Rat Jeep (Street Ride)

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JakeP

OSHA approved
Mar 2, 2007
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Riverside
#11
Thanks dude!

Still haven't sold the ranger (shamed face). I have had some issues with the AFR so it won't pass smog or run 100% right. It's on my list to work on.

My wife and I made an offer on a house so hopefully I will get some dedicated time/space to work on it. I will DEFINITELY have garage weekends in the future. Fabrication, beer, BBQ, maintenance, etc for Trucks, Jeeps, and Motorcycles.
 

Jester9

The Jester's Workshop
Apr 1, 2014
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Riverside, CA
#12
That's awesome man! Congrats on both the marriage and the house! Having your own garage definitely changes the game. Me and the wife have been out here in Texas for 3.5 years now kinda hard to stay connected to everybody! Hahaha
 

bri_man57

Need to Build
Jul 11, 2005
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Ventura, California
#13
Along the same lines, glad to see you working on a project again man. I thought you sold the ranger as well. I remember helping you trying to figure out the sputtering issue before you added the regulator to the fuel system. Get it running and come to the desert!

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JakeP

OSHA approved
Mar 2, 2007
4,608
13
38
Riverside
#14
Made some motor mounts (still need to box them in) and a transmission mount today. Also got the frame set up at ride height and welded spacers between the frame and the steel plates on the floor. Next project will be making/welding the front axle and radius arms.

I also need to think about buying or making seats like this.
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JakeP

OSHA approved
Mar 2, 2007
4,608
13
38
Riverside
#16
Picked up a radiator for the rat Jeep project from a guy with one of the nicest rangers I've ever seen. He said it was built by one of the guys that now (or did) work at Solo Motorsports. The TIG welds were super nice and the bead rolled aluminum panels really made everything super clean.

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JakeP

OSHA approved
Mar 2, 2007
4,608
13
38
Riverside
#19
A number of updates:
Built the front I-beam out of 1/2" cold rolled with 1.5 degrees of camber per side. Beveled all weld joints heavily, but I'm still thinking about doing fishplates over the butt welds.


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Put the front end in the approximate place we want it, but it needs to drop 2" to be at ride height. I have to wait for wheels/tires before starting on the radius arms.
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Started building the rear of the frame. Instead of dropping back down behind the axle we will keep the frame high and support the body with some outriggers. A fuel cell will also end up sitting between the rear frame rails.
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Built the 4-link. Did reversed uppers so they didn't interfere with the seat location. Cycled the 6" of travel and the pinion angle looks good.
Set the rear axle at bump and built some custom coilover brackets for the axle. Still have to build the upper mounts and fit some bump stops in place.
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Got the body set back on AGAIN to see how much sheet metal needs to be cut out for axle/link/coilover clearance.
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Also have to cut out the center of the body to make room for the driveshaft at bump.
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Here's a neat shot my dad took.
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