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Ground Up: 1956 Jeep CJ-5

Posted in Project Vehicles on April 1, 2012 Comment (0)
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We introduced you to our patina’d ’56 CJ-5 build in the Aug. ’11 issue (“Ground Up, Part 1: Building a Frame from Scratch”). This time we’re squaring the frame build away, including hanging our springs and steering box, and even burning in some motor mounts. We also added body mounts all around, welded on a few suspension components, and laid the body in place. Hopefully that whetted your appetite for some vintage CJ-5 building.

As we said last time, our plan is to use most of the parts from a wrecked ’98 Jeep Cherokee SE, including the 2.5L engine, AX5 transmission, NV231 T-case, Dana 30,and Chrysler 8.25 axles, and most of the wiring to make the ’56 go. The result should be an all-Jeep retro-mod CJ-5 for mild trail wheeling and reliable, fun road driving. We’re going for a mildly modified ’60s look with modern reliability.

Our plans call for running yj springs with the xj axles in a spring-under configuration. Obviously, that requires cutting off the xj suspension brackets and burning on some new spring perches. We hope to eventually run 33-inch tires, so a set of Rusty’s Off-Road 11⁄2-inch-lift, five-leaf packs (pn ror1444) will work well with the low stance of this project. These springs should provide plenty of flex, the right amount of lift, a smooth ride, and years of reliable service.
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Summit Racing
Akron, OH
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Mountain Off-Road Enterprises
Delta, CO 81416
Phoenix, AZ 85043
Rusty's Off Road


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