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Old 11-16-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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project CTJK grille build

Here is my build of grafting a Cj grille face into a Tj grille shell and also the use of JK turn signals hence the title CTJK.
I saw the post on here that cmoore did where he grafted a Cj2a into a TJ grille shell and I really liked the look, I've wanted to do a Cj grille for some time so I started obtaining the parts to build one.

To start, an early Cj grille is almost impossible to find and I couldn't spend the money for a reproduction just to cut the face out of it so a buddy of mine gave me a late model Cj7 for this mod.


OK so the late model Cj5,7 grilles are taller so after the face was cut out of the shell I had to shorten it 2.5". I cut it through the blinker light and welded it back together.

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Old 11-16-2013, 10:40 PM   #2
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After that was done I set out to find a TJ grille. Again I couldn't see spending the money for a perfect grille to cut it up so I ended up getting a great deal from Salvage Jeep Parts in Ga. For those who are thinking of doing this I got a twisted grille from a wrecked jeep, it had about a 6" twist in it but after cutting the face out the shell gets very pliable and I un-bent the warp out of the grille by hand force and a rubber mallet. Worked out perfectly!


So after the grille was straight and ready for use I marked the Cj onto the Tj, cut it out and began welding them together.



Following cmoore's instructions I had to cut the left/right sides to get rid of the "humps" in the Tj grille. It is very apparent once the Cj face is in place because the Cj is totally flat v/s the curved face of the Tj.


Once done weld a plate in the gaps and it will flatten it out almost completely, just a hint of raised area but body filler will work this out.

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Old 11-16-2013, 10:48 PM   #3
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So once done, grind everything nice and flat then start body work, body filler and primer.





I am awaiting my JK lights to come in. I will post once the lights are in and the holes are cut and again after paint. Finally installed with before/after shots! Stay tuned.
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:31 PM   #4
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So after almost 2 weeks of wait time on my JK lights, they finally made it and I got them fitted. Pic of lights and still first coat of primer. Now I have to wait on the weather to warm back up a bit to finish the prime and paint. I'm hoping for Thanksgiving weekend I can get it done and mounted.
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:47 PM   #5
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Neat project. Don't think I have ever seen that before.
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:34 PM   #6
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OK so got it all finished up
Fresh Paint:

Before shot:

After shot:
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:37 PM   #7
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Side view before:

Side view after:

Side shot, you can see how flat it is compared to the factory shape
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:39 PM   #8
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I am happy with the results! Looks really good and best of all the lines match up like factory. It was a bit labor intensive but really is just a straight forward cut/weld job with very little body work.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:45 PM   #9
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Very cool! I like it.
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