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Re: how to get longer wheel base?
That's a lot of work! You're picking the shortest CJ in that era and making it the second longest. If I remember, a CJ-5 has an 83" (or thereabouts) wheelbase. A CJ-7 is 10" longer, while a CJ-8 is around 105". Don't forget about the CJ-6, I don't know the WB though. You're talking lengthening the framerails at a minimum, and stretching the tub if you want. Drivetrain modifications would also be necessary.
If it were me, I'd find, buy, or make a CJ-8 frame and modify it to accept the stock CJ-5 body and have meeself a little rock buggy!