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Old 10-07-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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Well, here it is...

I've been watching and learning on this forum for awhile now and it's time to suck it up and post some pic's of my YJ project. Please go easy on me with the "square vs. round" headlight comments. I always loved the CJ -3A and had an idea...so here goes nothin', now if I can just figure out how to post pic's...
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:38 PM   #2
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Photo above is the "before" picture

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Old 10-07-2013, 08:42 PM   #3
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:47 PM   #4
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Sheet metal work on the grill.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:48 PM   #5
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Custom flares...
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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Looks very cool man. How hard wss the square to round conversion
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:50 PM   #7
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Another view of the flares.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:02 PM   #8
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Thanks! I'll post some pic's of the process, which started with a CJ-5 grill.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:05 PM   #9
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I started by drilling out the spot welds that keep the outer grill attached to the radiator shell. Once I got that done, I centered the CJ grill in the radiator shell and started the sheet metal in the gaps
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:08 PM   #10
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Roughing it in, and I mean rough!
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #11
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Real cool, was it a frame off restore ? how many hours in the project ?
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:15 PM   #12
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:19 PM   #13
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@winginit, Thanks Man! It's not a frame off resto, as I plan on running it hard and couldn't justify the extra work! I didn't track my hours because then it would just become a second job. I just enjoyed it as it happened. With that said, I started sometime in June, working a day here and a day there through the summer.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:21 PM   #14
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I actually still have some odds and ends to get it finished, with the parking lights being the most obvious...
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Looks great! Now go get some scratches.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:56 PM   #16
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Thanks, can't wait, because it will never look this way again!
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Thanks, can't wait, because it will never look this way again!
Well you obviously have the skills to fix whatever you may break.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:20 PM   #18
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Very cool jeep. Looks like you did a great job and built it how you wanted.
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I usually hate when people take the yj's identity away but I have to admit this one you really pulled it off! It reminds me of the old jeepster commandos
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Nice job! Looks great!
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:47 PM   #21
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That. Is. Bad. Ass. Nicely done!
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That is an Awesome looking Jeep, no matter what shape the lights are. Great work
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:15 PM   #23
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Great looking jeep. Awsome work.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:30 PM   #24
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sweet jeep, nice job
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:36 PM   #25
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I put round headlights on my original yj grill I think it looks a whole lot better. I just used a hacksaw and sander to make it fit.
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That is a killer setup. If the headlights were heart shaped I would still enjoy it. Very nice.
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That is a killer setup. If the headlights were heart shaped I would still enjoy it. Very nice.
are you talking about mine? They're tj headlights
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:00 AM   #28
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If anyone gives you crap about that thing they are just jealous. That is one nice rig! I really like it and you did a good quality job.
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:27 AM   #29
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Thanks everyone! You guys are awesome. I also read every post about an 8.8 swap and did that too. I cut and ground all the brackets off, installed the new springs, installed the new axle and had a shop do a SYE, set the pinion angle and weld the perches. I try to do as much as I can myself and leave critical things to the professionals.
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:28 AM   #30
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I agree with everyone else, great job! Love the grille too

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