Part III: Cut and Weld to Completion
The installation of AEV's Brute conversion kit on our yellow Project TJ is well under way. Off Road Evolution owner Mel Wade and his crew attacked the project at full speed in order to meet our two-week deadline, and as the drop-dead date rapidly neared it was looking more and more like we'd be on the road to Moab for the Easter Jeep Safari right on schedule.
In last month's installment of the AEV Brute conversion, we lengthened the frame 24 inches using the company's frame-extension kit and were preparing to join the new cab closeout assembly to the forward body section. For this month's coverage of the buildup, we finished welding up the cab closeout, installed the rear frame extension, and mounted the new bed assembly. Once all of the components were in place, we readied the vehicle for paint and bodywork and hauled it to 1 Day Paint & Body in Downey, California. Check out the photos and captions for the nitty-gritty, and check back next month as we reveal our Project Yellow Brute in its finished form.