90's throw back.....Manche build

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  1. mcutler

    mcutler Well-Known Member

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    Last time the Copper Crawler is loaded for travel, going to its new home this weekend in Missouri, to its new owner Jared Stover.

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    Sad day...

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    Time for some new blood....

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    Let the destruction begin....

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    Getting parts ready for mock up..

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    This build will be getting a little desert flair, with a rock crawler heart, maintain the Manche identity, and as a throw back, will retain its title and street legalness, and also have decided to retain the original paint/patina for a little rod nostalgic look. Along with creature comforts such a heat, and wipers. I dislike the word truggy, this will be a race truck in sheep's clothing.....not to say I'm going racing....but I could....



    On a side note, one of the things I enjoy most about this sport is the life long friends we make. I ride with a terrific group of people, and I couldn't build anything without their support.

    Case in point; ran into Brian Cannon (aka @loose cannon) last week and proceeded to tell him of my 2000 mile road trip this weekend to deliver the buggy and pick up my axles and wheels for this build. He quickly jumped on ship to help me drive this trip in less than 3 days with only the promise of being fed well. So I texted him this morning to confirm, of which his reply gave me a good chuckle that I needed.....

    "I have decided that I don't like you, so a three day trip will help with our friendship, what time you picking me up"

    What would we do without friends and family....? Thanks Brian.

    I have many friends in this sport/life, I need not list the names, they know who they are.

    I'm very excited about this build, it's going to be a fun trip, and I hope to expand my skill set as well as build a great truck/buggy that looks as well as it performs.
     
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  2. XJsavage

    XJsavage Warlock of Zante plantation

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    Oh hell. :bounce:
     
  3. paradisePWoffrd

    paradisePWoffrd Recovering Project Junkie

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    :bounce::bounce2: I am pumped to see what you do with this. I feel like we are both on the same build thought process these days.

    What's the deal with the EB body?
     
  4. mcutler

    mcutler Well-Known Member

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    It's a frame off I'm helping a friend with. He originally purchased this, but is unhappy with the product, I'm returning it to the manufacturer for him on my trip, in La Vergne , tn. We've been constructing an all new steel body for the last month....a true pain in the ass, simply because there are no records of blue prints, or measurements to go by.
     
  5. snappy

    snappy YHDG's adopted son!!! Moderator

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    This made me think of this thread.... ImageUploadedByTapatalk1455752546.967498.jpg
     
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  6. mcutler

    mcutler Well-Known Member

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    Yea that's sharp, that's the Chinese edition nose for their Cherokee. .....and I'm too tall to have a chop top...
     
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  7. GearHead11

    GearHead11 Well-Known Member

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    Oh yes, liking the direction of this thread already! I would love to ride down and check it out sometime. You're only about 30 min from me
     
  8. mcutler

    mcutler Well-Known Member

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    Welcome anytime
     
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  9. Paul

    Paul Dr 'Dre Moderator

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    The mad scientist is at it again! In on page one.
    Good luck on your trip with the hairy ape, one of you fawkers are gonna return pregnant.
    Just sayin....
    ;)
     
  10. mcutler

    mcutler Well-Known Member

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    Good thing he's hairy, he'll be warm in the bed of the truck....
     
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  11. sammi_davis

    sammi_davis Sawzall Surgeon

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    This is going to be fun to watch ...
     
  12. Blaze

    Blaze The Jeeper Reaper

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    This sequence of posts just made me :lol:
     
  13. StretchASU

    StretchASU Well-Known Member

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    In for this one. I've had the itch to build a DD/wheelable/dirtbike hauler Manche for a while. Your plan just sounds cooler. :lol:
     
  14. cardudenc

    cardudenc jeep a holic, resident assho;e

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    been thinking about building 1 of my comanches into a similar style crawler. wanting to use 1 as the shop truck.
    cant wait to see this work progress. the Cooper Crawler as my fav buggy, and im sure this will more than likely top that build.

    i would've been dn for a rd trip. been doing nthn but laying around for weeks since surgery. but wouldn't want to see what goes on for 1 of u to get pregnant.
     
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  15. mcutler

    mcutler Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure I don't want to see that either....appreciate all the support and interest guys!
     
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  16. 95yjjeep

    95yjjeep Well-Known Member

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    I'm in on this one for sure! Good luck. Have some fun and enjoy the welder burns! Glad you got your buggy sold and are able to build something new. The majority of the fun is hanging with friends and building sh*t!
     
  17. loose cannon

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    :flipoff2:your just mad your not with us Birmingham Alabama headed home with some bad ass parts in tow
     
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  18. lockedup5

    lockedup5 overcompensating underachiever

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    Can't wait. It's going to be awesome I know
     
  19. Paul

    Paul Dr 'Dre Moderator

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    Are you craving pickles and ice cream yet?
    Told you it wasn't an Advil he gave you, it was a roofie.
    GHB lowers your inhibition level to zero.
     
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  20. mcutler

    mcutler Well-Known Member

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    Home.
    48 hrs to the minute.
    2100.5 miles
    7.5 tanks of fuel.
    Great food, Memphis bbq.
    Maybe 7 hours sleep total.
    New friends.
    Awesome trip.



    Mo goodies

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    NOW.....BED
     
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  21. Rockpopper

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    :rockon: yeah buddy :rockon:
     
  22. ol'Jeeps

    ol'Jeeps Dirty Jeeps...Done Dirt Cheap!

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    Ohhhh, Damn!!:D
     
  23. mcutler

    mcutler Well-Known Member

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    Specs for the axles are-

    -New 5.43 gears in both low pinion drop outs. Detroit unit will go in rear, spooled unit will be a spare.
    -A fresh rebuilt mega hi 9 with 5.40 gears, dual load bolts, and spool will be used in front, arriving this week.
    -All forged 1350 yokes.
    -6 lug unit bearings
    -rear shafts are new ctm 300m double spline
    -front shafts are ctm drive home 300m, new long side, one new ctm joint, and a spare ctm stub.
    -spidertrax ultimate knuckles, 3.5" 1/4 housing, wms 66
    -all yokes are clearanced for 45° steering.
    -no brakes or slugs yet, still researching

    Should be a stout, light set up for 39's

    Thanks for the interest guys, stay tuned...

    Matt
     
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  24. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    No progress pics?

    This thread sucks.





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  25. mcutler

    mcutler Well-Known Member

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    Will be throwing down next week. Still getting my hard parts ducks in a row.
     

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