what all is involved with this? I am picking up a cj grill with headlights and turn signals later this week, I have heard I will also need a cj hood but can use the yj fenders. Any chance of using the yj hood? Is the grill a direct bolt in? Have to fab radiator mounts? is the width on them the same?
Well I picked up the hood and grill the other night, completely stripped both to bare metal and primed them. Started mocking up everything. Looks like it is going to work out well, I am going to have to trim some off the front of the fenders. I had to trim out part of the grill on the bottom to clear the steering box. Radiator looks like it is going to be the trickiest part, I am going to try to mount the radiator inside the grill instead of on the backside like a stock CJ, this will let me have more room since the CJ grill pushes the radiator alot closer to the engine. After I get everything moked up and done, the whole jeep is going to get painted
You can see where i had to notch to clear the steering box
Well after busting my a$$ on everything this weekend I got it all painted and installed, turned out freakin awesome, Paint looks real good. Now to just do the body work on the rest of the jeep and paint the rest of it.
The whole jeep got sanded down, all the bodywork done on it and a fresh coat of paint
It still needs alot of work to be complete, its only front wheel drive right now(no rear driveshaft or gears/locker)
And yes the shackle are going to be swapped out for some shorter ones (the ones that are on were there when I bought it)
Lots of progress since I bought it in November though
dog-gone Lee, that looks sweet. i cant beleive u did all that in such a short time. what was the hardest part, the engine/tranny/t case swap? or the axles? or the body? or..... LOL
None of it was really to hard, just time consuming. there is no part on this jeep that has gone untouched, It has been a pretty much ground up build. Pretty much all of my spare time has gone into building it, the joys of being single