in place to get the body mounts welded on to the frame.
Sharp eyes will note that the line running down the bed and the line on the doors doesn't quite match at this stage - there are no bushings in the rear of the cab or the front of the bed hence the slight banana look When it's done it will of course be straight as an arrow.
The Brute kit is by AEV - American Expedition Vehicles - and stretches the Jeep by 24" between the wheels and 16.5" behind the wheels - makes it a single-cab pick-up with a 5'8" bed. It comes with a new hard top - which you can kinda see in off white leaning against the back wall for now.
A completed one looks something like this:
Originally Posted by stockerokie View Post
Can you afford the car? Have I provided you all the information you need on the car? Do you like the car? Then buy the car.
Originally Posted by iiTMRii View Post
We're going WAY overkill with this project... so do not use mine as an example of "what does it cost to get a Brute done". I really want to challenge the idea that "Jeeps are uncomfortable" and make one that I can comfortably drive on a 3,000 km on / off road trip.
For example, the end result is going to include MetalCloak 6-pak suspension, custom made long arms, King bump stops, GenRight fuel tanks, Macs Tie Down tracks, Electronic Hand Throttle, Electric Mirrors, Electric tonnau cover, Electric windows, Electric sunroof, Electric sliding rear window borrowed from a Ranger, Recaro seats, high-end heat and sound insulation, Carbon Fibre Roof top tent, custom cargo rack, awnings, you name it. Also - we're doing all this to a 0-miles brand new chassis from spare parts as my old one has seen better days.
The Brute conversion alone will set you back $9k + maybe $1k shipping and whatever your bodyshop will charge. If your resulting Brute is in all other ways identical to your donor Jeep - you won't be spending that much really.
So far though, I'm at $34k and still going. There's another $5k in parts I've yet to order and a lot more labour still to go, and of course paint. And that doesn't include the small fortune I've spent on it getting it to this stage when we started:
This is my 12th year with this Jeep though... it's taken a long time to get it to this stage. I don't ever plan to part with it so resale isn't a concern
I think "how much does a Brute cost" isn't an easy question to answer... it's more like start at maybe $12-14k and from then on - "how much do you want to spend" - there's just so many things that fall into the "if we're going to do it, might as well do it now category" that it really can snowball out of control. The sky is the limit.
It's crazy to think that all this is still with the stock motor and stock axles and relatively normal wheels. Future engine swap / Dana 44 / Dana 60 swap, Hutchinson beadlock wheels, AiRock air suspension - it never ends!
Just Empty Every Pocket.
Originally Posted by Oman Jeep
Bad *** jeep man can't wait to see it finished!
Originally Posted by iiTMRii View Post
Yeah a V8 would be awesome but I want to do that at the same time, or shortly after upgrading the axles - so saving that for another year
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