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Unread 05-26-2010, 08:40 AM   #1
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1974 CJ-6 Buildup

Figured I'd throw up a couple of pics of my work in progress....

The project started a few years ago with some frame/suspension work. The engine had some issues, so I didn't drive it too much. Finally took the plunge and ordered an engine.....then I asked the question about whether or not I should take the body off. Can you say snowball effect?

Here's some specs:

1974 CJ-6
360 w/Howell
D30/D44 (These will get updated in the next phase!)
T-18/Dana 20
4.5" Rubicon Express springs w/shackle reversal

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Engine that's going in

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Raptor Liner sprayed Yellow in tub, black underneath tub.

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The tub will be painted today, with the rest of the body parts being painted in the next day or so....

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Unread 05-26-2010, 09:48 AM   #2
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It's looking good. Did you take any pictures of it before the tear down?
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Unread 05-26-2010, 09:50 AM   #3
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again...


CJ6's are COOOOOOL!


looks like you are well on your way to a very nice ride.

quick question- guns racks? ski racks?




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Unread 05-26-2010, 09:56 AM   #4
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It's looking good. Did you take any pictures of it before the tear down?
This is the before. The picture is about a year or two old, but it looked just like this before the tear down started about three months ago. What started out as an engine swap snowballed into this. Honestly, I just wanted a scratch and shoot for the paint and body, but I'm getting the impression from my cousin (the body shop I took it to is my cousin's shop) that he won't put his name on anything unless it looks good. He was very frustrated after he started working the guide coat because even the unmolested/undamaged factory sheetmetal (which was most of the tub, as it was in great shape) was very wavy. It won't be a show vehicle, but should be better than a 20 footer, and certainly equal to or better than the factory "wavy-ness" that was present.
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Unread 05-26-2010, 09:57 AM   #5
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again...


CJ6's are COOOOOOL!


looks like you are well on your way to a very nice ride.

quick question- guns racks? ski racks?




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Gun racks! This day this Jeep was purchased in '74 (had to be ordered) it went straight on the trailer and to the hunting camp! (I bought it from the original owner)
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Unread 05-26-2010, 10:19 AM   #6
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I'll be waching this. I love those rare lifted 6's!
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Unread 05-26-2010, 10:24 AM   #7
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What is the access panel under the passenger seat for?
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Unread 05-26-2010, 10:31 AM   #8
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I have also always liked the CJ6. Yours looks nice.
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Unread 05-26-2010, 10:31 AM   #9
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What is the access panel under the passenger seat for?
factory tool box

(or, for you enterprising, out-of-the-box type thinkers, they make a handy adult-beverage climate-control storage capsule with the addition of a bit of sealant and a drain hole)

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Unread 05-26-2010, 01:32 PM   #10
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factory tool box

(or, for you enterprising, out-of-the-box type thinkers, they make a handy adult-beverage climate-control storage capsule with the addition of a bit of sealant and a drain hole)

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Correct....factory tool box. Funny thing, I went out of my way to keep it (It's not a separate box, rather a three sided "cover" that uses the floor, rear floor riser, and side of the tub to close it in, so removing it would leave the floor, basically matching the driver side) but I don't know if I will use it much.

You see, for it to be conveniently usable, you need to retain the factory seats, which truly fold and tumble. As soon as you go to an aftermarket seat, you limit or even lose access. I am hoping to run Mastercrafts in place of the factory 60/40 bench so I will either have to un-hinge it, or stop using it. I had even thought about fab'ing a door on the front side to access it from the front.

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Unread 05-26-2010, 02:11 PM   #11
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I have aftermarket seats in my CJ6 and CJ5. They limit how far you can open the lid, but you can put small things in there. I keep my winch remote, air hoses, snatch block, etc in there. I've even had a small, plastic toolbox in there that's about 4" tall.
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Unread 05-26-2010, 02:16 PM   #12
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I have aftermarket seats in my CJ6 and CJ5. They limit how far you can open the lid, but you can put small things in there. I keep my winch remote, air hoses, snatch block, etc in there. I've even had a small, plastic toolbox in there that's about 4" tall.
Agreed. The winch remote, lug wrench, is about all that I had in there. I will likely use it for rarely used items, or maybe small spare parts...u-joints, etc.

The tool box on my '46 flattie has a script "Jeep" stamped on the front of it if I remember. Maybe "Willys".....gonna have to check it out tonight.
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Unread 05-26-2010, 02:17 PM   #13
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I am REALLY digging that hard top! That thing is bad a$$! I now want to stretch my 5. Thanks a lot.
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Unread 05-26-2010, 02:34 PM   #14
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I am REALLY digging that hard top! That thing is bad a$$! I now want to stretch my 5. Thanks a lot.
Thanks! I also dig it, especially the red/white combo. But, funny you mention that, as I have sold the hard top to pay for the soft top I bought. I really do dig it, but it's a real hassle to put up and take down. It's also not insulated, so it is affected greatly by both weather and sound. On a rough road.....and let's face it, all roads are rough when you're driving a Jeep, it's like sitting inside of a drum, and then it feels like an oven in the summer, and a drippy freezer in the winter. Makes the Jeep feel more top heavy as well.

I know I will regret selling it, but I needed the money for the soft top. If I could have swung it both space and money wise, I would have kept it.
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Unread 05-26-2010, 02:41 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the great comments! I've spent years planning this build in my head, and still struggle with decisions....some minor, some major. I wish I was playing a bigger part on the hands on stuff, but honestly I'm just not that handy, so I'm farming out the major stuff. I'll still be getting my hands plenty dirty, but I would still have liked to play a bigger role.

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