My recycle bucket

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    My recycle bucket

    I'm not really sure where to put this, and I haven't done a build thread in a long time, but I guess with this board, we can move our threads, so I'll try here for now.

    Backstory cliff notes:
    I had/have a buggy. Same car I've had for years. Built it in '04, WERock comp'd it, KOH raced it, trail-rode it, all that good stuff. Good little car. 4 wheel steer, coilovers, two seater, 302/C6/Atlas, 60's, 42's, kept it all these years. I tried plating it as a homemade car to make it road legal so I could drive it a bit more, have more fun, no-go there.

    Along came kids. And then they got bigger. Two seater wasn't big enough. Time to make some changes.

    I didn't want to deal with emissions or other inspection crap, and since Colorado won't plate something that wasn't a "car" to start with, I needed a "car". So I brought home a '75 DJ5 that my daughter immediately decreed "the mushroom". It was cheap, it was ugly, it didn't run, but it was a "jeep" and had a clean pre-emissions Colorado title.

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    Selling this to my wife meant a lot of my buggy had to be recycled into it. Axles, wheels, tires, coilovers, Atlas, as much as possible. But my engine was tired. No oil pressure at warm idle level of tired. And it was a mostly-unknown 302, and it'd been beat on pretty hard over the years. Recycling it seemed like perhaps not the best choice, and knowing that a four seater Jeep is likely to be heavier than my already-porky buggy, more power seemed like a good idea.

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      #3
      So in the more power department, and in keeping with keeping the wife happy and using my existing stuff as much as possible, means using my smallblock C6 and Atlas, which in turn means smallblock Ford in front of it. So, more power in a smallblock Ford package, coming from a 302, next step up power-wise is a 351W, so I got one of those. And might have snuck a little under the wife-radar in the more power department.

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        #4
        Just aluminum heads and big valves wasn't really enough, so I went a little farther, cam, and...

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          #5
          I’m watching...

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            #6
            Now that I have my turbos hung, I had engine enough to put it into the Jeep, except I didn't really have a Jeep any more, I'd kind of removed the important bits that I wanted, and pushed the rest out to the side.

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              #7
              Fortunately, I had a grownup Erector set ready to go.

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                #8
                Decent fab work needs a flat surface, and nothing says safe like an OSB welding table.

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                  #9
                  Starting on a nerf bar layout. When I get tired of making cars I'm going to be a framer, the amount of practice I'm getting at lumberfab in this project is staggering.

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                    #10
                    Some more undercarriage, it's probably not a great start that the beginnings of its birth, started out upside down.

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                      #11
                      With it right side up, time to start test fitting actual Jeep parts. Not necessarily Jeep parts off the DJ, perhaps best to remember, that's an in-name thing and the "ish" is heavy in this project. I'll get around to using some of the actual DJ parts eventually....

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                        #12
                        OK, get those Jeep parts out of the way, this is a tube car, dammit.

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                          #13
                          Well, maybe put some Jeep parts back to make sure stuff is going to fit.

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                            #14
                            Time for fender bars, this will be a de-fender'd Jeep and the plan is fairly low on 42's, so the hood will have to be trimmed to fit.

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                              #15
                              So moving towards the back, I wanted a Jeep-ish quarterpanel, which meant round wheeltub cutouts. I don't have a roller, but I can phone a friend.

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