Converting XJ Unibody into a Tubed Frame
I have been toying with the idea of stripping down my entire XJ to the Unibody and cutting the frame rails off the bottom. Then, I wanted to build a custom frame out of 3" x 4" square tubing approx. 3/16" thick to make a super strong frame. I want to stiffen the XJ frame so I can directly weld to the frame a custom long arm kit with D60's front and rear.
My main goal is to be able to lift the truck to fit 35 inch tires with out raising the center of gravity of the xj. I can use a body lift to achieve the desire height, and I think it will make it much easier to retro fit a 4bt Cummins Turbo Diesel with a GM turbo 400 tranny to make one sick off road machine.
I know it will take a lot of fabrication along with some blood, sweat, and tears, but I have a 4 month vacation coming up. I think that would be the perfect time to undertake this adventurous endeavor like this one.
I just want to find out it anyone has done anything like this??? Let me know what your thoughts and opinions are on the project. The more feedback I get the better off I will be. I think it will also make one hell of a Build Thread for our forum.