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I used to build glass Dune Buggies. Then I learned to fly and built and restored a couple of airplanes. In 2008, I bought a JK wrangler, and a couple of years ago got the itch to turn it into a pickup, using the Brute style kits. The wife put a hard "NO!" on that one--something about "you're not cutting up a 30k truck and..." So I started hunting around for a project.

I found an 82 CJ5 with lots of running gear goodies: 4.2 with 4Liter head, Mopar fuel injection, Ford T90, Dana 300, posi front, locker rear, forged axels, onboard air and welder--the guy said he had dropped 10 grand in the last 600 miles and handed me a box of receipts that actually totaled over 16. Although lots of parts were low miles, it had sat for a few years, and he had wheeled it hard on the Rubicon, and the body showed it. I paid $4500, drove it for a year around the ranch, and started collecting parts for a build.

I found a CJ7 frame and tub for $150, and sold the tub for $125. Found a 1970 DJ 5 postal with title for $300. Sweet. Pre-smog Commiefornia title! And a neighbor dropped off a relatively straight, only painted once CJ 5 tub for $40 when he saw the growing pile of jeep crap in the driveway.

So it was time to go to work. The CJ 7 frame was cut 6" in front of the forward rear spring mount, after tack welding angle iron across the top and bottom of the frame a foot in front of the cut location. I wanted a 3' stretch on the CJ5 , so that meant adding 2' to the CJ7 frame. I used 2X4 3/16 wall tube, 3' long and welded shim plate to the sides to fit inside the relatively straight 12" portion where I made the cut. The sides of the frame were rosette welded to the shimmed square tube inside, 3/16 plate welded to the top and bottom of each frame rail, and finally plate was welded and fish mouthed to the inner and outer frame rails. Heavy, overkill, but strong. Care was taken to keep level, plumb, and square.

The good tub was cut 8" aft of the "step" in the tub, and the last 4" of body and 10" of roof was cut from the DJ 5. It will be grafted onto the CJ 5 tub to make the back wall of the pickup cab. I will use foam and fiberglass to make a removable hardtop to fit across the cab. I have a 52" shear and a 10' sheet metal brake from building airplanes, and I plan to bend up an old Willy's style truck bed roughly 5' long. Wish me luck folks! The frame building went well. This weekend we start welding the cab together. I plan on doing tube flattie style front fenders and am going for that old school look.
 

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Tried to upload pics of the stretched frame, the "manage attachments page" shows that I have uploaded them, but the attach button isn't active when I try to attach them. Maybe tomorrow. I did read the FAQ on pics, but...ehh, Internet ain't my thing...
 

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I use image shack, upload med size pics, copy link. open the insert image icon in post quick reply ( two mountains with moon) paste your link and upload.
 

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Tried to upload pics of the stretched frame, the "manage attachments page" shows that I have uploaded them, but the attach button isn't active when I try to attach them. Maybe tomorrow. I did read the FAQ on pics, but...ehh, Internet ain't my thing...
Send me a PM if you're still having trouble with pics, we'll get it figured out :thumb:
Sounds like a great build!
 

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Shortened body is bolted to the frame, and the back few inches of the DJ is propped up. I need to remount the doors and windscreen before I weld the back cab in place to get the angle right. Pics tomorrow. I salvaged the roof reinforcement from the middle of the DJ and will use it to stiffen the roof at the cut line. I ended up doing th final trim of the DJ at 6" instead of 4". That will leave me a bit of room to move the drivers seat back where the old fender well was. Those will be removed and a flat floor welded in. That will shorten the space for the bed by a couple inches, but is still the beast route forward
 

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your half way there, in image shack open pic you want to display, to the right open get links/resize images, copy link. in your post top header open insert image and paste your link to attach pic to your reply.

 

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The character with the pick axe is a buddy helping with the project. Only dude in Northern California to be charged with felony evasion on a moped...lol. True story.
 

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I'll be working on the cut lines today where they will be welded together, and clearing out the fenderwells. I've got tube and sheet ordered for the bed and cab back--when it gets here it's off to the hangar to bend the bed sides. I'm gonna use the rear window from the rear door of the DJ. It's got a nice chunky look to it with the big round corners. I will also, when filling the sides and adding the door jamb material to the cab back, consider using part of the side of the rear cab for a tall oval plexiglass window, mirroring the curve that is already there.
 

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The character with the pick axe is a buddy helping with the project. Only dude in Northern California to be charged with felony evasion on a moped...lol. True story.
I was pulled over on moped in 1983 speeding and loud exhaust, 43 in 25. I was 16 at the time wrote up juvenile delinquent report and called my mother 12;15 am. I was driving by this cops apartment on my way home at night when he went on night work he waited for me to go by and pulled me over.
 

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Cj5 truck

So, the good news is the metal is in and I started cutting pieces. The bad news is the DJ cab back isn't going to work as well as I had hoped. Two problems, one, it was too wide at the top, and every attempt to section it and fair it into the windshield just looked "wrong." Two, I liked the blocky look, but the DJ has a taller span of metal above the windshield, and I didn't want to graft that on the CJ windshield frame. So I cut 22" out of the CJ tub and started grafting that onto the back. The benifit of that is using some of the stock ROP from two roll bars, and the ability to go with a bikini top if desired.
 

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I still plan on a removable hardtop, but now I will have to include the back of the cab in it since I can't use the DJ. I will wil form it out of foam and glass it. Kinda like this airplane canopy I did:
 

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