Hit the shop running at 6 and pushed the turd back in. Wanted to get the steering gear on and the column back in but after some thinking figured that if the hillbillies had to add an extension to the steering column to reach, mine wouldn't work with the body lift still on. Set out to remedy that. Didn't want to hurt the sides of the body so we rigged up a 2x2 lever using the chainfalls and a 1x4 for tub protection.
Worked like a charm but instead of being able to get to both sides of the body bolts jeep used little bullshit inserts in the bracing of the tub. They either turned the nut on the backside or didn't leave enough room to get a wrench on them.
There were two that the impact gun took out next to the gas tank, thank god and the rest were torched off or wrestled out. If the ones by the gas tank wouldn't have came out on their own I'd have had to remove the tank to torch them. Got lucky for once
There were two like this that couldn't be torched and had to use a wrench and channel locks to undo. Good thirty minutes wasted on each
I wish I could take credit for this next idea but honestly saw it on a Chevy truck 10 years or so ago. These will be a little taller than stock body mounts but should work great.
Since Jeff builds engines for a living he had these triple throwdown, double deluxe valve springs off a 383 drag motor he'd freshened for a guy this summer. If I remember right they hold 190lbs of pressure at installed height which is 2.300. Guesstimating that there's about 800-900lbs of tub weight including me, tools, 1.75 liter of Yukon Jack, spare tire and a six pack of chaser. Divide that by 8 total mounts and deduct a touch for wear on the springs and I should have a lot more cushiony ride
This was right before clean up which was extensive.
The guy I bought the jeep from apparently went mudding the last time he drove it, got it stuck, and left it for a while. The frame rails are filled with dirt about halfway up and there are very few holes for shit to get into.
Probably gonna have to cut the bottom of the frame out in a few places to get that crap out of there. If I don't, everytime I hit a water crossing that dirt will get wet and rot the frame out from the inside.
Planning to get back on it tomorrow and get some more stuff done. Feels good to not be neglecting it, this build should have been done already. As always, thanks for reading