I started doing this last summer, but got too busy with work and put it away, now this coming summer I am gonna have plenty of time so my goal is to finish it once and for all! Here are some pics of the Jeep and progress done last summer.
If anyone is curious, the motor was already removed by my little brother, this was originally gonna be his Jeep project, but after a fight with dad about not being able to get a Corvette (a 16 year old with a Corvette for his first car, really?) He dropped the project and left the Jeep sitting out in the weeds behind the shop, haven't seen him for 2 years since he went back to his mom's.
It sat outside with no top for about a year or so and was full of leaves and branches, rust poked through in a few places, but are small in size and can easily be fixed, the body is in spectacular condition for a 55 year old Jeep! The old flathead 4 actually ran pretty good, but after my brother got it out and took it apart, the inside wasn't too pretty, half the head on the 3rd piston was blown apart.
The body on the way to the car wash to get cleaned up.
Tiny little frame, cute aint it? I can pick it up and move it myself.
And lastly the engine compartment while it was sitting out in the weeds. Those are all the pics I have thus far. Now, sitting behind the shop is another 57 CJ5 with a half-cab, and a strong 289 Ford V8 under the hood with this real unique splitter box transmission. I wanted to keep it original in the beginning, but to get all the parts for that 4 banger and get the block machined would ring out close to 5k and why do that when there is a perfectly good V8 laying around? Plus I really want that splitter box for the super low gearing. The V8 sure has taken its toll on the halfcab and the frame is cracked in several places. On the good frame, I plan to reinforce it by boxing it in to handle the V8. For paint, I want to do black truck bed liner for durability, my dad has this stuff on his 72 Bronco and it is impossible to scratch and really makes the rig look tough, even seems to make the metal more resilient to dents. The Jeep has the old style sport bar, I really like the look of it, but are they very safe? If not I will probably build onto it and make it a 6 pointer. That's all I can think of right now, will get some pics of the halfcab this weekend! College is almost out and man I am antsy to start working on this little rig! Hope to have it running by the end of July.