I tend to want something different. So...
I started with a fairly good looking 89 Cherokee. The engine was toast. We bought it for the transmission which was transplanted into my daughter's 88.
When I got through cutting on the XJ, I had the front frame clip from the seats forward and the rear axle and springs.
I built the beginning of the frame with 2x3 tubing. Then added a 2x2 frame member about 6" higher and this became the floor.
The engine was a 318 that was removed from a running Ramcharger to make room for a Magnum 360. The transmission was a 904 built from a 2x Ramcharger front case and the balance from a 80's Eagle SX-4.
The transfer is a NP242 from the 89 Cherokee. The input gear had the wrong spline count for the Eagle transmission but Novak people provided the right one.
I did a final square up on the frame and welded a piece of 1/8" plate above the rear axle and the shock mounts to hold it where it belonged.
I had in mind what I wanted it to look like. The plan was to get a Texas title for a Willys replica. I went as far as putting up a concept drawing and lined out a plan for the grille.
After the frame was established, I centered my time on fabrication of the grille. I planned it to look like a 1948 +/- Willys but I changed the number of vertical bars.
I found headlight buckets in a couple of old Dodge pickups. One came from a 1953 3/4 ton stake bed and the other from a 1955 half ton pickup.
The vertical bars are light weight 1" square tubing. Modifications to the grille continued. Part of the front fenders are welded to the grille and bolted to the remainder of the fender, allowing removal of the front end (for when I install a bigger engine).
The parking lights came from kaiserwillys.com. That is the same source I used for the CJ instrument panel that I bought.
The radiator was purchased from Speedway and it was a tight fit.
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