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Old 09-10-2011, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright guys hows it going? My name is Trevor and i picked up a 46 CJ2a my father in law gave it to me it belong to his father before. Im not gonna get to crazy with it just wanna throw it on some 35"s and maybe some wider axles for now. So any help with what i need to do this would be pretty helpful.Im not used to this 4x4 stuff i come from a old school cruiser/Desert truck background.

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283 CORVETTE with long tube headers
the trans has over drive ?
its sitting on 32" A/Ts right now.
pretty much stock besides the motor but runs really good


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Old 09-17-2011, 10:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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check the frame for cracks is the first thing to look for---chris
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like it already has a good engine... how many shifters?
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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no cracks on the frame. there is a gear shifter an O/D shifter and a High low shifter and a 2 or 4 wd shifter

Ill post some more pics today guys

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Old 09-18-2011, 09:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hello Trevor: Congrats on the willys
Heres my advice Enjoy the jeep the way it is, and start building a rectangular tube frame (lots of info here on that)

Heres my reasons why:

2a Frames are junk

when you need a break from building you can still go wheeling.

You vehicle isn't down for 6 months Plus ( I am assuming weekend only like most of us)

Once your frame is done axles, lift, steering, rough in your brake pluming, then it will only take a couple of weekends to swap the body and hook up steering column.

It will be done once and done right. I have gone the hard route more times than I care to admit. Hope that helps some.
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I agree with frank1669......chris
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35's are too big for a flatty IMHO.. If you want big meats get a TJ YJ or 7
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so to get the 35"ers on there what's your plan???
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i started looking into it and for now im just gonna go with 33"s until i can really get down on doing a frame swap. I just want to get is running and driving really good for this winter to take the family out to the dezert and the mountains here in Ca and cruise around. So im thinking 2" .120 wall DOM is good enough for a cage.
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power steering, 32's, go drive it around!
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steering (as noted with power steering mention above) and the brakes are two things that usually need attn on these things also....
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mmmmmmmmmmmmpower! quick easy an out of the road, works well with hi steer, 70's scout
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