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Old 05-10-2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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Converting a 5 to a 6, an abbreviated story.

In December of 2011 I decided to purchase an intermediate CJ-5 with the idea of making a very capable off road jeep. I very quickly realized that the jeep I purchased was in really poor shape and was going to need a lot of work. I also realized that the 5 was just too short for the plans that I had for it. I talked to a buddy about possible solutions and he says, "Ever heard of a 6?" So I immediately started my research and came to the conclusion that I could make one. So here's a few pictures:

Day of purchase:


Dismantling:



Body stretch (Done with 16 ga sheet metal panels formed by hand.)







Frame; My initial stretch of the frame involved cutting off the front and back of the frame and replacing the center section with 3/16" 2X4 rectangular tubing. I later completely reconfigured the frame after using the jeep for 6 months.



Outboarding the springs for full-width axles:



Body going back on:


Wheels and Tires on:

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Old 05-10-2013, 10:42 AM   #2
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Backend re-done:


New wiring harness:


New Dash setup:


First version of the rebuild:


Skip ahead 6 more months for second re-build:


Re-worked the frame from the engine back. Widened it for more stability and to lower the jeep 3".



Re-did the front shackle hangers to reduce the height of the jeep.


I dropped the body 1.5" lower in addition to lowering the suspension. This required modification to the transmission tunnel:



New tube work for fenders and armor:


New cage:



New tire carrier:




The whole story can be read here:

Tim's CJ-5 Version 6.0 Thread


I hope this encourages others.... I did all of the work solo and used great resources like this forum and others for information... so this is my contribution.

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Old 05-10-2013, 03:37 PM   #3
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Neat build. Bet it's a lot of fun with the satisfaction of built, not bought.
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Wow awesome custom home built cj6! Love the 1 ton axles too under it and it long wheelbase & width with the tons! Thanks for the pics and info
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:20 AM   #5
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Here is another thread making a 5 into a 6 for those interested
making my 5 a 6
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