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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-03-2001, 03:27 AM
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Hello all, I'm new to this board. I've got an 89 Isuzu Amigo, it's 2wd, with a 2.6 liter 4 cyl. If you've ever looked, you'd know that Isuzu parts are notoriously exspensive. A few months ago, I spent $400 of rear brakes at 40% off! Now, since most of you drive jeeps, you know what jeep parts cost. A helluva lot less than my Isuzu's parts. So, some friends and I got together to figure this out. I came up with the idea of taking the great looking body/cab/bed and setting it on a Jeep chassis. We'd be going to a Isuzu body and interior to a Jeep chassis and drivetrain. Is there a site where I could get the center-of hub-to center-of-hub distance for particular Jeep models to keep an eye on? I was thinking maybe a CJ7 would work, but I'm not sure...

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Re: wheelbase?

Well, jeeps are pretty simple.

CJ-5 is 81" or 83" weelbase.

CJ-7 is 93" wheelbase.

C-101 or Commando (1st generation) is 101" wheelbase (these are rare and sought after by jeep enthusiasts).

C-103 or Commando (2nd generation) is 103" wheelbase.

CJ-8 is 103" wheelbase (these are rare and sought after by jeep enthusiasts as well).

Another vehicle that makes a fine swap, mainly due to them being rusted out all the time, is the International Harvester Scout II. They came with sturdy drivetrains and D44's front and rear from '74 to '80, they are also very cheap.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-03-2001, 08:37 AM
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That should be an interesting project. Please keep us updated.


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post #4 of (permalink) Old 07-03-2001, 10:35 AM
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Re: wheelbase?

Instead of swaping out the chassis why don't you just extremely modify the existing one?? cut off the front front control arms assemblies and weld on a spring hanger for leaves --or convert it to striaght axle coil sprung. With the work of swapping out the chassis might as well just completely build yours..

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