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    Scratchbuilding a mini-me JKU

    I may as well build a little one from leftover and robbed parts from my other little trucks and stuff. I was starting this in another old thread, but it kinda got lost.

    My cash flow has changed direction, to a real Jeep but its still not enough yet, so I will tinker around with a little one and hope you guys enjoy something the same, but different. If not, oh well It keeps me busy.

    This is what I want to copy, sort of... My Jeep



    1st, the body, I used to have friends keep there eyes open for these bodies. I ended up with 4. They usually show up around Christmas in some of the department stores.









    I have already chopped the hell out of it, I did the cut fender mod






    Cut the solid part of the roof out, not sure why just yet, that we will figure out later.




    I also chopped off the stock mopar lookin running boards





    I have to find the other pictures... be back with more..
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    I am interested in seeing how this turns out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 07silverjk View Post
    I am interested in seeing how this turns out.
    Great, come on along


    I'll get back to the body later. It needs axles, suspension and a chassis.


    front axle







    rear axle





    laying it out




    linked it up, and dug up some shocks with helper coils and home made shock towers






    robbed a transfer case from another clunker










    That's it for now.
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    This is cool! Id love to have a project like that. Keep sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 07JKSahara View Post
    This is cool! Id love to have a project like that. Keep sharing!

    I will do that, Thank you for the comment !
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    Subscribed! Looks like fun!
    2013 JKU Sport "Spider" with some EVO goodies and a chop here and there

    DIY trail/tube door build http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?24449-My-DIY-Doors

    Overall "build thread" http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?2...ker-quot-build

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    Thank you gentlemen !

    As I said, its something to do, its a small town, and about all there is too do is go to a bar, but I had my fun years ago, now its time for the younger guys.

    The body had the fender flares like the old bushwhacker's, except its a fake bolt hole. They needed ground down and smoothed out.








    On these types of bodies, I use small pieces of styrene plastic, left over from larger sheets of styrene (that's another story) to strengthen areas of the body or whatever I need to do, in this case, make the fenders look a little more modern.

    This piece is a hair less then 1\8 th in. thick and about 6 inches long, maybe 3\4 th's wide





    Then I use PVC pipe cleaner fluid as a plastic cement type welding, melting agent and some kind of clamp that works in the area.





    Then I use auto body bondo, and it seems to bond nicely to styrene and other plastics.









    That just about catches up to where I am right now, just staring at the damn thing wishing it would put itself together.


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    I couldn't sleep, so I was in the garage about 4 AM, so I did some sanding and a little primer so I can find the bad spots, mold lines, wavy bondo, etc... It needs more sanding..

    Plus a pic or 2 of the interior, and I'm trying to decide if I want to chop up the interior and cut the doors out, or leave them in, and don't really mess with it...

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    Even though my money is being saved for my 1:1 Jeep, I still have to buy dogfood for these 3 nuts, so its off to go shopping,,,Oh joy

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    I spent a few hours on the interior.

    I took a Dremel and a few different cutting bits to it.









    Then it was time to build it back. Had to build a false floor, to hide the transfer case, not sure how else to explain it.







    Installed the electric motor (may change it) and transmission and connected a driveshaft to the t-case.

    Also attached a steering servo.

    I've got left over electronic speed control and radio system on the shelf











    I'm trying some different shoes for it..little too tall, but for now, they work.




    A mock up to look at






    Is it looking ok ? I also chopped the bumpers off..



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    Nope. Looks terrible. Start over. J/K of course! Looks good...keep going!
    2013 JKU Sport "Spider" with some EVO goodies and a chop here and there

    DIY trail/tube door build http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?24449-My-DIY-Doors

    Overall "build thread" http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?2...ker-quot-build

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