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    Jeep Honcho Desert Edition:

    Just finished* my 3-1/2 year frame up restoration on my Honcho. I thought I'd share a few pictures.
    *Well, almost done!








    The cage:



    Keep in Jeepin'
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    What drivetrain

    Looks awesome
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    Honchos are awesome!! This one looks great!
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    Have you ever seen a man eat so much fish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Kimmel View Post
    What drivetrain

    Looks awesome
    It has the AMC 360, T-177/NP208, D44 Ft., GM 9.5" rear. It came with the 4-speed, however, I'm wishing I would have changed it to an auto.

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    You lost the old racing stripe scheme!

    I like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSP View Post
    You lost the old racing stripe scheme!

    I like it
    Yea, no more strips. That truck (below) got sold in 1995. I wanted this build simpler and less "racy".



    Thanks for the complements.

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    Are you going to name it "Mike Honcho"



    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OPMgaibszjk
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    very nice Chris!!!!!!!!!!!!
    rig- 04 TJ for going to the malls and tow pig- 15 F350

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Kimmel View Post
    Are you going to name it "Mike Honcho"



    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OPMgaibszjk
    Thanks, your a big help!

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    Jealous. Hit me up when you are ready to sell
    Restored 1974 CJ5 with some stuff. Need help to add some more stuff. Any takers?

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    That is a very cool truck.
    From the only state in the USA where O'dumbass failed to carry a single county. :hail:

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    This is coolness for sure. Way better than the stripped edition. Way better.
    HardBdyTJ<br /><br />"Never, never, never give up."<br />- Winston Churchill

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    Maybe some more build pics, I have a feeling you did a bunch of little trick things?

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    Dang that's pretty nice! I notice both trucks have the same wheels. Are those factory Honcho wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jowwo View Post
    Dang that's pretty nice! I notice both trucks have the same wheels. Are those factory Honcho wheels?
    The wheels are made by Superior Industries, named "Magnus". They have been out of production since the late 80's. I had them on the blue/white J-10, and kept them when I sold it. I like them and they are period-correct. Too bad their 15's. I wanted to put 37's on it, but cant find them in 15's. It would be tough to change wheels too. Here is one reason why:

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    No more crappy long shank mag lug nuts. You younger Jeepers have no idea what I'm talking about!

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    Way cool Chris!

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    Chris, are you going to make it to the FSJ gathering in Ouray in July?
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    Quote Originally Posted by srobertsfsj View Post
    Chris, are you going to make it to the FSJ gathering in Ouray in July?
    I would like to make it, but since it is during the week, I doubt I can get away. If I can, it will be a last minute decision and I'll just show-up!

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    i have 15 inch 37 creepy crawlers on my yj

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    Quote Originally Posted by vb View Post
    i have 15 inch 37 creepy crawlers on my yj
    Great off road tire, but this Jeep is NOT for crawling. I need a more street/desert friendly tread.

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    Those wheels are sweet.
    197? DJ-5 LHD & 4wd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Overacker View Post
    I would like to make it, but since it is during the week, I doubt I can get away. If I can, it will be a last minute decision and I'll just show-up!
    Well I hope you can make it. I know everyone would love to see your Honco.

    Scott R.

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    Finished the rear tire rack. I wanted to keep it low for vision from the cab, and still wanted access to the bed (what little storage I had). Here is what I came up with.







    Powder coating is next. Then its time for side bars (nerf) and some kind of "step" to fill in between the cab and rear fenders.

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    Very cool! Sweet truck for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Overacker View Post

    I just noticed that the roll-bar mounts to the bed via poly bushings and bolts... Why that approach? Is it still tied to the frame on the underneath side? Why not just flat plate to the bed floor like so many do for roll cages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven_Mc View Post
    I just noticed that the roll-bar mounts to the bed via poly bushings and bolts... Why that approach? Is it still tied to the frame on the underneath side? Why not just flat plate to the bed floor like so many do for roll cages?
    The bed is well gusseted, then bolted solid to the frame. I used the bushing approach on the cage mostly because it is the old-school look, and I wanted to build a 80's vintage looking pre-runner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Kimmel View Post
    Maybe some more build pics, I have a feeling you did a bunch of little trick things?
    Here are a few more pics for Ya:

    Here is the rusted heap I started with.


    The GM Corp. 14 bolt semi-floating (a step up from the AMC 20).


    Building the cage.


    The battery mounted under the bed.


    The light bar on an actuator.


    Mocking-up the new inner fenders.

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    Wow, that's what I thought. It's nice and lots of stuff you can't see. Well done!

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    Clean build Chris. Great show piece for your shop.

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