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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Quote Originally Posted by rob View Post
    Then again, aerodynamics and international don't exactly go hand in hand.
    Truth, it may not make a difference at all!!! It's definitely noticable on a quiet car.
    Flexes like a boneless hooker on muscle relaxers

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    ARB makes this one http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-Roof-Rac...310-P3451.aspx , I just think it might look kind of silly on an a scout.

    Maybe just some big lights, screw the noise and mpg!

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Next up was the rocksliders. It definitely needed them because of its low stance, and the rear mounts needed to be stout to double as the basis for the new, longer rear spring mounts. I cut out the mounts out of .25 inch plate, then boxed them in with .125. The rear mount is also internally boxed where the rear hanger mounts integrate.



    Here you can see the mounts positioned on the frame near the crossmembers, to help keep the frame from flexing under load.



    The rail itself is .250 wall sqaure tubing, the idea was for it to "disappear"...



    This is the one that will be part of the new spring hanger. Rear springs are being swapped out for longer, wider rear springs.


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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Quote Originally Posted by rob View Post
    Ummm ... those look more like art than mounts for rock sliders. Very nice work!

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Nice work!


    Note to self......sign up for welding classes

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Best three pages ive read in a long time..Great work and keep the updates coming.
    From race-car to weekend warrior. XJ to JK...

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Thanks for the nice words!


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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    I pulled the front axle out, so I took some pics of the belly pan, as it is a lot easier to see with out the front end in.

    Belly pan is made out of 2 main sections of 3/16 plate that has been gusseted. It is separated from the trans crossmember by about 1/2", but under hard hits the crossmember will help provide support. It is also designed to me easily removed, in case of major service. The drain plugs for everything are still readily accessible thru holes cut in the plate.





    Attachment to rear crossmember


    Attachment to front bolt in crossmember

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    You do some great looking work.

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    gonna be cool...IH I have a 48 KB2 that my dad bought new...

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Quote Originally Posted by alien View Post
    gonna be cool...IH I have a 48 KB2 that my dad bought new...
    I had to look up what a KB 2 is. Nice looking truck, and with a history like that...what are you going to do with it?

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Front axle is back in! Front end is done,at least as far as fab work goes.

    NOS j-10 housing, scout outers and knuckles. ARB diff, CTM axle joints, and alloy axleshafts should hold up pretty well.




    Here you can see the pinion bump stop. This stops the pinion from rotating up after hard hits, it will ensure the driveshaft stays out of the tranny pan.

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    I wanted the steering to be bulletproof, so I started by machining the stock taper to accept bigger joints. Also, in the interest of parts availability, all the tie rod ends are common part numbers stocked by most any auto parts store.







    The tie rod and drag link are 1.25 x .250 4130 chromoly tube threaded for the tie rod ends. I then slot and keyhole the end, and weld on a pinch bolt. I find this holds them in place much better than the typical jam nut set-up.



    I also replaced the rag joint in the colum to box linkage with U joints...

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Right now, the thread is just about up to date with the work. I still have quite a bit left to do, the rear suspension is the next big hurdle, then bumpers, then finishing the roof rack, then the dash....AND then....

    I got the rear suspension mocked up, mounted 35" Goodyears on Trail Ready (made in the USA) beadlocks...and then I had to roll it outside to get a good look at it



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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    There are very few threads I look for on VJC and this is one of them...Nice to see true threads related to the sport. thanks for sharing.
    From race-car to weekend warrior. XJ to JK...

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