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Old April 6th, 2013, 09:35 AM   #61
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Custom frame is the way to go in these early jeeps. We just linked a m170 using a Tj frame to start and we ended up cutting it up to where it would have been easier to start from scratch. Sounds like a cool project. Lsx motor is a tight fit under the short hood and fenders but worth it IMO for the early look.
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Custom frame is the way to go in these early jeeps. We just linked a m170 using a Tj frame to start and we ended up cutting it up to where it would have been easier to start from scratch. Sounds like a cool project. Lsx motor is a tight fit under the short hood and fenders but worth it IMO for the early look.
Yeah, I love the snub nose clips, so that stays. I had built a complete frame, and still have it somewhere. I will be chopping up the TJ frame tomorrow and getting it out of there. Its mazing how bad those TJ frames rot out. I cut it right in front of the rear control arm mounts and tacked it 7.5" of frame to match the CJ6 wheelbase, but the metal is soooo bad on the TJ frame, I was leery of using it.
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Different for sure... I like the idea alot.

It would be kind of cool if you raked it slightly nose high, a little like an old gasser. Brian Chuhua(sp.) style. JP magazine has had a few pictures of 50's/60's jeep hotrods over the past year or so. If I remember correctly they even had a few of a CJ6 recently.
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Different for sure... I like the idea alot.

It would be kind of cool if you raked it slightly nose high, a little like an old gasser. Brian Chuhua(sp.) style. JP magazine has had a few pictures of 50's/60's jeep hotrods over the past year or so. If I remember correctly they even had a few of a CJ6 recently.
I looooooove gassers. If it was 2wd with some re-po pie crust slicks on the back, I would definitely go this way.

I think the next step for me is to set the body on the other frame, and start playing with ride height and rake, and wheel tuck. I have a set of old 30x9.5 tires, so they will work well for mockup.

I might go the other way, and try to go stock with the rear height, and an inch lower in the front. I do have some SAW 8" coilovers, that I originally bought for the front of this, and are adjustable. Or I can go with stock YJ springs, and even add a little bit of a lowering block to get the rake correct.

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BTW, here's a pic of my 1982 CJ7, that I picked up recently:



And here's the pole barn that I built: 30x48, with 12ft walls, and 10x10 roll up doors. I took a year off Jeep building to get it done, now I have the space I need for projects again..




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Perhaps the biggest question/quandry, is what to do with the paint.

I love the old paint, but there are some areas that are a little rustier than I'd like. And there are some things that I would change, like the old driver's names (it used to be a mud racer) and getting rid of the 'calvin' grabbing its crotch, etc..







IF I paint it, it'd be a semi-recreation of the original paint, maybe even a little flashier with some metal flake in the lettering, etc, or else something like simple/period looking like this:

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