Just finished my LJ-8 project... the goal was to backdate the styling of my 2006 LJ to the classic looks of a CJ and have the end result look like it could have come from the factory that way. The grille is a factory grille from an '83 CJ-7; the fenders, hood and cowl panel are custom fiberglass designed to integrate the CJ grille with the TJ/LJ body lines.
And for a factory look, an LJ-8 emblem on the back:
Amazing Jeff! Love to follow your threads. What's next?
I've got two other projects underway I hope to finish this month - I've made molds for a JK Barn Door, which replaces the rear hatch on the hardtop with a fiberglass upper door that swings as one piece with the tailgate, and I'm making a pop-up camper top for my Jeep-tub trailer. Once those two are complete, I've got a bunch of other ideas, not sure exactly what I'll do next.
I do consider some of my projects "art projects" - those are projects I do just because I think they'd be an interesting design challenge but I don't have any plan to use the result of the project myself, for example last year I did a Jeepster Commando conversion kit for the TJ, I did it just as a "art project", I don't have any plans to install it on an actual Jeep...
Just like the CJ Grille Kit I just installed on my LJ, the Commando kit uses a factory Jeepster Commando grille. It's got a different hood obviously, but uses the same fenders, cowl panel and misc. hardware as the CJ Grille Kit, and it's a complete bolt-on too.
This stuff is legendary! Those are some sick set of wheels, man! Can't wait to see your future projects. Sub'd.
Here's what I'm working on now:
- A JK "barn door" that opens with the tailgate instead of the two-step process of opening the hatch then opening the tailgate. Below left is the first one out of the molds, and right is the barn door on my LJ Safari Cab:
- A system of modular parts for building campers, trailer toppers and pickup toppers that I'm calling "TrailTop". Below are a few examples built on top of a Jeep-tub trailer (the Jeep-tub trailers were another fiberglass project of mine, see Home). I'm now in the process of finishing up the sewing on the tilt-up proof-of-concept at right, all I've got left to do is the side windows.