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So here goes the rebuild...
I have been at it with Joe for a few weeks now, slow going because we keep going to junkyards for parts. Now that we have everything for three rebuilds, torches (new), welder gased up, and grinder has many wheels, sawzalls stocked with blades and the chop saw is set up, vise is bolted down and the aircompressor is set up, cart to pull things around on....Its go time.
Today we went to a salvage metal yard that sells used stuff as well. SCORE of the century. Some off road company dropped off there scrap, here is what we got from the pile. Pre made exo cage for the sammi in DOM tubing (cannot believe it still) for 30cents a pound! It cost me, and this is no lie, 30 dollars for front and rear bumpers, front and rear stingers, all four corners protected and flat plate and bracing. ALL DOM. We ended up picking out a total of 400 pounds at 30 cents a pound. I took pictures, but it will be much clearer once i mount things.
So my first project is re doing Heidi's sammi. Ever since i put toy axles in my rig and stopped wheeling, ive wanted to do the same to Heidi's rig, and put a auto in it to mate up to the 16 valve in place. I wanted coils in all four corners, but Joe wanted to do shackle reverse for the front, ease of install and driving it on the road should prove better. We shall see, so im coiling the rear and re locating the gas tank where the rear seat is. Tool box, onboard air and a cooler are slated to share the back area with the fuel cell. Electric locker in the front and spool for the rear, have not decided on 35's or 33's yet but have two sets of rims, and thinking of the pro comp extreme MT's, but i love the 33 mtr's. Here in colorado, not shure what works better, and what will work in Moab the best. Have a few weeks before i decide.
Home brew knuckle over steering, ghetto fab land rover radius arms, toy or jeep springs depending on how they sit after all is said and done. Should be fun. Next up, my 96 geo, coils all around and 33's.
I will try to post pictures of progress, answer any questions and laugh at anyone who takes my fabrication seriouslly. Here is the pre shots, and front axle coming out.