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Unread 08-21-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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CJ frame

So I decided to go new frame on my 80 CJ7 I looked at what I could buy and decided to have a local guy do mine. Now It's not mandrel bent but it does have every thing I want and even though its welded it still WAY stronger than factory and more than strong enough to handle what I plan on. If anyone is interested I can have him build as many as we need.

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Unread 08-21-2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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Hope he has a frame table or it will be anything but straight.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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Hope he has a frame table or it will be anything but straight.
Yes it's not his first frame. I got his name from a friend who does work with Chip Foose. I think here will probably do a better job than most anyone.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 11:04 AM   #4
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So my new frame arrived, actually a few weeks ago but I have been traveling and did not get time to take the pics. So here it is, and one showing the old and new! Its Straight and STRONG.
He already blasted a few parts for me, and will be coming over to fill some of the "extra" holes in the body, and anything else I need. He will be making my front and back bumpers too.


Saved the original front crossmember

Plates added at weld points for strength

Where he could he cut cut a notch and bent, for added strength

This rear cross member should be just a touch stronger then the original

Old and New
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Unread 09-18-2013, 11:20 AM   #5
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Looks good! What did it end up costing you?
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Unread 09-18-2013, 11:50 AM   #6
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Looks good and strong, now to get hot dip galvanized.
Are you going to drill holes underneath at the low points for / as drains?
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Unread 09-18-2013, 11:56 AM   #7
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Thanks guys, I am actually going to Epoxy paint instead of galvanizing, mainly because of cost. As for weep holes I have yet to determine that as well. The problem with holes is they also allow water to get in. However I will probably make drill some at the low spots, so it doesn't trap the water. All in all I paid 1300.00, but have talked with him and now that he has the specs the cost would be lower. for anyone interested let me know and I will get a firm price. I did not have to pay shipping so that helped out a lot.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 12:00 PM   #8
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And jeepwhore...... if that's your wife you are a lucky SOB! Congrats. I managed to out kick my coverage with when it comes to my girlfriend, it's nice but causes some anger when guys just blatantly stare!
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Unread 09-18-2013, 08:12 PM   #9
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Are you going to get it powdercoated? Looks great and decent price too.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 09:32 PM   #10
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I had mine hot dipped galvanized and it cost $185.00. Nice frame too by the way.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #11
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Epoxy coated. Sorry, I missed that. Keep the pics coming during the build-back.
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Unread 09-19-2013, 09:38 AM   #12
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So I attached the front and rear shackle hangers. The suspension is a RE 4.5". Do the rear shackles look bad? I realize there is no weight on it yet, but I cant imagine the spring getting that much longer?











Next Step test fit the "New" 1984 Tub from Cali.
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Unread 09-19-2013, 09:39 AM   #13
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And YES I realize my garage is a disaster. Too much crap, I'm working on solving that problem though!
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Unread 09-19-2013, 10:51 AM   #14
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Those shackles are at the point of inversion. So if your springs were to flex / droop anymore, shackle inversion would be an issue. Are you sure he put the spring mounts in the correct spot and are the springs for the correct year? (not sure if spring lengths changed over the years or when)
Nice frame. I'd still recommend coating the inside of it though (or maybe you already did).
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Unread 09-19-2013, 12:04 PM   #15
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I mounted the shackle hangers, and I checked all his measurements, the problem is I could not find the correct measurements for the shackle hangers anywhere. I ended up using a straight edge to determine the location from spring hanger eye to Shackle hanger eye on the old frame. According to RE they are the correct springs for a 1980 CJ7. I have send an inquiry to their tech group to double check. What is the length of the Factory springs supposed to be? That is not in the FSM either.
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