My buddy and I have been discussing the reality and price behind this. We were looking at AEV and a few others. But we would like to keep this project in or around 4-5k not including paint or body work. The only thing that we could not do is the extended driveshaft
But I was debating cutting my frame and tub directly behind the trans skid plate
Step 1. Obviously cut the damn thing in half and cut the cage
Step 2. Extend the frame rails approx 18-24"
Step 3. Use donor steel from the old rear quarter panels of the jeep to create a curve for the new "cab" and use some sheet metal and bar steel to complete
Step 4. Mount a jeep m416a trailer on as a rear bed. Which will probably require some modifying to bolt to the frame rails
Step 5. Custom rear cage for the tub. Similar to the cj8 cage.
Step 6. Custom soft top. Will probably be something like a safari top with wind hammer
Obviously this is just a basic concept so far. I know I will have to cap off the tub, extend the frame and add body mounts, modify the bed to sit on the frame, extend brake lines, ebrake cables, wires for rear lights, driveshaft.
Anyone have any insight or experience doing this?
Btw I have access to k12 cut off saws, sawzalls, oxy acetylene cutting torches, mig, tig, and stick welders, along with a compressor, jacks, etc.