My name is Sammy. This is my project truck. I build it more than I wheel it. I bought it back in May '04 and wheel it in the summer. It's an '82 hybrid single cab mini truck. When I bought it, it was basically stock other than a shackle lift and blocks in the back. I started upgrading by March '05.Index:Rear spring swap.Front end assembled. Shocks F&R. Dual t-cases. T-case crossmember. Plans for narrowing frame.Before pics.Narrowing the frame pics.Hydro assist set up.Flatbed and LED's.IFS hub conversion & beadlocks.Pivot perches.*Battle scars!This is what I have done so far:
- rebuilt front axle w/ ball trusses and Aussie locker
- vented fj rotors
- stainless braided brake lines
- Sky's IFS widening kit
- u-bolt flip front, u-bolt eliminator rear
- swapped double stack of 1st/2nd gen rears up front
- new Warren built 3" drop front hanger & Sky's boomerang shackles
- swapped 3rd gen rears in back w/ 6" shackles on Sambuilt rear hangers
- Sky's t-case e-brake
- BCC high steer kit w/ IFS box
- finished welding up shock mounts/towers
- finished plating my steering box
- swap my 4.7 gears in donor case
- clearanced my 2x IFS drive shafts to 35*
- square tube front drive shaft
- lengthened & balanced rear d-shaft.
- mated up my dual adapter to stock box and installed duals.
- t-case cross member front range style, Maffy welded.
- rear welded carrier.
- inboarded rear frame from cab back.
- built flatbed w/ LED's.
- installed hydro assist steering components.
- relocated motor & t-case mounts
- twin sticks
- pivot perches
Building is a little bit slower this time because I'M MARRIED. My wife likes 4x4ing, but she just doesn't like the time I spend (away from her) working on my junk. I have to admit, it is a purely selfish endevour... On the go list:
- Aussie lock front
- 30 spline Longs
- IFS wheel hub conversion
- traction bar
- ARP studs - hub+knuckles
- Gotpropane.com propane kitTo do list:
- front bumper
- interior roll cage
- V6 4.56's
Much thanks go out to Maffy, Warren, Steve, Marlin Crawler & Co, Sky Manufacturing, Cascadia Metals, Custom Plate & Profiles and of course my beloved wife, Marisa, who still allows me to spend time and money on this seeming fruitless hobby.
It's slow, but it's fun...