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Goofyjumper 05-10-2013 09:42 AM

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:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7151/6...326f955b77.jpg

Dismantling:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6...9bf9a8ecaa.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6...9d0ab09472.jpg

Body stretch (Done with 16 ga sheet metal panels formed by hand.)
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7156/6...eda630eaa0.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7005/6...85c4637bb1.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7143/6...4165ef4a0f.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6...17cf4536f2.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7019/6...c631641c89.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7049/6...b7c7823fdc.jpg

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.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7051/6...a32b2709ff.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7064/6...246b933539.jpg

Outboarding the springs for full-width axles:
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6220/6...23186b83a7.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7138/6...a6dc51d2e3.jpg

Body going back on:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/7...7d42fd008a.jpg

Wheels and Tires on:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7083/7...686352e788.jpg

Goofyjumper 05-10-2013 09:42 AM

Backend re-done:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7217/7...8c3671d5e5.jpg

New wiring harness:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/7...11101d99ac.jpg

New Dash setup:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8020/7...e8e90a517f.jpg

First version of the rebuild:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7276/7...c671fc8a8c.jpg

Skip ahead 6 more months for second re-build:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8201/8...c13d310a6e.jpg

Re-worked the frame from the engine back. Widened it for more stability and to lower the jeep 3".
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8...312cfc6d26.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8363/8...1950463d_z.jpg

Re-did the front shackle hangers to reduce the height of the jeep.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8083/8...4b1b9bb0_z.jpg

I dropped the body 1.5" lower in addition to lowering the suspension. This required modification to the transmission tunnel:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8230/8...a22f75c0_z.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/26/a9emu6ym.jpg

New tube work for fenders and armor:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/04/16/anu9uhyh.jpg

New cage:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-r...s1037/Jeep+-+1
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/05/06/u6e8upah.jpg

New tire carrier:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/05/06/suta5uhy.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/05/06/5e5edu7y.jpg


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.

gcaughron 05-10-2013 02:37 PM

Neat build. Bet it's a lot of fun with the satisfaction of built, not bought.

bigredjeep1 02-09-2014 11:05 AM

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

duffer 03-05-2014 10:20 AM

Here is another thread making a 5 into a 6 for those interested
making my 5 a 6


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