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    well the 2 Liter kit of Raptor Liner i got didn't got as far as i had thought ! i only got a little over half done, so i ordered a couple more bottles. i was able to coat 1 side and the edges of everything plus the second sides on a couple boards. i'm pretty happy with how it came out, especially considering i only bought the $17 standard spray gun. i cranked the pressure up to 70 PSI, which is a little higher than recommended - but i'd read it would give a finer texture and it did. you can't go too high or it blows out so much material so fast that you lose the texture again. apparently you can get an even finer grain if you spring for the $75 adjustable gun, or mix with reducer and use an HVLP gun. at the 70PSI, i ended up needing to hold it a good 12+ inches from the surface and move pretty fast to keep it from getting "muddy". i still ended up with that smooth look in some corners where i overlapped too many times: i used 3M 18mm automotive refinish masking tape over any screw heads that need to come back out still. each piece of tape was removed with a pick tool about 30 minutes after spraying. this whole strip will be covered with a piano hinge: yesterday i also spray painted several areas black where i needed to tape over a screw head but was worried that the uncoated edge might not be fully covered up by a hinge or whatnot. here's one more photo showing the overall texture and sheen. now i'm super anxious as i've got this nearly ready-to-assemble project but the rest of the Raptor Liner isn't going to be here till Thursday!
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    Dang! Talk about finishing up the details! it looks beautiful Kris. Especially with that 1/16” fixed. Lol I did wonder about the smell when I saw everything was installed. At least it’s not “horrible hot” anymore.
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    95% done! i just ordered the second pair of drawer slides for the fridge tray. i had been waiting till now just to spread the cost of the project out a bit, but they are exactly like the ones i used for the drawer and should bolt in quickly once they arrive. due to a little oversight, i still need to Raptor line one side of both sleep platform supports. i ordered one of their aerosol cans to wrap that up. i'll be interested to see how the texture compares to all the other stuff i sprayed with the gun. these little UFO looking discs at the front and rear are for use with the L-track tie-down anchors that i already had. you can also see in the above photo that i used some nylon hole plugs from Ace Hardware to fill those installation access holes Jim had asked about. i gave them a coat of Raptor liner too so they would match better. i think the drawer part came out really nice. i went back and trimmed the case to fix that 1/16" of variance i mentioned before since it was really bothering me! i used tab-style aluminum cabinet pulls on the bottom of the drawer for a spot to squeeze the slide releases against and also grab while pulling the drawer out. i used this same setup on the fridge tray too. since i didn't leave a ton of gap around the drawer, i routed shallow notches in the bottom of the face board so the pulls would sit flush - little touches! i sprayed the final coat Wednesday and the Raptor liner is still curing so i probably shouldn't have put it in the Jeep yet - it smells awful! looks like i'll be leaving it with the windows down and not driving it for a couple more days! i'm excited to get everything wrapped up once the second set of slides comes in and then i'll probably make a little video to show it all off!
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    I hope this brings at least some peace to John's family...
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    That's pretty damn slick looking! You should start a company to build & sell these
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    Zumi helping me figure out if all my junk is going to fit in the new rear drawer...
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    depends on how the day go's, bringing my fart sack just in case
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    I have seen all kinds of articles, today, regarding a concept vehicle developed by AM General and the ARMY. This will be the first time in decades that the military will have a true Jeep again. I believe the CJ-5 was the last Jeep used, and that Jeep ended production in the early 70's. Is this the new ARMY Jeep?
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    Jim is correct, at least until around 2008-9 (ish), around the time-frame I became no longer involved with any further consulting activity's with AMG. I'm not aware of anything other than mild interest by TACOM (Tank Automotive Comand, who is the main arm of the military, for setting/evaluation vehicle mission goals) in the then current J-8 offerings that were being purchased by non-US countries for use as light tactical military vehicles. FWIW:, At the time frame I had any useful knowledge, the J-8 was essentially a "converted" JKU, utilizing the VM 2.8L diesel, some frame strength upgrades , and rear suspension altered to "HD" leaf springs, using a semi-floating Model 60 Dana rear axle, for the additional load carrying capacity required by the foreign miitary uses. The new Gladiator versions discussed initially in this thread, appear to most likely be concepts, that are being floated to TACOM, who it would appear have begun inquiring about the potential for less costly alternatives to the HMVEE models currently spec'd. and in use by the US military branches. That said, I've been away from this so long, that what I've said above is nothing more than guesses as to what it may be about.
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    To the best of my knowledge the J8 was an overseas only vehicle. We did engineering work on them but the ones I worked on wouldn’t pass US emissions standards, among other things. Perhaps Steve, @ob1jeeper can add more info.
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    Dang! That must have been quite exciting. Glad you’re all ok
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    The last model of “jeep” used by the U.S. military was the Vietnam-era M151A2 MUTT Ford M151 MUTT (Military Utility Tactical Truck). It was used until the 1990’s. The CJ (Civilian Jeep) was devised from the military M38A1. The CJ was built until the mid ‘80’s, when the first Wrangler, the YJ, came out.
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    Anyone have a GPS unit they no longer use. Looking to put one on my dualsport motorcycle.
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    The ghost remains the same IFS, but I did finally buy a Ford and install a straight axle.
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    I wanted George to know I finally took his advice and removed the IFS to install a straight axle.
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    @ob1jeeper yes, Clifford ran nice and cool the whole trip so far. Good thing because nothing we could do about that!!
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    looks like you used Clifford's exo cage!
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    Day 2 Barney's Revenge Trail
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    WOW Kris... Looks GREAT ! ! ! ! GREAT use of the former laptop case also...
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    @theksmith you're right. That's the buggy line, the guy didn't make it up that side. But I thought the picture was too cool.
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    Wow! That turned out nice. You did a great job spraying that, especially with the “cheap” gun. In my experience, you were smart to use the masking tape you listed. The home center tape doesn’t seem to be as good as it used to. I recently had to go with the 3m green auto painting tape for a project where the plywood edge needed to be a different color than the face. I just couldn’t get a clean line, even with Frog Tape. Thanks, as always, for the included links.
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    fridge slide done! i used a couple sections of 1-1/2" x 1/8" thick angle aluminum and more 1/2" plywood to create the tray. the right slide bolts to the drawer case, and the left slide attaches to a 2" x 1/8" thick piece of angle aluminum (which then bolts down to the base). the slides attach to the aluminum with a copious number of rivet nuts thanks to the Tacklife Rivet Nut tool i bought a while back. IMO, rivnuts just make things easier to assemble than having to use a bunch of actual nuts and washers. that middle section of plywood was left out for weight savings. 2 short vertical sections of plywood are there for strength near where the fridge will eventually tie down to 4 footman loops. a ton of pocket hole screws were used again to tie the wood pieces together. then i countersunk flat-head screws into bottom of the aluminum rails to hold them to the wood. the little section of tray at the end is for an old laptop bag that holds most of my recovery gear. i've kept the bag there for a long time as it's the perfect pyramid shape for that space and i can easily get to it by flipping down the back seat. having it on the slide just gives me another way to access it.
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