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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-28-2000, 03:16 PM
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need help for my frankenstein cj/tj conversion

ok i dont know if any bodys tried this but i may be the first,this will sound crazy but bare,with me.I would like to keep my tj from the frame and body basically windshield on back but im replacing the front clip with cj (fenders grill and hood) i`m fabricating and that part is done and i would like to also add a cj dash is this possible ????the newer one has electronic cluster, speedo is eletronic and all service lights run through computer harness what the hell can i do is this even possible i hate the dash of a whimpy car like tj but my cj needs too much bodywork basically it doesnt pay to keep it i got tj for a really good deal.the worst case senario is i may have to keep the tj cluster and build around it , i may be able to convert a cherokee cluster? if anybody can help i would greatly appreciate it
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i don't see why not. i agree. i don't like the car-like dashes in the tj's either. i have seen yj's with flat dashes but not tj's. anything can be done you just have to do it.

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i may be interested in buying the front clip from your TJ

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Re: need help for my frankenstein cj/tj conversion

ok.. i have seen a cj front clip on a tj.. it was some very extensive body work. since the cowl.. is shorter and wider on a tj than on a cj.. so you somehow have to graft that together.. i saw it on the web a year or so ago.. and it didnt look fun.. other than that.. i dont see much of a problem with the cj front clip.. you also have to cut alot of the inner fenders out to get around the shock/spring hoop on the tj frame.. but you can hook the grill up no problem.. like i said.. you have to get the hood to match up somehow.. the dash.. i wouldnt have a clue.. i would try to get a blank dash with as little holes in it from a cj.. and then try keeping most of the tj gauges and what not.. then put them into the cj dash.. think that would be cool.. old dash with new controls..

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there are a lot of problems with that.. the cowl of the tj and the cowl of the cj are compltely different..different angle, the round part is different, they aren;t even the same width. i believe the cj dash will go in, but you wont have defrosters.I know a few people that were serious about putting a cj front clip on a tj, but none of them found a reasonable way to do it....sorry I couldn't help more

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I used to be into kit cars and Factory Five Racing made a modern, well late 80ís, mustang dash look like a cobra. They pulled out the instrument cluster and cut the different gauges apart. Then they placed those gauges behind the dash and put bezels in front of them. I thought the idea was really hokey, until I saw one at a car show. It looked pretty good. So if your brave enough to pull out the dash and redo the whole thing maybe your could try that? [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] So like jeepgod said you could start with the blank dash (I think four wheel parts hardware sells them blank), then check out this site (http://www.factoryfive.com/) and see what works.

Well dang I looked at there page for a little bit, but I know I have read about the process somewhere and this might be a good place to start your search.


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Re: need help for my frankenstein cj/tj conversion

I would love to see it if you can do it. What are you going to do about the air bags? I may have to check but I'm pretty sure my 79 CJ7 didn't come with em! Keep us updated.

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you guys are great thanks for your help i appreciate it air bags are for sale get them out of my jeep dont want them dont need them...whoerver heard of air bags in a jeep........

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