Slapping a clean, straight body tub on our junky hot rod would have made as much sense as a boob job on an 80-year-old woman. So we put the telekinetic online search powers of staffer Trasborg to work. In no time he found us a $100 CJ-3A tub that came complete with a bunch of other worthless junk we had to give away. He even paid for it and picked it up for us! Then we pilfered our MB grille, CJ-3A tailgate, and a few other parts from a long-since-dead yard Jeep. After adding a few of Hazel's Willys truck remnants, we had a driver.
Bolting our flatfender body to our M38A1 frame isn't rocket science. The flattie body actually bolts to the beefier M38A1/early CJ-5 frame much easier than you might think. Most of the body mounts line up. We did have to lop a couple of inches off of the back of the frame, build new mounts for the grille, and add two body mounts to the rear, but it's probably the easiest body swap you'll ever make to gain frame strength. It's a good upgrade for any early flatfender in the middle of a frame-off resto. Stay tuned for next time, where we'll tie up some loose ends, work out a few bugs, and call the flat rod finished.