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post #46 of 63 Old 09-10-2013, 07:31 PM
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Notching wouldn't be tough, I don't think. Making the cuts look factory might be a little time consuming though. If you were really dedicated you could roll the edges and really make it look good. But why bother, it's a Jeep! It would be cool if someone who had already done this had a template available for download. But then again it would vary depending on whether or not the Jeep was lifted and what size lift.
Set fender in place, mark, trim, and repeat. Once it fits well, make the cut-outs "pretty". Add a fresh coat of paint at the cut areas and to the shock towers (they get scratched) and you're ready to install. Mine took less than an hour per side. They could have both been done well enough to fit in 15 minutes (mine look factory).


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post #47 of 63 Old 06-17-2014, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the time has come to sell my Wrangler. I've put an add on Craigslist but I figured I's mention it here in case anyone was interested.
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post #48 of 63 Old 06-20-2014, 08:36 PM
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Cut and paste

Little bit of time with a grinder and a welder!
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Wow, impressive. That looks nice. Looking forward to a completed project pic.
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post #50 of 63 Old 06-21-2014, 09:02 PM
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Can you post up a photo with the hood shut, and somewhat of a side profile? Also, I am curious... Is there a reason you did not try to graft more if the CJ grille in order to remove that YJ "bend" the grille bars have? This is a harder mod to pull off and have it look right, yours looks pretty good! I would love to see how the shape comes together with the hood on.
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post #51 of 63 Old 06-29-2014, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Sold my YJ/CJ this weekend. It was a really nice Jeep and I enjoyed driving it for the year I owned it. The best part, though was doing the CJ front end conversion. Now I've got more time (and money) to make progress on my CJ7 restoration.
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post #52 of 63 Old 01-08-2017, 06:32 AM
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All these Jeeps look great.couldn't make myself cut up a perfect set of YJ fenders just to use the inners. At the time, I couldn't find a set of decently priced beaters, but I ended up finding an entire CJ front clip for less than the cost of one decent YJ fender. Granted, the CJ fenders were horrid
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I had a lot of reservations about going to round headlights. My only regret now is that I didn't do it sooner.
I probably won't ever have a shiny jeep but yours is pretty.
Awesome job and all in a one-post build thread!

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post #53 of 63 Old 01-08-2017, 11:19 AM
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Don't know how I missed this thread. I've been looking at every CJ grill conversion I can find. My driving force is the fact that my YJ is on a rebuilt title as a 84 CJ7. I almost went for a one piece glass CJ front clip set up to lift in either direction, but having looked at so many conversions of all different ways I picked up a good YJ grill and a fairly good CJ grill to try and keep the YJ hood and fenders. I was just about to drill out the welds (while we are in that brief FL season where its cool enough to fabricate stuff without dripping sweat on the work) and figure out how to graft the CJ skin onto the YJ grill frame.

But the pics above with just the side portions modded look cool. Fantastic, in fact. Question: with the CJ light buckets tilted back like that, was there a problem aiming the lights down far enough? I don't have lights or mounts yet to check the adjustment range and was worried about that. So I've been looking at ways to fit the CJ grill skin into the YJ grill frame without bending it. But doing just the side sections like above appears much simpler.

Like fish said, awesome and all in a single post build thread. Thanks for posting that and the pics.
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... with the CJ light buckets tilted back like that, was there a problem aiming the lights down far enough? I don't have lights or mounts yet to check the adjustment range and was worried about that. So I've been looking at ways to fit the CJ grill skin into the YJ grill frame without bending it. But doing just the side sections like above appears much simpler. Like fish said, awesome and all in a single post build thread. Thanks for posting that and the pics.
I never finished this but maybe I should finish welding in the coupons and send it to you for bodywork and painting LOL
For me it's not about round, square, whatever- it's the CJ look and the fenders complete it for me.
The YJ offers benefits over the CJ frame, and a nice conversion of the front clip adds to the visual for me - not that a YJ isn't a perfectly acceptable classic look. I'm old enough and retro enough I gravitate to the CJ look but appreciate the YJ benefits. I shot the last pic while buying a used iPhone 5s Saturday- excellent metalwork and enviable skills but TJ fenders?! nah- wouldn't do it. YJ fenders are ok, CJ fenders ok, TJ? Nope.
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I agree with you about the TJ grill just not looking as "right". Also like the advantages of the YJ frame and suspension over the CJ, and like the looks of both.
Oddly enough, the CJ conversion grill with YJ hood and fenders looks better to me than a modded TJ grill - the TJ grill doesn't go as well with the YJ hood.
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This is a sin lol, square headlights for life!!!
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I probably won't ever have a shiny jeep but yours is pretty.
Awesome job and all in a one-post build thread!
Thanks! Work has been crazy and I haven't been on Jeepforum in months. I've been considering doing a real build thread for a long time. I have photos throughout the build, but I've just never found time to write it all out. The little Jeep is on 35s now and I almost have the parts scrounged up to swap out the drive train and go to 8 lug axles.

I'm afraid that once I got everything in, folks would get bored. Progress on the Jeep moves slower and slower as time goes on.

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Thanks! Work has been crazy and I haven't been on Jeepforum in months. I've been considering doing a real build thread for a long time. I have photos throughout the build, but I've just never found time to write it all out. The little Jeep is on 35s now and I almost have the parts scrounged up to swap out the drive train and go to 8 lug axles.

I'm afraid that once I got everything in, folks would get bored. Progress on the Jeep moves slower and slower as time goes on.
I never get bored looking at jeep build threads I did mine so my father who lives 3k miles away could see what I've done to my jeep but also keep a log of the things I've done over the years..... you know kind like a scrap book hell the last 10 pages of my build thread haven't even been about my jeep.

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Thanks! Work has been crazy and I haven't been on Jeepforum in months. I've been considering doing a real build thread for a long time. I have photos throughout the build, but I've just never found time to write it all out. The little Jeep is on 35s now and I almost have the parts scrounged up to swap out the drive train and go to 8 lug axles.

I'm afraid that once I got everything in, folks would get bored. Progress on the Jeep moves slower and slower as time goes on.
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post #60 of 63 Old 01-19-2017, 08:07 AM
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I never get bored looking at jeep build threads I did mine so my father who lives 3k miles away could see what I've done to my jeep but also keep a log of the things I've done over the years..... you know kind like a scrap book hell the last 10 pages of my build thread haven't even been about my jeep.
I've always liked your build thread. Your Jeep has progressed in a similar fashion as mine with a lot of the same components. I need to get caught up on yours and Louie's threads.

I keep wanting to tear back into mine, but my wife and I have been doing a passive house search for a while. My youngest is a Senior in High School this year. As soon as he graduates, that passive search will turn very active ...meanwhile, I have a doubled NP203/205, some Wagoneer springs, a full 302 MPFI wiring harness and computer from a Mustang, a set of H1 wheels, and a '78 F250 HP44 (i.e., all the hard to find parts) that keep looking at me in disappointment every time I walk into the shop.

I've still got to pick up a 302 and a 14 bolt, but those are easily sourced in my neck of the woods and I'd prefer not to eat up more shop space with stuff that I'll have to move in a few months.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that everything Jeep is on hold for me for a while. It's frustrating.

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