I figured it was time to start a build thread. I bought the 97 LC with factory lockers back in November 2011 from your typical soccer mom who never used it for off road purposes. It was purchased knowing I wanted to put a diesel in it. After debating on a Toyota or Cummins diesel I finally decided I was going with the Cummins 6bt. Parts was a big factor and knowing that there are plenty local mechanics that can work on them. I will be starting my long drive to Jonesy's Offroad in Portland to have the conversion done. Along with the 6bt I am putting in a manual NV4500 trans along with a 60 series split case. I already installed 80 series Aisin hubs for the part time conversion. I've never been to the Pacific Northwest so I am looking forward to the drive. I will update the build once it starts which hopefully begin in a month or two. Here are some pics of what I have done so far since purchase. This is the day I drove it home. Couple months later visiting Big Bend N.P. Current as of today. Just recently sprayed it with U-Pol Raptor liner. Still need to do some touch ups but it will have to wait.