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  1. Saw this today... throwback "Comanche" Gladiator

    Been away from the forum for a while, but here is my take on the Honcho retro build. Key notes, Honcho was a j series made from 78 to early 80's. Mostly a decal package, short beds, rollbar, jeep even collaborated with Levi and put 591 buttons on seats. To keep the theme, I made a visor to...
  2. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    So my first wheeling trip is in the books. It's easy to brag about the good and always hard to admit the bad. Let's start with the bad: Although I forklifted each tire to check clearance, the right front tire still rubbed the inner fender liner. The lack of Ram assist and 40's at 10lbs can be...
  3. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    I'm No blending was required. All the pieces were painted separately. It does match nicely, but the decals probably help hide any difference.
  4. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    It's amazing how big the camera makes my shop look. It's 30x45 interstate basically holds about 3-4 cars. It is an enclosed carport and was the cheapest building I could get. Still had to do the concrete myself. Definitely not industrial, very much shopped to get it extra cheap. That's a 2 post...
  5. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    Truck was purchased second week of December. I drove it 400 miles over 2 weeks to confirm no major defects. January 2nd tore it down. On August 5th did first real test driving and only thing missing was rollbar and spare tire mount. Finished roll bar on Setember 7th, right before Jeep Bash...
  6. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    My first test drive. I've always believed if you baby it, your just waiting until you decide to push it hard enough to break. The Patagonia tires run highway at 36psi. Because the truck is an ecodiesel the recommended gears for my tire size is 4.88s. So when I floored it from a dead stop...
  7. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    So, I didn't not make a significant change to the wheel base. I shortend the frame behind the suspension. For clarity though, I actually did move the front axle forward and the rear axle backward just enough to center them on the wheel wells. The Rock Jock suspension is fully adjustable 4 links.
  8. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    1st the big obvious, skid plates. I skipped right past these. These are the Next Venture skids with UHMW. So without sounding like and expert. I live near the Hammers and used to judge WEROCK competitions. People used to attach cuttingboards but they didn't last long. UHMW stands for Ultra High...
  9. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    I want to start tonight by thanking all of you for the kind words regarding my build. I'm not great with compliments and i believe like most of us, my own worst critic (second guessing every thought and idea). I started this project with my wife just to be different, ironically trying to mimic...
  10. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    A late night of thrashing, tons of cleaning, then debased myself by breaking all the rules and used (yes I'm embarrassed by this) tire shine. Well it looked cool, but didn't win. I was very proud to have made it here. So many kids came to have their photo taken next to it. I felt like I won. So...
  11. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    So pictured is a quick shot of the custom headliners I had made from Black 501 jeans. This was the nod to Levi's tie to Jeep at the time. The pockets hold keys and nickknacks just fine. Early on before the build I bought a 1/20th scale white gladiator model on the jungle store. I made the...
  12. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    These are Rock Slide Engineering's sliders. Mounting them was a pain. They involve pulling the body mount bolts. I used an induction bolt heater to soften the factory lock tight, but they are also self tappers. They suck to remove. These sliders are now part of this truck. The custom badges...
  13. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    The decals have arrived! I had these custom made by a friend of mine. Here's the only problem. I've never done this before and I feel a little over my head. Oh well, no sense crying about it. Let's do this. It's really starting to look like my plan. Hours of sweat and a few arguments with my...
  14. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    Finally, time to assemble the bed. Notice the wires on the ground? More electrical work coming. So earlier I mentioned routing power to the rear of the vehicle. Some must have even thought that's a lot of amps. I am installing a 12.5k winch in the back and need to support all the juice. The...
  15. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    Wheels and tires finally came in. I went with 40's Milestar Patagonia mounted on Icon Rebound Pro wheels. If you know, these are the only dot approved street legal bead retaining wheels (at least that's what the nice salesman said). Looks like I need to reduce some image sizes to continue. So...
  16. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    I mentioned earlier the plan for the air tank. Here is the diagram if it helps. So the Axles. The initial plan was to go with dynatrac prorock 44's . This was a builders axle and it housed Yukon gears with an ARB locker. It was the rear axle where the problems began. A miss-communication...
  17. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    So while I was waiting for parts I started doing the foundation work for a solid build. This rig will be used on trails for sure and although it looks nice it must perform. I mentioned the air compressor in an earlier post but I also thought some storage would be wise too. I installed a 2.5...
  18. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    The visor is in pre-production currently.
  19. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    I always planned on upgrading the axles so the time to do the suspension is while all the parts are at paint. I have to say, all the post about how much rubicon axles are worth are over rated. Took 3 months to sell them and dumped the price several times. These axles had less than 500 miles on...
  20. Retro Gladiator build, my modern take on the Old Honcho

    At this point, I Tore it apart again and sent the bed off for powdercoating and paint. Although the truck is white, powder coat would look bad against the cab. The factory paint is base coat, clear coat. So normally I would paint myself but I had no time. I had the exterior sections painted and...


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