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Old 01-29-2013, 05:20 PM
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Hello everyone, I thought I'd post up a Jeep build thread now that I've started work on it.

It all started because my new truck is WAY to frikken low to the ground and I lost interest in pushing alder with it on the local forest service roads.



And it will be a while before I'm done the restoration on my other truck

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Old 01-29-2013, 05:21 PM
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And the other other truck doesn't have enough cab space for my kids and gear yadda yadda yadda!

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Ugggggghhhhhh.....those trucks are my wet dream. Especially the crew cab oldie. The things I would to for one of those!

I'm looking forward to seeing more of both builds!
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So I bought a cheap beater XJ. Better on fuel, 4 doors, more maneuverable and I really don't care if I scratch the paint.

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The bill for the new tires that I found in the glove compartment was for more than I paid for the jeep.

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It has some rust, but apparently the paint is still shiney enough to offer a decent reflection....lol

Drivers side was a fair bit worse.

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Old 01-29-2013, 05:40 PM
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so I built my Triple Threat rocker sliders. No affiliation to Rock Krawler Triple Threat suspension.

Because I'm sticking to a strict budget and I didn't have any 2x6 tubing I used the 2x2 I had on hand and built my own 2x6. Pretty much uncrushable superman sliders.

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Each ones tips the scales at 53lbs
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love the start, those sliders are on beast mode status
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Drivers side installed. Didn't have to remove much rocker panel, it was pretty much toasted.

Removed the fender flares and did a minor trim job

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The rear was GONE as well so I did the cut and fold......however there wan't anything to cut OR fold.

I made and extension that I welded to the outside of the quarter panel and pre bent it so it followed the factory angle.

Still gotta smooth over the weld with a little filler but it worked out very well. Splashed it with a little etching primer but the ol airline dragged over it while it was still wet, do-over.....


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While doing the cut and fold I found out where all the road noise was coming in from, I thought it was a rear door seal but...NOPE. Big holes.

I HAD to do something about it so I made the commitment to slowly work my way around the jeep removing all the rust.


After I pulled the gas tank filler bucket this is what I had to deal with.

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I don't have a lot of sheetmetal tools, but I do have some body hammers, throatless shear, bead roller, hand shears. I really want a sheatmetal brake but its not in the budget right now. So for now I clamp two pieces of angle iron together and use a body hammer to make my angles. Had to hammer and dolly the radius for the filler port, didn't want any chances of the gaslines getting cut and it added a little more rigidity.

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I left an inspection port in each rear frame rail, this allows me to PB blast the threads on each spring hanger bolt when I do my lift. I'll rivet it closed when I'm done with it.


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By the rust in drivers side I thought I was gonna be in trouble on the floor but it wasn't bad at all. The jute backing was a little wet and started corroding the spot welds but I sanded them all down and spot primed them. Been running a heater in the jeep for a while to dry everything out, Jute is good and dry now.

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Made my way over to the other side with high hopes. While not as bad as the drivers side I still hade to remove the rear post brace to get at the rust

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Being as this is all gonna get covered by trim and carpet I didn't spend too much time making it all pretty.

I keep thinking how enjoyable it is to work on a vehicle that you intend to BEAT on.


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Final result

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