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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-15-2003, 04:28 PM
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Stretching my CJ-5

Well boys and girls, GW gave me back the portion of my money that he isn't going to use to ruin Saddams day, so I am going shopping. Another beer or two and I am going to pull the trigger on a Hobart 135 welder. Just too much stuff that need to be fabbed my way.

Thinking about what I want to do, I came up with a thought. If I had a welder, I could take this this extra tub and frame that I got last week, and do a little slicing and splicing and extend my wheel base about a foot and a half and actually get some decent drive line angles.

How many stretched Jeeps do we have out there? How well do you like the results? Any thoughts?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-16-2003, 10:39 AM
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Re: Stretching my CJ-5

i no longer have my lengthened cj5 but i did lengthen it. i added 15" in the center by cutting it in half and filling in the center. if your rig is a trail rig i would not lengthen it. i'd just cut the rear of the fenderwells out and go to a link type rear suspension and slide the rearend back to your desired wheelbase. if you lengthne the bidy you just have more sheetmetal to damage. anyway this is my op and i would have done things differently if i had to do it all over. the new rig i am building has a wheelbase of 105" and it is mostly tube so i do not have much sheetmetal to damage.
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if you got the dough, get the hobart 175 much more useful....
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 02-16-2003, 03:29 PM
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I'ld love to get a 175, but the garagae only has 115v, and I can't get 220 out there withou a new service panel for the house. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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You don't say how much you intend to stretch it, why not just sell your 5 and get a 7. ...09
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I am not an expert on this welder but... if you are going to be doing heavy frame work, I do not think a 115 V MIG is going to get the penetration you need-MHAO.
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 02-16-2003, 05:21 PM
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Re: Stretching my CJ-5

How long would you have to stretch it to put a CJ6 tub on it? I bought a frame that was stretched 10 inches. Would that be long enough? L8r,

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