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  1. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    I guess I never took pictures of how I accomplished this (just the initial rough mock up). They're attached alongside the frame rails cantilevering off the frame using some 1/4 plate and gussets and a lot of weld. There is a tube crossmember running across the front of the boxes from frame rail...
  2. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    It's time for a picture heavy update. It was fun having the Jeep around over the summer. I drove it back and forth to work a bit and did some more wheeling. It is little fun on the street but such a hoot on the trail! The atlas and the dry rotted red labels have really been a game changer in...
  3. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    I agree! The new muffler is a little louder when you're in the Jeep but it isn't ridiculous. The gearing is still plenty low enough (despite the larger tires) that the Jeep crawls slowly without much use of clutch. When the tires get really bound (on an undercut rock for example) the little...
  4. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    Thank you! All things considered, I am very happy with how it works.
  5. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    The pictures are from Frontenac Farms in Lake City but we also wheeled Dresser.
  6. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    UPDATE: This Jeep likes to party!! We wheeled Dresser WI on Saturday but didn't take any pictures. We wheeled Frontenac Farms in Lake City MN on Sunday and took a lot of pictures. The leaf sliders are really stable on side hills. Having nothing hanging past the frame rails is awesome for...
  7. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    Today was a mad dash to get the Jeep wrapped up. I got the safari top installed, painted and installed the front inner fenders, pressed and welded in a longer slip spline and stub on the rear driveshaft, topped off fluids, fixed my steering box skid, attached under hood accessories, and made...
  8. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    Thank you so much for the kind complement. I think it looks great too. I can't wait to drive it!
  9. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    The body panels came out pretty darn nice!
  10. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    I'm still waiting on panels to be painted to wrap things up but today I rolled her outside and took a few photos. I can't wait to wheel this thing. Everything is tucked up high and tight. No brackets hanging past the frame rail on this thing! I'm really stoked on the slight hood...
  11. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    Brakes ✅ Fuel ✅ Shocks ✅ Traction bar ✅ Exhaust ✅ Hood pins ✅ I didn't anticipate how little room I would have with the leaf springs and slider boxes mounted along the inside of the frame rails. Fitting exhaust was a challenge and I had to use a smaller muffler than I would prefer (flowmaster...
  12. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    I got the boatsides finished, body mounted, frame and inner fenders painted, designed and built a traction bar, and made a c pillar tie in that doubles as a rearmost body mount and upper shock mount. Today I dropped off the corner armor and tailgate for paint and mocked up my newly lengthened...
  13. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    Thank you! I'm doing my best to replicate a concept for rockers/body mounts that I originally saw on a Jeep called project Acrophobia from the old Pirate4x4 days. Not much is original these days and I like to give credit where credit is due...
  14. Kyle_Craig

    Bessy the Rock Rod - A Crawler Built in Stages

    With so many unfinished projects it was time to start another! I started working on my rockers/body mounts/boat sides/(mini boat sides?). I picked up some 3/16" x 3" plate and some 1.75" x 3/16" DOM (that stuff ain't cheap!) This Jeep had some rust. So I cut it all out! I drilled holes and...