Just thought I'd throw out a pic of something I've done to my CJ7 recently. It's not really groundbreaking or anything, it's just nice to show off to people who understand.
I made a stainless steel cover for the shifter area and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I picked up a piece of 18 ga 316 stainless and went to work. I started off with a template I made from the original cover which was hacked up a bit but it was a good start. Then I laid the template down and started drawing lines.
It was a bit tough getting some of the screws to bite in the Stainless because I work hardened it too much from drilling some large holes but other than that I am really happy with the way it turned out.
BTW, I call the CJ Johnny Cash because it's all black except for a few stainless bits here and there. I'm trying to keep it subdued instead of going gaudy with too much stainless.
I'm getting ready to put in a new head, Howell TBI and a Painless wiring harness next. I hope I have the time and organization to do a good build thread on those installs.
Looks like something I made for the Repli-tub I'm doing. Had to modify the opening to allow for T-4 trans shifter so a wider and longer cover plate had to be made. I then had to hand crimp new flange edges around the new cutout so the new cover would lay in the recessed edging like the originals do. I also did the same thing you did by making a heavy paper template first and then cut it out of stainless steel which I may still powder coat in gloss black like the original.
AFAIK there should be an early and a late plate for the CJ7, to account for the intoduction of the SR4/T4/T5 family. Does the CJ5 have any issues in this? area? It shouldn't be too hard to catalog the various hole positions and then just make a master template drawing.
-= Francis =-
[SIZE="1"][I][SIZE="2"]These, in the day when heaven was falling, The hour when earth's foundations fled, Followed their mercenary calling, And took their wages, and are dead.
Their shoulders held the sky suspended; They stood, and earth's foundations stay; What God abandoned, these defended, And saved the sum of things for pay.
The biggest problem is trying to find a scanner that is big enough. The plate comes out to about 11-1/2 inches x 14-3/4 inches. Just too big for a Ledger/B Size Scanner. Does anyone have access to something that will do either C Size or D Size sheets?
I can easily trace it on some paper, its on cardboard right now, and mail it. As far as I'm concerned anyone who wants it can have the pattern, it's just getting it into a useable file format for a CNC plasma cutter or whatever that is the hard part.