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Old August 1st, 2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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Without writing a 10 page novel on the story behind this little 5, I'll sum it up pretty quick, so you can look at some pics....

I've been after this CJ for about 13-14 years, and was finally able to get my hands on it. I've always wanted an original style early CJ, so my initial plans were to do a complete 100% OEM style restoration. Well......the longer stuff sits in my garage, the more I want to do other things. Yeah, I change my mind alot. So, without deviating from the original plan, and ruining the look of the jeep, I came up with a plan, dropped the hammer and ordered up some parts. This wont be an extreme build, or even a hardcore trail rig. No 1 tons, coil overs or 42" tires here. Just a nice stock looking jeep with an ol' school lift and some 33's, with a full body. There wont be a lot of tech in here, but plenty of rants about shit that doesn't even relate to what I'm building.

I have alot of other projects going on, so this may take a litle longer than normal, but I'll try and keep the thread updated the best I can. Here is the plan for the little CJ.

Some sort of 4" lift spring or SOA with stock YJ springs
33" M/T's on Steelies
Stock 30/44 axles with 3.73 and maybe a lunch box locker
Lots of body armor (bumpers,rocker+corner gaurds)
Full cage
GM TBI 350 crate motor, TH350/Dana 300 T/case

I bought this CJ with a truck load of parts. Most have been sold off to fund other parts.....This is just one big vicious cycle. Buy parts....Sell parts.....Sell those parts.....Then buy more parts. I'm sure I'll end up selling most of the shit I have right now to end up putting 1 tons and 42" tires under this by October.
This is what I started off with. Body is in beautiful shape. I'm so excited about putting a nice paint job on something for a change.












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Old August 1st, 2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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I started by cutting the factory rear crossmember off. Replaced it with a piece of 2x3 square tube, and boxed in the rear section of the frame. I plan on doing the whole frame, but it is going to be in steps.


















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Old August 1st, 2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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Then started trimming on the front frame section to fit the modified TJ bumper from Gen-Right. Trimmed off a little on the inside, and made a little spacer out of a hunk of 3/4" plate.













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Old August 1st, 2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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One tons and coilovers please! Your last build made me excited in a very dirty way, this one not so much.... Still look forward to checking out your beautiful fab work though!
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Old August 1st, 2012, 08:21 PM   #5
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Started on the rear tire carrier. Trying to keep it simple, and give an Ol' school look. I screwed up and mounted the latch on the face of the mount though. It seems pretty tight, and locks shut nice, so I think Im going to run it and see what happens. If you see me driving around with the tire swing flailing around, give me a honk.



















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Old August 1st, 2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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I never want to drill thru 3/16th plate with a hole saw by hand EVER again.









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One tons and coilovers please! Your last build made me excited in a very dirty way, this one not so much.... Still look forward to checking out your beautiful fab work though!

I'm getting to old to be runnin around in those damn whipper snapper rock crawlers.....Besides, I'm saving the big stuff for a dedicated trail rig. If I dont sell it before I get to wheel it
Thanks for the compliments Chad
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Old August 1st, 2012, 08:34 PM   #9
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Diggin the old school look. But why did you say you messed up the latch on the tire carrier? Looks like most others Ive seen.
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Diggin the old school look. But why did you say you messed up the latch on the tire carrier? Looks like most others Ive seen.
Well, thats what I thought when I did it that way as well. But I think the fixed part of the latch (part that stays on the bumper) should be 90 degree from the arm/latch (part thats mounted on the swing), so it pulls the carrier into the mount. The way it is, its only pulling across the mount. Nothing is keeping it shut except the lock on hte latch. Maybe I'm wrong.
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Bought a new set of black steelies, and a Cheetah bead seater to mount the tires up. (Note to self.......DONT POINT THE CHEETAH AT THE CEILING AND RELEASE THE PRESSURE) After cleaning up the mess from the 3 broken lights that it blew off the ceiling, I got the tires mounted up.















This is how the jeep sits as of last week. It still has the old narrow spring 4" Skyjacker lift on it. I picked up a set of stock YJ springs, and plan on doing a spring over with the YJ springs. Just have to figure out what to do with the steering. Looking at the kit from Rocky Road Outfitters. I'm just worried about fittmen issues because I plan on pushing the front axle out a 2-3" in the front. So thats going to be the next hurdle after the spring swap is done.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 09:05 PM   #12
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Looks good
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Old August 1st, 2012, 09:25 PM   #13
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Well, thats what I thought when I did it that way as well. But I think the fixed part of the latch (part that stays on the bumper) should be 90 degree from the arm/latch (part thats mounted on the swing), so it pulls the carrier into the mount. The way it is, its only pulling across the mount. Nothing is keeping it shut except the lock on hte latch. Maybe I'm wrong.
Gotcha. Looks like you could mount one like this pretty easily and keep the same design you already have, giving you the inward pressure you want.

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Mmmmm, yeah that looks good. I like that latch. Any chance you know the brand or part number?
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Old August 1st, 2012, 10:16 PM   #15
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I'm not a big fan of the CJ5, But I love your fab work so I will follow this build. I'm sure it will be awesome.
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Mmmmm, yeah that looks good. I like that latch. Any chance you know the brand or part number?
Rugged Ridge runs them on their XHD bumpers. Haven't found a part number on line tho.
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Looks like great work as usual! I too have been wanting a classic Jeep to cruise in but it's pretty low on the priority list at this point.....I just need to finish the damn TJ so I can enjoy that
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I like the looks, but I'm a little puzzled by putting a bumper over the rear cross member.

yo dawg, I herd you like bumpers, so I put a bumper on your bumper so you can bump while you bump
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 10:42 AM   #19
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Agreed John, but I think he needed a place to build the tire rack off of.

Itchy, I still have a Chevy parts list for you if you want it.
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that rear bumper is awesome!
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