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    Jeep becomes Buggy

    Well as most everybody knows Ive been working on my YJ for quite a while now

    But unfortunatly financial setbacks and family issues have slowed the project down alot so here is where Im at now

    1987 YJ with Cj front grill and Hood

    40x17 15 LT gumbo mudders these are for mock up only

    rebuilt AMC 360 with an RV cam (sounds sweet)

    rebuilt 2v carb

    long tube in frame headers

    NP435 trans with granny first gear new seals and gaskets

    NP205 t case with all new seals and gaskets and custome "giant wrench" shifter

    rebuilt front dana 44 with 4.11s open carrier

    rebuilt rear 8.8 with 4.11s trac lok with extra friction surfaces and spacers

    newly machined and balanced fly wheel

    4 inch lift springs soa

    frame completely rebuilt from front shock towers forwards with 2x4x3/16square steel

    front bumper made out of same material as front frame

    custom steering box brace

    rebuilt rear frame and cross member moved spring hangers below the frame

    New brake lines front to rear from the proportioning valve out

    all new braided stainless flexlines

    new front calipers roters pads

    Seats nice and comfy out of a buick but kept the flip up brackets from jeep for accsess to rear seat

    newer windshield

    replaced the wiper moter and all the little plastic conecters in the wiper linkage

    trimmed front and rear fenders with TJ flares up front (also Trimmed)

    aluminum rad out of a cougar with a 16 inch electric fan

    Hard top with good glass all the way around

    bikini top



    So as it sits my Drive shaft angles are REALLY bad as in bad enough that if the suspension move more than an inch down Ill blow ujoints YIKES

    so the plan to get better angles is simple

    Stretch the wheel base


    So Im gonna move the rear axle back

    Sounds easy enough doesent it at least untill you remember that I have an 8.8 in the rear and any uptravel will mangle my fuel tank

    So I need to move the fuel tank up and away from the axle simple enough

    Step one take the hard top off and get it out of the way so I can work in there




    Ok so Easy enough cut the floor away move the tank up

    So I got a plasma cutter and generator to run it

    but I slipped



    and slipped some more



    But the damn fuel tank was still in the way as you can see

    so with a little more cutting prying I got it out of the way




    So now Ive got half a jeep but thats ok Im good with that cause now I can move the rear axle back and switch to coils

    I also have a new fuel tank that will sit behind the "new" back of the cab and had a little forethought when I cut every thing off I kept the rear corners and

    the side rails so that I could easily make the rear

    once I get the rear welded back in Ill be doing some boat sides to complete the buggy look

    unfortunatly she will never be street driven again but I dont mind

    So Jeep becomes half cab buggy and since its no longer the Jeep I guess Possum is no longer a good name so I guess Ill take some sugestions for a new

    name

    Ill keep every body posted on my progress and Ill even try and remember to take more pics as I go

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    i love seeing people hack (like cut. im not being mean) their trucks apart in the driveway. not even a carport. it reminds me of my childhood. man am i happy to have a roof over my head. keep up the pictures. they make me happy.
    currently building a toyota. i'm sorry.

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    Unfortunatly I dont have a garage but somday I can dream

    this way my neighbors get to watch the progress


    Thanks for the offer of the fuel cell but I picked up a tank last week that is ten by ten by 46 ish it will sit just nicly on the frame rails behind the new cab wall


    More pics comming tommorow

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    mhmmmmm cuttign sparks and funn.......good work man keep us posted with the progress...
    cheers

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    Got a little more work done tonight got the body trimmed to where its going to end up
    Got the Frame cleaned up and I have a few small issues that need to be addressed around where the old shock mounts used to be it looks like the factory ones are excellent traps for dirt and water to rust out you frame (note to self if I ever buy another YJ )

    So I was going to shorten my hardtop to match the body but after thinking about it Id still like to have the extra safty of having the cage going to the rear frame I could make it work with the hard to but it would be difficult to remover the top so Im gonna dust off the ole sewing machine and make a soft top that wraps around the rear down bars and seals with Velcro
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    Ok pic

    as you can see Ive got a little Rot in the body as well as the frame

    This is the Driver side right behind the seat


    a little bit closer


    Yikes a little rotten but its ok cause "MOST" of this will disa pear with the boat sides

    I had to cut away both of the shock towers as the frame was really bad inside as the "cup" design held all that moisture ad salt and yadda yadda yadda


    Driver side


    Passenger side


    and Ive got a few repairs to make to ...uhhh correct previous repairs

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    So Im thinking that instead of just making a whole bunch of patches all over the place and having a rear frame that looks like an old timey quilt

    Ill just chop it off right infront of the spring perch and sleeve it with a straight tube right to the back with a couple of braces

    So ther wont be an arch up over the rear axle but with the WB stretch and the link suspension thats replacing the leaf springs I shouldent need the arch anymore

    Besides be a good place to mount a flat bed or put the spare tire or well a nice flat area is a good place for a lot of things

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    to days up date

    So I got out the tape measure and Im gonna cut off the rear frame at the front of the spring hanger and sleave it with a piece of new steel

    It will be nice and straight with new cross members and new shock towers

    once the rear axle gets moved the total WB stretch will be 16 inches

    With the new straight rails in the rear Ill be able to do a proper cage and the best part will be NO RUST

    so the Tally so far is

    48 inches of new frame
    new fuel tank 17 gallon
    new coil suspension with 46 inch long lower arms I just hope the springs that Im picking up tommorow will be sloppy enough to droop far enough to make those longs arms work

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