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86 Tin Top Zuk
« on: December 02, 2014, 06:36:25 AM »
So Rickie got this 86 Suzuki Samurai after pulling weeds for 2 days for Tim.  :o  It already has lockers in both axles and has a SPOA (spring over axle) lift. Rickie and I hooked all the brakes back up an got them bleed and in working order Sunday night. Last night we started removing the ugly fender flares and brackets. We also got the door hinges on the driver side door modified to remove the doors. I think until he learns to drive and understands wheeling a little more I'm going to leave it at the height it is right now. I plan on putting 235/75R15 tires on it for now. We are going to go ahead and build the roll cage and rock sliders for when he is ready for a lift and bigger tires. Here are a couple pictures of the progress.
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2014, 05:17:58 PM »
awesome, hope you both enjoy it
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2014, 10:31:02 AM »
Thats cool. The result of Hard Work. Great lesson for your son Chuck  :headbang: will be watching this  :popcorn:
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2014, 09:18:56 PM »
We hauled butt to pick up the carburetor this evening and of coarse has to install it. It cranked over for about  20 seconds then fired up and runs awesome. We still have some vacuum lines to hook up but at least we can drive it in an out of the shop instead of pushing it!
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2014, 07:19:44 AM »
Looking forward to seeing the progress on this as well as watching him get and grow into it wheeling!
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2014, 07:18:12 AM »
So Christmas came early this year for Rickie. I found parts on c-list for cheap.  I got a new t-case with 6.5 gears, a set of 4 YJ leaf springs and shackles, all four extended brake lines, two steering wheels with the adapter, the entire air cleaner assembly, hood prop rod, a good rear seat with all the brackets and belts. Only paid $500 for everything!
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2014, 02:22:12 PM »
you're on fire Ricky Bobby!  with prices that low
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2014, 07:44:31 PM »
Nice to see u guys are have fun with it

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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2014, 07:26:46 AM »
Nice buy! Wait two steering wheels....thus gonna be an off road version of our high school driver training car lol
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2015, 09:42:09 PM »
Ok so I spoke with the last registered owner about two weeks ago and he said he wasn't interested in the Zuk and wasn't going to claim it. His 30 days to respond should be up this week, and one the title is in my name the build is on! Rickie took the front bumper off as we are going to build bumpers. Charlie hooked Rickie up with his old tires and wheels....and yes we had to try them on it. Rickie tried to tell me he REALLY didn't need fenders but we then mounted he 33X12.50X15 tires Rickie picked up in Tucson. The tires and wheels make it look like a completely different rig!
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2015, 11:53:56 AM »
awesome looking and very awesome of chuck to donate them.  look forward to the build  and i know Rickie is excited
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2015, 07:12:55 PM »
We should have the paperwork any time for the title. Rickie and I got bored today so we rewelded the beadlock that was leaking....I think we got it sealed up. We then cut off all the rest of the fender flares and modified the passenger side door to be able to remove it. We fixed a couple cracks in the front end and painted the grill black and primered most of the body until we ran out of primer. It's looking nice!
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2015, 01:29:04 PM »
I see an Elvis run in the near future!

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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2015, 06:22:29 AM »
looking good
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it was a jeep thing but all that sh** broke.

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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2015, 06:59:54 AM »
I picked up another set of doors that are complete with door panels and all working handles last week and we put them on as the others were missing the door panels and none of the handles worked.
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2015, 05:06:41 PM »
So after thinking about it for a few days, and I would rather build the cage once and not have to try and rebuild it down the road when we decide to get more serious. I'm going to go ahead and stretch the wheelbase and get ready for bigger axles and tires when Rickie gets ready. I want to build a cage similar to the black Zuk but keep the front fenders and complete grill like the white one. I also want to build door bars similar to  whats on the grey one.
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2015, 05:20:13 PM »
hopefully no hideous stinger like the black one :lee:

i like the white one. 

do the doors function on teh grey one or do you have to dukes of hazard it in the window?  it looks cool tho
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« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2015, 05:20:42 PM »
nvm i see the bars open on the gray one. 
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« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2015, 08:58:55 PM »
hopefully no hideous stinger like the black one :lee:

i like the white one. 

do the doors function on teh grey one or do you have to dukes of hazard it in the window?  it looks cool tho

No just a small stinger. I like the front end of the white one. I can't find any info on the grey one but it looks as though the door bars are mounted to the door and rest on a steel plate when closed.
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2015, 06:36:13 PM »
What wheelbase you gonna go with?
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #20 on: April 25, 2015, 11:01:43 PM »
What wheelbase you gonna go with?
I think with the YJ spring it will stretch the front about 4 inches and the rear 2 over stock. So it should be around 95 inches.
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2015, 07:09:25 AM »
So we have been tinkering with this as time and heat permits. We got the YJ springs installed in the rear, new extended brake lines, that ended up pushing the rear axle back about 3 1/2 inches. We got the new t-case with 6.5 gears and Snatch installed. We need to extend the frame in the front for the front spring hangers and winch mount, then install the front JY springs. I'm taking a week off work in two weeks to get a bunch of work done on this thing. I want it to be done and Rickie to have plenty of seat time before FF. :headbang:
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« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2015, 07:37:04 AM »
Nice man, I know Rickie is excited
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2015, 06:16:57 AM »
We got but rear quarter panels cut of for clearance last night.  I was kind of reluctant to cut it then found a lot of bondo so it didn't bother me too bad to cut it. I need to pick up some sheet metal to enclose them this weekend. Then we will build the rear bumper.
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Re: 86 Tin Top Zuk
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2015, 07:23:52 AM »
I have some 20 gauge leftovers at Rick's

 


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