I got this CJ6 as a gift/dowry from my father in law. He bought it from a guy in Arkansas in 1995 and started a ground up restoration that was short lived. He rebuild the axles, engine, transfer case and transmission and re-did the frame. Then it sat for about 10 years in his garage and later moved to his driveway until I came along, married his daughter and became legal heir to it (he asked me to get the POS out of his driveway).
I gladly did. This has been my first major rebuild. I drug it out to Ft Carson Colorado where I was stationed at the time and started working on it, off and on between field time and deployment to Iraq. It continued, to my wife's chagrin, through PCS moves to Ft. Benning, GA; then drug to Ft Irwin, CA, where it actually got utilized pretty extensively and got a new coat of paint; then to Ft. Eustis, VA where the engine is currently in pieces in my garage, slowly getting rebuilt.
Bottom line, I'm still glad I took on the chore of dragging this turd across the country. Someday it will be worth it.
Damn that 6 looks great with the white wagon wheel and all. Tuned in for this as you don't see them anymore. What are the ultimate plans from this point on? Also, that is a lot of moving. Thanks for your service.
I'm trying to stay as original as possible but I've had thoughts of going diesel and transplanting a cummins 4bt into it. I'm working on getting the engine put back together right now, after rebuilding the heads, but if I end up having to do any sort of extensive engine work again, I may decide to change the ultimate plan- Cummins, new dana 44s, 4l60, atlas II, etc. Bottom line, we'll see. I'm sure it'll eventually bite the dust and I'll get the chance to go big.
Thanks, I greatly appreciate it. Most of these pictures are a little old. I've had a few other threads going on different projects that I'm undertaking. Guess I should consolidate here to make it a little easer on myself.
I intend to stay as close to original looking as possible to maintain the classic nature of it. The goal is a somewhat expedition type vehicle- not a rock crawler and nothing extreme.
I picked up a steel hard top from a guy up in Delaware last fall. I've been slowly stripping and fixing it up over the past few months. Had one strip over the passenger door that had some rust issues. I've cut that out and will weld in a new patch hopefully pretty soon- I want to get it out of my shed. Plan on painting the top of the roof white (to cut down on heat) and the rest will be the same color as the body.
That's where it gets a little interesting. The original color was spring green- a sort of light green. Due to the innate imperfect body on a CJ, along with the desire to pick a classic color, and the desire to have a "tough skin" (re: tough and prevents further rust), I've decided to go with Hammerite Mid Green. If you're familiar with Stanley vaccuum thermoses, mugs, cups etc, its that shade of green and texture. I'm a huge fan of Stanley products. I think I own the full line up.
So that brings me to the current. In order to seat the top, which is very heavy, I'm going throug and replacing the bed and reinforcing supports to keep the body from sagging. The bed had some rust problems, so it was time to execute this anyway. Once I finish this welding, I'll probably go back and work the body a bit more before going to paint. I'll then go back and finish the top (hopefully prior to next fall!) and doors. Will need to eventually replace the driver floor pan, as its got some rust issues as well. I've got the patch panels, just need to get around to doing it.
Constraints: I've got three boys under the age of 7 and I work on the staff of a 3 star general. So my free time is minimal. I'll post a few pictures below on recent progress.
Just like every other CJ- the more you dig, the more crap you find that needs replaced. The art of it is determining where to stop and leave the next fix for a future project. You gotta be able to enjoy the sucker some day.