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Re: considering a whole new rig-opinions?
The blurb about narrowing a FS truck body was meant as a joke, hence the [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img].
The front portion of a J-truck frame is about 5" wider than a CJ frame -or- about 2" wider than a TJ frame. Non issue - IMHO. The rear of a J-truck frame is wider than the front but so are TJ/YJ/CJ frames. May or may not be an issue - depends on plan for whole project. You mention: <blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr>
MJ with around 100"-110" wb and a custom bed, on heavy axles with a good powertrain,
Many of the good powertrains are from FS trucks. Most any heavy axle is also from a FS and will need to be narrowed or left as is. What else is to narrow that really matters?
Consider - J-trucks had much higher GVWRs than any SWB. Parts like D44, D60, T-18, T-15, TH400, D20, strong frames & steering components were standard; factory engineered; no adaptors needed. Decent units can be found for $1000 or less. CJ (or MJ) bodies will fit on J-truck frames.
What is a reasonable price on a TJ rolling chassis? ...or a YJ frame? How much swapping and mods will be needed to handle big axles, big tires and maybe a big engine with that chassis? How much to pay for axles and/or drivetrain piecemeal?
A friend picked up a Chevy FS truck w/diesel V8, TH400, NP205, D60 and 14bolt for $300. Another scored a Suburban w/similar parts for $50. I picked up 2 J-series trucks for under $500 total.
I live and ride trails in Mid-West. I'm not anyone else but me so the rig I want needs to work for me and what I will do with it. I like simple. Simple has advantages. You asked. I posted an idea. If you don't like the idea, that is fine... no biggiee. Please, just don't poo poo too quickly.