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Old 04-27-2024, 01:28 PM
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Have been wanting something to be a little more road friendly to just put gas in and go, and also a project to share with Caleb. I lucked into a 99 TJ that for the most part is mechanically sound, but severely rotten frame (the new CJ, apparently).
I found a model online of a factory TJ frame, and modeled my own up from mitered rectangle tube.
Plan is to make it into a Brute style pickup conversion. Stretching the wheelbase about 15" to make it the same overall length as a Jeep LJ . Plan to use a willys MB style grill, with a willys tailgate to make it different.


We started cutting last weekend to rough length, and this morning did all the miter cuts.

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Old 04-27-2024, 03:26 PM
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Progress today. Miter cuts, began chamfering corners for weld.

I had the plate parts laser cut at a friend's shop (Integrity Welding, Pekin, IL, thanks Josh!). More grinding, but done for today.
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Old 04-27-2024, 03:28 PM
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CAD models of frame. Red is model of factory frame.
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Old 04-27-2024, 08:02 PM
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Looks like a fun project! Keep us posted!
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When did Caleb grow up Have we all been here that long ?

This is an awesome project I think we all would have liked to be involved with as a kid. Looking forward to seeing it come together.
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When did Caleb grow up Have we all been here that long ?

This is an awesome project I think we all would have liked to be involved with as a kid. Looking forward to seeing it come together.

Man, Time sure flies by.


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He's 13 now. Doing fantastic (for those who know his history).

He's really excited, even with the tedious stuff we are doing. He's super into science, and history seems to be his big interest, but his favorite class so far has been "Ag" class, which is our school's version of industrial arts.
Very happy to try to teach him what I know.

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He's 13 now. Doing fantastic (for those who know his history).
I was thinking the same thing...
There are many ways to weave science into a project like this: metallurgy, chemistry and so on. Lots of teachable moments.
And don't forget safety! Those habits will last him all his life.
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