Well, as I said, I have completed the modifications! My frame got so bad it was almost un-drivable but she made it to my buddies shop to go under the knife!
we replaced the back half of the frame with one from a buddies yj that had already had this surgery performed, and proceeded to lift the tank about 6" into the bed of my jeep. I took some pictures along the way in case anyone else would like to try this.
To start off I picked up some new floor material, and welded up a frame the way I thought it was going to go but we went a different route later on.
Next I rolled her into my buddies shop at around 11pm and we dropped the tank, had some beers and called it a night.
The next morning I took some rot shots for memories!
From there the rear floor was chopped out completely, the rear inner fenders were cut and the old frame was hacked off!
From there, we tacked in the new rear frame section, with some ratchet strap persuasion. I'm not too sure what happened to the picture taker from here out but basically we used the stock gas tank skid, put the rear lip up into the tub, made a new 2x2x3/16ths crossmember in the front of the tank and fish plated the inside and outside of the frame. New soft gas lines were run to the tank, and the fuel filler was relocated to the tj location (still not sure i like this, but there was no other way). the filler tube was crafted out of Fierro filler tubes and some conduit
. the gas tank was boxed in with some new sheet and welded into place, the top cover for the tank is removable for gas tank access.