Most magazines do their project build-ups at custom off-road shops with a lift, brand new high-zoot parts, and a herd of fabricators rushing this way and that. Well we here at Jp magazine realize that that’s not a luxury that all can afford. And we want you to know that you can still build a Jeep in your garage by yourself. We have been building project Ground-Up with our own two hands (and a little help from our friends) in our garage while dealing with everyday life and while tinkering with other Jeep projects. The end result is that we occasionally toss parts at this thing that don’t seem to make too much sense when in print. That’s the way it goes in real life—you bolt on what you can when you have it.
Last time in project Ground-Up land we tossed in a set of retro seats, a simple, yet effective rollcage, 33-inch BFG tires, stamped-steel wheels with some hot baby-moon centercaps, and modded and installed our XJ’s hacked-up wiring harness. This time, the crazy build continues as we get a bit closer to turning the key. First we attack the fuel system with a vengeance by modding a brand-new YJ tank we found on Craigslist, building a fuel tank skidplate, and adding a fuel pump, filters, and pressure regulator. Finally we plumb the system with a coil of 5⁄16-inch steel line and fittings from Quadratec. We then get a touch further with the wiring by adding an Optima Red Top battery and CJ battery bracket, also from Quadratec. Next we toss together a totally tubular transmission crossmember duderino. Finally we plumb the brakes with some 3⁄16-inch steel line and fittings, again from Quadratec. Follow along as the build of our vintage yet modern ’56 CJ-5 continues.