I know I have been gone for quite a while, hopefull some of the older folks here remember me. Anyways I have been gone due to my jeep/shop fiasco here in 2009/10. And since then its all settled down, I graduated grad school, started up my own practice, got myself a house with a shop and I am going to start over on Willy Nilly!
I havent been a total 4x4 looser since I was last on, I did mannage to build a pretty cool little red wrangler heres the album for the build. I did build a race truck also but I didnt take any picutres as I went, its a stock class ranger, I will try and get a pic of the final product.http://s60.photobucket.com/albums/h13/spencer66hwt/Lil%20Red%20Wagon/
and a picuture of the final product. I wheeled it once a week at least during my whole last year of school... Great way to clear the head! Swapped in an OD auto, built a lowmax dana 300, did alloyed nine locked, and dana 44 locked, hydro-assist steering, 37in pitbull rockers on beadlocks, built fenders, sliders, and bumpers with a tubing bender I made... (that was handy) and the end result----- 14in ori struts up front 14in fox air shocks rear.
So those of you who dont know the project run down, this rig started as a bone stock 53 Willys Jeep, I lifted it farm boy style wheeled it till it wouldnt run then started the rebuild.
and in the background you can get the gist of how I got it back
I dont want to spend alot of time in the past, the short is I am tearing it down and starting from scratch. Heres the specs Im going for.
Tune port injected 350
atlas 4 speed
14 bolt rear shaved with discs
dana 60 front shaved and air locker
Ori struts 16s on one end 14s on the other
22inch belly height on 42in tsl's
116in wheel base
7inches of up travel
I have all the parts but the alloys for the front, the locker for the front, and the turbo 400, other then that I have everything for the build including the tubing, 1.75in dom. and the rock rings for the outside.
So far what I am doing is breaking things down I got the centers cut out of the hummer rims and the new centers pressed in and trued. Hope to have the new tires mounted up this weekend and on rollers so I can start designing the chassis.
Day 1 Deconstruction
The end result should look like a willys on steroids, it will be wider, will have aluminum skins. I will be taking my time making sure things are perfect and hope to have the chassis, axles, and wheels powder coated next spring. So it will be a bit slow of a build, critique me as I go cause when the powder goes on I hope to have a rock solid rig!