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Polarfire
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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by Polarfire » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:26 pm

Great build! Any more updates?


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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by nstevic01 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:28 am

OK, so I’m a little late. But here is almost another 10 months of updates in a single post. It looks like I left off at the floor pan repairs, man so much has happened since then. Here we go!

January 2020

Well this sucks, I don’t have any pictures of the floor pan repairs, so you are just going to have to take my word for it. 😊
I do have the hole I cut in the floor, well one side anyway

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I also decided to seal up the firewall where the old heat and A/C passed through. Since I am using the vintage air system, I wont need these holes.

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My Stage 2 700R4 with a K case arrived from Novak!! This will give me the much needed overdrive for cruising at highway speeds.

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Coincidentally, I was able to sell my complete manual setup. Got it on a pallet and shipped out.

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February 2020


Cab is off now, if you look closely, you can see part of the floor pan repair. Surprisingly the cab was WAY lighter than the bed.

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The paint guy sent me a picture of him getting the bed straitened out.

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Also ended up selling my old block. Getting it on a pallet, you can see the boxed up pallet for the trans swap in the background.

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Frame is all naked, waiting on a repaint and some suspension work.

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Also settled on a color, had to ride up in 30 degree weather for 90 mins to look at the color samples against the bed. Final color choice is Chrysler Sunshine Yellow.

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Snagged a blurry picture of the bed repairs while I was there. Tailgate now sits flush with either side.

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Started working on correcting the paint job on the block. Its all about the details!

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While I was waiting for the paint to dry on the block. I decided to take off the front shocks, there was easily 2.5” of compression. It looks like they reused the stock height shocks when they did the SOA conversion. On the plus side, my front springs went right back to their curved self instead of being flattened out.

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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by nstevic01 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:29 am

March 2020

First picture of the painted bed! Although, as you will see later, looks can be deceiving…

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Started working on relocating the makeshift swaybar end links. They had them mounted to the lower shock mount. The plan is to flip the spring plates to the correct orientation and have a stock setup. As you can see here, the bolt needs to be cut to even get the damn things out.

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Also removed this dangerous bit. Going to have to convert to a crossover steer setup.

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More pictures from the painter, another angle of the bed and one of the hood. Pictures are deceiving….

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And here we have what I will call “D Day”. At first glance, everything looks ok. But as you start going around and looking at all the areas, you will see what a BEEP job it is. I seriously lost all confidence in the painter at this point. The pictures literally speak for themselves. After bringing this up to him, I was assured everything would be fixed at the end after final assembly.

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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by nstevic01 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:30 am

April 2020

On to replacing the shock towers. I ordered the set from BJs, but when installing them, they did not line up with the existing bolt holes. I ended up having to file out the hole to get the bolt in.

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Managed to get the plates flipped around. Debating if I really need to weld up the opening, the u joints don’t move at all when torqued down.

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May 2020


Got the valve covers on.

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“D Day” part 2 – Cab was delivered. Even more of a BEEP show. It looks like almost no prep work went into it. I guess he couldn’t be bothered with removing a foam piece prior to painting… granted some of this wont be visible, but he didn’t know that. Seriously, how hard is it to do a good job?!?

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Anyway…on to progress. Cab is back on the truck. I couldn’t find any pictures of the repainted frame, I had degreased it, pressure washed it, then did 3 coats of black tractor paint. Came out nice.

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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by nstevic01 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:32 am

Got the bed back on as well. I had removed that 3” lift block that I showed a long time ago. Ride height looks way better and the truck no longer rakes forward.

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Cleaned up the steering shaft. I was almost tempted to clear coat it and keep it this way. At this point I was still looking for the lower shaft from a XJ.

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Literally a solid day of sandblasting on these, then another day to paint, and another to cure. The spots you see are just dust and dirt that blew on after curing.

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Started working on replacing the door pins. I noticed I was missing one of these spacers. Made up a new one out of plexi. Ugh…that second shot’s paintwork….

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And here she is on first assembly. A lot of this will be coming back off for one reason or another though. But she needs to be together for the paint guy.

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Rebuilding the hood latch.

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Hopefully this is the last time I take her to the paint guy.

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Time to get started on that dashboard. This would turn out to be a 3 day journey of wire wheel, sand blasting, hand sanding, priming sanding, painting.

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Welded in some new mounts for the dual post radio.

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Obligatory test fit…

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My Bulltear order arrives…finally. But sadly, it is incomplete, they forgot half the order.

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Wasting no time getting the timing cover painted and installed. Getting ready to put the new Flowkooler pump in. New fuel pump and motor mounts installed. Little did I know, something important was missing in this picture….

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Moving right along now, Sniper Hyperspark distributor installed, brackets, balancer and main pulley.

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Milodon pan in…I debated for a very long time whether I would spend the money on this thing vs. refinishing one of the two I had. I will say, I’m glad I did now.

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Dash paint is going on. I opted to go with a Satin black.

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In between coats, I test fit the Doug Thorley headers. Clearance was less than optimal on the driver side…

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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by nstevic01 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:33 am

On top of the clearance issue, the locking header bolts I bought from BJs don’t fit the headers. Ill have to use washers on the final install.

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June 2020


Opted to go with heat resistant tape on the oil pan since the header is going to be so close.

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So the truck is back from the painter. He addressed most of the issues and created a new one. In the second picture you can see what looks like a rough texture on the doors. Im guessing its overspray. He said all I must do is take a sponge soaked in warm water to it and it will come right off. Less than ideal, but I am done dealing with this guy.

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Vintage Air Gen IV unit going in…this is pretty much the only spot it could go without taking up leg room, hitting the wiper arms, and allowing room for bends in the lines.

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So I found this bulkhead coupler online. On paper it looked good, but once you get the crimped ends on, they stick out WAY too far on the inside firewall to allow for an unkinked bend. I ended up ditching it.

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So back to the Thorely headers. I ended up having to bang the BEEP out of the driver side pipe to get good clearance on the pipe. Since banging it voids the warranty, I figured I would wrap the headers while I was at it.

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Almost time to drop her in…

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Novak adapt spacer, flywheel and collar in. Sadly I could not find a picture with the 700R4 mounted before dropping it in the truck.

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Due to clearance issues with the engine hoist and hood of the truck, I ended up having to take the headers off. PITA.

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I ended up having to move the trans crossmember to the back set of holes, other than that, she fits like a glove.

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So I was on the FSJ Facebook page one night and I saw a post about the oil slinger and its correct orientation. Turns out, the block I had, they put it in backwards. So naturally I installed it in the same orientation I found it. Well…I had to open everything back up and fix it. Its stupid things like this that set you back.

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Back to the steering. So to fix the previous owner’s attempt at a cheap lift, I opted to pick up a Reid Racing knuckle conversion so that I could go to a proper crossover steer setup.

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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by nstevic01 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:35 am

Let me preface this next part with the fact that a Stage 2 700R4 plus the parts needed for the conversion cost a whopping $3500 from Novak. The conversion parts alone were $1212.21 of that. This is the inspection cover they send you… it being plastic doesn’t bother me, but the fact that it is nowhere close to fitting the opening does. For as much as you pay for this damn thing, there should have been a custom cover. I do hear though, that a 700r4 inspection cover from a truck will fit. eBay has those suckers at over $100 though.

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Yes, this is the actual gap that is left. It does not come close to even filling the space.

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Obviously this ear needs to be trimmed off…

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August 2020


Back to the engine bay, huge mess of A/C and coolant lines going in.

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The new method for running through the firewall. This gave me the clearance and flexibility to run the lines correctly.

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Finished running the A/C lines. Just need to get vacuum on it to test for leaks.

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Gen IV poking out from under the dash.

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September, October, November 2020


Wiring begins…I opted to go with 0-gauge welding cable for all the battery and grounds. The stuff is super easy to work with.

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Interior is a rats nest right now.

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This is the start of a custom fuse/relay block that will sit on top of it. I separated switched power from direct power. This will run into the various relays and fuse in the box that will power the Sniper, Light bar, brush guard, and any other accessories I add in.

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This is the Sniper mount that I fabbed up, fuse box is on the side. You can also see the RobMC surge tank setup in the middle.

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So I made this custom plate for the wires to run through the firewall. While it works, I’m debating on cleaning up the factory bulkhead connector and re-pinning it. It should work for now, but I don’t think it looks good at all.

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Got the transmission cooler mounted up, just need to run the lines.

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Started to cut the hole for the Cargo Lamp switch to mount. Still need to file it out a bit more before drilling the holes for the screws.

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Bilstein 5125s all the way around and new brake hard and soft lines.

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Hood padding waiting to be installed

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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by nstevic01 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:36 am

Fuel tank carrier waiting to be put in

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Bunch of other parts that were sandblasted, painting, and waiting for install.

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So there we have it, about 9 months of updates in one day. See you on the next one!


bigun
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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by bigun » Wed Nov 04, 2020 1:55 pm

Looking good!
I don't understand why if you pay somebody to do a job, they don't do it to the best of their ability, of course in this case the painter may have


Cgray
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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by Cgray » Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:24 am

Your work, and that truck, is deserving of a far better paint job. But you already know that.


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Re: Twister Jeep Build

Post by sirrus » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:07 pm

Awesome build!
nstevic01 wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:35 am
You can also see the RobMC surge tank setup in the middle.

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Can you share a bit more details about mounting RobbMC tank? I'm planning to get one as a part of my fuel injection upgrade and trying to see where and how others are mounting surge tank. Thanks!
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Twister Jeep Build

Post by littleblackjeep » Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:43 pm

Any details on the hood padding? Mine is in need as well. That is rough about the paint work. Still going to be an awesome truck.

Also, did you change up your batt tray or use stock?


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Twister Jeep Build

Post by sirrus » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:45 pm

Hood padding looks like what BJs sells. I have the same one, holds up good after a year
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