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AxleIke 06-25-2009 11:54 AM

Post Build up. Just for fun
Been working on this for the last 8 months, and its finally driving around again. Figured I'd post up for fun.

Its been copied and pasted from elsewhere, so bear with the commentary.

AxleIke 06-25-2009 11:55 AM

To begin:

The end of an era. Both pieces of equipment served me well, but it was time to retire. The ARB was an amazing bumper, and I loved it. But, it was a little too big for what I wanted.

The sliders were a metal shop final project, and were not built, or welded, as well as they needed to be. Amazingly, they held up quite well, but its time for something better.





Neither one will be replaced for a number of months. Lots of other stuff to do first.

Next installment: Drivetrain lift preparation.

AxleIke 06-25-2009 11:56 AM

Progress: Got most of the dash out. Holy crap, dash boards suck. I like how simple an FJ-40 dash is. Couple of bolts and out it comes. Ugh.

Should be able to finish the dash in another day or so.

Xmember center:


AxleIke 06-25-2009 11:56 AM

Something's missing:


The heater core was a pain too, but got it out, and the hoses reconnected so it will still run enough to move around.

AxleIke 06-25-2009 11:57 AM

I've been working at the carpet. It isn't going well. Even with the heat gun, it is an outrageous process. I am flabbergasted by this crap. I simply cannot believe that the carpet UNDER THE REAR SEAT needed to be glued down like it was. Good lord.

First tranny cut was tenative. It gets bigger.



AxleIke 06-25-2009 11:57 AM

More stuff. Got the tank dropped.

Getting the fuel lines out sucked hard.

Tank dropped:


Lots of clearance :D


This spot now has lots of potential for cargo/something;



AxleIke 06-25-2009 11:58 AM

Another lovely thing: They started double paneling the floor once you get back a little way. Yeah, not fun.

Anyway pics:



Closer to flat:


Like, bummer dude:


That horsecollar thing is going to suck a bit.


AxleIke 06-25-2009 11:58 AM

From there, I finished cutting out the floor, but didn't have pics because it was cold.

Got the tranny dropped and cleaned closer to a silver color.

Fabbed up my crossmember:


Plasma is awesome. Two bottom brackets are 3/8", two L brackets are also 3/8", round tubes are .120 wall DOM, and the 4 smaller L brackets are 3/16", and the gussets are all 3/16".


All tacked up:


Tacked and put onto my spare case, to check for fitment:


You know whats good? Remembering to turn on your shielding gas.

No gas:






AxleIke 06-25-2009 11:59 AM

After cutting out my floor, I decided to get my rear suspension set up, so that, when building my tunnel, I wouldn't have any issues with the driveshaft in the rear.

So, last week, I pulled out my extra rear housing, from an 87 runner, and cleaned it. Then, I gutted it, pulling the axles, diff, brakelines, an diff studs.

On Saturday, I forgot my camera, but I drove to my buddy kevin's house, and plasma'd off the bracketry. Plasma is awesome. Burned everything off, and then had just a couple passes with a grinder to clean up. Super fun.

When that was done, it looked like this:


In Saturday's mail, my shaving kit arrived. Awesome!


The steel is all 3/8" plate.

So, I got to work.

Inked in:




The cutting sucked. I cut too much in an error of judgement, as I thought the plate would sit differently. Not a huge deal, but just added extra welding, which translated to extra time while I let the housing cool between welds. One of those, kick-yourself-in-the-pants moments.

Set in place, ready to weld:


Finished product. I'm calling it my baby's bottom, as it is smooth like one.


My axle housing base is now smooth, and armored to 3/8". It also should give me about an inch of clearance. I will be measuring to see if its actually that much.

Currently its sitting in the garage with some old engine oil in it, to see if it leaks. Hopefully not.


AxleIke 06-25-2009 12:00 PM


Got the rear suspension out, and the new stuff in:

After finishing the rear axle up, I cleanup up a bit, did a lot of organizing, and turned the truck around. Also, due to the extreme generosity of a friend, I picked up a 14" abrasive chop saw for a six pack of beer.

So, I took off my rear axle, and cleaned my frame:


I also began fabbing my frame side bracketry.

Here are my frame plates:



And the back "plates" (rectangular tubes) that will be where the tabs weld to, along with the plates and some square tubular gussets:


And the last of my bling arrived via the UPS man:


18" 300 lb/inch coils

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