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rusty_tlc
April 13th, 2005, 09:52 AM
I'll post again since my last thread went away with the old forums.
Before:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/CleanRusty.jpg

After:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/MuddyRusty.jpg

You wouldn't recognize it from those pictures now. Since they were taken I've started doing a few changes. I ditched the hard top last summer and installed a Kayline soft top. RIght now I'm working on a SOA, slightly larger tires, steering mods, and some gearing upgrades.

dye_dan
April 13th, 2005, 10:23 AM
Looks like a nice rig. What's the diff between the before/after pics, besides mud on the tires and maybe the air vents are closed? What's it have for an engine?

rusty_tlc
April 13th, 2005, 10:36 AM
Looks like a nice rig. What's the diff between the before/after pics, besides mud on the tires and maybe the air vents are closed? What's it have for an engine?
Just the mud.
I still have the stock in-line 6 2F engine. Not a lot of high end power but almost impossiable to stall. I may think about a V8 swap in a year or two, once the pocket book recovers from the current round.

Rambler
April 13th, 2005, 09:48 PM
Hey rusty,

Good to see you around. I've alway liked your land cruiser. I finally bit the bullet and got a rig I am gonna be able to get a bit rough with. The better to get to those level 5 terrain caches. :wink:

- John (aka SierraDude)

rusty_tlc
April 14th, 2005, 07:09 AM
Hey rusty,

Good to see you around. I've alway liked your land cruiser. I finally bit the bullet and got a rig I am gonna be able to get a bit rough with. The better to get to those level 5 terrain caches. :wink:

- John (aka SierraDude)
Welcome! I just joined this group. Nevadaxj pointed me here.

I'm thinking about getting a group together to do the Superheros caches sometime this summer. Thats if I ever get my rig back together. :rolleyes:

rusty_tlc
April 14th, 2005, 07:11 AM
A recent pic

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/ToTall.jpg

I may need to cut those shackles down a bit.

rusty_tlc
April 14th, 2005, 07:15 AM
The toyota crowd will like this, a Marlin FJ40 toy box (2.28:1) mated to an Advanced Adaptors Orion t-case (4.0:1)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/DryFit2.jpg

Rambler
April 14th, 2005, 07:43 PM
I'm thinking about getting a group together to do the Superheros caches sometime this summer. Thats if I ever get my rig back together. :rolleyes:

I wouldn't mind joining you, if I can get my stuff together by then as well. There is quite a but I still need to do to my rig before I feel it's ready to take out and play in the desert. New intake, headers, tires, jack, emergency kit, maybe some suspension work with a lift, etc. The problem is all this requires money, and money does not flow too easily to the extra curricular field of my budget. Heck I was lucky I spotted my rig for $500 and had just gotten my bonus from work. The sort of good news is that I have a lot of overtime soon and will be able to funnel extra cash to where it should go... My toys! Just don't tell the wife. :shh: :D

It will all take time, but I have started and when I get done it will be awesome. I guess I will never truly be done, but the journey will be fun and I will play while I upgrade. :yup:

Dennis
April 14th, 2005, 08:48 PM
The toyota crowd will like this, a Marlin FJ40 toy box (2.28:1) mated to an Advanced Adaptors Orion t-case (4.0:1)


i'm not a toy guy, but it is sweet. :thumbsup: 9.12 reduction is great. what is your crawl ration going to be?

rusty_tlc
April 14th, 2005, 09:19 PM
1st is 3.55:1 and I have 4.11:1 differentials.
Long night tonight trying to get parts cleaned up so I can assemble the Orion case. Kinda buzzin from the solvent fumes. :crazy:

Edit: Ment to say you do the math. Or was that meth?

rusty_tlc
July 13th, 2005, 08:46 AM
Fixing the hack job on my front cross member.

How not to make a hole in a cross member.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_ragged_hole.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/ragged_hole.jpg)

Cleaned up for the patch

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_clean_hole.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/clean_hole.jpg)

Ready to cut a new hole for the Saginaw P/S gear box.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_patched_hole.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/patched_hole.jpg)

I didn't show any of my booger welds. :disagree:

4xyota
July 13th, 2005, 01:32 PM
ya cant wait till I get my dual case adapter got the second case and IFS steering box last week costed a big amount, but soon :D

rusty_tlc
July 13th, 2005, 02:30 PM
ya cant wait till I get my dual case adapter got the second case and IFS steering box last week costed a big amount, but soon :D
I'm looking forward to power steering almost as much as the gears.

4xyota
July 14th, 2005, 01:54 PM
Ya the power steering is nice :lolrun:

izzy
July 15th, 2005, 12:38 PM
im working on an engine swap on a cruiser that looks like yours exactally. ya i just pulled the motor today and im beging to put a vortec 350 i n it next week i will let you know how it goes, or just stop by shaffers offroad

rusty_tlc
July 18th, 2005, 02:50 PM
im working on an engine swap on a cruiser that looks like yours exactally. ya i just pulled the motor today and im beging to put a vortec 350 i n it next week i will let you know how it goes, or just stop by shaffers offroad
I plan to stick with the 2F until I can drive a little better. I might do a V8 swap in a year or two.

rusty_tlc
July 23rd, 2005, 08:21 PM
Spent a couple of hours dicking around trying to get my tranny/toybox/t-case in as a unit. Looks like I may need yo do a little cutting to clearence the t-case since it moved back 6". The chain hoist worked perfectly, I'll post pictures another day, to tired tonight. I used a 1-ton chain hoist and a 4X4 between the front hoop and center hoop of the roll cage to lift the drive train into position. It felt so much safer than a floor jack with a tranny adaptor. Plus I can rotate the whole shebang and move it forward and back with one hand.
No idea how much the assembly weighs but I'm guessing close to 300#.

rusty_tlc
July 24th, 2005, 07:43 PM
SOme pics of my drive train install.
The chain harness I used to lift the drive train
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Harness.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Harness.jpg)
The hoist rig my friend suggested
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Hoist.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Hoist.jpg)
Trial run to check clerance.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Trial_run.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Trial_run.jpg)
Where I cut the floor board
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Cut_floor.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Cut_floor.jpg)
In place
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_In_place.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/In_place.jpg)
The new t-case mount goes in next.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_t_casemount.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/t_casemount.jpg)

rusty_tlc
July 29th, 2005, 07:43 PM
Kinda PO'd. I got the brackets I need to attach my bumper yesterday and spent all day today running errands and food shopping. Maybe tommorow.

Sauce
July 30th, 2005, 06:40 AM
looking good! when will it be ready? I said my rig was going to be done by july 1st and I am just finishing it up :crazy:

rusty_tlc
July 30th, 2005, 08:34 PM
looking good! when will it be ready? I said my rig was going to be done by july 1st and I am just finishing it up :crazy:I got to spend a little quality time with 'OL Rusty today. I'll post pictures later. Looks like the PS and 8274 Warn will work and play well together. My welds are looking better. I'll grind them off tommorow and see if the have any penetration.

About when things were going good family stuff got in the way. The goal for tommorow is to get the PS gear box installed, steering linkage cut and fit, and dry fit the bumper and winch.

When will it be ready? Early September if the Gods are willing. I'd would love to run Fordyce this year.

rusty_tlc
August 1st, 2005, 10:17 AM
The bumper extensions showed up Thursday
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Bump_ext.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Bump_ext.jpg)

I picked up a hole saw Saturday
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Hole.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Hole.jpg)

Got the P/S box mounted
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Psc_box.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Psc_box.jpg)

Bumper and winch trial fit
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Hfs_warn.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Hfs_warn.jpg)

I was worried about clearence for the Ram conections, without the bumper extensions there would have been a problem.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_RAM_CONNECT.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/RAM_CONNECT.jpg)

BigNorm
August 1st, 2005, 01:11 PM
Nice work! I love the FJ.

rusty_tlc
August 10th, 2005, 09:43 AM
Boring day at work so I'll make a couple of list.

Stuff that I had done eight years ago:
Front shackle reversal
Saginaw "armstrong" steering conversion
ARB lockers F&R
Confer 22 Gal Aux fuel tank
Confer Rear bench w/tool boxes
4" shackle lift
Old Man Emu Springs
33X12.5 BFG AT's
Soft Top (Kayline) I actually did this last summer.

Stuff I'm working on now
Orion T-case 4.0:1
Toy Box 2.3:1
Power steering conversion
Hydro Ram assist steering
SOA
Metal Tech roll cage
Warn 8274 Winch w/ HFS bumper
36" TSL super swampers
2" back space wheels
Tuffy dual overhead stero/cb console
Longfield birfs & inners
Toy truck knuckle conversion

Next
V8 conversion
Rust abatment, new tub?
40+ rubber
Rear disc brake conversion

In my dreams I will eventually convert to portal axles, maybe when Sunray markets a cheap hybrid.

RARECJ8
August 10th, 2005, 04:45 PM
Spied this trick tuggy on the con last month-- note the nice seat cover and the really nice hybrid toy/mog front end. VERY nice!

ur project looks great!

mark


http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y12/RARECJ8/DSCN3686.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y12/RARECJ8/DSCN3682.jpg

rusty_tlc
August 10th, 2005, 07:08 PM
Trick rig. I never say never, but I don't see myself with a rig that I can't be driven to the trail head. Not to say I wouldn't trailer my rig to Moab or S Dakota, or Colorado, just that I'd like to keep it street legal.

That looks like expensive upholstery on the buggy, I don't think I could afford it. :rolleyes:

JOE THE TOE
August 10th, 2005, 09:36 PM
Looks Like One Of Tony From Rock Equipment's Buggys.

rusty_tlc
September 16th, 2005, 08:58 PM
Fawk
The Driver side t-case support looks okay.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Dscn1422.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Dscn1422.jpg)
The Passenger side t-case support is way low.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Dscn1421.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Dscn1421.jpg)
Everything is bolted up and supported by a chain hoist.
At least I made headway on the PS conversion today. Been doing a lot of stuff that dosen't really show, cleaning up the truck knuckles, a little body work, fabricating a bracket. Stuff like that.

What's that? Why yes I did say body work. The Mrs ask if my pile of junk would look any better when I was done. She has seen the bills from Advanced Adaptor, Marlin, All Pro, Longfield, Winch Depot......etc.etc.and expects to see some visiable change. So I got a can of Bondo and a case of Krylon 2001 Hunter Green Gloss. :D :D

rusty_tlc
September 17th, 2005, 06:35 PM
This weekends project, power steering.
I'm a big boy now I built my own bracket
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Dscn1428.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Dscn1428.jpg)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Dscn1430.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Dscn1430.jpg)

Still trying to figure out what I do with this
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Dscn1432.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Dscn1432.jpg)

BigNorm
September 18th, 2005, 11:28 AM
Still trying to figure out what I do with this
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Dscn1432.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Dscn1432.jpg)

Connect it to the tie rod and front axle. :D

rusty_tlc
September 25th, 2005, 05:37 PM
Dropped the drive train out and welded up the scab plates and drivers side transfer case moutnt today, the passenger side bolts in otherwise I'd have to cut it to remove the drive train.
I installed my twin stick shifters while I had the everything out on the garage floor.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/th_Dscn1438.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Dscn1438.jpg)

Next week lumpy's dad is coming over to give me a hand I swaping the front knuckles out with mini truck knuckles.

Left to do;
Rotate the rear pinion, weld up the perches.
measure for drivelines and get them ordered.
Plus a butt load of little stuff.

rusty_tlc
October 8th, 2005, 08:17 PM
Hooty hoo! I gots front disk brakes! No Pics yet I'll try to get some up tamale.

4xyota
October 9th, 2005, 11:38 PM
[QUOTE=RARECJ8]Spied this trick tuggy on the con last month-- note the nice seat cover and the really nice hybrid toy/mog front end. VERY nice!

ur project looks great!

mark


http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y12/RARECJ8/DSCN3686.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y12/RARECJ8/DSCN3682.jpg[/QU

I have seen that rig before I think at a rock crawler show at the hilton

rusty_tlc
October 10th, 2005, 07:17 PM
I got front disk brakes hooo boy! Installed my tie rod tonight, got PO'd trying to measure it up by myself. I'll wait on that one until I have another pair of hands.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/build%20up/Dscn1453.jpg

kairo
October 12th, 2005, 10:38 AM
Rusty do you have a beard? I saw somebody drivin a lifted 'cruiser up 395 N yesterday

rusty_tlc
October 12th, 2005, 10:47 AM
Rusty do you have a beard? I saw somebody drivin a lifted 'cruiser up 395 N yesterday
The picture of my Cruiser above is current, I aint driving nowhere. Not even close to ordering drivelines.

rusty_tlc
October 22nd, 2005, 06:51 PM
I got lots of little stuff done today. Installed my locking hubs, finished off the belts and bracket install for the PS pump, got the Steering column/linkage installed (thanks to Samco for some help there ;) ).

I think I solved my suspension problems to, $40 fix. :yes:

rusty_tlc
January 30th, 2006, 04:58 PM
Well the forty dollar fix is under way.
Here is where I was:
Front
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/attachment.jpg


Rear
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1481.jpg

I fixed the rear shackles by cutting the hangers and moving them back
They are at about 45? now I move them after this pic;
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1485.jpg

Here is the $40 fix, actually closer to $50, for the front
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1489.jpg

I started hacking off the front spring hangers today.
Got all the old bracketry off and most of the welds ground flat. When I dropped the angle grinder and cut my leg I quit for the day.

rusty_tlc
January 30th, 2006, 05:23 PM
Todays progress. Click image to see full size.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/th_Dscn1493.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1493.jpg)
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/th_Dscn1492.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1492.jpg)
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/th_Dscn1491.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1491.jpg)

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/th_Dscn1497.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1497.jpg)
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/th_Dscn1496.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1496.jpg)
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/th_Dscn1495.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1495.jpg)
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/th_Dscn1494.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1494.jpg)

J.J.
January 30th, 2006, 05:29 PM
so what exactly are you doing? are you just moving the spring hangers?

Dirty Harry
January 30th, 2006, 05:40 PM
You can see by the above photos that his shackle angle was basically vertical. This is OK with steeply arched springs, but typically with a springover you use flat springs. Flat springs get shorter whether they are compressing or extending, so you want a shackle that is kicked further back to accommodate the travel. The steeper shackle angle also results in a softer ride.

rusty_tlc
January 30th, 2006, 05:52 PM
so what exactly are you doing? are you just moving the spring hangers?
Dirty harry basically has it.
The spring hangers I cut off today were from the original shackle reversal. When you do the shackle reversal without a SOA you need tall hangers to keep the castor angle correct. since I am re-welding my spring perches I can go with a shorter hanger and re-set the castor angle. This keeps the COG (center of gravity) lower, and gets rid of the rock finders.
The shackle hangers will be through the frame.
If I were really hard core I would cut and turn my front knuckles to correct the pinion angle. I'm hoping that since I moved my t-case back about the same amount I lowered the front dif that the pinion angle will work out okay.

Dirty Harry
January 30th, 2006, 05:55 PM
If I were really hard core I would cut and turn my front knuckles to correct the pinion angle. I'm hoping that since I moved my t-case back about the same amount I lowered the front dif that the pinion angle will work out okay.

I think that you will be OK with the longer driveline, assuming that you don't want to drive in 4WD high down 80. Without turning the knuckles the pinion angle/caster angle is always a compromise. You've gone this far, why not just turn them? It isn't any more difficult than anything else you are engineering on this rig.

J.J.
January 30th, 2006, 05:58 PM
by the way rusty, what's the stock track width for the fj40s? just wondering cause i want too see if the utility trailer i have will fit my cruiser on it.

rusty_tlc
January 30th, 2006, 06:14 PM
I think that you will be OK with the longer driveline, assuming that you don't want to drive in 4WD high down 80. Without turning the knuckles the pinion angle/caster angle is always a compromise. You've gone this far, why not just turn them? It isn't any more difficult than anything else you are engineering on this rig.
Just another month of work.

I plan to get my drivelines from High Angle, with the long travel splines. I can do a C&T later if I need to. I know of at least 5 40's that are SOA without a C&T that do fine. Of course they all have either a Toy Box, Rock Box or SM420. All of which move the T-case front output flange back about 4 or 5 inches. About the same as the distance the differential flange moves down with a SOA.

rusty_tlc
January 30th, 2006, 06:21 PM
by the way rusty, what's the stock track width for the fj40s? just wondering cause i want too see if the utility trailer i have will fit my cruiser on it.
65.6"
here (http://www.tlc4x4.com/2000/SpecPages/fj40_specs.htm)

J.J.
January 30th, 2006, 06:24 PM
sweet!! thanks.

rusty_tlc
February 6th, 2006, 02:18 PM
Finished off grinding and filling/grinding the places where I scored the frame while removing the old brackets. Then cleaned everything up with 24 grit flap wheels. Spent a while cleaning up the garage from the cutting grinding

Bird crap welding;
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1502.jpg

Marked out where to cut holes for the shackle hangers;
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1501.jpg

I fought this for a whole morning. Moving the PS pump up was binding the linkage. This is the best solution I could come up with;

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1503.jpg


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1504.jpg


To booty fab?

It's a tight fit between the winch and PS gear box

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1505.jpg

I added a piece in the angled area

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1506.jpg

And a piece underneath
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1507.jpg

Lifted the winch/bumper on and off the bumper brackets three or four times, heavy bastid my back is sore. I didn't show the grinding I had to do to relive the bumper brackets where they interfered with the new spring hangers.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1508.jpg

rusty_tlc
May 28th, 2006, 06:54 PM
I drove my Cruiser for the first time in 14 months today
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dsc_0491.jpg

I think I did okay for never doing anything remotely like this before.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dsc_0496.jpg

J.J.
May 28th, 2006, 08:02 PM
nice. it's about time :D.

i like the 'cage :no:. it looks like the rear axle was moved back a little??? now you just need a comp cut on the rear ;)

PizzaJeep
May 28th, 2006, 08:32 PM
wow!!!


how good does that feel???? HUGE weight off your shoulders i bet!!!


looks friggen awesome!!! i love the stretch on the front and rear.. VERY nice


your about ready to hit up some good trails this summer now!

KONG
May 28th, 2006, 08:43 PM
Good on ya' mate. :beer:

Looks good, nice little write up. Lets go wheelin.

Samco Fab
May 28th, 2006, 08:58 PM
Lookin good fo sho, probably trim some sheet metal when you flex it up. What a great feeling to drive it for the first time after a bunch of mods.

rusty_tlc
May 29th, 2006, 05:36 PM
Thanks everybody.
I still have a bunch of details to finish, but actually having it move under it's own power was a milestone.
I have a set of 60 springs that will get me another 3 or 4 inches on the rear axel but that will have to wait.
I held off on the hydro ram until I get a feel for the PS. So far I'm loving it, it turns better with the TSL's than it did with 33" AT's.

I'll start hacking sheet metal this week. I'm planning to trim 1 1/2" off the rockers and weld/bolt some 1/4" x 3" angle there. Of course the rear fenders need some work.

I should be ready to hit the hills by the end of the week.

rusty_tlc
June 5th, 2006, 10:16 AM
It's amazing how much stuff loosens up after you drive around for a while.
I got another 1/3 turn on all the driveline bolts Sunday.

Still no sheet metal hacking, just finished up a bunch of little things. Zip Tie and spray paint stuff.

Sierra Valley
June 5th, 2006, 12:00 PM
looks good hope to see you on the trail soon.

Dirty Harry
June 5th, 2006, 08:27 PM
That looks great! It must feel wonderful to drive it again, can't wait to see it on the trails.

rusty_tlc
June 26th, 2006, 06:46 PM
A few pics with the new cage installed. Sam did a great job.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1615.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1614.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1613.jpg

BIG BLUE
June 26th, 2006, 07:47 PM
sam does nice work. I am hoping to get my finances together so he can do my cage. Seeing a finished product makes me more eager but i don't think he would appreciate a bounced check. You have done a real nice job and a good write-up. Hope you dont expect the paint to stay that shiny:D

rusty_tlc
June 26th, 2006, 07:54 PM
sam does nice work. I am hoping to get my finances together so he can do my cage. Seeing a finished product makes me more eager but i don't think he would appreciate a bounced check. You have done a real nice job and a good write-up. Hope you dont expect the paint to stay that shiny:D
No problem if it gets scratched, I'll just give it another coat of Krylon. :D

BIG BLUE
June 26th, 2006, 09:36 PM
THOSE KIND OF PAINT JOBS ARE THE BEST. JUST BUY A COUPLE OF CANS FOR RESERVE IN CASE THEY DECIDE TO DUMP THAT COLOR.:yes:

Dirty Harry
June 27th, 2006, 06:18 AM
Cage looks great. Those shackles look pretty far back, are you still going to have room for them to move back on uptravel or are the springs flat enough that the shackle comes forward on compression?

Looking under that tailgate I can see why they call you Rusty TLC. :D

Dennis
June 27th, 2006, 06:32 AM
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/build/Dscn1614.jpg
You're scaring all your neighbors off, look at all those For Sale signs.

rusty_tlc
July 11th, 2006, 11:29 AM
Cage looks great. Those shackles look pretty far back, are you still going to have room for them to move back on uptravel or are the springs flat enough that the shackle comes forward on compression?

Looking under that tailgate I can see why they call you Rusty TLC. :D
After I trimmed up the body I got it on a freight ramp, the rear wheels tuck completly inside the fender wells. The springs are old and flexy:yes:

rusty_tlc
July 11th, 2006, 11:31 AM
You're scaring all your neighbors off, look at all those For Sale signs.
They won't even look me in the eye. ;)

Just the typical two year turn over in a new development.

rusty_tlc
July 11th, 2006, 11:35 AM
Progress update.

I'm still working out the mods to my Orion t-case, I need to go in and replace the high speed gear.

On the way home from the muffler shop last week the rear diff sounded like it was possesed. I got it home and drained the lube, it was a real pretty metallic flake color, so I pulled the inspection cover. There was what used to be a thrust washer laying in the bottom of the diff.

Drivline and gear services has the third member right now, it should be ready next week.

Sometimes it seems like this will never be done. :(

KONG
July 11th, 2006, 05:43 PM
Your almost done now. Your in the shake down period. It seems like I have been there for two years. It's to be expected.

rusty_tlc
November 27th, 2006, 01:42 PM
Some pics from Bronco Canyon two weeks ago

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/th_Dscn1832.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/Dscn1832.jpg)

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/th_Dscn1830.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/Dscn1830.jpg)

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/th_Dscn1828.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/Dscn1828.jpg)

rusty_tlc
November 27th, 2006, 01:43 PM
More;

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/th_Dscn1842.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/Dscn1842.jpg)

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/th_Dscn1839.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/Dscn1839.jpg)

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/th_Dscn1835.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/Dscn1835.jpg)

rusty_tlc
November 27th, 2006, 01:45 PM
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/th_Dscn1854.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/Dscn1854.jpg)

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/th_Dscn1852.jpg (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a171/Rusty_clt/bronco%2011-06/Dscn1852.jpg)

http://forum.ih8mud.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=103738&stc=1&d=1163907200

Dirty Harry
November 27th, 2006, 02:18 PM
Awesome! :rock: It must have felt great to be behind the wheel on the trail.

rusty_tlc
November 27th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Awesome! :rock: It must have felt great to be behind the wheel on the trail.

It was a pretty good feeling. I stuck to some conservative lines. I'm pretty much still getting a feel for where the wheels are after re-locating the axles, and exploring the new gearing.

Stupid low (Orion+Toy Box) makes things so much easier than trying to rally over stuff.

By next summer I should be ready for Fordyce. :rolleyes:

Sierra Valley
November 27th, 2006, 03:13 PM
Careful with the birfields and Fordyce, we went a month ago and our friends Land Cruiser was left on the trail for almost a week due to two broken birfields and the rear pinion. What size tires are you running?

rusty_tlc
November 27th, 2006, 03:27 PM
Careful with the birfields and Fordyce, we went a month ago and our friends Land Cruiser was left on the trail for almost a week due to two broken birfields and the rear pinion. What size tires are you running?
I hope I never break a birfield, I don't have any spares. I do have Longfield birfs and inners though. :thumbsup:

36" tires right now but I'll probably re-shoe before next summer.

So what did you do? Swap the front pinion into the rear and strap out in 2WD?

Sierra Valley
November 28th, 2006, 07:34 AM
I hope I never break a birfield, I don't have any spares. I do have Longfield birfs and inners though. :thumbsup:

36" tires right now but I'll probably re-shoe before next summer.

So what did you do? Swap the front pinion into the rear and strap out in 2WD?

Nice then your a step ahead of the game. It was horrible, things just went from worse to worse. Broke one birf, then the other. Then broke the rear pinion. So we swapped the carriers and didnt have the right pinion nut so left it there for 4 days and came back with a 1 ton jeep and it tugged it out where it couldnt drive itself.

TJELLY
November 28th, 2006, 08:21 PM
very nice rigs, make me jeleous, my truck is just too big but it tries.:)

rusty_tlc
February 26th, 2007, 03:12 PM
'Ol Rusty has a new friend.;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/rusty_tlc/100_pics/Dscn1937.jpg

Step 1 remove the stupid running boards, looks better already.

http://forum.ih8mud.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=122269&stc=1&d=1171937017

Next step is some 285/75R16 Geolanders and an OME medium lift. Since we have the 40 the plan is to keep this rig pretty stock.









Thats the plan anyway. ;)