Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by mounty71, February 10, 2008.
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I caught up to Mounty71 to grab this shot..
It's been a while but great seeing you again Matt and glad to hear your Dad still has the Jeep..We need to get him out and about..
Let the fun begin...
Some people who have been paying attention may have figured it out, but in the next 7-8 months I hope to have D35/D44 hybrid TTB under the front of this thing. My friend and I robbed a junkyard Explorer of the front frame rails and crossmember yesterday. Need to figure out whether I want to graft this crossmember onto my frame, or just use it as a jig to build a custom one.
Went on one last trip this weekend with my current front end. From the city of San Francisco to snow in Tahoe to the desert in Reno, we covered a lot of terrain. Unfortunately a vacuum leak resulted in no heater when we needed it the most, being stopped at a chain check through Donner Pass for 3 hours. Snuck through the chain check and inched our way through a white-out down the hill safely, and had an otherwise problem free weekend. Wish I could say the same for some of the Raptors in our group.
Anyway, been continuing to gather parts, have almost everything except for a few bigger ticket purchases still. Also have a guy pretty much confirmed to buy my current front end once it's off my truck. I have a little less than 5 months until our Rubicon trip and have a ton of work ahead, including another head gasket repair. Gonna be a busy summer.
...That looks like a Great trip full of adventure
Got some work done on the beams today. Used my friend's mill to drill out the stock bushing pivots and tacked in the uniball cups.
The beams had been repaired a couple of times by the previous owner when a couple of cracks formed in the top of the passenger beam, so I ground down the welds and then made an overlay plate on top to add a little more strength.
Started on rock sliders today and I'm really happy with how they're coming out. 1.75" x .120" DOM tubing, and I'm using the frame plate kit from Chassis Unlimited that will have 4 frame attachments. I will be plating in the top with a dimple died sheet, and the ends still need to be trimmed down and capped too.
Also got a new DD last week, pretty fun car to drive so far.
lookin good. Didn't realize you were swapping the front over. I may do the D44 outers too in the future.
Getting a little closer...
Had these top plates cut out and spent Saturday dimpling them, finishing and painting the passenger side slider, and making the 4 frame connector tubes for the driver side slider. Working around the parking brake cable was a little tricky on the driver side but it's turning out pretty good.
Nice sliders! That's a good clean design.
Nicely done, Matt. Those look great!
Took another weekend trip to Pismo a couple of weekends ago and finally got some pics from friends.
how hot does it get there at Pismo? I never been
I've been there when it's hot as hell and also when it's freezing cold and crazy windy. But this trip, except for maybe a couple hours of wind and fog, it was some of the best weather we've ever had there.
This has been on my list of things to do for a while, so finally knocked it out today. Removable access panel for replacing a fuel pump. I used nutserts to bolt it down, and I cut up an extra transmission pan gasket to hopefully seal it up enough. Then painted it to match the body color, not that it will be visible under the carpet.
And yes, that is a gigantic crack in the body along the top of that rib. Not sure what to do about that, and haven't checked if the other side has one too.
Edit 8/25/16: Guess I can no longer post in here since I'm not an Elite member anymore? That's too bad.
just run a cut off wheel to bevel it, drill a hole at each end of it, and then weld it back up.
Woohoo, just won a year of Elite membership and mine just expired! Anyway, Josh, ya I know I could weld the crack up, but being so big I'd be willing to bet it would just crack again along the edge of the weld really quickly. I've noticed small cracks all over the body over the years but nothing ever that big or worrisome. I know to keep the truck from falling apart eventually it will need a cage with the body tied into it, so maybe that will just happen sooner than I'd planned.
On a similar note, the sliders are really close to the body and touching in a few areas, so now driving over uneven roads or big bumps I can hear the body slamming into them and it's really annoying!
I dig those dune pictures posted earlier. I haven't been in the sand in over a decade.
that banging would drive me insane. can you beat the body out of the way, or weld a link between the two to keep them from hitting each other? i know the body is on mounts and the rails are solid, but if you're planning on caging it anyway, and the body is already pulling itself apart, at least this would keep them from banging until you have the whole cage done.
I put about 650 miles on it this weekend and I'm getting used to the noise, and the truck makes so many other noises offroad that it wasn't as bothersome as I expected. So if I do anything to fix it it would probably just be a ~1/2" body lift to just gain some clearance.
Went to see a couple of friends race the Fallon 250 in Nevada and then our group had some fun of our own yesterday before heading home.
2 weeks until our annual Rubicon trip, and then hopefully soon after that I can finally tear into my truck!