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#1 Simple'72CJ

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 06:57 PM

Since money is tight and the jeep's a "toy", I've had to get creative over the past couple months if I wanted anything to change on it.  Most of the stuff done is nothing serious, but more of beefing things up and making the rig a little more functional.  All of the parts could easily be bought and would have been a hell of a lot easier, but when scrap steel is laying around I find myself being even more of a penny pincher. Anyways, here's a few little fab projects.

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#2 SHREK

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:05 PM

Keep em coming.

#3 Landabuser

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:52 PM

Nice thumb. OUCH!

#4 Simple'72CJ

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 10:14 PM

Couple more

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View PostLandabuser, on 15 December 2015 - 09:52 PM, said:

Nice thumb. OUCH!

Porta-Band got hungry

#5 POR

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 08:24 AM

Good looking jeep!

#6 Buc4x

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 06:52 AM

looking good

#7 oldskoolwheeler

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 06:37 PM

Always proud with your workmanship

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 08:21 PM

View Postoldskoolwheeler, on 17 December 2015 - 06:37 PM, said:

Always proud with your workmanship

Seeing a connection here.....are you and Simple related?

#9 Simple'72CJ

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 09:04 AM

View PostPhantom 309, on 17 December 2015 - 08:21 PM, said:

Seeing a connection here.....are you and Simple related?

Yes, he's my uncle haha

#10 Simple'72CJ

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 06:38 PM

So last time I had the jeep out I thought the gap where the hood meets the cowl looked a little larger than normal, about 1/2'' and bottom corner.  The other night I noticed that both frame rails were cracked behind the front shackle mount right where the boxing stops.  Drivers side was cracked both top and bottom and passenger just on the top.  It wa sonly a matter of time for the old CJ frame.

Here you can see a slight upward angle of the hood

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Drilled out the ends of the main cracks along with the small one travelling forward

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Strapping the full length of the frame with 3/16'' x 1.5'' flat bar.  2'' stitches alternating inside and out

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After welding the top side crack I decided to throw a small "strap" over the crack to bridge the repair and tie into solid material

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Front is done for the most part other than welding.  Hopefully will have the back half of the the frame strapped in the next couple days.

#11 79chevy39.5's

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 06:57 PM

why not plate/box it?

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 06:58 PM

Looks good. My old CJ frame was cracked in the same places. I fixed it exactly how your going about it and it's still good almost 10 years later.

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 08:16 PM

View Post79chevy39.5, on 14 January 2016 - 06:57 PM, said:

why not plate/box it?

Don't have the space to pull the body off to do it right.  I'm able to strap the underside with relative ease and it should be plenty strong for what my rig does/capable of.  Once I'm out on my own with a shop I plan on doing a full tear down

#14 Simple'72CJ

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 08:20 PM

View PostPhantom 309, on 14 January 2016 - 06:58 PM, said:

Looks good. My old CJ frame was cracked in the same places. I fixed it exactly how your going about it and it's still good almost 10 years later.

Good to hear!

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 09:50 PM

Time for one of these!
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#16 Simple'72CJ

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 09:58 PM

I wish... I was drooling over it when I first discovered the cracks

#17 ChevyJoe

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 11:29 PM

I wish I would've made my own frame from the get go. I was able to box mine and add a bunch of supports/gussets but I'm still waiting for it to start cracking

#18 R.DesJardin

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 12:27 AM

Great work, I've seen that crack many times. When ask about building a Jeep and what stock parts are good, I have always said the body and the frame and the frame is questionable.

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 10:26 AM

If i built a jeep the only stock parts would be body

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 07:32 PM

View Post79chevy39.5, on 15 January 2016 - 10:26 AM, said:

If i built a jeep the only stock parts would be body

Nobody cares about your jeep opinions. Stick to your high school toyotas

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 11:51 PM

? was just stating I would probably have something closer to what yours is. sorry if you don't like toyotas

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 05:24 AM

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 05:25 AM

We would like to postpone this here build thread for 8 rounds of bare knuckle boxing!

#24 R.DesJardin

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 05:38 AM

I remember when I built  my first Jeep I dis'd Toyota's then I built a Toyota and..........well now I have both so I don't know what to do. I do know either way if you run a good V8 you need better axles for either body and frame.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 06:17 AM

All I know is if was building a jeep I wouldn't use Suzuki parts! Hahahaha