Lucky 8?s Project P38

Jan 25, 2010
your moms bed
It was immediately obvious to me that Justin and Erik took that home after the Rover gear and beer shoots. Ahh the sweet smell of man on feminine man love.
Project update

We got a tremendous amount of things accomplished this week. A fender flare was installed, the stock exhaust has been reworked to be more off-road friendly and the transfer case has been locked. Yes you read correctly Locked with a capital L!

The front fender on the driver side was getting the most abuse from the 33in tires so we started there. The grinder made quick work of the little trimming needed on the aluminum fender.

With a little bit of adjustment to the cutouts around the body lines the flares fit the P38 fairly easy.

The D2 flares were not quite big enough to house the Nittos. We needed to stretch them another inch or so at the bottom. To do this we took a heat gun and massaged the lower corner a little bit to extend the flare out.

We are all happy with the end results even know these flares were not intended for the P38. They gave us the added room we needed to fit the larger tires and now all we have to do is trim back the sliders.

I know what you're saying all this could be avoided if we just would've stuck with 32in tires but it would not be a true Lucky8 truck unless it was on at least 33's

Exhaust and Tcase updates to follow
project update

The exhaust was the next thing we had to address. Everything from the cats back was removed by rocks at our last event.

For some reason this part of the Y pipe drops lower than anything else on the truck. It had been crushed and bent from an obstacle we went over. I really think we are going to have to make some sort of skid plate to protected in the future.

And the last thing to repair was this mid muffler section. You can see another off-road faux pas with Land Rovers design right here. This muffler use to hang lower than the frame.

With it out of the way we put in a straight pipe that sits much higher than the frame. This should help us avoid any future damage

project update

We have been racking our brains on how to lock the viscous coupling. There are a few ideas out there on how to make this possible but the expense is making it cost prohibitive. To make matters worse I don't know if the front output shaft is strong enough to handle being fully locked. But as the old saying goes when the going gets tough the tough get going. So we built a jig, welded the viscous coupling in the correct locked position and installed it in the transfer case.

By doing this we will be able to find out if the front output shaft is strong enough to handle the load put on it when the transfercase is locked. If it doesn't explode we will continue to look for viable options to lock the T case. The best way to show that the transfer case is locked on a Borg-Warner box is to pull the front driveshaft and see if the truck will still move, and thats exactly what we did in this video.

Your first take on the video maybe just a yahoo having fun in the snow, but when you really look at it our P38 is spinning the rear tires while the front tires remain stationary. This means the transfercase is locked and all the power is going to the rear output shaft without causing an explosion. I'm pretty confident that the rear will hold up okay. We have been driving the truck around as a rearwheel drive unit for about a week without any side effects.
Project update

The fender flares are finished and for the most part they fit the P38 well.

The fronts fit just about perfect

The rear sections provided the much needed room for the tires

All that's left is to make the final trim on the rear section, once we have the new bumpers



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Apr 23, 2004
Boy, those flares do look good.

I can't help but imagine how nice they'd look on a white truck... :rolleyes:
Project update

The sliders have been trimmed to fit with the fender flares. Hooray we can now turn with out rubbing! When the snow clears out I'll take some good pictures but for now I have trail shots.

The tree bars were true to their name and I needed to use them often in the tight wooded area.

As you can see in this picture the tree bar portion on the slider sticks out just far enough to keep the door skins safe from damage.

Project update : MUD in all the wrong places

Prepping for the next event we went through the truck a little bit and upon opening the air box we found this.

The airbox draws air from inside the front fender. But obviously that is not enough to protect it from the goop we are sticking the truck in.

We took the snorkel type section off the air box that connected it to the fender. The Air intake will now draw fresh air from inside the engine bay. To help protect the air box from dirt we covered the hole in the fender with this extra piece of plastic we found laying around.



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Dec 17, 2010
Layton, UT
I closed that off as well. I have had to replace a few air filters because of the wonderfully designed intake. Paper filters save your ass. My friend had a K&N filter and sucked water right into his Jeep's engine. That Hemi was not cheap to replace even with insurance.

I drilled a couple holes in the back of the box facing the firewall. Someday, i'll get around to building a snorkle out of tubing.
mini Project update

Just a quick update on the 4.6 motor. When we swapped the head gaskets we also put in a new computer and BECM. The new computer was from a SAI truck. Our truck did not have all the secondairy air malarkey just standard heads. Unfortunately this gave us a big problem with New Your State. The truck would not pass the safety test for emissions but this little update ends with good news. To turn a secondary air truck into a non-secondary air truck all you need to do is swap out the ECU to a non secondary air ECU and mate it to the BECM. We were able to keep the better condition SAI BECM and mate it to our non SAI ECU. With that done the truck no longer throws the check engine codes associated with the secondary air and we passed the safety and emissions check.

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