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Old 03-18-2006, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking 67 CJ5 jeep build w/ FJ40 axles

this all started with the purchase of a 67 cj5. picked it up a few months ago, was 99% rust free. test drove it, and looked like it had a bend rear rim, figured no biggy. i would just get some new ones. here is how it looked when i brought it home.
bought for 3k

more pics to come (now this is my brothers truck, i am just doing the work, but its eaiser to type in the first person )
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ok, got some new rock cralwer black rims, put them on, and the rear wheels still wabbled. great...
well, jacked the back up and took both wheels off and started her up and put her in gear. looks like the drivers side hub looked bent. so, orderd new axles for both sides. figured that i would just replace both axles and bearings and seals.
well, getting the axles out was a huge PITA. tired slide hammers and everthing inbetween. finaly, i got a large nut that matched the axle threads, and another one that matched the slide hammer welded it all together. wow, this worked great. with in two pulls, it came right out.
put the new wheels on, and everting looked great.

then about two weeks later, this happend.

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well, rewind to when i bought it, the PO said that when he was flat towing it behind his motorhome he lost the rear axle and fixed it. he also said that the "bent rim" was from him trying to pull out a tree stump. well, i think he bent the rear axle tube and not is putting a bind at the end of the tube. hince the reasion that it broke again.

well, i was fed up with it, and decided to just ditch the week axles and upgrade to some FJ40 axles (i am also building my 71 FJ40 and love the axles)

so, i put the jeep in the driveway and started cutting
I build the front and rear spring mounts from stuff laying around the shop. i also boxed in the frame where the new purches attach to the frame. I also decided to replace the rear cross member since the stock one was all messed up from when the tire hit it and bent it all to ****.

i also decided to move the rear axles back as far as i could. i used some waggy springs front and rear to keep things simple.


here are the rear mounts, i mounted them about 2 inches off the rear cross member. i wanted to have this as far back as posable.




here are the front mounts, supper beefy.


and this is how the jeeps sits now. the tires are only 31s and the rear is about 3 inches higher then normal due to the weight transfer on the jack stands
i also got all the front brackets off the frame. These brackets are a bitch to remove. welded and rivited makes them tough to remove.

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ok, more work done. got both front sides of the frame plated. boy that sucks doing all that upside welding

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