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post #1 of 17 Old 09-16-2011, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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CJ7 to CJ8(ish) stretch- the dimention extention.

I did a search, but didn't see anything that matched.

Has anyone here ever stretched the back of a 7 to mimick that of an 8?

I have to rip the whole rear endoff my donor tub. The corners are shot, the very rear of the bed is pinholed, the rear most crossmember is kaput- therefore the rear body mounts are shazbot. The ever so rusty tub I am replacing actually has good rear corners, crossmember, etc.

Since I have major surgery to do any way, what would be the likelyhood I could stretch the whole thing to Scrambler like dimention??

With some chassis extention, sheet metal, a longer gas line, and a little creativity, does anybody think this is a bad idea?

If I use 8 dimentions I can probably use 8 parts. If this has been done before let me know. I just have the stuff to do it with, and would like the extra room.

Don't flame me- I understand the "special-ness" of a CJ8. I think they are the coolest JEEP ever (especially the Alaskan Postals- SCHWING). I will not do anything poser-ish and put 8 badges on it- I promise!

Lemme know what ya'll think.

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post #2 of 17 Old 09-16-2011, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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I did search a few other old forum posts from other forums. I am not stretchinh the whole thing ie; wheel base, etc. just talking about the a$$ end of it.
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post #3 of 17 Old 09-16-2011, 02:45 PM
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Strech

I am going to do the same thing! . Here in Maine they rust away. Try to find a doner cj-8 thats ready for scrap.I would do it all -frame strech in the center and in the tail. Then you can use cj 8 parts. When i was done i would use the vin tag and front hull for mine. A cj 8 repaired (in a big way )is better than scrap! My friend just scraped a scrambler ! Make or buy 1/4 panels.They sell new frames. I might take heat for this too but I like to save jeeps.(seems like most jps on here are modified ) Hell put a 304 in it just for fun!! I am also going to cut the bed off a yj and make it a long flat bed. The rear is destroyed. If you need help let me know -I chop jeeps up every day
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Great! I will write more later- its game day and i got 20 people comin' over! Go (CLEMSON) TIGERS!
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post #5 of 17 Old 09-18-2011, 03:07 PM
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Frame dimension are not that much different. Go for it!




And keep us posted of course!
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-18-2011, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Ok Kiddies!

Clemson SMOKED auburn yesterday and looked pretty good. Without Scam Newton they couldn't muster much offense. I gotta admit- He looks GOOD with Carolina. Too bad the rest of the team SUCKS OUT LOUD.

I am gonna try it. I dont think my cheater way will be too difficult. This is my first build, and I haven't welded anything since high school, but I'm good with my hands.

I am gonna take some pictures and start a build thread this week. You willall be witness to a great moment for me, or a horrendous disappointment with possible physical injury, hospitalization, or dismemberment. I hope not. At worst I hope it is only filled with busted knuckles and lots of cussing.

The flickr account I opened for this does not seem to be terribly easy for downloading. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

See you soon.

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Hey DutchJPR-

Born and raised in America, but 100% Dutch on both sides from forever. Grandparents first generation American, both sides all spoke it, it never made it down to me. I am fairly good with German though, not as good as I should be after 6 years of it.

Thanks for the encouragement- pics to follow.
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I don't have much to say about stretching a 7 to a 8. Sounds interesting though.

However, I will say... GO TIGERS!! They Whooped AUBURN!!

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Looking forward to your build. Photobucket works well for pics... you might try that. Many years ago, while hiking in the Cashiers woods, I came across a "cooking" still!! Made my hair stand up on the back of my neck!!! Didn't see anybody, but I could feel eyes on me! Pretty country up there...

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i have thought about doing this so many times to my crawler so i can bring my dogs. super easy to do just graft on back half of another tub and extend the frame with some 2x4 box tubing or something close to it. i will post up a link to another site where the guy did something similar.
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I knew I liked you guys! Palmetto- my wife is class of '99, I should have been '02 but I took a 9 year siesta. I am back now as a 35 yr old sixth semester senior! Life is good!

Scott- This is amazing country! And yes, get into the wrong place....and it can be scary. I fly fish a lot, and always have my .45- never leave home without it. I have heard tell of dudes hiking or fishing and coming up on some meth heads cookin up some poison. I am careful!

Will try the photobucket, thanks.

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Another shot at a photo post. If this works I will go home tonight and take a bunch for a build thread. I have a bunch of homework due Wednesday, so I will do as much as time allows here. This is the mystery tub coming home in the soon to go pickup (1999 F250 ext cab 2wd 150K miles, Lariat, leather, pwr all, interested?)

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Yay Me!

OK- Now ya'll can see what I mean about the differences of this tub. This is the mystery tub. Sorry about the photo quality here, but this is currently the only pic I have. This is the day I brought her home.....what a great moment. This is from my phone at the PO's house. I was super giddy. New build thread imminent.



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Start with a new CJ-8 frame and cut right behind the door openings. Buy new rear side skins and happy welding.. Give me a call when you need anything measured I have an 81 scrambler.. Good luck. A new frame is the only to go...
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