Builds 68' M715, AKA "Smokey" (Can I post this Jeep on MUD?)

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Got the rear bumper caps/extensions tacked in place

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Using these sealed LED’s

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So the PSC box is in.

I thought I had the steering mount all done. Wrong

The PSC box is a larger casting with a larger end cap. Fought me every inch of the way fitting it. I pity the next 715 owner that wants to modify for power steering. UGH

Had to make some inner box spacers out of some 1018 solid bar which then got drilled out

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It simply WOULD NOT fit up against the backside of the frame and the end cap on the box. So away it went…

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Made two 3/16” plates and welded it back up

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Here you can see the notch the box required

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A little bit bit of body work today, filled in all the holes related to the old fuel filler neck.

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Also managed to get a big crease fairly flat

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Skim coat of Bondo and sanded. Probably somewhere in the region of flat/straight now

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Finished out the driver side bed mounts today.

This mount is inside the enclosed under bed box which housed military tent poles. The hole both in the bed and frame are all hogged out

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Made a reinforcement tab out of 1/8” plate

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Cut this terrible bugger weld off. This used to be part of the latch for the door, I’m going to use Destaco’s instead

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1/2”-13 welded nut on the frame side

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Rearmost driver side bed mount. This also needed a reinforcement plate and I added another 1/2”-13 weld nut on the frame

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Finished front mount

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The poor hammered bed…

Finished the bed mount repairs on the passenger side today so the bed is fully bolted up now

Addressed the 4 lift points on the upper rail of the bed. I believe they were in place to assist with lifting the truck into a cargo ship for transport. Every one of them was pretty bent and banged up

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Cut out some 1/8” plate supports

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Hammered the stock supports back to vertical and welded them in. Done

Should add a fair bit of rigidity

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Fixed a few more issues in the bed

One was a large jagged hole in the bottom of the bed and the other was two torch cut holes in the upper rail behind the cab

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Pulled out the old chunk of bed material left over from shortening it and cut a piece out with the correct contour

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Both issues got patched and sanded

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Nearly done with the bed repair. Both front corners near the cab had cracked apart and split.

You can see the large vertical crack in the background. Pulled it back together with a strap, added a reinforcement plate and welded it up

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Finished off the last rear fender brace. This is the rear passenger corner

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Welded and sanded on the bed just about all day, also finished out the driver side rear limit strap

Lower limit strap tab, added 1/2-13 weld nuts to each, makes assembly/disassembly much easier when you don’t need a backup wrench

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Started welding in all the factory bed seams. I want to seal them up once and for all so grit and water doesn’t work it’s way in

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Decided to fill in the raised corrugated bed slots.

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There are 12 total. Plasma cut some filler bits out and got to work


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Fun with seats…

These are PRP with installed seat heaters

Mounted the rails…

My buddy Ethan was over to do the tube bending work

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On blocks for setup. Front floor bar has been added here

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Rear cross bar. Bent to clear the rear of the transmission hump

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Main seat hoop tacked in…

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And the passenger side had major clearance issues which we saw coming.

Out came the plasma…

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To make room for the main hoop. I’ll box the floor back in this week

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