Last Tuesday I said goodbye and good riddance to The Princess. I stripped her of parts and put her on a trailer for a visit to Valley Hybrids where she will be converted back to a factory H55F/Spit Case configuration with a brand new transmission, from there she will head back to her adopted home state of Texas where she will be getting some sort of top notch restoration and will become a weekend cruiser. Sounds like her days of rock crawling and high expectations are over. I never did a build thread, I was too busy with kid/wife/work/fixing Princess's busted ass to put together a build thread and now I feel like I should to close this chapter.
I've worked in the off road industry for years, and my vision for Princess was a family hauling rock crawler/overlander adventure mobile. For the most part, my vision was a huge success. She drove better than the s***ty Jeeps I worked with, she got fuel economy on in the 20s on 37s, was comfortable on the road, cruised at 75mph all day long and was hands down the most incredibly capable trail machine I've ever owned. She did all these things well, that is she did them well in-between catastrophic and ridiculous failures of the transmission which happened over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, each time with its won separate flare and fun circumstances. I finally had enough and threw in the towel. I am pretty bummed it didn't work out, but like that crazy stripper ex girlfriend that was really, really hot but kinda dirty who liked to make out with her girlfriends when she got drunk, she didn't make a very good housewife.
I'll cobble together my pictures and give everyone a rundown of what I did, what worked and what didn't. It might take a while but hopefully I can get it all up here.