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Re: J2000 Gladiator resto-mod *Pic Heavy*

Postby 68J2000 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:29 pm

Stuka wrote:Thats a very clean looking waggy!



Thanks Stuka!! It definitely is a clean truck for its age! Most importantly, my Father loves it, and is excited to have an FSJ again!!
1968 J2000 Gladiator : AMC 360, AX15 Terminator, Dana 300, D44/D44 4.27 Gears, 33's (W.I.P.)

1969 Triumph GT6+ : 6cyl, 4speed, resto in order, (on the back burner)

1992 Jeep YJ : CJ front end conversion, 4.0, 4 speed auto, winters shifter, mostly stock..ish. For Sale

2015 Ram 2500 Cummins, Laramie, Crew Cab, Long Bed "Big Hoss" ...stock for now

68J2000
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Re: J2000 Gladiator resto-mod *Pic Heavy*

Postby 68J2000 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:22 pm

So, I'm not sure what happened. But somewhere along the lines I got distracted, bought myself a 1992 YJ, did a quick restomod to it and had started daily driving it.. Now the itch hit me like a freight train and I'm selling off the YJ, and going full steam ahead on the Gladiator, in the last week or so I've ordered a LOT of parts, with more on their way, and even more awaiting ordering...


The YJ roughly started off like this ( kinda hard to tell, but the body/tub were rotted out pretty good)

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And after a bit of time, energy, and more doll hairs than I was looking to spend (it was supposed to be a cheap commuter...should've known better with it being a Jeep..) some of you guys may remember my brother and I from the 2017 ECI trip..

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1968 J2000 Gladiator : AMC 360, AX15 Terminator, Dana 300, D44/D44 4.27 Gears, 33's (W.I.P.)

1969 Triumph GT6+ : 6cyl, 4speed, resto in order, (on the back burner)

1992 Jeep YJ : CJ front end conversion, 4.0, 4 speed auto, winters shifter, mostly stock..ish. For Sale

2015 Ram 2500 Cummins, Laramie, Crew Cab, Long Bed "Big Hoss" ...stock for now

68J2000
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Location: Commack, NY

Re: J2000 Gladiator resto-mod *Pic Heavy*

Postby 68J2000 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:06 pm

In the process the Gladiator had gotten moved around to another location, where its been sitting. But I fully expect it to be coming back home under its own power! :-bd

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Had picked up a 3 piece bumper set with brackets for a pretty good deal.. should come in handy at some point

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Some of the new orders started rolling in.... got this little gem.. (thanks FedEx for keeping the package right side up :x )

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What's inside the large mysterious brown box you ask? Well..it's a brand new, fully built AX15
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It's some nice new shiny stuff, from this great company I didn't even know was in my backyard (2 hours upstate from me)

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Now the parts are all starting to stack up, and the evenings/weekends are gonna be full of wrenching
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Got an HEI in that white box in the picture too..Other stuff not pictured but will have pics up soon; AX15 bellhousing (external slave), all new brakes including front Disc brake conversion, vacuum brake boost addition, tires (some nice 33x12.50's by Cooper AT3 XLT, really happy with all the Coopers I've had so I can't wait to see how these do). Wheels will be soon to follow, looking to stick with the classic look so I may be getting some WheelVintiques 62's..Can't wait to get the parts into the Gladdy and start making some real headway.


Also the big kick in my butt to get the ball moving on my project, I'm set to attend the Built to Heal event at the end of September, it's an event to raise money for the 4 Wheel to Heal. (yeah, I got a LOT of work to get done to be ready)

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Of course I had to buy myself some swag to support the cause.. and it just looks so damn cool..
1968 J2000 Gladiator : AMC 360, AX15 Terminator, Dana 300, D44/D44 4.27 Gears, 33's (W.I.P.)

1969 Triumph GT6+ : 6cyl, 4speed, resto in order, (on the back burner)

1992 Jeep YJ : CJ front end conversion, 4.0, 4 speed auto, winters shifter, mostly stock..ish. For Sale

2015 Ram 2500 Cummins, Laramie, Crew Cab, Long Bed "Big Hoss" ...stock for now

68J2000
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Location: Commack, NY

Re: J2000 Gladiator resto-mod *Pic Heavy*

Postby 68J2000 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:17 pm

Well, the days till the event have been going by faster than I need them to be.. but I am making headway..got the tires mounted on the fresh wheels..

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Got the powertrain sitting in the truck, still have to get the trans mount fitted up to the crossmember in some fashion, but this is how its currently sitting..

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Here it is with the fresh shoes on it, and the power-train sitting in it..

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You can see in that last shot the truck is sitting with a pretty mean rake, and as nasty as it looks raked... doesn't really help overcoming obstacles, so with the rear shackles flipped I've got my rear lift.. but that obviously still leaves the front sitting at stock height, but I think I've come up with a solution to get the ride height evened out.. (I've yet to physically make sure it works out but by next weekend I'll know for sure, just waiting on the bushings) This thing is really going to be a franken-Jeep by the time it's all finished, but what I've come to find out (thanks to my brother owning an '83 CJ7) is that the CJ7 and the Gladiator basically share the same front spring dimensions, so after a little figuring and measuring, I had ordered a pair of BDS CJ7 2.5" lift front leaf springs. Both Jeeps use 2" wide front springs, the Gladiator measures 22"x22" eye to center to eye.. and the CJ7 measures 22 1/16"x 22 1/16" eye to center to eye, and that's good enough for me. Both Jeep springs have a 1 1/2" main eye, so you can use the factory Gladiator bushings to fit back on the 7/8" post mounts as well.. As soon as the bushings get here (only ordered them today) I'll know for sure how it all fits up, hopefully all goes well..assuming I measured everything right.. :P
1968 J2000 Gladiator : AMC 360, AX15 Terminator, Dana 300, D44/D44 4.27 Gears, 33's (W.I.P.)

1969 Triumph GT6+ : 6cyl, 4speed, resto in order, (on the back burner)

1992 Jeep YJ : CJ front end conversion, 4.0, 4 speed auto, winters shifter, mostly stock..ish. For Sale

2015 Ram 2500 Cummins, Laramie, Crew Cab, Long Bed "Big Hoss" ...stock for now

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Re: J2000 Gladiator resto-mod *Pic Heavy*

Postby jaber » Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:07 pm

Nice find on the springs.
LOVE the wheels and tires.
Jeff

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