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Dang jess beat me to it. I'll call it a protector of something important.

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Re: Project SAC'D FJC - "The Rebuild" and then some...

Jess was kind of correct... they are trusses. But not for the hitch... For the gas tank skid...

The gas tank skid started like this...



Added the trusses to the skid....



Then flipped the skid over... and drilled some mounting holes.



Installed... still needs UHMW and paint...



Here is how the links clear on the driver side...



One complete belly pan...



Front section of the belly pan...



Here is the complete belly pan off the truck just before paint and uhmw...



more later... if all goes well the FJC will be coming home this weekend...
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Not counter sinking the bolt heads?

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Just checking.........

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Re: Project SAC'D FJC - "The Rebuild" and then some...

Looks nice and smooth.

Unfortunately, it seems we'll be running out of parts to guess soon.

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Don builds some extremely heavy duty belly pan on your FJ. Great idea to use UHMW as the "sacrificial" layer and still have the steel backbone as the main protection. IMHO, this is a very worthwhile trade for slightly more weight but much more protection. Well done.
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Unfortunately, it seems we'll be running out of parts to guess soon.
Yep... going to go pick it up today. Then we'll have to switch to guessing which trail the pictures are of...

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I'll get the rest of the pics posted this morning... the UHMW turned out great. I should just slide right over the rocks.
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Installation of the UHMW on the belly pans... this turned out awesome.

First piece going on to the main center section of the belly...



The UHMW is 1/2" thick and gets cut to fit the belly skins, drilled holes and all edges are routed smooth.. There are holes drilled where the mounting bolts are located, so for everyone that asked if the bolts would be protected. Here you go...



The mounting screws for the UHMW is counter sunk as seen the following picture...



In the following picture you can see that the side edges are cut at angles to ensure tight fitment between the side panels and the flat panels. You can also see the flat head hex bolt holding the UHMW in place.



Side pieces cut, routed and installed. Note the tight joints between panels, so that nothing gets hung up.



Center section and the gas tank section completed...





Here is a good view of how everything gets mounted. Drill lots of holes in the belly pans, then weld nuts to the backside. The UHMW gets mounted to the belly pans with separate bolts. There are other bolts that mount everything else up to the bottom of the truck.



A little blurry, but these are all the nuts that get welding into place...



A few of the front section of the belly that covers the tcase, trans and oil pan...





The full belly pan... turned out incredible.







All painted and ready for installation on the FJC...





Installed...



And with that... the build is now complete. I cannot even begin to say how impressed I am with FC's work. A true craftsman and a artisan who takes tremendous pride in his work.

Going to pick it up later and will be planning a wheeling trip very soon to go test everything out. I'll post more pics after the first trip...
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JC. Is there anything you guys didn't think of? I am without words.
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