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Old 08-05-2014, 03:31 PM   #1
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LJ-8 project

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:


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I'm in love. Actually literally drooling. This is perfection in the form of jeep

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Unique....and totally awesome. Nice job.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:07 PM   #5
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Amazing Jeff! Love to follow your threads. What's next?
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:34 PM   #6
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How about some pics of the red Jeep?
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How about some pics of the red Jeep?
Sure, here you go...







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Old 08-05-2014, 11:03 PM   #8
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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.
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A few shots of the engine compartment. Everything is in the stock location.







Since the CJ grille comes with a fitting for a cold air intake, I plumbed it to the LJ's air box.:



The radiator cap is off in these photos because I just refilled the radiator and I'm running it up to temp to see if I need to add more antifreeze.
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Jeff, you are an artist !!

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Old 08-06-2014, 07:49 AM   #12
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do you have a build thread for the red jeep?

I would love to see how you got that soft-top with the sun rider and wraparound jammer to work
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do you have a build thread for the red jeep?

I would love to see how you got that soft-top with the sun rider and wraparound jammer to work
Yes, it's on the Scrambler forum: OT: Retro Wrangler/Willys Pickup (long) You might have to register to see the photos in the thread, I'm not sure.

The soft top was made by modifying a factory soft top, I think I did a few posts in that thread about the modifications.
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Jeff, you are an artist !!

Thank you very much.

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.
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I think the Commando grill might be my favorite!
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I think the Commando grill might be my favorite!
Are you familiar with the special edition Hurst Commando they made in 1971? As part of my "art project" I also made a replica Hurst Commando hood scoop...



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It's not raining today so I was able to get some good photos of the final result.





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A few more.





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Still more. In this first one you can see the CJ-style cowl panel/vent grille.



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The graphics/emblems.



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A couple more photos and then I'll stop, I promise . Comparing the CJ Grille Kit to the stock (and dirty) TJ front end.







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Are you familiar with the special edition Hurst Commando they made in 1971? As part of my "art project" I also made a replica Hurst Commando hood scoop...
Yes, very familiar... Your replica looks better than most of the OEM ones do nowadays. Seems they start to sag badly after all these years.

Did you ever play around with the Commando front end on your LJ?
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Yes, very familiar... Your replica looks better than most of the OEM ones do nowadays. Seems they start to sag badly after all these years.
Because all the OEM ones sag, when I molded mine I added extran reinforcement so it will never sag.

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Did you ever play around with the Commando front end on your LJ?
No, never tried in on the LJ, but I have been doing a lot of different design concepts that use it:



I've got a TJ tub taking up space in the garage, so I might do prototype a pickup concept like the one above.
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A couple of before and after photos. There are 4 years and about 70,000 miles between the two sets of photos, the "before" photos were shot when I finished up the Safari Cab hardtop project.



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This stuff is legendary! Those are some sick set of wheels, man! Can't wait to see your future projects. Sub'd.
Thank you.

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.

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It all looks fantastic. I love the barn door.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:14 AM   #28
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Greetings !

I was highly impressed by the work that you have done while creating your Jeep LJ-8.

I wanted to ask you if you plan to build a number of other sets of CJ-fronts on a TJ. I have a 2005 TJ that required a new paint-job on the front, and I believe that I would be very pleased to change the entire front of the vehicle, due to the fact that I have always been a great fan of the classic Jeeps, but a CJ-7 is something that completely doesn`t exist in my area. I am writing you as a friend and a fellow-Jeeper from Moscow, Russia. The only thing that I was able to get so far is an original 1984 CJ-7 grille, and, believe it or not, even for this matter I had to carry it personally in my plane-luggage from London, United Kingdom.

I will be happy to arrange the shipping, if you will be interested in the deal.

I also wanted to ask you about the parameters, do you make the hood to fit the original length of the TJ-fenders, because for me it seems that the shape of the front on your LJ differs from the original CJ-7, the original model seems to have shorter fenders and a different angle of the hood, is it correct, or I am mistaking due to a difference in the body shape between the original CJ-7 and the LJ ? I do see the pattern that you made on the lower part of the hood to fit the updated TJ body-style, but are there any other differences from the original CJ front, and are you able to make a 100% copy of the CJ-front, while keeping this pattern to match the body style ?

My e-mail adress is mrshest(at)mail.ru , I will very much preferr if you could answer me on my e-mail adress.

Best regards and awaiting for your answer,
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Sure, here you go...







I love the red Jeep. Where did you get the soft top?
I did a smaller conversion. I bought the Gr8top conversion. I would love to have a soft top as well.
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Greetings !

I was highly impressed by the work that you have done while creating your Jeep LJ-8.

I wanted to ask you if you plan to build a number of other sets of CJ-fronts on a TJ. I have a 2005 TJ that required a new paint-job on the front, and I believe that I would be very pleased to change the entire front of the vehicle, due to the fact that I have always been a great fan of the classic Jeeps, but a CJ-7 is something that completely doesn`t exist in my area. I am writing you as a friend and a fellow-Jeeper from Moscow, Russia. The only thing that I was able to get so far is an original 1984 CJ-7 grille, and, believe it or not, even for this matter I had to carry it personally in my plane-luggage from London, United Kingdom.

I will be happy to arrange the shipping, if you will be interested in the deal.

I also wanted to ask you about the parameters, do you make the hood to fit the original length of the TJ-fenders, because for me it seems that the shape of the front on your LJ differs from the original CJ-7, the original model seems to have shorter fenders and a different angle of the hood, is it correct, or I am mistaking due to a difference in the body shape between the original CJ-7 and the LJ ? I do see the pattern that you made on the lower part of the hood to fit the updated TJ body-style, but are there any other differences from the original CJ front, and are you able to make a 100% copy of the CJ-front, while keeping this pattern to match the body style ?

Best regards and awaiting for your answer,
Vladimir Shestopalov.
Thank you.

All of the front clip parts are custom, it's not possible to properly fit a factory CJ grille, fenders and hood to a TJ and have it all look correct. The fenders are styled like CJ fenders, but they're the same length as the TJ fenders (which is longer than the CJ fenders) and they're shaped to properly accept factory TJ flares. The hood is also longer, so the engine compartment is the same as factory length. The hood also is custom shaped to match the TJ tub in the back and the CJ grille in the front, and it's got the TJ body lines down the side of the hood to match the body lines on the tub. In addition there's a custom cowl panel which eliminates the raised portion in the center of the factory cowl/hood and provides a CJ-shaped cowl. Everything in the engine compartment mounts in the stock location (see post 10 in this thread), and custom brackets allow the TJ radiator and A/C condenser to mount in the CJ grille.

I've kept all of the original molds I used to make the custom parts in case I ever have a reason to make more parts, but at this point I don't have any plans to offer the kits for sale, sorry.

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