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anyone know the difference in width on a pre 71 CJ 5 and a post 71 CJ 5. Mainly concerned about the engine area.
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Width should be unchanged.

Wheelbase increased from 80" (or is it 81" can't remember for sure but the detail police will correct me if needed) to 84" to make space for the inline 6. Body tub same. Frame, fenders and hood stretched. Easy to notice at bottom of fenders where they meet the tub.
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I measured 25.5" inside frame rail to frame rail. It is the 66 CJ and it has the 4 popper 134 F-head. want to put an I-6 in it.
So if I read you correctly it won't fit>?? [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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Re: width difference

trailisman added more that what you are asking. Reread the first sentence.

When I get home, I'll measure the distance between the framerails of my 79 CJ7 and post it later tonight. If someone else posts some widths, mine will either confirm it or the 7 is different. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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Re: width difference

Bigcheese,
the pre 71 CJ5s had the smaller engine compartment, you can probably shohorn in a straight 6 but you will have to cut the grill all the way to the front part to get a radiator on it, and probably massage the sheetmetal on the firewall. Jeep enlarged just the front to get the straight 6 in. If you notice the fenders of the early and later CJ5s, there is about 2 inches atdded to the fenders and hood.It is going to be a tight fit to get the straight 6 in there, but it is doable with work.
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Work ....you mean Mr. cutting torch and Sawzall??? I think the grill shroud is a space taker. Or I could drop the V6 from the Jeepster in there, when I get a 401. That would take up less length.
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Oh yeah.. you will be using the brothers to take alot of space out of the grill shroud. A guy came over this past weekend that has a 283 V8 in his 58 CJ and he has the shroud totally cut off. There is some space between the fan and radiator, but any more will be pushing it. You could get the later style fenders and hood and make a mounting crossmember for the grill to move it forward, then you would be in business. Any thing is possible. how bout moving the engine back into the center of the jeep to keep the weight balanced. That would be diffent, but the driveshafts would be real short for the back one. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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Put a bullnose or wrangler front clip on it, that would finally make you cool. (I know you have been saving up to be cool for years [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]!!!!!!)
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[img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] You are too much. The last thing I want Is a freakin snub nose Commando front. I guess if worse comes to worse I could ssssttttrrrreeeeeeeetttcccchhhh it a little. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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...You could keep the same look with a later model CJ front end with the neccessary stretching already in place.
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