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Picked Up A 71 For A Buddy Of Mine......

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Norcal69, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. Aug 12, 2022
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member 2021 Sponsor

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    I wouldn't hang new sheet metal on it...but I would paint those sliders! If you ever wanted to go big build and and stretch it a bit and run 35s - now is the time. Make your own version of posi. All the other components are there.
     
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  2. Aug 12, 2022
    Norcal69

    Norcal69 Out of the box thinker 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor

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    I'm leaning towards something like that.
    Steve always had the goal of getting his jeep to the state that mine was in... comfortable and reliable enough to drive cross country.
     
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  3. Aug 12, 2022
    Norcal69

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    The sliders on the jeep currently stick out 2" wider on each side than what I run on my jeep, kinda like Dumbo ears. They are going to get replaced with the "Gen 2" style that I am running now and selling through the forum. His cage is powder coated a metallic gun metal grey. I am thinking of matching the powder coat with a rattle can and painting the new sliders the same color as the cage. It might look really sharp if we stuck with that theme and threw some smooth warrior products corner guards on it in the same metallic gun metal grey color.
     
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  4. Aug 12, 2022
    Stakebed

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    I'm a FNG but I think do not replace the tub just because of dents. Embrace the character plus it seems if you hard-core wheel it, the body will get customized by rocks anyway.
     
  5. Aug 12, 2022
    Muzikp

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    Tough call. If it were my friends Jeep I feel like in the long run I would enjoy looking at it and remembering the time he put that dent or scratch in it while you guys were wheeling together. On the flip side would be cool to see it turn in to what he wanted. Maybe time will help you decide.
     
  6. Aug 13, 2022
    FinoCJ

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    Kyle knows Steve's plans for it better than I, but I recall after a few beers Steve suggesting going big build - and a diesel of course! Or maybe that was a separate buggy project he had in mind - I might have had a few beers at that point as well!
    How old are Steve's boys now? IIRC, it'll be a while before they will be driving age - or if they would even be interested in the old cj - but it would be fitting for them to be involved in its future in some way (or maybe the girls would be interested, no gender bias, just the boys made some rubicon trips that i recall). As James says - time will help find the right path forward.
     
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  7. Aug 13, 2022
    Norcal69

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    Steve had plans of building a late 70's crew cab ford with a Cummins diesel and flat bed. Wonder where he got that idea :confused::rofl:
    Last summer Steve picked up a toy hauler that would fit his jeep, similar to mine but way longer and more family friendly. His goal was to build the jeep to be as capable as possible but still fit in his TH. I am going to keep the jeep on 33's and similar in appearance, mostly just improve the suspension hangers, shock mounting, steering... ect. I plan to drive it through the Rubicon atleast once..... treating the jeep exactly how Steve treated it...... but it will be built enough to not break!
    Carl, Lilbuff's passenger from last year and 2 time Rubicon spotter MVP, was a good friend of Steve as well. Carl has expressed interest in buying the jeep to take his two boys on the annual Rubicon trip with us. We will just have to see what develops.
     
  8. Aug 18, 2022
    Norcal69

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    Iv'e had a fair amount of windshield time lately and I think I have decided what I am going to do.
    This jeep has a Rocky Road YJ spring conversion on it with OME springs. The ride quality doesn't even come close to the custom YJ setup on my jeep with the same exact springs/shocks. I'll be trash canning the spring bushings that are provided by RR and installing the proper fitting OME YJ bushings.
    I have compiled a shopping list @ Ruff Stuff that includes spring/shackle hangers, U bolt flip components and shock mounts.
    Since I already need to remove both axles..... Rehanging the suspension and relocating the shocks is not all that big of a job from there.
    When the Ruff Stuff labor day sale hits I'll be placing the order!
     
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  9. Aug 19, 2022
    txtoller

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    Are these the bushings?
    https://www.quadratec.com/products/old-man-emu-greasable-leaf-spring-bushing-kit-wrangler-yj-omesb87
     
  10. Aug 19, 2022
    Norcal69

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    txtoller

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    The bushings I got with the RR kit, seem a little wide/long to me. I will have to sit down and do some figuring. I am a bit curious as to why the width discrepancy.
     
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  12. Aug 19, 2022
    Buildflycrash

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    I agree. It’s a wheeler.
     
  13. Sep 1, 2022
    Norcal69

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    Ruff Stuff's Labor Day sale just went live! I ordered everything necessary to rehang the springs and move the shock mounts!
     
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  14. Sep 8, 2022
    Norcal69

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    Retail therapy wins again!
    The D30 cover is destined for my project. Suspension hangers are for Steve's jeep.

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