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post #1 of 16 Old 04-21-2011, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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CJ one piece fiberglass front end

A guy is going to sell me it for 250 brand new unpainted is it worth and how do I install it?

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-21-2011, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Should it tilt to the front or back and I want to.install a winch on.the front..
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post #3 of 16 Old 04-21-2011, 06:16 PM
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I have one, don't really like it but can't afford to switch right now. If I were you, I'd put hinges on both with removable pins so it can go either way or come completely off.
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What kind of hinge should I use on the front and can I use the stock hinges with backing plates?
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post #5 of 16 Old 04-21-2011, 09:41 PM
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What kind of hinge should I use on the front and can I use the stock hinges with backing plates?
You can do that with the hinges up top and have it tilt towards the windshield.

You can't tilt it forward with a winch. Some people still go this setup tilting forward for easy access. Those that want a winch either have front and/or rear bumpers with tow hitches on them and mount a fabricated hitch to hold the winch on and can be removed. The downside is that its sticks out of the Jeep and isn't so great for off roading with steep angles. I have seen winches on rear bumper hitches before.
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post #6 of 16 Old 04-21-2011, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Well sounds like ill just use stock hinges and let it open like stock hood.... Do yall think 250 is a good deal for it.
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post #7 of 16 Old 04-21-2011, 11:33 PM
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I always wanted to know how the radiator is attached to the frame with these setups. Anyone know?
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post #8 of 16 Old 04-22-2011, 03:13 AM
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theres one for sale now on ebay with the one piece front -it shows a good pict for ya

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post #9 of 16 Old 04-22-2011, 05:52 AM
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I always wanted to know how the radiator is attached to the frame with these setups. Anyone know?
some use a angle frame welded to the frame to support the raddy ;mine I took a grill cut the raddy support out of it rbraced the bottom were it was thin and rewelded the hooks for the rods to the firewall used the fgrill body mount and the rods you can move it all around not ridiged this way
and for the lights in the front end ford trucks from the late 70's there light wiring have a plug set up wire it into your harness







the plug set up off a ford truck I just ran the wires down the support rod and down the raddy side





tilting a front end all depends on the front end mine had a pipe glassed into it for doing the tilt to the front and kentrol makes a hood hinge that has no pins so you make your one pin to pull out so mothing else needed to hold the hood down - for my hinge to go forward I made a alum plate with a small bearing in it and moroso quick release pins note I have no winch either






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post #10 of 16 Old 04-22-2011, 07:22 AM
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this is just personal opinion but i think for $250 you could find hood, grill and fenders and i would much rather just pop the hod than the whole front end.
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post #11 of 16 Old 04-22-2011, 08:34 AM
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I like my one piece when working on the engine, but it's a PITA when you just want to check the oil or something like that. I want to go back to a hood and fenders someday.

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post #12 of 16 Old 04-22-2011, 09:14 AM
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I love the look of the one piece, but as stated it's kind of a PIA if you want to just peek under the hood. I have mine hinged on top and hood pin's in the fron of the hood on top of the radiator supports in preperation of the winch.

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post #13 of 16 Old 04-22-2011, 03:49 PM
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if you have a fiberglass tub then I think the one piece front end is nice, because steel fenders sometimes are hard to lineup on fiberglass tub because of the thickness the fiberglass has to be for strength
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post #14 of 16 Old 04-22-2011, 05:25 PM
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if you have a fiberglass tub then I think the one piece front end is nice, because steel fenders sometimes are hard to lineup on fiberglass tub because of the thickness the fiberglass has to be for strength
mans a genious, he speaks as if he knows from experience.
my personal opinion is if you use a once piece front end it should tilt up like a normal hood will and not like a semi truck would. it is really easy to do any engine bay work with it up.

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post #15 of 16 Old 04-22-2011, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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i have a all steel front end on it now it is already painted and in good condition just thought the tilt one piece was cool and saw it on CL for cheap.....
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