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Old 05-27-2016, 01:52 PM   #1
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For several months now I have been working towards a special surprise for my wife and mines 30th wedding anniversary. So my CJ7 rebuild came to a complete halt. I currently have a complete rolling chassis minus brake and fuel lines.


That build can be found here: http://www.jeep-cj.com/forums/f98/79...project-20075/ During this time I been able to squirrel away some extra money for my Jeep build. My mind is always turning and I have been seriously considering a big change in my CJ7 Build.

My idea is to build a CJ that is more truck than it is a CJ7. My inspiration came from Jeff Scherb's CJ Gaucho project. "Gaucho" CJ stepside pickup build - JeepForum.com I love driving a pickup truck and have many daily uses for one. My off-road driving will be mainly Jeep trails, sea shore sand, and some ranch land here in South Central Texas. Given this usage, I don't really need the compactness of a CJ7. Scrambles are awesome, but really hard to find or way to expensive for me to acquire. Thus the conclusion that I could build a Jeep CJ Truck.

SO here is my plan: First I need to lengthen my frame to accommodate a cab and bed. I can do this with some square tubing. Here is a picture of what Jeff came up with for wheel bases:



The part I havenít got tied down is what I will use for a bed. There are several options here. I could use a 1941 to 46 Chevy Truck bed, a 1947 to 64 Willys Truck Bed, a Military trailer, or make the bed from scratch. The first two options are getting hard to find in a decent condition. I could buy new replacement, but that is a little on the expensive side. The military trailer idea is one I like the most. I could buy the trailer, remove the bed, and sell the rest as scrap, getting a return on the money I spent. There are two main types of military trailer beds available. Here are a couple of pictures:


The last picture is the one Iím leaning towards. I like the no fender look (similar to a CJ7), and I like the flat top sides of the bed. These would allow me to build a headache rack. All of the bed choices will require cutting them down to fit the Jeep frame. The only military trailer that would not need to be cut is the following:

Only problem with these is they are getting really hard to find or are very expensive.
I forgot to mention another option. There is a company called Aqualu Industries. Aqualu Industries Inc. - Aqualu Industries is full service welding and fabricating facility specializing in Land Cruisers, Jeeps and Samurai's They make aluminum bodies and beds. This would be great, but expensive.

I think the hardest part to all of this will be building the cab. The body will need to be cut, rear corners will be lengthened and attached to the body. Then a panel must be built to replace the opening that a tailgate occupies. Here are a couple of pictures from Jeffís project where he did this.





I will also need to find a CJ8 half cab and bulkhead. I posted a wanted item in this forumís classified ads. So, if anybody knows of one, please let me know. Iíll investigate it and see if it would be feasible to get down here to South Central Texas. I could build one from my current CJ7 hardtop, but at this point my fiberglass skills are none to nothing! When the time comes, I may have to do that. The cab thankfully is a ways down the road. I also know about GR8 Tops, but they are a little pricey at this point. The bulkhead is not 100% needed, since the bed will be separate from the cab. I was thinking it might make the task of building the space for the tailgate a little easier.

So here are some more pictures of Jeffís Gaucho for you to look at. I look forward to everybodyís ideas and comments. Right now Iím in the planning and acquiring stage of this build, but eventually I plan an engine change and axle changes. Thanks for reading.





 

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Old 05-28-2016, 08:53 AM   #2
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Rod , Jeff's Gaucho project was probably my favorite build I've ever watched. I tried to bid on it but didn't have enough money to bid high enough. I look forward to watching your version as well.
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Rod , Jeff's Gaucho project was probably my favorite build I've ever watched. I tried to bid on it but didn't have enough money to bid high enough. I look forward to watching your version as well.


What Pete said. Good luck with this. Subscribed.

 

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Old 05-30-2016, 05:13 PM   #4
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Got a new tool today that I've been wanting for a long time :



I had the torch setup already, but finding a set of tanks was a challenge. CL listed two tanks (O2 and Acety.) already filled and current inspection for $200. So I jumped on it. Now I can start cutting away!

 

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Old 05-31-2016, 08:48 AM   #5
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That's a nice score. I'm looking for the same setup myself. Hope I can find it at that price.
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:38 AM   #6
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I've been think a lot about the wheel base length. It will most likely have a lot to do with the type of bed I decide to use, but here is some of the things I'm using to help me make the final decision.

From Jeff's build:





And then there is this drawing from the aluminum bed building company (Aqualu)



I'd like to be in the area of 5 to 6 foot in length including the tailgate. Similar to number 4 in the above picture.

 

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Curse you my friend. Here I sit with a Jeep that needs a frame and you have my mind racing about a pickup build again.

I was always partial to #2.
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Curse you my friend. Here I sit with a Jeep that needs a frame and you have my mind racing about a pickup build again.



I was always partial to #2.


So go for it!!!! In all honesty, I would love to see it. But just doing the frame swap for me was more than I expected it to be. I can't imagine what this would take.

 

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Don't take this the wrong way. Didn't they already make a Jeep pick-up? Seems like it would be easier and cheaper to cut the roof off one of those. There would still be plenty of hurtles to provide pride in your work. or Isn't this about the same as a Jeepster? Pick-up tops are available too? I have no problem admitting it though, this looks like fun.
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Old 06-03-2016, 04:34 PM   #10
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Curse you my friend. Here I sit with a Jeep that needs a frame and you have my mind racing about a pickup build again.

I was always partial to #2.
Number 2 uses a CJ8 frame. Finding one could be a problem. But, if a person built a CJ5 frame from scratch, you should be able to build a little longer frame without any more trouble.




 

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