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Old 01-20-2013
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Got the frontend back together (finally) and started tearing the rear end apart.



I did get it fully broken down, and I started cleaning things up.



All the dirt, grime, and old paint cleaned off.



Painted it with duplicolor Cast metal engine paint. Little too shiny, but it'll do.



Also installed my RuffStuff pinion yoke guard.

I do have a question for you gurus...





Do those splines look twisted to you guys?
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I wouldn't call myself any sort of expert on it but they do look a little twisted to me.
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Looks twisted to me
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Old 01-21-2013
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Yep, they are twisted
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Old 01-21-2013
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Chrome Molly Axles here we come…

Did you twist them or buy them that way.

Nice Strange 9” Nodular Carrier, big $$$ if you bought new.

Josh40601,
How do you like the contoured creeper ?
I was looking at the HD Dog Bone Creeper for a B-Day present from the wife.
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Old 01-21-2013
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Chrome Molly Axles here we come…

Did you twist them or buy them that way.

Nice Strange 9” Nodular Carrier, big $$$ if you bought new.

Josh40601,
How do you like the contoured creeper ?
I was looking at the HD Dog Bone Creeper for a B-Day present from the wife.
Those are Chromolly...

I'm trying to get Alloy USA to warranty them. They have a 10 yr warranty, so we will see what we can do.

Thanks! It was already installed on the truck when i bought it. I just cleaned it up.

I like it, but mine isn't something special. Its the 25.00 one from HF. Keeps me from lying on the cold *** concrete
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Old 01-21-2013
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picked up a pair of leafs from the jy out of a 99 v8 exploder. They look to be in really good shape, and they are not wrapping backwards like the current ones, so i will install those. Still haven't heard back from Ultra Axle yet in regards to the axle shafts.

I'm also thinking of removing the rear links and adding this traction bar setup.

Antiwrap/Traction Bar Complete Kit - RuffStuff Specialties

Thoughts?
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Old 01-21-2013
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Thought this thing was getting a 60?
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Old 01-21-2013
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60's cost too much to build. If it wasn't already built with all the good stuff, I would just do a 60. building a 60 to actually be better than what i have now is too much of an investment.

I am building a 70 blazer that will get a 60/14 combo.
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Old 02-11-2013
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NEED A HOOD

Anyone local who is wanting to part with one cheap (I mean sub 50 bucks cheap) please contact me. I will not cut holes into my American Flag hood, which is why i am needing another one.
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What are the holes in the hood gonna be for?
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Old 02-12-2013
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heat. Slow crawling with the A/C in 100 degrees
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Old 02-12-2013
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heat. Slow crawling with the A/C in 100 degrees
How hot is it getting? I don't get hot on mine running the stock rad or expo rad with the same temps down in the canyons.
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Old 02-14-2013
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215-220 ish. Not over heating, but still. A set of aftermarket heat extractors mounted to the hood won't hurt anything... as long as i get another hood.
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March 2nd, 2013- Natural Bridge/Daniel Boone National Forrest/Red River Gorge

So a mad dash through all last week led to actually getting Ex ready to wheel by Saturday. We loaded up a buddy's 2 car trailer and headed to the Gorge.



Now it was cold, but clear when we pulled out of lexington. When we got to the gorge, that was not the case. It was cold, and snowing. The snow was not deep, but it did saturate all the trails enough to make most of them a PITA. We only ran a few trails because half way through the day, one of the heeps blew his front hub to pieces and we got to play rescue mission. Anyway, here are some pics.













buddy's gf playing with her iphone photo editor


Damage report:

Tail light and a little wrinkle


I am stuck...


The pinion yoke guard was wedged into the rock. Winches were not helping, nothing. Ended up pulling from the side to slide the front around, then up she went.
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Old 03-04-2013
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That thing is a beast.

Good to see all that work paid off.
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god i need to go wheeling!!!
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That thing is a beast.

Good to see all that work paid off.
Thanks man!


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god i need to go wheeling!!!
I did too. I hadn't been since November
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So I don't have any paying jobs in this week, so I started playing with my bender I have had for 4 months. Borrowed a buddy's die and went to town.

Before:




My first version






and my final rendering





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Old 04-29-2013
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Time for an update...

finished the rear bumper




Then took it wheeling again

Starting...


Letting her eat


Let her eat a little too much...


Still drove out without a winch though


Poser



Damage report this time...

for some reason, the wheel studs stripped out the axle shaft, causing the lug nuts to loosen, and 4 of the 5 on the driver side rear to fail and snap off. I had a spare stock axle shaft that had a little twist in it, so i pulled the chromo, put the stocker in, and rode on. Then i snapped the stocker off in the diff. Called it a day.

Then I brought it home, put the 2 driver side doors on, installed a radio, cleaned up the interior a little, added a CB Antenna mount, and fixed the rear end.


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Old 04-29-2013
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looking good!. she's always getn into trouble haha
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