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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2002, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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What is this body piece called?

Okay, what is the proper name for the crosspiece I have high-lighted in the pic? I'm getting ready to build a bumper for my '74 CJ5 and I was going to bolt it to the frame behind this crossmember. When measuring everything though, I found that it is longer on the left than the right! You can't tell in the picture because the license plate hides it, but the piece ends right where the rearcorner attaches to the back pieces on the right side. The left side goes all the way out to the edge of the tub approx 3" more! It looks to be 100% factory. Any idea of why it might be like that? Thanks!

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2002, 09:18 PM
 
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Re: What is this body piece called?

that is the rear frame crossmember if yours is not equal on both sides than somebody must have cut it the factory made them symetrical a replacement can be bought from several suppliers or you can make your own

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Re: What is this body piece called?

"Rear frame crossmember"....sometimes I'm an IDIOT! Of COURSE! DUH! *smacks head on keyboard a few times* Okay, much better now!

Actually, the piece is angled up on each side, and it doesn't look like it has been cut as each side is symetrical to the other, just off center. I know both the previous owners, and they wouldn't have touched it. Possibly if was ever damaged and replaced, it was put on incorrectly. It isn't damaged currently, just a big off center and supports the rear of the tub fine, I was just curious. The bumper I'm building is going to set about 2" back from it and be bolted directly to the frame. I'm thinking either 2" x 4" or 2" x 6" 3/16" wall square tubing....and a swing out tire carrier....and use seal beam tailights in the bumper....get rid of tailights on tub and use space for gas cans.....*grin*

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Re: What is this body piece called?

It appears you are pointing at the rear crossmember. It is attached to the frame, yes? The bumper that I built for my CJ2 attaches to that crossmember right next to the frame. I just cut the ends off of mine, I can't recall for sure, but I thought the rear crossmember was symmetrical. I am attaching some tabs made of 2x3x3/16" angle for the body supports at the ends.

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You're not crazy, the one I took off my '72 wasn't symetrical either.

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On the early CJ's ('75 and older) the rear crossmember is not symmetrical. The driver's side is intentionally longer to mount the license plate to. If you look close there should be two horizontally slotted holes towards the top of the crossmember. That's where the license plate is supposed to go (if you're making it original). Nickmil.

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A-HA! My license plate is on the passenger side, but is not original. That explains it. Thanks so much! Now I can get on with the bumper.


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looking at to me i'd call it junk i beleive its referred to as the rear cross member.

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Re: What is this body piece called?

Well camo, the tailgate IS junk, but the crossmember is only surface rusted. Actually, you can't see all the rusted parts I HAVE fixed or replaced! But hey, I wanted a rig I wouldn't feel bad about if I bent a fender, so she suits me okay.

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And I bet it dont have a payment book with it ether cj5_pilot ,,,, My 74 has age marks like yours too ,,, I want to see the new ones when they are 28 years old...

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