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Old January 2nd, 2008, 10:25 PM
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How hard?

How hard do you think it would be to cut a Defender in half lenth wise. Take out about a foot of width, and then weld it back together?
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 10:32 PM
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so, you're turning it into an 88" ?
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 10:33 PM
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so, you're turning it into an 88" ?
That would be rediculous. I was talking about from nose to tale.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 10:38 PM
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Yeah, so don't you want to make the wheel base smaller?
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 10:39 PM
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David!?! Oh the question begs for a response that..... Well back to the true Q.. Considering your truck probably pretty easy but in the end wouldn't it be easier to build a tube frame for your running gear and Dzus fasten some Land Rover panels on? With say a narrowed Bonnet? It's been done a lot based on Disco RRC chassis' . Tube allows you to have an actual footwell, I'm not sure the factory pedals would fit considering the transmission hump.. You've seen what Matt at Rockware is up to... a clutch won't even fit in that tube chassis. Willwood pedals maybe. Jus taughts..
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 10:40 PM
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Err, did my math wrong.. was thinking of the 100" wheelbase of a disco ... are you looking to make your wheelbase close to 80" ?
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 10:52 PM
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Err, did my math wrong.. was thinking of the 100" wheelbase of a disco ... are you looking to make your wheelbase close to 80" ?
I think he means the other way. Same wheelbase - narrower truck
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 11:49 PM
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That would be rediculous. .
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 06:10 AM
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Get a lightweight, it is about 6 inches narrower with no cutting
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:06 AM
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I am afraid that might affect your re-sale value Buck
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:18 AM
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The way to do that would be to use an SI bulkhead and rear tub.

You can save about 6 inches by cutting the rounded parts off of the ends of the bulkhead and welding in flat stock. then you are down to SI width. I had a friend do this to an SIIa bulkhead to make it an SI bulkhead. Then use flat panels on the rear tub and hack the front fenders.

Narrowing the frame would be difficult because of the space needed for the LT230.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:26 PM
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But why?

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:55 PM
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But why?

LOL
I am bored. I must be entertained.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:12 PM
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I am bored. I must be entertained.

Why stop at one foot? And why not the length? You could lead the parade.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:48 PM
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Not sure if there is enough empty space around the transfer case to do that, and the geometry of the suspension would be a bear to get back to a functional state. That, and you are dealing with thinner walls to the frame.

Might be easier just to go with a full tube-frame.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 12:29 AM
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I would leave the frame alone, just cut the body. You guys arn't thinking outside the box.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 02:58 PM
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Ok, I initially thought this was a dumb idea. Then I realized Buck must have a beer gut and so getting in and out of the truck in the hauler must be difficult. Now that I have seen the bug, I think it's a fantastic idea. Do it Buck!

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p.s. Kidding about the beer gut in case you found it offensive.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 03:03 PM
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Post up some recent pics of the rig as is for inspiration.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 12:15 PM
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This was kinda a joke, kinda not. I was able to shorten up the front by about 5.5in or so recently. Now almost 90 degrees approach. With the rear like that already, I got to thinking it would be cool to shorten up the sides too. But, I just realised that I would have to take out my under seat drawer and that thing is cool! No way. I have other ideas that would do the same thing but keep it more rover.

BTW: I expected people on this board to go bat-sh*t crazy with this thread, but nobody did. I am impressed with the new level of tolerance on this board. I will have to up my game.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 04:50 PM
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Buck wrote "my under seat drawer and that thing is cool! "

Got any pictures? Sounds interesting.

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