View Full Version : Winter Buildup

03-04-2006, 08:48 PM
hey there, I thought I'd share some pics of my buildup, it's a long term project and hopefully will have it done by may 24 weekend. work is slow and money is tight so bare with me, the price of steel is high and can only go as far as I can afford. one thing's for sure I got more time than money

here is how it looked before the buildup:


flexed out

doors and hardtop

03-04-2006, 08:55 PM
here's some after pics. stripped it down and started with a new frame off a 88.5 SWB, had it bobbed and tubed in the rear. this was from last august, it's been parked ever since.





03-04-2006, 09:01 PM
so anyways, a couple of weekends ago I decided to make some room in the garage and finish this thing. stuck in the ice and covered in snow I needed to dig the thing out and find a way to transport it into the garage which was 100 feet away. I was alone when I did this. no friends round to help with the move.

a hi lift, some saw horses, and an extra truck made the move possible tho

here I am moving the truck out of it's parking spot:


slowly but surely, making sure the rear end of the truck don't fall off the bumper...


riding the samurai train!


03-04-2006, 09:07 PM
after I got it in the garage I started right away. first line of buiseness was setting up the powertrain. I'll be running a 1.6 8V EFI mated to a kick 5spd, and dual kick/ sammi t'cases. I also wanted to lower it so I cut off all the mounts and tacked them into place 1.5" lower from stock. I'm hoping for better driveline angles and a lower COG. (don't laugh at the engine it's only for mock up :P)


03-04-2006, 09:17 PM
now it's onto the mounts for the tranny/ t'cases. I started with the sammi case. actually it's an 83 SJ baby lobster. I thought of building a 4.1 case but I can get that ratio with with my duals both in 4LO. and I still have the option of 2 different stock 4LO ratios.

here's all the parts for my new t'case bucket

cut out with a sawzall it took one helluva long time.


front view

rear view

03-04-2006, 09:21 PM
Ugly as hell but i like but i like that thing.

must be the tires

03-04-2006, 09:24 PM
I'm gonna change my t'case mounts. going with poly leaf spring bushings instead.


the bushings are for samurai springs, the bigger end. I had an abundance of em after switching back to rubber bushings for better flex.


I ran outta time, and my battteries died. more to come soon!

03-04-2006, 09:27 PM
Ugly as hell but i like but i like that thing.

must be the tires

thanx! function before fashion! :-D

I'm running 36" tsl sx's and toys. when the money comes in I'll be pickin up a set of 5.29's to help turn em!

Tuner Inside
03-04-2006, 10:09 PM
Good to see some backyard fab. Keep us updated!

03-04-2006, 10:26 PM
Nice mounts for the t-case. Same thin Godzuka's workin on for Sue [36]

04-13-2006, 01:49 PM
guess it's time for an update! sorry I've been away, been busy with work. I recently decided to change career paths and had no time to contiinue on this build, in fact I decided to sell off alotta the parts for this truck and start fresh with a cheaper build.

I'll start a new thread once I'm back on my feet and well into this project. it's gonna be something I don't think I've ever seen built yet but discussed on pirate. stay tuned!