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Project "Free Jeep" a.k.a Project "FJ" - part #71
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(05/09/11) I am continuing on with the transformation of the Silver Jeep into the family "truckster", just like the Griswolds in Vacation! It came out very good, however, we are not done yet, still a few more bolts to tighten up and get in place.
Next up, the CB has to be mounted, the flashlight and finally the fire extinguisher. Once that is all in place, it has to be taken apart to be painted... mostly as one piece, but it has to come out nonetheless. I am very happy with how it came out. The fit and finish were very good and I even customized the grab bar a bit to allow it to work... check it out.

cb (05/09/11)
(05/23/11) The silver Jeep is finally back together, in one color on the cage and all the accessories have been installed and the Jeep is ready to hit the trails... with the kid!
It has been raining like crazy here in New England, so it is hard to really get the time to put it together and get it outside for a ride, but hopefully that will change this weekend with a trail ride/cleanup... we will see if the weather holds out or not. Until then, this Jeep has had a ton of work done on/to it and for now, it is time to take it out and enjoy it!

cb (05/23/11)
(04/17/12) It has been almost a year since I put that cage in the Jeep and enjoyed it tremendously last summer. Then fall came and we had a new baby girl, so that took up a bunch of time, so the Jeep was driven, but the upgrade list stayed put until I could get some more time, and finally, that time has come.
I have wanted to put a locker in the front for a while now, but after working on Baby Girl #1 Scrambler for a while now, I have found that I also wanted to flip the TRE, or Tie Rod Ends and upgrade to larger shafts. I also knew that by doing this, I would have to have a different pitman arm with all the clearance I would be gaining, and I would have to remove the old 4" drop pitman arm.
Also, I was having an issue with what I thought was the passenger side hub not staying in the locked position, but that turned out to be the end of the shaft was chewed up badly and it wasn't working as expected. So, with all the work ahead of me, I gathered up the parts and I have started the tear down. I have everything apart, the knuckles are driled and the TRE flips are welded in place. I also have the pumpkin drained and I hope to pop out the differential later this week and get the locker in place. I hope to have it going back together over the weekend if I can find the time. I would really like to see how this all works!

cb (04/17/12)
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