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

My CJ6 Frankenstein Build, Little Of Everything!

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by y2k-fxst, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. Jul 29, 2019
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Times like this I really wish I could afford those fancy metal fab tools they have on TV!

    1563.JPG

    1564.JPG

    All major bends done, will have to finesse all the parts together to get them into a final shape that resembles a transmission hump. Later on I will have to build a tower for the shifter boot and for the transfer case levers. First I need to make the transfer case levers!

    1565.JPG
     
  2. Jul 29, 2019
    Muzikp

    Muzikp Active Member 2020 Sponsor

    Sacramento Ca.
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2016
    Messages:
    1,269
    I'd say you are doing just fine without the fancy tools (y). Looks good.
     
  3. Oct 21, 2019
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Been a while since I could work on the Jeep, Managed to get a day with nothing else pressing.

    Finally got time to work on the Jeep again. Last time I was trying to figure out how to do the trans tunnel. Finally decided that I was not going to make it with 4 main parts. So the sides I cut in half. Figured out my CAD parts were able to move easier than the metal parts! Got 3/4 of the passenger side done today.

    Trans tunnel 1.JPG

    When I cut the passenger side panels apart I found that there is no way I was going to make it work the way I originally had planned. Will probably start over with a new chunk of sheet metal for the front instead of trying to put a filler in.

    Trans tunnel 2.JPG

    Drivers side is going to be interesting since I need to reuse part of the original trans tunnel to clear the fuel tank.

    Trans tunnel 3.JPG
     
    Muzikp, 47v6 and ITLKSEZ like this.
  4. Oct 21, 2019
    ITLKSEZ

    ITLKSEZ Volvophilic

    Post Falls, ID
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2015
    Messages:
    4,437
    Ain’t that the truth.

    Looking great.
     
    y2k-fxst likes this.
  5. Oct 22, 2019
    Norcal69

    Norcal69 Out of the box thinker 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

    Northern California
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2014
    Messages:
    1,730
    Having done this just last spring...... you’ve got a great start going.... take your time and let it come to you.
     
  6. Dec 29, 2019
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Finally all done with holidays and deer season. Able to get back on the Jeep again. Finished up the passenger side.

    Trans tunnel 2.JPG


    Got a start on the driver's side. Once the last piece is done I'll have to go through and do some final finish grinding on it. Only 1 small fire, found a ACE Hardware bag under the Jeep!

    Once this is done I'll have to make a tower for the shifter boot and one on the passenger side for the transfer case shifter.

    Trans tunnel 3.JPG
     
    Muzikp, tarry99, Fly Navy and 3 others like this.
  7. Dec 29, 2019
    durk

    durk Member

    Ontario/Canada
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2005
    Messages:
    198
    Less is more Looking good man
     
  8. Dec 30, 2019
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Finally submitted my dash board design to Double D Fabrication, LLC. Hopefully in the next 4-6 months I'll have my dash. Not that I figure it will take that long for them to cut and bend it but, figure will be a few times emailing back and forth till the plan is finalized!
     
  9. Dec 30, 2019
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Got the driver's side welded in place this afternoon. Just need more 1/4" hardware to finish the installation.

    Trans tunnel 4.JPG

    Trans tunnel 5.JPG
     
  10. Jan 27, 2020
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Went out to the shop today to work at little more on the CJ6. Drug in the CJ7 sport bar I bought a while ago to get it ready to go on as the base to the roll bar I'm going to build. Needed to do some modifications for it to work.

    Really was the first time I looked close at it. The mount angle iron had an area that was rusted through so figured I'd cut it off and start over.

    What I found was the welds had a lot of under cuts and a lot of very poor penetration. I also noticed that the welds from the main hoop to the kicker bars are not the greatest either, I'll end up rewelding those also.

    So just a word of warning, if your going use part of your stock roll bar for your basis of your roll cage. Really inspect those factory welds! There is a reason they are not called roll bars from the factory!
     
    ITLKSEZ likes this.
  11. Jan 28, 2020
    georgecj6

    georgecj6 Member

    Chicago area
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008
    Messages:
    112
    What is the thickness of the diamond plate on your floor? Did that add much extra weight to the vehicle? I have to repair the floor of my cj6 , especially from behind the seats to the tail gate.
     
  12. Jan 28, 2020
    georgecj6

    georgecj6 Member

    Chicago area
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008
    Messages:
    112
    I just read your first posts.... 14 gauge diamond plate....
     
  13. Feb 2, 2020
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Definitely added some weight not sure how much though. I wasn't really worried about it since I'm not going to run a hard top and I'm running the heavier YJ springs.
     
  14. Feb 22, 2020
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Working on the passenger side inner fender, This is the first one I built and it oil canned real bad. Did use what I learned on this one when I welded the driver's side so it wasn't near as bad. Think if I had built 3 the third one would have turned out perfect!

    1.JPG

    Heating small areas with the torch then shrinking with a body hammer and quenching with a wet rag. By the time I got done I guarantee the top is not perfectly smooth but, that's what Bondo is for. At least I got rid of the oil canning!

    2.JPG

    Been planning on on running the sport bar in it's factory configuration with a second main tube about 18" ahead of the original one. When I set the sport bar back on tonight it went up backwards. Now I'm thinking about mounting backwards and running longer stretcher bars and another set of kickers to stiffen it up.

    3.JPG
     
    ITLKSEZ likes this.
  15. Feb 23, 2020
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Slung some mud on the fender top today. Needs another skim coat but, actually coming out decent.

    KIMG0007.JPG
     
    ITLKSEZ likes this.
  16. May 5, 2020
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Been a while I see since I did an update. Life's been weird this year.
    Got the dash custom mounted a while back.

    Dash1.JPG

    Thought there would be plenty of room for dash clearance with the shifter and there is no problem.

    Dash2.JPG

    Went with the optional locking glove box. Not many good places to secure stuff in an open Jeep.

    Dash3.JPG

    Even upgraded from the original cardboard glove box.

    Dash4.JPG
     
    Fireball and ITLKSEZ like this.
  17. May 5, 2020
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Made the adapter/spacer for my ignition switch yesterday. Had a good day, made it through all 4 holes without breaking my only #29 drill bit or 8-32 tap! Was nervous since the holes were so close to the center hole.
    spacer1.JPG

    And all 4 actually lined up. Original plan was to use sections of the 8-32 machine bolts and thumb nuts to hold the switch. Thinking now of just using 1/2" 8-32 pan head screw.

    spacer2.JPG

    All ready to weld the spacer to the back of the dash. will need to clearance the wiring connector a little more first though.

    spacer3.JPG

    Started modifying the opening where the steering column goes through. Have to have it angled like the intermediate CJs were. Not enough clearance to get the steering column to the right angle with just a round hole. Will use some exhaust tubing to fill in the voids.

    column mount.JPG
     
    Muzikp, givemethewillys and ITLKSEZ like this.
  18. May 13, 2020
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Finished up the adapter for the ignition switch today. Decided to go with studs welded into the adapter. Had thought about just using pan head machine screws but since the threads were so close to the center bore. I was afraid they would eventually fail.

    adaptera1.JPG

    Using some brass thumb nuts to hold the switch to the adapter. Will use the same for the main gauge and speakers.

    adaptera2.JPG

    Ready to weld to the backside of the dash.

    adaptera3.JPG

    Finally settled on the position where the steering column needs to go through the toe board. Started cutting it with a hole saw and my 1/2" cordless drill. Was almost through the toe board when the magic smoke escaped from my drill! Dig figure out its hitting right on the toe board support. Going to have to do some more modifying there!
     
    Muzikp and ITLKSEZ like this.
  19. May 16, 2020
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Got the adapter for the ignition switch welded to the dash today and threw in the gauge cluster just to see how it looks. Not sure yet where the starter button is going to go. Either under the switch between it and the pyrometer, beside the switch, or on the other side of the column above the headlight switch.

    Dash.JPG

    First shot at mocking up the steering column.

    column1.JPG

    Going through the floor I ended up cutting through the toe support. Will mess with reinforcing that later when I pull the body off again.
    column 2.JPG

    Moved the column in 2 1/2" from the first picture. Think this will probably be it's final position but time will tell once I pull the trigger on the seats and steering wheel.

    column3.JPG

    Column 4.JPG
     
    ITLKSEZ and Muzikp like this.
  20. May 18, 2020
    y2k-fxst

    y2k-fxst Member

    North English,IA
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    279
    Now that the steering column location has been completed I can start on modifying the Roxor clutch and brake pedals to fit. The 3 mounting tabs that normally mount to the dash needs to disappear and, the column clamp needs replaced since I've got a 2" column instead of a 1 3/4" like the older Jeeps and the Roxor has. Also I need to widen the assembly by an inch, centering the column in the dashboard mount.

    pedals 1.JPG

    Made a plate out of 7 gauge to mount the brake and clutch assembly to the dash. This dash has a steering column plate similar to the intermediate dash. The dash had nuts welded to the back of it the column mount bolted to those, ground them off for a flat surface. With this plate the column mount will bolt to the pedal mounting plate and sandwich the dash between. This will definitely stiffen the dash at the steering column.

    pedals 2.JPG
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2020
    Buildflycrash, Muzikp and ITLKSEZ like this.

Share This Page

New Posts