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post #1 of 40 Old 01-03-2010, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Crazy Idea - Lowered 2WD CJ7 with Postal Jeep Front End?

Rat rods are all the rage at the moment (I guess they were always cool) and it got me thinking. I know you guys are going to think that it's blasphemous to lower a Jeep but why not? It's something that I have never seen before and think it would be pretty cool.

What if I were to take the front 2WD beam out of a Postal Jeep and swap it on to a CJ7 (or CJ8 if I could find one) frame?

Lower it as much as possible, remove the hood and front fenders, put really wide tires out back and skinnies up front with a stout V8, narrow the bed in the rear and put a cage in it?

Yes, no, you're kidding right?

What do you guys think?


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post #2 of 40 Old 01-03-2010, 01:37 PM
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I'm gonna go with "you're kidding, right?"
Not that I don't love rat rods, but Jeeps were never meant to be converted like that. That's why you don't see old Honda's turned into rats. There is a certain type of vehicle that is meant for that.

Now, I will say that there is a guy in Socastee (Myrtle Beach, SC) selling a CJ-8 that is already set up exactly what you are speaking of. However, he has it as a sand drag Jeep. 2wd, big paddle tires out back, dropped in the front running skinnies. Big motor, etc. etc. Full glass body. I think he only wanted around $1500 IIRC. He had it on CL.

Good Luck to you no matter which way you go. My only request is that instead of butchering a CJ, find a YJ and swap the front clip to CJ. That way you aren't really hurting a piece of history!

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I guess it would be cool, if it makes you happy. You would certainly have a pretty unique ride. I guess my thoughts are that, for the money invested and the engineering, and what you would have when you were done, finding a mid-60's car and rodding that might make for a better finished product, or at least one that you would enjoy driving in a little more. But, it wouldn't be as unique as the CJ-7 Rod.

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I wouldn't be able to do it to a 7, but I am thinking a rusted out hulk of an old 5 or perhaps a 2A or something older might be able to be done... I am talking something that no one wanted at all that you take and give it a 2nd life... then it would be cool!

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Is this what you were thinking?
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This isn't mine I found the picture a while back. Apparently it's a 47 Willys Jeep.

A few years ago when I had an S10 blazer I thought about doing this.

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But I would rather have my Jeeps. As far as my personal opinion I wouldn't do it. The idea of bastardizing a jeep is just reprehensible to me. The thing is it is all up to you and what you want to do. We all have different tastes and while america is still free, for a little bit, do what you want.

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Is this what you were thinking?
I think that looks terrible. It's kind of awkward and you immediately know it's not supposed to look like that.
EDIT: I do however like the license plate

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Your an idiot! That willys looks bad a$$!!! definitely NOT a rat rod though, som serious time and cash was for sure put into that thing.

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Check out jp magazine for their rat rod project deal. Waste of space IMO, but theirs isn't my style.

I don't understand rat rods personally. Why spend a ton of cash to go fast if something looks like crap?

The one cool rat rod I have seen however was an old 2wd pickup with a tree stump grown through the front bumper, which the guy left on it. Frame and lower is exceptional condition, Interior is sweet with flat black and surface rust bare metal exterior.

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do it. theres a flat white one by me. not sure cj7 but it is older and turbocharged

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that pink one is horrible

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OK here is one. Originally started out as a Postal CJ:



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Now that's what I'm talking about.

I love the first one you posted John. Do you have any more info on it?

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Ahhh No!! But There was!

I was goggling for Hard tops on DJ-5 Postal Jeep hardtops, or some combination like that, when I came across it. I could not find it again.


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That is EXACTLY what I had in mind when I posted this.....

I love those rat rods and to see the Jeep grille on the front end is very different and cool IMO.

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I have thought about this (with a built Chevy small block) to dust the ricers...
The downside is that the wheel base is too short to be really stable under high horsepower acceleration.
IMO it would help the looks a lot to chop the top, keep the tires under the body and extend the hood line & fenders. Stay away from stupid looking pipes through the hood.
Perhaps an inconspicuous We-Haul logo on the side...

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