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10th ORT in the Mighty Merc – Flat Nasty Off-Road 1-25-20

10th ORT in the Mighty Merc – Flat Nasty Off-Road 1-25-20

It’s been awhile since we got the wheels off the pavement. After we got back from our 2019 trip to Colorado and Utah life just kept us hopping a bit more than usual. So when the opportunity presented itself to go play in the woods for a bit, we loaded up the family and headed out.

The Mighty Merc – Front Winch Bumper

The Mighty Merc – Front Winch Bumper

Being able to self-recover is something I try to strive for with my builds. In that vein, I make it a point to fit a winch to the front of my toys. I will admit that it doesn’t get used that often, but when it does, it’s a big help! The goal was to tuck the winch in as tight to the body as I could in hopes that I could reuse the stock bumper cover for a cleaner look…

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The Mighty Merc – No IFS, ands, or buts! Removing the IFS

The Mighty Merc – No IFS, ands, or buts! Removing the IFS

One of the big days has arrived! It’s time to really commit to this project, by hacking off some parts that would be incredibly hard to put back on. By the time I remembered to grab the camera, I had already unbolted a large portion of stuff (knuckles, control arms, etc). Which left me with this:

1998 XJ – The purpose bought vacation mobile

1998 XJ – The purpose bought vacation mobile

I’ve had mixed luck with purchasing vehicles for the sole purpose of running out west on vacation in. The last time we did this was in 2009 (Click Here) in on of the 1992 XJ’s (Click Here) I purchased for the task. In 2012, we decided to roll the dice again with another XJ. So one month to the day before we left, I came across this guy on Craigslist:

Upgrading the smaller work bench

Upgrading the smaller work bench

The smaller work bench (Click Me) as been serving me well, but it could use a bit of an improvement in a couple of areas. One thing it was lacking was a good bench vise. A Craigslist find later and I’m in business. The top of the bench was thick enough that I just drilled and tapped the mounting holes:

Small Rolling Tool Tray

Small Rolling Tool Tray

It seems that I often spend more time looking for tools that get spread out under the car than actually working on the problem at hand. It often looks like a small bomb went off in my tool pile when I really start to get into the swing of things. To put it mildly, this is annoying.

The Lone Ranger – Tranny Mount Update

The Lone Ranger – Tranny Mount Update

Not much excitement for this post. My ‘better’ tranny mount that was based off of a control arm bushing from a mustang finally gave up the ghost: So I modified the member (again) to accept the stock ford tranny mount: I’m not real confident that this mount will last with the weight of the doubler hanging off the back. The ‘right answer here is probably to use a poly mount, but that means I’d need to redo my motor mounts,…

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The Lone Ranger – New Transmission Cross member

The Lone Ranger – New Transmission Cross member

When you do a doubler, you have to modify or make a new transmission cross member. If you’re running a decent sized lift (5” or better over stock) you can get away with hacking up a stock member. Since I’m only running about 4” of lift over stock, I couldn’t make that option work so I made up a new one using 2x3x1/4” wall stock. Instead of using the stock tranny mount (left) I nabbed the mount that I was…

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