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post #1 of 11 Old 01-29-2002, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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I have 2 Jeeps, a 75 CJ5 and a 58 CJ5. I want to swap the 58 body with the 75 frame. Does anyone know the frame specs for both rigs or if this is possible without too much effort? Or do you know where I can find the actual specs for each?

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-29-2002, 10:53 AM
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besides the obvious difference in length of about 6" I am sure it can't be that far off. I am sure a little fabbing is in order but that is a clean way to stretch an early jeep I'd say..

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post #3 of 11 Old 01-29-2002, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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You wouldn't happen to know if the 75 is longer in the front, middle of rear would you? I'm hoping I can get away with either cutting the rear down a little. I'd rather not cut the frame in half, shorten it by 6 inches then put it back together. Still, It's cheaper than buying a new frame.
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well it is right at your feet, at the end of the fenders. of course I really don't know what the frame is like just that the body difference is at the base of the fender, actually built into the fender and the hood, so front which is a good thing for the most part I'd think for mounting. Front 2 mounts will be slightly custom but maybe the rest will work? I dunno but I'd be interested to see what you find out

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I figured that was the spot. Damn, I really didn't wanna got into that much work. I got enough issues with swapping all the good parts. I was going to measure it all out but I've been putting it off. Two stripped Rigs in the garage is two to many for my wife to know about. I'll let you know how it works out. I'm in for a hell of a weekend!
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I know how ya feel, I got 2 myself

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One other quick question. At the rear of my 75, there are coils springs mounted just above the leaf springs. Ya think this was stock or an add on?
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Above the springs, around the shocks or ? Not stock, not sure what that is??

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They are above the leaf springs, mounted to the Axle and Frame. There are no shocks in the middle of them. The shocks are just to the outside, close to the tires.
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-06-2002, 03:34 PM
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Springs between axle and body...sounds like someonemade their own version of overload springs. Not stock on my '75.

I believe the Tub size is the same between the two years, I think Brandon is correct, from the firewall to the Front fender well is the length difference.

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Well??? Did the cutting begin? Did the wife kick you out?

It seems easier to sell the 75 and buy a new frame for the 58. Or sell the 58 and get a new body for the 75. Then again I am not handy enough to mate two different Jeeps together to make 'Fraken Jeep'.

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