Jeff - That looks awesome, I wish my junk looked like that. One day I would like to do a full on resto, bone stock. But for now I am aquiring skills and will be happy just to get my 40 running again. I'm planning on bugging you with "how the hell does this go back together?" questions
Rezarf - Zach cut some more tubing for his cage on Friday, he's almost done. Its his project, I just provided equipment and crankiness since my knee hurt like hell that weekend.
I have already started the frame off, I just finished pulling the wiring harness out. Ill be working this every weekend for ummmmmm, quite a while.
Basically I want a clean, presentable trail rig for once in my life, but still fairly capable. This is not a resto. I will do everything except cut and turn the axle and the paint. Here's the plan:
Body - Remove from frame, cut out all rust and weld in steel patches, continous TIG butt welds. Then I will probably hand it over to Oleg (have to talk to him yet) for paint (OEM mustard yellow, can't stand olive brown) and Rhino line interior. Custom rear tailgate (I have cool plans for this), rear wheel wells cut somewhat but I want this to look like a Land Cruiser, not a buggy. Soft top and doors.
Frame - clean and paint, repair as necesary.
Engine - Ok im telling myself Im going to put it back in but man, while I have it out a rebuild would be sweet... At a minimum though I am going to replace the oil pan, which is the last leak on the rig.
Tranny and t-case - probably rebuild during the downtime.
SOA - stock springs, anti-inverter shackles, bilstein shocks. This is assuming I don't get drunk at some point in the next couple of years of working on this and go coil overs. Ford shock towers up front.
Power steering - Maybe sag, probably OEM so I can fit any winch in between my frame rails up front. 4x4 Labs hi steer, will upgrade tie rod and drag link etc not sure how yet. I may just look for the correct tubing and invest in the taps so I can tap stuff for 80 tre's.
Custom "family" cage mounted to frame.
Front axle rebuilt with all chrome-moly and an Aussie.
Stainless brake lines throughout.
Painless wiring harness, waterproofed. Optima battery, Toyota 80-87 waterproof electronic ignition.
Snorkel with centrifugal air cleaner.
: Toybox or double t-cases and shackle reversal while I do the SOA, then custom driveshafts to fit the new config. Do it once and do it right.