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QH
03-02-2015, 05:54 AM
So I'm thinking of doing a project build on my 67 Jeepster. It's all original with a very clean body. My idea is part of a promotion I do for Factory UTV where we sponsor about 50 racers and call them the futv army. The Jeepster will be painted old military willys green and have FUTV ARMY on it. I want to seriously trick out the Jeep with an LS motor, Dana 60s and real off road suspension. My brother will be doing the motor running gear build and I'm looking for suggestions on suspension. I'd like to be able to handle moderate whoops and I want it to be really nice in the street as well. I'm willing to spend but maybe not Ultra 4 money. We'll obviously be strengthening the frame and doing cage work. Thinking about 500hp so we can smoke some RZRs up comp hill :buford:

Rick, JJ, Mark, Duanne, Phildo and anybody else I'm forgetting, any ideas? Build from scratch? Buy something and take parts off it?

2BH
03-02-2015, 12:32 PM
Sounds like a great project. Just be certain it is properly armed!

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y127/2BlueHeelers/thread%20pix/commando_zps52pjw0cg.png

truggyboy
03-02-2015, 01:11 PM
An LS is a great start. Sure your gonna want to link the front and rear suspension too. Think that has leaf springs in it right now, correct? Those originally had very little wheel travel

QH
03-02-2015, 03:41 PM
An LS is a great start. Sure your gonna want to link the front and rear suspension too. Think that has leaf springs in it right now, correct? Those originally had very little wheel travel

Yeah I plan on using little or none of the stock suspension. Are their kits to buy or is it a total fab from scratch thing? I don't know jack about off road suspension. Probably isn't anything available off the shelf for a Jeepster is my guess?

56Nomad
03-02-2015, 03:44 PM
Here you go………...

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y3/56Nomad/Jeepster_zpsxj7nczki.jpeg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/56Nomad/media/Jeepster_zpsxj7nczki.jpeg.html)

http://www.fourwheeler.com/features/129-1302-the-ebay-jeepster-feature-rig/photo-01.html

QH
03-02-2015, 03:47 PM
That's the ticket Howie!! :dude:

56Nomad
03-02-2015, 10:01 PM
Bob,

Could we see your Jeepster as current..... before you start cutting it up :car:

QH
03-03-2015, 12:12 AM
Bob,

Could we see your Jeepster as current..... before you start cutting it up :car:

http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab74/bbbugn/jeepster_zpsmf825v1b.jpg

KxRdr
03-03-2015, 12:22 AM
Nice Jeep Bob! It would look better parked in my driveway.

QH
03-03-2015, 12:48 AM
Something like this in Army green

http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab74/bbbugn/jeepster2_zpsmnbepg0r.jpg

jws
03-03-2015, 01:04 AM
Something like this in Army green

http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab74/bbbugn/jeepster2_zpsmnbepg0r.jpg

:vib::vib::vib::vib::vib::vib:

truggyboy
03-03-2015, 01:46 AM
Yeah I plan on using little or none of the stock suspension. Are their kits to buy or is it a total fab from scratch thing? I don't know jack about off road suspension. Probably isn't anything available off the shelf for a Jeepster is my guess?

Sure it's gonna be a "from scratch" thing. Your gonna want to find someone who knows off-road suspension and how to get the geometry correct.

JJ
03-03-2015, 04:19 AM
Can you get the frame, drivetrain and suspension of a late model rubicon then put the jeepster body on that and use that as your starting point?

ssduane
03-03-2015, 04:25 AM
Can you get the frame, drivetrain and suspension of a late model rubicon then put the jeepster body on that and use that as your starting point?

Thats what I'm thinkin, frame swap, yota, new jeep, ranger or something like that. As for the motor, the truck based 5.3L with transfer case should be all alum, or the 6.0 LQ9 iron block/alum head with way more potential. 5.3 should be an mod. 500hp, with cam/heads/headers/tuning, 6.0 easy with cam/headers.

QH
03-03-2015, 04:32 PM
Thats what I'm thinkin, frame swap, yota, new jeep, ranger or something like that. As for the motor, the truck based 5.3L with transfer case should be all alum, or the 6.0 LQ9 iron block/alum head with way more potential. 5.3 should be an mod. 500hp, with cam/heads/headers/tuning, 6.0 easy with cam/headers.

I feel like new Yota or jeep still leaves me in close to the same boat seriously lacking for suspension and power. I was thinking of a wrecked truck for possible starting point with motor-trans-transfercase and maybe differentials.

sin cal hd
03-03-2015, 05:22 PM
Nevermind. Reread.......

JJ
03-03-2015, 05:40 PM
I thought the suspension on newer jeeps was fairly robust and capable

56Nomad
03-03-2015, 05:58 PM
I thought the suspension on newer jeeps was fairly robust and capable

Yup......... :howiejeep:

QH
03-03-2015, 07:43 PM
I thought the suspension on newer jeeps was fairly robust and capable

I think better than my 67 obviously but nowhere near capable enough for 500hp through whoops. The capable jeeps I saw at koh all had serious suspension mods.

Big Buford
03-03-2015, 08:04 PM
I think better than my 67 obviously but nowhere near capable enough for 500hp through whoops. The capable jeeps I saw at koh all had serious suspension mods.

With 37" tires to get ya off the ground :vib:

QH
03-03-2015, 08:24 PM
Will talk to Eric Miller who we sponsor. He builds the baddest straight axle jeeps on the planet so I'll pick his brain about it too.

56Nomad
03-03-2015, 09:10 PM
Will talk to Eric Miller who we sponsor. He builds the baddest straight axle jeeps on the planet so I'll pick his brain about it too.

Bob,

I don't know if you've seen this video yet.... There is some great footage of Erik.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nz2I6fscRc&t=227

QH
03-04-2015, 02:33 AM
Bob,

I don't know if you've seen this video yet.... There is some great footage of Erik.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nz2I6fscRc&t=227

There is a another really good one of him qualifying. We were sitting by the fence where they came out of back door and turned right back towards hammertown. I just happened to look over and caught Erik slamming his ultra 4 into a huge berm at about 40 mph like it was a 450 quad. One of the coolest things I've ever seen on a race track. Couldn't believe those things handled that well, super impressive. :dude:

JJ
03-05-2015, 04:26 AM
Hey Bob check my FB. Had a killer Willys jeepster overland in today. I'm too lazy to post the pics from my phone here

JJ
03-05-2015, 04:32 AM
There are 3 pics but they are getting spread out. I guess I posted them wrong

QH
03-05-2015, 05:12 AM
Beautiful old jeepster Jeff. Thanks for sharing!

JJ
03-05-2015, 05:34 AM
It has a built small block chevy in it. He says it runs like a stripped assed ape

56Nomad
03-05-2015, 05:23 PM
Hey Bob check my FB. Had a killer Willys jeepster overland in today. I'm too lazy to post the pics from my phone here

Buford......

See what you're missing :buford:

QH
03-09-2015, 04:13 PM
From Erik Miller:

Regarding the Jeepster, I actually built one for a customer last year utilizing the body and frame only. My suggestion would be a 3 link long arm suspension in the front with a track bar and a 4 link rear with triangulated upper links. I would use a minimum of 2.5" coilovers front and rear unless you run bypass shocks too (then you can run a 2.0 coilover no problem.)

OD flat green with an LS will be a killer Commando that will be pretty unique in the offroad and Jeep world. check out Ryan Hagels here: https://www.facebook.com/Dynatrac/posts/243677002410373

Big Buford
03-09-2015, 05:26 PM
Buford......

See what you're missing :buford:

Thinking I should give it a shot.... don't think Ill be running for Pres and there's nothing in my life that needs hiding.

Big Buford
03-09-2015, 05:27 PM
From Erik Miller:

Regarding the Jeepster, I actually built one for a customer last year utilizing the body and frame only. My suggestion would be a 3 link long arm suspension in the front with a track bar and a 4 link rear with triangulated upper links. I would use a minimum of 2.5" coilovers front and rear unless you run bypass shocks too (then you can run a 2.0 coilover no problem.)

OD flat green with an LS will be a killer Commando that will be pretty unique in the offroad and Jeep world. check out Ryan Hagels here: https://www.facebook.com/Dynatrac/posts/243677002410373

Sounds expensive any quote? But it would be bad ass and street legal is golden!

jws
03-09-2015, 11:42 PM
Thinking I should give it a shot.... don't think Ill be running for Pres and there's nothing in my life that needs hiding.

:vib::vib::vib::vib::vib::vib:

QH
03-10-2015, 12:31 AM
Sounds expensive any quote? But it would be bad ass and street legal is golden!

Don't even know what he was talking about honestly, but I did recognize some of those words :coffee: I'm sure it's not cheap :vik:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/DGnS2SPnj3Q