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Old 10-29-2008, 08:21 AM
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i was wondering how was the roof attached to the back of the cab. were they the same hight or did you trim a bit above the window?
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:31 AM
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This fabrication was done in Texas long before I purchased the project. It is flat steel and the window opening was cut out.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:34 AM
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Here is the inside view. My body guy was frustrated because there is a "hump" in the middle that doesn't follow the original roof line. I promised him that after I put the TadRack up where nobody would notice.

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Old 10-31-2008, 04:21 AM
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It's in primer and ready to pick up from the body shop...






OMG that is coming along so well. I am enjoying watching this project finally come together!
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:13 PM
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Question for you guys. I spent some time continuing to strip and prep the frame that will eventually be mated with the ChopTop body.

In the photo before notice the bumpercar-ish tubing around the front clip with the pseudo stinger.

When I bought this truck I thought the attempt at the exo was ridiculous but that bit grew on me the couple of times I took it to the trails.

So my question is: Keep (and adapt) it to the ChopTop or ditch it?

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Old 01-11-2009, 06:15 PM
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Here's another photo where you can see how it attaches between the fender and hood.

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Old 01-11-2009, 06:48 PM
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personally I like it, I would adapt it to the chop top. Should fit in with the look pretty well
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:54 PM
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That is awesome, have been watching this project for a while. I personally would prefer a finished look as opposed to serious caged rock crawler buggy but it's yours so do your thang. Either way it will be great.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:47 AM
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This project has me REALLY wanting another Waggie,and I havn't even started on my 1st.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:49 AM
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Question for you guys. I spent some time continuing to strip and prep the frame that will eventually be mated with the ChopTop body.

In the photo before notice the bumpercar-ish tubing around the front clip with the pseudo stinger.

When I bought this truck I thought the attempt at the exo was ridiculous but that bit grew on me the couple of times I took it to the trails.

So my question is: Keep (and adapt) it to the ChopTop or ditch it?

does it have m715 fenders on it?

personally i'm not a fan of exo's, but if i did do it i would run tubing along the arc of the m715 fenders you are going to use, so you don't crush them. run it down to the slider, then back up to the bumper. it would give plenty of protection, and if you need to strengthen it up you could run one bar into the fender and down to the frame so the top of the arc doesn't fold in. kind of like supercopjason's 82 chief, just made into arcs.

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Old 01-14-2009, 11:00 AM
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Thanks for the feedback, guys.

I'm not a fan of exos either... but as Al pointed out, we will be taking the ChopTop on the trails and I'm not looking forward to the day I crush one of those fenders on a rock or a tree.

My idea for the cage was a hoop at the windshield, a hoop at the pillars between the doors and a hoop in the bed where a rollbar (or Jeep's original lightbar) would be. The "rollbar" would be tied into the cage through the bulkhead... but I have no idea if that would work based on the potential for flex.

This chunk of tubing that came on the donor truck has grown on me, but I'm just not sure.

The ChopTop body should be on that frame (with the correct tires) sometime in the next couple of months. I'll post up photos at that point and solicit opinions again.
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:51 PM
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you should look at some pictures of m715 brush trucks, a lot of those that i've seen had some sort of exo cage and they can be made to look good.
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Old 01-19-2009, 02:36 PM
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Personally, I wouldn't go with the exo.
BUT, it was Pascal's original plan to have some exo, and have it tied into the interior cage as well.

Those fenders are not really THAT hard to make. After playing around with them, I want to make another set that has the same THICK metal like used on the rear flares, instead of the thin stuff that is stock.
I KNOW that I will end up damaging the front flares on my chero, but it will then just be an excuse to make some very sturdy ones

My biggest concern is loosing the 'look' of the choptop with all the exo on there. The pipe would almost hide the flares, and they are a big part of what makes it different.
IF you can add in some support without taking away from the looks, then I would be for that.
Maybe make the front cage go inside the body panels, but come out the front fascia to tie into a useful stinger? I eventually plan on doing something like that, but it is pretty far down my list.

Either way, I can't wait to see more work done on this project.
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:10 PM
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I think the exo is perfect for what you want, but not that design. I have a pic somewhere of what I was going to do on another compyter and will try to find it for you.

The bottom line is that the choptop should be wheeled hard.
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:22 PM
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I have a pic somewhere of what I was going to do on another compyter and will try to find it for you.

YES PLEASE! I am really struggling with several ideas for trail protection and would welcome your original vision.

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The bottom line is that the choptop should be wheeled hard.
It will be.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:53 AM
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How did I miss this thread? You have 2 full-blown totally different projects going at the same time in what looks to be a perfect working environment..

You are either one of my favorite people, or I absolutely hate you! 8^)

This is a really cool idea, I am anxious to see the finished product. Maybe the guberment will contract you to replace the HMMWV and MRAP!
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I can not understand why folks don't like "exo's". I like anything that works. I would use bubble wrap if it would protect it. Can't say I like the flat fenders, but I bet they work. Thought of rounding off some of those edges?

I can see Glamis dunes from my front yard. A day or two spent out there, you will see every imaginable, weird, and just plain stupid rigs ever built and some absolutely awesome rigs as well.
Exoskeletons are fairly mainstream to me.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:49 PM
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I got the cab off the donor chassis yesterday and spent several hours with the powerwasher to remove mud, mud and more mud from a trip to the mud pits last Fall.

I started a separate thread seeking input on how much work to put into this before joining the body with it.

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Looking good! Can't wait to see it in person
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:04 PM
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I removed the ChopTop body from the frame it was delivered on today.



At some point I decided to use the J10 chassis thinking that I could fabricate body mounts to make it work... but there is a snag.

I didn't put a tape measure on it but it appears that there is approximately 10 inches of wheelbase difference.

The J10 frame is wider in the rear and the frame arches higher over the rear axle.

Looking at both frames, I have to believe it would be easier to swap the drivetrain over to the Waggy frame than shorten the wheelbase on the J10 frame... yes?

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