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Old 05-13-2020, 08:37 AM   #21
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Excellent metal work - off to a great start!
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Old 05-13-2020, 09:06 AM   #22
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Great looking chassis work! Well done!

This looks like it is going to be a cool build! Can't wait to see the rest of it!

Thankyou, much appreciated!


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Old 05-13-2020, 09:07 AM   #23
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Excellent metal work - off to a great start!

Thankyou, trying my best and being patient!


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Old 05-18-2020, 07:08 PM   #24
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What your all waiting for but probably expecting more haha. An update of sorts.

Time for link positioning! Builders tabs are readily available if you live in the states, but for me to get some it ends up so expensive with postage costing more than the actual product.

Enter my own builders tabs.
3mm steel. A long time ago I would mark each piece for every hole, angle to cut etc but there would still be differences. As I’m aiming to do my very best I’ve taken a different approach.

Mark and cut each piece, still slight differences using a cut off wheel in the grinder, centre punch hole and tack weld the pieces together.
Drill through all pieces and then cut desired angle and clean up.
These came out great, I am very pleased.

Theses are just the outer link
mounts for the chassis, two used In the photo for reference, the inner mounts will be inside chassis through to the top.

Does anyone still use files? I love mine!!!












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Old 05-18-2020, 09:24 PM   #25
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That’s awesome can’t wait to see how you do the willys build!


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Old 05-20-2020, 01:27 AM   #26
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Link mounts.

I’m very happy with my efforts making these, I reckon they look like bought ones but are made with just my hand cnc cutter aka “a file”

Honestly wasn’t looking forward to this, most of the time spent was just going back and forth triple and quadruple checking I had the measurements right front to back and in between.

These little right angle magnets make prep for welding very easy.

I made the rear mounts longer (40mm) whilst the front are (20mm) and all (18mm) high below the chassis.
I guess next up is out diffs under it and get started with links.
I’m thinking of making my own, it will be a single link but will attach to both holes on the diff and I’ll be able to dial the adjustment with rod ends. That’s the idea anyway.

Onto the pics, I hope you all enjoy as much as I am building it.














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Old 05-20-2020, 01:34 AM   #27
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I forgot to add, was lucky to have some 8mm steel plate on hand, saved me time cutting something else to size so I filed these little spacer mounts with a through hole to keep the required width for the rod ends. The 8mm will allow a little extra when all painted etc.

I’d also like some suggestions on shocks to use. This will be a heavy rig. I was thinking prolines? I’ve had gmade in the past but always leak. Alloy not plastic.

A couple of outside shots to finish the day, time to go to work.







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Old 05-21-2020, 01:33 AM   #28
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Oooh yeah. Bronze demon rings from locked up arrived today for the cnc custom wheels.




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Old 05-21-2020, 09:55 PM   #29
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This mornings efforts were working out links. I’ve got a few sets of ti and stainless from builds and what I had was good enough for reference points.




Checking ride height etc, first sitting low then pretty much where I want it to be.





Since everything I’m making on it is by hand and time consuming I thought why stop now.
Starting out with this 8mm plate.



Ofcourse I only measured one cut line so go back and re measure and mark it all again.
Walla the beginnings of my links.



Looks absolutely like their not links haha. Started the filing process again, make them all the same and you’ll see what’s in my head.
I ran out of gas for the mig so no welding till sometime next week now, bugger.

That’s it for now, I hope your enjoying, time for a sleep then back to work




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Old 05-22-2020, 06:42 AM   #30
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Can’t wait to see more !


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Old 06-02-2020, 07:12 PM   #31
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Thanks mate.

Back to it slowly, the more important things in life make progress slow.
I work 11 days straight per fortnight, the kids have been crook, our boat outboard motor decided to die, it’s been a fun few weeks haha.

Back to the links. Happy and frustrated at the same time. I will not use PN taps and dies ever again. Back to the trusty Suttons tools.
I snapped one tap in a link and I haven’t been able to remove it yet, I’ll persevere with it.
So I’ve drilled and tapped one end on two links. I needed to do these first, then get final overall measurement before cutting them to length and then drill and tap. Maybe tomorrow’s job.

They still don’t look like much but the end result will be different and cool.

Filing the links down together to keep same dimensions.










And drilled and tapped ends today




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Old 06-03-2020, 10:16 PM   #32
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Thanks too 2many projects for sending me a nice big Jeep body! It’s big.

Appreciate it my friend!!!






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Old 06-03-2020, 11:05 PM   #33
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Jeeps are over rated, CXTs are under rated.
Your Frame Fab work is Awesome looking.
Waiting for the finish.
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:18 PM   #34
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Jeeps are over rated, CXTs are under rated.
Your Frame Fab work is Awesome looking.
Waiting for the finish.

Thanks mate, appreciate it. I like working on this size builds.


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Old 06-04-2020, 09:52 PM   #35
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One link done for now, once I get them setup and am happy with how it works I’ll modify the shape a little.








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