The "trophy husband" pro mod buggy build

xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
Well the front panhard is pretty much mounted. I’m sure string and magnets will suffice 🤣
This really is pretty much where it’s going to go. Driver side mount will be on the axle to make clearing that upper link mount not a problem. I need to do some cardboard work and then Carlos will (hopefully) cut me some stuff.
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xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
Well I spent a whole evening measuring stuff, moving crap around and doing arts and crafts. It sucks how long this stuff takes but it’s importante! 815A4C44-58BC-4834-9732-5CB1B6C5A810.jpeg8884ADB4-195A-43B9-90BA-CC03F1A8C13E.jpeg9A706900-5F6F-462B-88CE-E695646CF0C4.jpegThen I sent the fun pictures to this guy I know named Carlos and he just said my stuff is done. Yay!
 

xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
Limited time today because we’re going out of town tomorrow and surprising our kids with a trip to the happiest place on earth. Buuut I ran to the casa de Carlos on lunch and grabbed my brackets because I wanted to see them. I just sat half of each one on there and they look like they’ll work great.68E774CC-DFF8-4A49-A41F-0DE5756B0CDC.jpeg
And obviously they’re getting these because this thing doesn’t have a 14 bolt.
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They’ll both need some more bracing too. The axle side just needs a little kicker down to the diff. The frame side will get a tube run down to it from the d-side frame and one from behind it as well.
Oh and you may notice in that pic that the winch mount is sitting there too.
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I need to notch the plate and move it back about an inch and then it should be great. Main use will be as a front suck down so it’ll run straight down to the axle. I’ll probably have it go over a tube crossmember above the panhard bar and run in front of the panhard to the axle. That way the rope won’t rub on the winch body but also it might not be an issue at all. We’ll see.
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xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
I got a late start today because it was my first day to relax after Disneyland and whatnot. And then I decided I should probably get my Jeep in the garage since it has been sitting on the trailer, dead for 3 weeks… and it got snowed on.
It sucked balls since my driveway is an incline. I backed it up to the garage door and used ratchet straps to pull the back end off the trailer. Then kept doing that until the fronts were almost off. I chocked the rear tires and pulled the trailer out from under it. Then I used a floor jack to move it against the wall a couple feet at a time. Lame but it’s done.
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I got the axle side panhard mount welded up. Then I got it all lined up and was about to tack it on but I realized I haven’t welded the C’s up yet. Man that would’ve been terrible. So that will wait for next time.
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I decided I had enough time to get the winch mount notched out and welded up. It turned out pretty sweet.
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It fits really well in there with plenty of room to unlock it (if necessary) and to wire it.
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Also it has plenty of clearance on the panhard. I know angles can be tricky to see in pics.
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Asbjorn

Active Member
Location
Montrose, CO
It sucked balls since my driveway is an incline. I backed it up to the garage door and used ratchet straps to pull the back end off the trailer. Then kept doing that until the fronts were almost off. I chocked the rear tires and pulled the trailer out from under it. Then I used a floor jack to move it against the wall a couple feet at a time. Lame but it’s done.

Oh man, I’ve done some of the same sketchy, crappy loads and unloads on a steep driveway. My wife hates me every time, usually because I get myself in a bind doing it on my own, and then drag her out to give me a hand.
 

xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
Oh man, I’ve done some of the same sketchy, crappy loads and unloads on a steep driveway. My wife hates me every time, usually because I get myself in a bind doing it on my own, and then drag her out to give me a hand.
So luckily-ish for me she felt so bad about killing the Jeep that she “helped” and didn’t guilt me for being sketchy. 🤣

Next time I have to do something similar I’m putting an anchor in the garage floor. Period.
 
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xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
I welded the C’s on the other day and got the axle panhard mount welded on today. Then I worked on figuring out shock mounts for what felt like an eternity, mixed in with figuring out rear frame rails and skid plate stuff and at the end of the day I’m not really a whole lot closer to having any of that done. That is what kills me on this build 🤣
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I did however shorten the rear section of the chassis. I wanted it to be a little on the long side but it was too much. I like it a lot more now. It also forced me to use the notcher on the chassis which was actually pretty neat.
Before
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During
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After
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xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
I had like 200 PSI left in my welding tank but wanted to use it rather than just leave it in there and get a new tank so today I welded, for a long time. There were a ton of tubes that were tacked and a ton that I only welded the tops so I just went at it. I actually ran out of wire first which I didn’t see coming but I had another spool. I bet I’ve had that spool and the argon tank for like 3 years lol. Airgas on Monday I guess.
 

xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
Get a smaller tank. It makes you feel like you weld a lot.
I have the medium size tank… I think it’s a 125. I actually purchased it from Airgas so I don’t have to make the lease payments.
 

UNSTUCK

But stuck more often.
I have the same size tank. My worst was close to 5 years on one tank. My last two refills were only a month or so apart so I feel like I made up for it.
 

xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
So the other day I welded up the plate panhard mount for the frame side and I’ve been mad at it ever since. The welds were hot enough but just high cause I didn’t move fast enough. I really couldn’t sleep the other night cause I was so mad. So today I ground them down with the intent of getting it flush and then going at it again. Well I ground them down and it actually smoothed well and while I don’t prefer that look I ran with it and put some more welds on the inside.
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The third hole is filled because there’s a tube in there going sideways for the support tube that runs to the chassis tube on the other side. It looked weird being partially blocked so I just filled it.

Now that I was able to get that tacked on I made the cross tube and stopped there for the night.
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I’m pleased with how it’s coming together and stopped there for the night. I need to get some solid tacks on it and pull it off to put the plate on the bottom side of the panhard mount since I don’t want to do all that welding overhead.

Random above shot.
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xj_nate

Doctor, economist, polical expert, poser
Location
UT
Last night Ryan met me at Carlos’ casa and I watched him machine my shock misalignment spacers down so the shock mounts don’t have to be wider than the chassis tubes. No pics of the work and the end result is nothing exciting but this pic is cute at least:
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When I got home I whipped up some shock tabs the old fashioned way. Also not much to look at so no pics.


As of tonight the front end is officially linked!
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I’ve gotta say I’m pretty pleased with the way it all went together. Clean notches and tight tolerances always make me happy. Annnnd I think it’ll be plenty strong which is obviously important 🤣
 
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