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Project "Free Jeep" a.k.a Project "FJ" - part #70
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(04/18/09) I have wanted more storage since I put on the 1/2 cab as there is very limited space inside the cab when you do that. This is one thing that I never thought of.
So, I had an old seat from another project, so I put it inside to use as an approximation of the fold and tumble seat that I will get eventually. I wanted to make sure that nothing interfered with the opening and closing and I was still able to get people in the back if need be.
All went well, 4 holes and bolts hold it in place. Very heavy and sturdy, just like the center console. This is the next step in the process... next up will be a rear case section, remove the 1/2 cab for the summer and get the fold and tumble seat as well as some sort of bikini top. After that, hard top for next winter and some new 4.56 gears... then 35's. Anyone know the winning lottery numbers? ROFL!

cb (04/18/10)
(10/05/10) It has been a while since I updated the status of the Silver Jeep. It has been going well through the first few thousand miles. I did lose my steering box after wheeling that one day and then I got a couple new 15x7 rims from Eric at JerseyJeeps so I decided to strip all 5 of the Silver Jeep Rims now that they all matched (spare was black before), and put them on the rig. As of right now, 3 are done, and one is ready to be done. I hope to be done this weekend. It is a lot of work and effort to do that.
So, the steering box I got was a new unit from AGR, off of CraigsList. It bolted right in and now the steering is nice and tight. It took a few hours as the winch, bumper, all steering components, shaft, etc. had to come off, but all in all, it was worth it.

As you can tell from the pictures, the Jeep is done on the passenger side, and the spare, but the driver side is still not done. I will finish up the rear wheel tonight, swap the spare for the front and then I can drive it and only have the spare to do, which will serve also to rotate my tires when I do this ;) The spare is now on the back rear and the fronts also will have been swapped. There is a method to my madness, or "certifiableness".

cb (10/05/10)
(04/25/11) So these aren't the greatest pictures in the world, but the new cage setup is not in place, secured yet, so I wanted to take some pictures and explain a bit as to what was going on. I have stated numerous times that I have always wanted a Scrambler, but at the time didn't have the money, so now I have some money and have started acquiring parts, knowing I will get there. I will re-use a lot of the parts that were on the Silver Jeep and in turn, the silver Jeep will be turned into the family wheeling vehicle. I have taken all the 2 door setup parts off and now will turn it into a CJ-7 again.

I have taken out the front cage and rear roll bar, and have placed in their place a 1995 YJ Wrangler "family cage". I will follow this up with a front sport bar tie in (very similar to the Scrambler one) and I will then tie it all together, get a rear seat, car seat, seat belts, and slap a bikini top on it for the summer. I will also pick up a hard top for the colder days to run with the hard doors I have. All in all, this transformation has been a long time coming and should be done in the next couple of weeks.

cb (04/25/11)
(05/02/11) So, where do I begin? I think that everyone knows now that we are making the silver rig more "family friendly" by putting in more protection and making room for the little one, or should I say, little "ones" as Tabitha will be a big sister, or in her words, "bigsistah", spoken with a slight Massachusetts accent, come September.
I saw Curtis over the weekend and his rig and basically what he did is very similar to what I am going to mine... similar cage and bars, etc. It will be very nice once it is all said and done. I was also able to put in the car seat securely WITH the rear strap so it doesn't move all around. Combine that with getting the CB mounted (not wired), I was happy with the work done.

NOTE: The cage showed up as I was writing this, so I have some work to do this week and weekend, but I hope to have it in place for some pictures after next weekend, although that is Mother's Day, so I don't know how much I will be able to work on it ;)

cb (05/02/11)
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