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post #31 of 58 Old 01-07-2009, 12:27 PM
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There is more to a CJ than the hood and grill.
this is true but the best part of the cj was the way the exterior looked, everything else was improved.

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YJ rear wheel shape just looks wrong with the CJ clip.
the rear wheel openings are round just as a cj was. the plastic is irrelevant. just swap those as well.

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there is the old school dash. Putting a full CJ tub and front cluip on a YJ could be nice.
the tubs themselves are no different visually. building with a new reproduction cj body would be fine but not an original. lack of galvanizing, rust, etc would make this undesirable. this guy wasnt doing a frame-off build. i dont think many are going to agree that a full replacement of the tub and all the work involved would have enough payoff.

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post #32 of 58 Old 01-07-2009, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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This thread has been added to the FAQ writeup section.
Cool, I'll post updates when I get back to it. My TJ took over my shop time for this past year but I hope to get back to painting the CJ front end.

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nice to see a few doing this .....keep up the great info




me to on round lights.

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i must say nice rig
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I should really fix the pics in my writeup...


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post #36 of 58 Old 02-18-2009, 11:13 PM
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Got mine all taken care of... This thread helped a lot!



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Dang dude, that looks awesome. Nice color.

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now I cant tell the difference, gotta be the youngest CJ around now
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Dang dude, that looks awesome. Nice color.
Thank you!

Since, I've put on the side marker lights. They took an extra couple of days for the mail man to deliver, and I was excited to finish the project.

I'm pleased with the conversion but, now need to address my rocker guards. The CJ fenders have that little flare on the bottom and what I had on there had to be trimmed at the fender because it wouldn't lay flat.

I think I'm going to scrap what I have and go with something from A - Z Fab.


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hey varnish...am in the middle of doing this one and find that with the standard front busing that my grille wants to hit the frame on the pass side, but the drivers side is clear by about 1/3 of an inch.....did your grille hit the frame on the pass side or does it clear?
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hey varnish...am in the middle of doing this one and find that with the standard front busing that my grille wants to hit the frame on the pass side, but the drivers side is clear by about 1/3 of an inch.....did your grille hit the frame on the pass side or does it clear?
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dbikers -

If you're doing the CJ grill conversion you'll have to cut and re-weld the radiator support plate. if you're trying to do it stock, it won't work as it's too short, thus causing the problem your having.

It's strange that your grill's hitting on the passenger side of all places. The main problem area with the grill is on the drivers side where you'll have to modify it to fit around the power steering pump.

I solved this by raising up my radiator support braket a bit more when re-welding it and curring out a little notch on the bottom of the grill (behind the scene).

Do you have any pics of it hitting?


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hey varnish...am in the middle of doing this one and find that with the standard front busing that my grille wants to hit the frame on the pass side, but the drivers side is clear by about 1/3 of an inch.....did your grille hit the frame on the pass side or does it clear?
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I have a one inch body lift so that might have helped me, as dbiker said most of the work was on the steering hoses/pump. Mine sits real close to the frame but fits.

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Varnish -

I have a 1" BL too but I did something a little different that what you did (I think). When I re-welded on the radiator support braked I welded it a bit highter to elininate the 1" lift puck.

Just puttin' it out there....


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varnish, i did the work that you did on the grille (cut and then weld in support for the ps pump as well as the yj rad mounts). All of that stuff is great, and i haven[t done the center support yet but i want to keep the rubber mount there for a bit of absorption, but mine still hits a bit on the top of the pass side frame...
it may be different when i do have the center support extended.
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Two years later, finally got it all one color. Was a ton of work and a ton of $$$ for the auto paint and really wish I had more time for the body work but the good painting weather was rapidly running out up here in Alaska and I was determined to get this thing painted. Did a frame swap on it as well this summer so hoping she'll last quite a few more years now. The hood was in real rough shape and as soon as I sprayed it every little screwed up area really jumped out. I threw the vinyl flames on partially to cover the poor body work but also for my 8 yr old - he digs em. Lesson of the summer - simply feathering paint chips or small surface rust is not enough - gotta glaze coat em all! This was all done this summer - started in June and just got it back on the road this week.




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