here they are, the weekly update on the project...
- the dual transfer is in,
- the spoa is finished (just tack-welded),
- the body is finally on
- a 2" bodylift done (some 30 ft. 2" square tube between the frame and the tub)
- the frame is reinforced w/ steel plates (was: "C" channel, now: boxed)
- the larger part of the tub and the frame are POR15'd
ok, here a look at the body... the lower end of the body still sits 30" off ground ... can you spot the 2" square tube?
a side-view... note the square wheel wells - the truck is not exactly a cj6, rather a Ford U-50 built by Ford-Jeep in brazil in 1980 ... Jeep-Willys-Kaiser in brazil was not sold to AMC, but to FORD ... they kept building Kaiser-Jeeps until 1983 (cj5/cj6)
... we will pull 2 leaves of the cj7 rear pack ... to have it articulate better... and to smoothen out the ride... so i guess it will settle a litle bit... (also the springs tend to give some 2" in a spoa-setup after a couple of weeks)
again, you can see the square tube running in front of the wheel-well and over the bumper ... i warned you... there's a lot of tube in there ;o)
down under... the U-50 comes stock with 2 dana 44s (4,89gears)... as metioned the rear pack is from a cj7, the front one from a nissan patrol... above the pig's head you can see the rear yoke of the 2nd transfer (dana18)... we managed to duck it way up there (even the stock skid-plate fits!)... you can also see the diamond plates welded into the frame (the shiny glaze next to the transfer)
another angle... the engine is a 2.0 L turbodiesel ... the grill still needs to be lifted
here you can see the 2" tube for the bodylift ... i will probably have the centersection of the wheels re-welded to gain some 4-6" width for added safety
and lastly you can see Juan Espinoza, the good soul behind the project... the is wrecking his brain on how to run the 4 shifters, w/o interfering with seats... also note that the whole drivetrain ends about 1/8" in front of the "stair" in the body-panel. You can see the 2 shifters for the red dana18, as well as the front output of the 1st transfer (could run pto's from there)
ok, that's pretty much this week's work... tune in for next week's episode... ;o)
boy i cant wait to get it out of the shop...