Well after getting it turned around on Tuesday with: vise gripped rear brake line, weak front brakes, a 5 gallon bucket for a seat, no transfer case lever installedand no shocks or diff fluid (only had it in gear going straight forward and backward so the LSD wouldn't engage, turned it with man power lol) .... we got to tearing out the front axle.
Let me just preface this with saying how glad I am to not live any further north than KY. There is plenty of evidence that the Ohio Department of Transportation did their job properly during the winter time! Coil spring perches, passenger side UCA mount, and track bar frame side bracket were all not too far from being gone. Caliper bolt missing. Just some good fun stuff.
Took the axle shafts out of it to sell, only broke one hub bolt! Impressive rust on the knuckles. When banging hub out of knuckle, at least a 1/8" layer of knuckle came off as rust! Also, the C on driver side wiggles. Not at the ball joints, where it is attached to the axle tube. Fun stuff!
Definitely gonna have to move coil perches in on the JK axle roughly 2" per side and fab up shock mount. Should be an easy cut of the truss and reweld. Probably going to order an Adam's driveshaft for the front as well, but that can come later.
Blue torch Fab DIY cover. (Have both)
-primed, Rustoleum hammered silver first coat for texture, Rustoleum metallic for color. Going to look awesome when it dries.