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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:47 pm 
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Benno! wrote:
I really dig that last update with the overhead photo. It's coming together nicely..

Now throw some damn wood on it and lets go wheel :)

Thanks man, and sorry to report but the only wood will be from wondering JK and Merc owners who happen to pass by :lol:

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While I really like the utility of the bed and the extra time you have spent on it I really hope you add some type of overhead rack system on it so you could carry a canoe/kayak/roof top tent :idea: . I think it would really add to the adventure look you have going and make for a more universal system .I could be a drop on design and could be removed when it wasn't needed.Thanks you .my 2 cents worth of needless advice.

I neglected to share the fact that I have almost 100 feet of 1 3/4" DOM that is waiting to find a home in this project too.

I have an idea for half of an overhead rack type thing, but also have several ideas to make modular attachments that I can use only when I need them. I hope to see a Kayak in my future so that exact idea is one that is rolling around in my mind...also must be able to haul a dirt bike which is going to be easier said than done, but will happen one way or another


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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:07 pm 
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Looks great!! I love how you buried the spare into the wasted space for a lower COG.

Will it clear the new meats?? Looks fairly close clearances with what you are running.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:43 pm 
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jesus_man wrote:
Looks great!! I love how you buried the spare into the wasted space for a lower COG.

Will it clear the new meats?? Looks fairly close clearances with what you are running.

Thank you, I'm liking it so far!

As for the new meats, I have built with them in mind so I'm fairly sure that it's going to work, not to say that I couldn't have bugered up some. Technically I am not increasing size although the new 35s are almost 2" taller than the current 35s but that's only an inch more that I need to worry about for clearance so should be fine...I hope!


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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:34 am 
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I think you did say you had some tube laying around but I didn't know there was a plan ahead for it.

It will be interesting to see how you save room for the bike...if the bed fills up there is always the rear bumper :idea:

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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:16 pm 
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kirkjeeps wrote:
It will be interesting to see how you save room for the bike...if the bed fills up there is always the rear bumper :idea:

The rear bumper is always an option that I have used many times behind the XJ and ZJ but given that it is a truck I don't want that to be my only option for a bike.

I have actually figured out where to put everything including the bike, but what worries me is how to get the dang thing up there, given that the bed is a squeak over 3 ft from the ground. I have ideas for that too, but it'll be a while before I need to figure that out.


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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:09 am 
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Tink wrote:
.... but what worries me is how to get the dang thing up there, given that the bed is a squeak over 3 ft from the ground. I have ideas for that too, but it'll be a while before I need to figure that out.



No worries! Just back up and give it some BRAAAAAPP! BRO! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
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I see a ramp that slides out of the bed floor ala uHaul.


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Benno! wrote:
Tink wrote:
.... but what worries me is how to get the dang thing up there, given that the bed is a squeak over 3 ft from the ground. I have ideas for that too, but it'll be a while before I need to figure that out.



No worries! Just back up and give it some BRAAAAAPP! BRO! :lol:

I've seen enough Youtube to know how that one ends, so that won't be the technique :lol:

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I see a ramp that slides out of the bed floor ala uHaul.

There's not enough room to have a ramp slide out of the bed floor, but I have been thinking along those lines some, of course, maybe it just won't be a big deal. Hopefully I'll be able to find out soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:00 am 
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Wow have I been busy since my last update. I have kinda shoved everything in life except work and the truck to the wayside lately and have been really cranking on this thing. The problem of it being a dual purpose rig is that it not only has to work, but kinda has to be self sustaining too. That requires a level of completeness that a dedicated trail rig may not. Anywho, hang on cause here we go!

I finished the structure for the bed, trying to take into account any special needs that I would have. I added some sort of tube to tie into any feature/ tie down that I was planning and it ended up something like this. (pardon the crap night pic)
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I decided to use 14ga treadplate for the bed floor. It is kind of a compromise on strength, weight, and cost. With all of the supports under the floor it should hold up for a long time.
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Because I'm attempting to make this bed do everything I can think that I'd want it to do, I added some tie downs in what I hope works out to be good places
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Then I added the wheel wells. I know these are nearly worthless, but I think they add a ton of character
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Next it had to find it's way back to the truck, and has become too much for me to muscle, so Mr. Lane came by after work and helped me man handle the thing back on. I kinda like the direction, but was still clueless as to where to go from here. I took some pics that I could later use to play with sketching some ideas.
I didn't save any of the sketches, so you'll just have to trust that it came out exactly as I had it drawn
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And now I'm falling asleep typing, so I think I'll save rest for another time


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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:53 pm 
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That looks great! You consider lining the bed with a non-slip coating?


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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
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jesus_man wrote:
That looks great! You consider lining the bed with a non-slip coating?


Thank you! So far I have considered considering it, but thats all. I really like how it looks now so I'll see how it works for a while


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No lumber yet? I R Sad....

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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:50 pm 
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So, I'll make an attempt at continuing to catch up...

So, In building all of this, with the fuel tank relocation and everything, the one question that I had was whether or not the fuel filler was going to work. This was the first test and the whole deal has evolved some but it did fill the tank which is kinda important. The tail lights are still only temporary too.
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Next it was time for that expensive DOM that I bought a while back to find its way into the picture. It has been bugging me that Mr. Lane has had a shiny new tube bender laying around and hasn't bent any tube, so we decided that I should come raid the shed and we'd see what we could do with it. Of course I showed up with some super precise sketches showing exactly what it was that I wanted to build and well, we worked in that direction til the end of the first tube, then it all just took on a life of its own.

This pic is mid first tube. A tube to follow the cab with a bunch of bends all on the same plane is obviously the best way for me to get refreshed on the tube bending thing as well as break Jeff in to the whole thing. In the end it worked out pretty well, though we sure didn't make it look easy all the time
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Once that was done, I decided some kickers all the way to the back was the way to go. They didn't fight us too much, and with those 3 tubes tacked in we called it the end of day one
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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:59 pm 
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I found some inexpensive, roll up mock up material to play with and try and get some idea of where it would go from here. I wanted it to look good, be different enough that you won't feel like you've seen one like it, and still have a functional bed, after all it is still my only truck. The mock up yielded mixed feelings, but was something to work from3
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The final decision came about from adding one tube at a time and figuring the rest out as we went along. It all shaped up a little like this and looked pretty much nothing like my original sketches :lol:
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By now I had been staring at this whole dumb truck for so long, and trying to figure out all the details that I was getting pretty numb. I still hadn't figured out the tail light situation and Jeff came up with the genius idea that I should build a filler panel between the bed and bumper that I could mount them in. So we build some mounting brackets and another piece fell into place. Here is part of him in the beginning stage of making that happen
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After we got the brackets mounted for the tail light panel, the bed was off again for final welding and paint, and I was left bedless for what was probably the last time.

By this point, I was so burned out on welding, and he seemed to be having fun, so who was I to stand in his way. He finished burning all the tubes home and finishing whatever we could think to finish at the time
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After that I started cleaning it all up in prep for what seemed like an eternity of running back and forth painting.
This is just kinda cool
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First I gave it a couple of thick coats of rustoleum on the bottom to hopefully protect it and make it easy to clean underneath
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Then I rolled it over and slathered the top in silver hammer coat. I'm still not sure what the final colors will be, but I really like the silver, and it is pretty dang tough and easy to touch up, so it will probably stay.
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While I was doing all that in Columbia, in between trips, I was also working to try and get the truck side ready to go. I basically cut apart the whole rear wiring harness and remade it to suit my needs. I also beefed up the grounds a lot while I was there
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For now, this will do. I still plan to add trailer wires, and may even wire up the flush mounts in the bumper someday, but for now these are just more half completed projects.
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Then it was time for the bed to go back on the truck, for permanent...I hope.
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The bed hadn't been on for a full 24 hours yet, when it became time for the truck to actually play truck
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Finally it was time for the Pitbulls that have been stacked in my office to make their way onto the truck. This was the first view I got at the tire place, and I was pretty excited by it
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Of course then I had to go find something to climb so I could make sure I guessed correctly and the bigger tires would clear the bed, and it looked pretty good to me.
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A few days later it was time to find out if the whole mess would really work as an adventure rig. For the wheeling side I felt pretty unprepared, but I did have some spares and tools, along with all the camping gear. I'm really happy with how it all loaded on the truck
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I've had a really insane month of nothing but truck, and a lot of other things in life have slid behind and I will have to catch up in most cases, and pay the price in others, but it didn't matter. We made it to SMORR, where I really didn't care how much I wheeled, I just needed the get away, the time with friends, and the pay off of having done it in my truck!!!
This pic is good. It will be a while before I can wheel on the regular, but this reminds me of why I love this thing that we do and drives me to get there more often
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I have lots of small details that I'd like to get to on the bed as well as going back and catching up on a lot of the half done projects that I've left behind to get here. This is a major stepping stone for me and the MJ, but the build doesn't stop here for sure, so stay tuned!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Tink's MJ
PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:00 am 
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Very nice, in my eyes anyway. The patience and hard work are paying off. Oh and the standing around scratching your head too! And I for one haven't seen one like it. Worked good on the trails too.


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