Made a little bit of progress over the last few days and am just about ready to move to the next step of pulling the gears and swapping the seals and painting the exterior of the axle. Also, started modifying the passenger door frame to fit as well.
More importantly the reason I could sleep last night, I have another Jeep project in the works..... And it is going to be a little DIFFERENT than any build I have seen on here. Starting with a TUB and GRILL..... Might be called something like: The Retired Crawler Cruiser or LCOG CJ5.5...... O and the tub is a CJ-5 stretched to a CJ-6 wheelbase, then beat and wheeled hard. A friend and I pulled the grill from a scrapyard before I owned my first heep so..... This has been on my mind for a while with no clear direction til earlier this year. I will not be able to start this next project until I get the LJ to a good point of wheeling with out breaking stuff every outing but you will see a build on it soon.
06 WK 5.7 Hemi Overland
87 MJ Chief 57k original miles... getting built in the backyard.