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.