So its been a few days.. ooops. But I got a few more things done on her the past little while, My dad got the passenger side door jamb cleaned up, and welded in the new striker area, and got it almost ready for paint, I got my passenger fender modified and painted, I got my new windshield installed, my 3link axle bracket welded on and painted, Popped a few dents out of the bed, started to get the HID bulbs wired, but i had to cut more of the front of the truck since the bulbs are so long. And i got the new trans crossmember bolted in place, just waiting to weld that in. Pics
Its starting to look good, I'm getting excited. And I'm loving that white paint, even with all my finger prints on it.
My Crossmember that bolts to the L.A. mounts which bolt and weld to the body. my upper 3link mount for the axle, and my massive and heavy arms
You can see the body mounts better in this one..
This is what we started with, previous owner added extra seals, that didnt work. just made a mess. All around the door, Both doors. its double sided foam tape, and then Expanding foam in places..
We drilled out the welds for the old striker backing plate, and got that out of the way. here's the "new" striker, cut from a 98 2door that turned out to be way different than we thought, thought itd be closer than a 4 door because itd have less metal to work with.
Got the "new" metal cut down, and starting to cut the old out, making sure to cut as little as possible.
The welds cleaned up for the most part. After a little body filler and lots of sanding, this parts ready for paint, just gotta clean the rest of the crap off.
And here's the dent i got to look a little better, put some primer on to prevent rust. had to do something to make a tail light fit, before he had to trailer lights bolted into it, and he butchered the harness. so i gotta make another one of those. I'm hoping to get this together quick, my timeline just got.. expedited. My girlfriend and I are now Engaged, and are getting married in August. So i have a lot to do for that, were looking for a place to rent, and I'm leaning towards a little house or something my toys can come with, but its looking like an apartment. I'm waiting on the L.A. brackets to get welded, and then i should be able to start throwing the axle underneath, and when I do my Fiances little brother will come and help, he wants to learn. I think ill also make him do my intake/exhaust gasket. Things I still NEED to do: Weld L.A. brackets Install front axle, after putting all new joints in. - Brayden will help with that. do rear S.O.A. got rear disks to install also Intake/Exhaust gasket All new Fluids Wire up the drivers side tail light, Wire the front end and wire for my power doors Find and weld in new door hinges
Something for a front bumper. will probably just put a piece of tube to pass safety for now
Things i still WANT to do but probably won't:
Build my front and rear bumpers, with hidden winches Re-do the Engine compartment to make room for my dual yellow tops
Roof rack with off-road lights
Snorkel, may be needed for dual batteries.
Roll cage-Exo cage.. kinda.