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Nice progress, as far as a big v8 in little truck sounds like an awesome idea but would need some fab work and new coil springs up front to support the weight

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I’ve noticed that driver side long bed pics of the M-MAX don’t really exist. In talking with the fine chaps at Notch, they say modding is necessary to the driver side rear flare to accommodate the fue

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On 7/3/2020 at 10:12 AM, Swampy said:

Nice progress, as far as a big v8 in little truck sounds like an awesome idea but would need some fab work and new coil springs up front to support the weight

I feel like I’m watching paint dry but thanks. At least I’m staying interested. I’m going to get the truck running and moving with the 4.0 liter and slow build the 427 and do it right. Found some weld in motor mounts from TRD (no affiliation with Toyota) and yes much beefier springs up front for sure and probably some frame strengtheners from TNT.

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Well got these back from paint the other day.
Notch Customs fenders

JCR front bumper 

DirtBound sliders

Dirtbound rear bumper

Mopar StingGray with protective texture.

The rest of the rig is getting painted StinGray.

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Took off the front bumper and just had to get an idea how the JCR front bumper looks😍. Going to have to do some cutting to get it to fit correctly. It’s Stingray and linexed along with the rock sliders fenders and rear bumper. Also just got my Baja Design work light flush mounts for the rear bumper. They fit but they don’t. Gonna have to do a bit of fabbing but I’m sure I would have with Rigids or KC’s too.

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They both need to come back off for repaint and some clean up. That was just a quick throw paint on them to keep them from rusting. The trucks been sidelined for a while while we bought a house and sorted a bunch of ither things oute4787756cdb6e42fd8a0ade8e8778839.jpg8f6fa9f4f14178fa2daf45d2f64ba919.jpg

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On 9/10/2020 at 4:51 AM, zetabird said:

They both need to come back off for repaint and some clean up. That was just a quick throw paint on them to keep them from rusting. The trucks been sidelined for a while while we bought a house and sorted a bunch of ither things oute4787756cdb6e42fd8a0ade8e8778839.jpg8f6fa9f4f14178fa2daf45d2f64ba919.jpg

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Love it!

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Update. Been picking away at the TNT long arm kit since June/July and FINALLY!!!!!!! Holy frick!!! It’s installed. I’ve had a lot of issues with my own company occupying my energy thru all of this so there’s that. Just never seemed to have a block of time to get in and get focused and get into a groove.  Had to do a bit of fabrication but it’s on. Had to cut the old short arm mounts out otherwise these long arm won’t clear. I would have gone through about 4 blades and about 5 hrs of cutting with a grinder. My buddy was kind enough to pull out a blow torch and do it in about 20 minutes. Anyway this Lang arm kit is not for people like me. I’m not a skilled mechanic with fabbing credentials. Definitely for advanced.  I wouldn’t have ever been successful if my truck was not in a professional shop with real tools at my disposal and the fine people at tnt who patiently walked me through the steps and no doubt endured my stupid questions. They are a great company. Anyway, next up: straightening out the front suspension so the truck is sitting squarely over it’s front axle. Then hooking up the rear driveshaft so the truck will at least move under its own power. Such a long road ahead. Still need to swap wiring harness, front fenders, nose clip, hood, doors etc in from 97 Cherokee. Looking for a bench seat too. I want my grandson to be able to ride with us and my lady to ride close if she wants. I’m still waiting for my rear Fox 2.0 shocks. I ordered these thru Quadratec on April 30.🥺 not Q’s fault. Fox as been hit hard with COVID apparently. They’re supposed to be in in 2 weeks 🤞🏼.  Will keep plugging along with my P R O J E C T.

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On 10/18/2020 at 6:56 AM, zetabird said:

Looks good. I think I'm going with rustys lower arms for wider tires on stock wheels. My stock control arms rub.... and are shotbc626acb943337da6ef16bc08168d343.jpg

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Excited to see how that turns out. 
Had to adjust track bar. Truck was sitting over to passenger side by about 2”. Finally got that sorted today and then tightened the long arm kit down so that’s all buttoned up. Again it is not a long arm kit for average Joes. If you are an average joe with average tools and a driveway, this ain’t your vibe. Wasn’t my vibe either but at least it is in a professional shop with literally almost any tool that exists at my disposal. I just make sure there’s always at least 1 12pak of Michelob Ultra Longnecks in the break room fridge.

up next: rear drive shaft. 

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It’s in. (That’s what she said) OMGosh this drive shaft has been an ordeal. So happy to finally have it installed. Getting this and the long arm kit installed means the truck can finally move under its own power. The next big thing is removing the wiring harness from the 97 Cherokee I bought back in early July and installing it into Tulsa along with nose fenders hood and doors.

 

 

The tell of two 87’s👇🏼The silver Comanche is so pure. I believe it has around 50k miles on it. I hope the owner never screws with it.

 

Mine is a rescue. It has no shot at ever being pure. The previous owner was trying to turn it into a trail buggy I guess. All hacked up and sad she sat when I got her.

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