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Old 03-28-2011, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1948 CJ2A restomod build

Here are the specs:
Original frame, gusseted, blasted, primered and painted
Reproduction tub, original fenders, hood and windshield
Chevy 4.3 carbed from 85 Astro van (new shortblock at some time)
turbo 350 tranny
power steering conversion
Flaming river steering column
hanging pedal conversion
new painless harness
lokar shifter
Lokar ebrake
Auto meter gauges
Cj5 dana 44 rear 3.73 11" drums
CJ5 dana 30 power lock disks
Jeep dana 300
tom woods cv shaft
74 CJ 5 lowback seats ( JY find, in great cond)
true dual Exhaust inside frame rails
Warn 8274
York OBA with tank
33" Goodyear MTR's









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Old 03-28-2011, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thats one very good looking machine you got there. I plan to do a similar bling steering conversion, i assume thats a flaming river column, could you elaborate on your steering tech?
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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One of mods i have been chomping at the bit to do is moving the tank from under the seat to under the bed, i have had the tank and skid i thought i needed for a while and was just waiting for the free time to install them. Finally i was getting ready to do the swap, that was until i actually got under the jeep with this tank


even with removing the hitch support, there was no way it was going to fit, unless the moved the cross member forward, with the tub on, that would be a very hard, and would probably be an issue with the diff hitting the skid. that tank is about 16-1\4" and then another 3\4" for the flange on each side, it was not going to fit like i hoped, so i set out to find another tank.

This is a 1978 postal jeep tank, it is exactly 15-3\4 deep with no flange to deal with. It fit the skid i bought very well after some work to it.


To make this fit where i wanted, i had to remove the rear cross member, it was a little tweaked anyways. It will be replaced with some angle steel and a heavy duty bumper i built for an old YJ project i never used.








the bumper needs some cleaning and paint, but it will be perfect.







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Old 02-27-2012, 10:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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your talent and skill have gotten you this far, make your own tank. 3 bend with 3/16" for the front/bottom/ and back, 3 bends 1/8" for 2 sides and top. put your fittings where you need them. one angle to mount to the cross over the axle, one to the rear crossmember and you have a tank that you can stand the jeep on. done this many times. have one in a cj5 i pushed the rear back 5" and still got a 17gl tank in it. nice jeep
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Rear tank all done, i think i am going to love all the foot room there is with the underseat tank gone



I was going to put the filler in the rear quarter, but ended up in the back, it just looked better, and is hidden by the rear carrier.






Ended up replacing all the brakes line after i found some sketch stuff the prev owner did under there.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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nice work and nice jeep....chris
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Love the Willys projects.....good pictures, sweat looking ride. Keep up the clean fab work!
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Figured while I was in the zone, I would knock another item off the list, the fenderwell notch to get the seats back and down a bit. I can't believe how much more comfortable it is behind the seat now.




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Old 04-11-2012, 06:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Its cool to see such a nice flatty build going on here in mass, you dont see many of them around here.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:06 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Tank is in, filled and no leaks, 14 gal woohoo, fired right up running good, but is popping out the right side exhaust, need to check that out The fender well notch makes for some much improves driving comfort, the seats are only moved down 1" and back about 2 1/2", but it is a big improvement. It is also much nicer with the under seat tank out of the way

Now on to the front, with a rebuild and then swap in the D30 sitting on the bench.

I even got an inspection sticker yesterday not an easy task in the great state of mass
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sometimes it's the little things that excite me

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Old 04-23-2012, 08:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Cool build
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:04 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Well, some tranny issues over the weekend point to the fact the tranny is on the way out I believe. So now i have to figure out what i want to do.

1, rebuild the t350 and keep it, deal with the front drive shaft clearance issue, the solution will be a 2pc shaft, which was my original plan

2, replace the auto with a standard, i little more work, but would eliminate my front drive shaft issue.

For now, i am going to toss in a trans medic and see if it swells the seals enough to help, and drive it till it won't move.


A buddy had a good sm465 with a AA d300 adapter on it, i would still need a belhousing, flywheel, clutch for a 4.3, don't know how easy they would be to get
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:10 PM   #15 (permalink)
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All the same as sbc, I have a 4.3, sm465 novac adapter with dana 20 transfere case. I have a extra manual clutch bellhousing for the 465 I swaped to a hydraulic clutch bellhousing. Pm me if your interested.

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Old 05-14-2012, 12:48 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Good news, i don't think the th350 is dieing. It was just low on fluid, i didn't know this at first because of the POS flexible dip stick i am using. I knew it sucked from day one, when i went to check the tranny level with the fluid warm, the actual stick part is plastic, and gets as soft as a wet noodle, total useless.

But apparently the fluid level marks are off too, that was causing the slipping.

I was down two quarts at least, added them, and it pulls fine. I need to find a stock dip stick and then bend it to fit, the fluid level could still be off a bit, don't know.

I had her out cruising around this weekend, and she shifts fine again, back to chirping the tires again from 1st to 2nd when i get on it.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:30 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Sadly little to report here, my d30 swap hit a snag, the caliper brackes i had are NG, so i need to get a couple more.

I did get some new sneakers...some goodyear MTR's in the 33x12.50 size, they fit perfect!, pics to follow
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:53 AM   #18 (permalink)
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What brand are those tail lights? look like the rare ones people are after.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:19 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Lokar makes a nice shorty locking transmission dipstick that would work good in a flatty.. just sayin.....
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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What brand are those tail lights? look like the rare ones people are after.
I don't think they are anything special, got them from Kaiser Willys
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:49 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:18 AM   #22 (permalink)
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New 33"mtrs



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Old 08-26-2012, 06:27 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Started bending up the front cage.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:10 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Very nice Build..I'm looking for something similar in this area if you know of any for sale
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:02 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I got some more work done on the cage, the blue tape will be more tube


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