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Unread 05-06-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Anyone shorten 1972+ CJ fenders to fit an M38A1?

Hey folks, so I picked up what I was told was 1965 CJ5 parts, a grille and hood. They wanted me to take them home. I wanted to install them on my YJ.



So I painted them up and started the swap.



Scrambled and thrashed to get it together by the Jeep Jamboree (TN Mountains a couple weeks ago). Ordered some new fenders online from Carparts.com. They were too long. So I chopped the YJ fenders and went to the Jamboree.



While on the trip, our group leader Tony (go green!) came over and said "I thought you said you had CJ parts on your Wrangler". I said "Yeah..." He said that the snorkel opening meant that they were M38A1 parts. Cool!

So that made my day and started me to thinking (uh-oh). I would like to complete the M38A1 front clip conversion. I love the stock Jeep look. Anyways I still have the new fenders. I am wondering if the angle and curve are right on the fenders, so that I could use them. I am wondering if I can shorten the tub end of the fenders to make the length fit the M38A1 hood. My YJ fenders were a good 6" too long.

Just wondering if any CJ folks have tried this? I am going to pull the hood off and set it on the fenders to mock it up on the garage floor.

Or if I'm crazy let me know that too. Well we already know that, but let me know how crazy. Thanks

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Unread 05-07-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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Early CJ5's had the same snorkel cutout. Early CJ5 (55-71) and M38A1 fenders are the same thing, and reproductions are available. There is no need to try to chop down the 72+ versions.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 12:52 PM   #3
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Early CJ5's had the same snorkel cutout. Early CJ5 (55-71) and M38A1 fenders are the same thing, and reproductions are available. There is no need to try to chop down the 72+ versions.
Thanks for the info Pathkiller. I did a little searching, but the prices I am finding are around $400 per fender. Does that sound right?

For a vehicle that does lean on rocks and trees from time to time, I was okay with my CJ fenders @$120. But I'm getting a little sticker shock on the early fenders.

I got the idea to shorten the newer fenders from the YJ forum where a guy mentioned doing that to YJ fenders when doing a 1972+ CJ nose swap. But I don't think he had actually tried it. I was wondering if this is something that folks do from time to time.

For the money I'm still going to look at shortening the fenders I have.
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M38a1 and early CJ Fenders don't have the signal recess.
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Oh okay cool, thanks for the info man.

I decided to use my CJ repro fenders as-is, and instead run a newer CJ hood with my M38A1 grille. I located a hood on the other side of town.

SO I get to un-shrink the front a little, going to have to get new radiator hoses because I had to trim mine. They were old anyway. Also I will re-do my grille mount, which I wasn't happy with. It was good enough to get me through the Jamboree but I can do better.

Hopefully in the next week I will have the new nose done and put up a pic. Not sure what to do about paint, I might shoot the new parts black or primer gray and look into having someone paint the whole Jeep.

The guy who has the hood has a barn of Jeep parts, so who knows what other parts I might bring home.
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I love the look you are going for! it will be cool to see how she turns out
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I love the look you are going for! it will be cool to see how she turns out
Thanks man! I'm glad you know what look I'm going for I have no idea what I'm trying to do!

Anyways picked up a Renegade CJ7 hood, brown with the gold graphics. Looks so cool! Thinking about cleaning it up and clearcoating it. I'll put up pics as I tear into it.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 01:04 PM   #8
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Thanks man! I'm glad you know what look I'm going for I have no idea what I'm trying to do!

Anyways picked up a Renegade CJ7 hood, brown with the gold graphics. Looks so cool! Thinking about cleaning it up and clearcoating it. I'll put up pics as I tear into it.
you are coming back to the round headlights
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you are coming back to the round headlights
Yeah - she is looking good
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