1. Registration trouble? Please use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom right corner of the page and your issue will be resolved.
    Dismiss Notice

Buffs 58 cj5 build

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Lilbuff63, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Feb 19, 2018
    Lilbuff63

    Lilbuff63 Member 2021 Sponsor

    Sonoma County Ca
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2014
    Messages:
    199
    Well I’m finally back at it again! Life and work has been getting in the way but I have slowly been buying parts while this project has been idle. Got my new Chevy 4.3 v6: C56E42AA-6603-4B6D-80A5-78913D4EA556.jpeg
    I will be putting an Edelbrock TBI intake manifold on it with a stand alone TBI system. I also just got the frame sandblasted and metal cutout to box in the frame. 215F7620-8610-4300-8ECD-818B437E79CB.jpeg


    3FD886C8-F181-482F-9F32-8475F5073BD3.jpeg
    I’m hoping to have a rolling chassis by summer and then start working on the body.
     
    Hellion, Muzikp and Fly Navy like this.
  2. Feb 19, 2018
    Tom_Hartz

    Tom_Hartz Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    North Carolina
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2014
    Messages:
    419
    Looks great! Is it worth boxing in the frame as opposed to buying a boxed new one? I'm asking work wise not money. I'm not sure what way I want to go.
     
  3. Feb 19, 2018
    Pappabear1973

    Pappabear1973 New Member

    Canandaigua ny
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2016
    Messages:
    36
  4. Feb 19, 2018
    Lilbuff63

    Lilbuff63 Member 2021 Sponsor

    Sonoma County Ca
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2014
    Messages:
    199
    I’m not sure what a boxed frame would cost but I’d imagine a good amount, it only cost $250 to have a local steel shop cut the metal for me using templates that I made out of cardboard.
     
    Tom_Hartz likes this.
  5. Feb 19, 2018
    Tom_Hartz

    Tom_Hartz Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    North Carolina
    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2014
    Messages:
    419
    New boxed frame close to $2000. $250 Ok now you have me thinking. Great job by the way.
     
  6. Feb 19, 2018
    Muzikp

    Muzikp Active Member 2020 Sponsor

    Sacramento Ca.
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2016
    Messages:
    1,342
    I made cardboard templates and cut my own with a reciprocating saw and a cut off wheel. Wasn't that hard and that saves even more :bananatool:
     
    Tom_Hartz likes this.
  7. Feb 24, 2018
    Lilbuff63

    Lilbuff63 Member 2021 Sponsor

    Sonoma County Ca
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2014
    Messages:
    199
    Today I got the shackle hangers tacked into place and clamped the main eye hangers to mock it up. I put them at 44.5” hanger eye to eye which is what stock YJ hangers are from what I’ve read. It seems like I’ll be bringing them closer together even after I get the weight on it but we’ll see. It feels good to have it off the sawhorses and supporting itself!
    7DAAFC97-2913-4F35-8014-E3E4B04EDB44.jpeg
     
    Muzikp, Fly Navy and Tom_Hartz like this.
  8. Jul 20, 2018
    Lilbuff63

    Lilbuff63 Member 2021 Sponsor

    Sonoma County Ca
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2014
    Messages:
    199
    Did some work on boxing the front frame horns and installed a cross member to beef up my front bumper and give more support for the winch. I used 1.5” diameter 1/4” wall pipe and drilled and tapped so the back holes of the winch will bolt into the cross member. I will also put a spacer to fill the gap so it won’t bow the bumper when tightened. E243E3D6-E4B9-4DE9-8477-BE4255251829.jpeg 3EDDA0F0-E092-4DAB-B7D3-E2012BB7FC52.jpeg
    D85F85C4-95F2-451D-8994-D3AACC603024.jpeg 22ACBB53-A25F-4562-896E-025AF1286F29.jpeg Tomorrow I hope to get the middle section tacked in place then do the rest of the welding next weekend. Glad to have a couple weekends in a row with no plans or work!!!
     
    Hellion, ojgrsoi, Muzikp and 3 others like this.
  9. Jul 29, 2018
    Lilbuff63

    Lilbuff63 Member 2021 Sponsor

    Sonoma County Ca
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2014
    Messages:
    199
    I finished welding my frame and got most of it ground down and looking nice. I welded small sections at a time, about an inch or a little more alternating front, middle, back, side to side and top to bottom to keep the heat down.
    3123C7B3-D3F2-4FDF-A901-DF74C91394D6.jpeg

    39F5438B-61DE-4D00-A6F8-0F6B21207144.jpeg

    A couple more hours of grinding on the rear section and I think I’ll be ready to sit the body on it and start positioning the motor and transmission. I have to order some parts from Novak soon to make that happen! 50B190B2-E0EA-4EF3-9CBC-A899CAF7EB84.jpeg
     
    Muzikp, 47v6 and Tom_Hartz like this.
  10. Jul 30, 2018
    47v6

    47v6 junk wrecker! 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    USA
    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2006
    Messages:
    5,244
    Looks great! Might want to drill some holes to allow water to drain out of the frame.
     
    Focker likes this.
  11. Jul 30, 2018
    masscj2a

    masscj2a Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Chester Mass
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    695
    Someday, I want to start off a project with as good a Jeep as you started with. Your doing a great job and this build reminds me of my 47 cj2a project a few years back. Your doing basically the same build and work. Its going to be a great little Jeep when your done. So hurry up and finish her off, so we can see it done. :bananatool:
     
  12. Jul 30, 2018
    Lilbuff63

    Lilbuff63 Member 2021 Sponsor

    Sonoma County Ca
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2014
    Messages:
    199
    Thank you! I will also have some holes in the new boxed section to access spring hanger bolts/nuts.
    Oh, I can’t wait to be done! It did start off pretty clean considering I think it’s the original paint and nothing was ever really done to it . My dad bought it around 1981 or so and it’s only been used off-road since then.
     
    masscj2a likes this.
  13. Aug 5, 2018
    Steve's 70-5

    Steve's 70-5 Active Member 2020 Sponsor

    Louisville, Ky
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2009
    Messages:
    1,255
  14. Aug 5, 2018
    Lilbuff63

    Lilbuff63 Member 2021 Sponsor

    Sonoma County Ca
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2014
    Messages:
    199
  15. Aug 6, 2018
    Steve's 70-5

    Steve's 70-5 Active Member 2020 Sponsor

    Louisville, Ky
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2009
    Messages:
    1,255
    Sprayed good, the coating ran every where. Wear gloves, eye protection, old cloths and a long sleeve shirt. If you don't want anything on your floor, cover it. I had the stuff all over me when I was done. It did set up fast once sprayed. I bought several cans and sprayed areas a couple times to make sure I got coverage. It is hard to tell how good everything is covered in a box tube. If you order more, get a couple extra straws/hoses. You might need more than one can.
     
  16. Aug 26, 2018
    Lilbuff63

    Lilbuff63 Member 2021 Sponsor

    Sonoma County Ca
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2014
    Messages:
    199
    F1EF06F7-EE75-48DC-8DCA-2F6C11BE7CAA.jpeg

    The Jeep, the day my Dad brought it home back in 1980! That’s me in the middle and my brother riding shotgun. I spent a lot of fun times in this old rig, can’t wait to get it back on the road. I’m thinking about treating and spraying the underbody and tub and leaving the rest of the body the way it is. Anybody have any thoughts on that?
     
    Hellion, Muzikp, gpjeep13 and 3 others like this.
  17. Aug 27, 2018
    sterlclan

    sterlclan Member 2021 Sponsor

    exploring the...
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2009
    Messages:
    3,646
    Black paint and fluid film.
     
  18. Sep 22, 2018
    Lilbuff63

    Lilbuff63 Member 2021 Sponsor

    Sonoma County Ca
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2014
    Messages:
    199
    Well I got the motor “in position”, I’m really taking my time checking on clearance for things. Got the distributor as far back as I can get it, air cleaner about 3” to top of hood, good driveline clearance from the starter, passenger side header as close to the frame as I feel comfortable with, plenty of ground clearance on the oil pan. Only issue I see is with the steering shaft and driver side header. The motor is offset about 3/4” to the passenger side. Also going to have to figure out a new transfer case mount I think.

    B38C794A-8552-41CC-ACC9-581113060A7A.jpeg 647875D8-FDC0-46DE-84A0-AD014978874A.jpeg 3E84D2A4-DA5F-4325-AC06-E9425E26ACF0.jpeg 35272302-8CE3-40FC-9D2A-EA7C0799932F.jpeg
     
  19. Sep 22, 2018
    Danefraz

    Danefraz Well-Known Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Chico CA
    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2012
    Messages:
    2,027
    That is looking really good!
     
  20. Sep 22, 2018
    55_Willys_CJ5

    55_Willys_CJ5 Nephews Visit 2017 2020 Sponsor

    Southern California
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2015
    Messages:
    298
    x2. Keep at it and you will be done before you know it. In response to your query about the exterior paint, if it is in good repair (I.e. no rust or rot) then leave the patina and do what you stated to the underside. Just my two cents.
     
    Buildflycrash and gpjeep13 like this.

Share This Page

New Posts