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Unread 04-30-2002, 01:11 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Building a cj5 frame

I am going to need a new frame in my jeep in a while and I see no reason why I can't copy the existing frame while the jeep is still on the road. I plan to build the side rails out of 5x3" tubing and reinforce it were ever I can. I wonder if anyone else has ever done this and I wonder if it is worth the labor. I have seen these welded frames for sale built on jigs.

George I. Pare'
"Tonka Toy" CJ5 1980
Plymouth Plantation
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Unread 05-01-2002, 08:45 AM   #2
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Well, they do make new fgrames out of tubing (Matkins, Advanced Frame Works, etc.), but they are pricey. Making one yourself could be a bit of an undertaking without all of the factory specs properly laid out. I mean, as far as getting mounts, holes, brackets, etc. to line up. Could you use an original CJ-5 Frame as a base and do your own strengthening/boxing to that? I personally would do that, so you would have all the mounts, holes, etc. laid out where necessary. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

I have a '76 CJ-5 that I am currently parting out. If you are interested in the frame, it appears to be solid, though it has surface rust. If you'd like to work something out, let me know. I am not far along stripping it, so I am not in a rush, LOL
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