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Old 03-10-2019, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1946 Willys cj2a build

After seeing all the build threads on here I've decided to create my own and build my own stretched cj-2a. I purchased a very rough 2a in 2016 and built a frame from 2x4x11ga tube around the same time and sold off the original frame and running gear to local CJ-2a enthusiasts.
The main plans are for a 96" to 100" wheel base with the body rebuilt entirely from square tube and stretched accordingly. Running gear will consist of a ford small block 302 from a 73' Ford Bronco, a zf 5 speed transmission mated to an early bronco Dana 20. Axles are also sourced from a 73' Ford Bronco so a drivers drop Dana 44 and centered small bearing 9" rear, wms front=58" wms=57" . I have some 4" Rusty's offroad yj leaf springs I plan on running spring under at all 4 corners. I plan on using Saginaw steering with a box sourced from an 80's cj and a gm column I got for free. I'd like to keep it street legal if possible thinking 35's and some sizeable tube fender flares.
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Looking good, I built a custom frame too. Stretched 9.


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Old 03-11-2019, 03:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice! Another stretched flatty in Western MA!
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Sub'd. I"m interested to see how much of a pain it'll be to fit that ZF-5 in there.
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you all for the words of encouragement. I have yet to get a transmission but have a lead on a zf from a 96 Ford F-250 4wd. Hopefully pick that up this week and then really get started mocking the body up. My body tub is very rough and I’ll probably end up only using the original cowl and firewall. The pictures attached are of square tube rolled to the same dimensions as the original cj2a door openings have yet to be cut to length.
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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springs shackles and u bolt plates

Well I made a little bit of progress over the last week or so. got my spring hangers and shackle mounts tacked and dug my rear axle out of my shed. I also fab'd up some u bolt plates that are only partially done in the attached photo will use them like that for now to get the axles under it. hopefully I will have a rolling chassis this week. Still no transmission seeing as the zf5 speed I was hoping to use is WAY to large for my application. leaves me with either np435/t18 or using a new venture 4500 trans. not sure which way I wanna go yet.
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