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'72 Bluggy: Rocks/ 47s/ LoMax

Discussion in 'The Driveway (build threads)' started by RGV72BLAZER, May 24, 2006.

  1. RGV72BLAZER

    RGV72BLAZER 1/2 ton status

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    Updated: 7/6/12...Skip to post 500 for the most recent updates :D

    well wasn't sure if my thread should go here or somewhere else but i guess it can be moved. i'm finally starting to collect my parts & will post pics of the stuff that i already have. i may end up posting other threads as i may still have questions on my set up. you can see quicker updates here if you're intersted http://www.rgv4x4.com/forums/showthread.php?t=426 but i've gotten so much from this site so i'll post updates here whenever i have any.

    i picked up my Gen I back in March '02. it was brown, with a white top, 350/th350/np205, 32 BFG ATs, D44/12 bolt with 3.08s, and stock lift. this pic is of when i got it stuck out at South Padre Island, TX about 2 days after bringing it home.

    P.S. IF MY PICTURES AREN'T SHOWING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW

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  2. RGV72BLAZER

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    ...A few months later, i had a coat of sunset orange pearl metallic paint thrown on it, reupholestered seats, a 3" lift with custom springs, & 35" MTRs...

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    ...had it in show quality, but before i knew it i was pushing it to the limits :eek1: :doah:...

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  3. RGV72BLAZER

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    ...so after a night of too much of this :beer: and a pride too great to overcome, i destroyed the rocker panels, the front D44, the rear suspension, and had no brakes [which i realized when i was driving 60 mph getting to a busy intersection :eek1: ]...so i decided to get far more serious about my wheelin' & plain n simple i just wanted to tear up all my buddies that have jeeps...so i began disassembly of the whole thing in Oct. '04...

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    IGOR 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Nice - so just out of curiousity (and based on the fact that I might attemp it this weekend) how did you physically remove your tub from the frame?
     
  5. RGV72BLAZER

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    so i spent the past year & a half pissed off that i took thing apart and anxious to get the thing running and just gathering parts. i have my range box 203 for my doubler, ORD shackle flip and HD shackle, bushings for the front springs, 52" & 63" springs, exhaust for my sbc [which i may not use if i go up to a bbc], 44" boggers, h1 wheels, D60 [5.86s, detroit, 4340 chromoly inners/outers, 1410 yoke], D70 HD [5.86s, detroit, 35 spline shafts], and some other little things here and there...

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    lmao:haha: ...this part sucked...on the rear we used a cherry picker...on the front my cousin & i used a 2x4 that was wider than the tub and picked it up :eek1: a few inches while a buddy pulled the chasis out, then we sat it on some barrels...that's a quick summary & not as easy as it sounds...what i recommend is use a cherry picker and get plenty of man power and brace the tub with tubing so that it won't collapse...that's something i didn't do on mine & i regret not doing but too late now...
     
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    so here are my plans:

    tires/wheels:
    44" boggers on 16.5 H1s [heard that h1s can't be run on the 44s b/c of the runflats ?]

    axles:
    d60/70

    steering:
    sky high steering
    hydro assist [leaning toward rocklogic unless someone has a suggestion for a beefy setup]
    maybe a borgeson steering shaft

    suspension:
    (F) 52" spring swap, 7 1/4 shackle from BWP, SKY front x-member, ORD rear hanger, zero rates to push the axle forward, and greaseable ORD bushings throughout
    (R) 63" springs, ORD greaseable bushings, ORD shackle flip and 6.0 HD shackle, maybe a zero rate
    *looking to get around a 118 wheelbase

    Motor:
    either a sbc 350 or bbc 454 running on propane with a mild build nothing worth snapping axles

    Tranny:
    700R4

    T-Case:
    NP203/205 Doubler with a 3:1 LoMax in the 205

    & Little Things Like:
    10 pt cage
    NARROWED FRONT & REAR FENDERS
    dual batteries
    rock protection
    winch
    and hopefully a custom soft top



    THANKS SO FAR TO:
    www.austink5.com
    www.ck5.com esp. burt4x4, greg72, lucasj, & jekbrown
    friends & family

    will keep things updated hopefully
     
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    Where would you have run bracing looking back - in the door jambs?
     
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    I'm a member over there too-

    I'm tempted to leave my top on and do it - although I obviously don't want anything to shift. My rocker boxes are solid underneath - and there are only small pinholes in my floorboards.

    I pulled my front clip off without using a breaker bar - even the bolt that was up under the firewall that held the fender on came right off on both sides...
     
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    WOW!
    One Hellov a project with one hellov a good ending:D :bow: :bow:

    Can't wait too see more pics as you put it all back together.
    Good Luck
    Burt
     
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    Way to get serious RGV!! :bow:

    All just to pound on your buddies...perfect motivation. :waytogo:
     
  13. RGV72BLAZER

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    ...thanks...lol...i ordered up my sky high steer kit yesterday and x-member and shackles...i'll probably be ordering my new orings for the H1s today...this weekend i'll once again taken on the task of removing old rubber bushings from the springs so i can measure the spring eyes to order up my greaseable bushings from ORD
     
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    just a quick update:

    *setup the frame & axles at a 118" wheelbase
    *mounted the rest of the boggers on the H1s but still have to figure out how to run the runflats :haha: or get some pvc ones from usa6x6
    *got my propane setup...just need a tank
    *found a BBC {that's right Burt} for 350 + a 14 bolt :D
    *talked to Kyle at NWF, got everything going...got my doubler, 203 rebuild kit, 3:1 lo max, etc. will wait on my triple shifters until i set up my clocking position :eek1:
    *ordered up a new wiring harness, energy susp body mounts, a steering column off of ebay

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    within the next week i hope to remove the inner sleeves from the springs and order up the rest of my suspension pieces so that i can remove about 32 rivets :eek1: :mad: , sand the frame, paint it, set up the suspension, & bolt everything together & get the tub back on...i have to drive an hour back to my parent's place to work on it so it's kinda hard sometimes...i can't wait...here's a buddy removing the rubber bushings with a $12 propane torch...better than the drill, pull, drill method :doah: ....

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    Wow.. Your freaking diving in all the way.. Sweet :waytogo:
     
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    yep yep...i hope by the end of the summer, all i'll need is to build my tranny, setup my f/r bumpers, get a winch, & other little things...hope to have it ready around december or earlier
     
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    Very sweet project you have going on.
     
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    thanks...i got the bug, it's been almost two years since i started this project, and i just need to wheel something...gonna attack the biggest rock & mudhole as soon as i get it done...:D
     
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    I can't wait:D
     

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