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Old 04-01-2016, 10:55 PM
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Homemade CJ3B replica build

Hi everyone! So I'm finally building a jeep project. I had posted last year about possibly doing a mini jeep sort of like the ford mini GPW or a mighty mite, but decided to do something different. Spent a year researching flatfender jeeps dimensions and found probably 90% of them mostly of a CJ3B. Not looking to build a perfect replica or street legal, just something that looks close to a flatfender. There's a build thread on Pirates on basically what I'm doing. I would love to post pictures of everything I found, but can't figure out how. Some of the stuff I have found I have had to scale some of the radius of the grill and cowl.

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If anyone can help me upload some of the pictures, I'd appreciate it.
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:33 AM
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You need to buy a membership with OFN or link to photos hosted offsite. I'm back with photobucket because it's free. It still has downsides but....
So you upload your photos to PB and then copy the "IMG" file and paste it into your post using the little box [with the mountain and sun inside] in the header at the top of the reply box.
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I have more but photobucket isn't working for me right now. I have all the dimensions shown in this photo. I'm have a scale picture of the radius of the grill.
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There just joined OFN as a member. How do I post pictures from here now?
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I have no dimensions to give you but you should be able to figure out everything you need by putting a size on the Running/Turn Light housing and then just scaling everything from there.

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Old 04-03-2016, 12:30 PM
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I actually got all the measurement saved where you see the dimension lines. I used those dimensions to create scale t figure out the outside radius and crown of grill. Right now I'm building a press tool to create the slot radius using similar designs of chassis punch. I don't have a press big enough to stamp it so I'm going to sandwich between two shaped plates and compress with large nuts and bolts. The slot widths are 1 13/16 " and from what I figure, approx. a 3/16-1/4" radius. Obviously I am not that concerned too much with that. Basically, I want you to think it's a flatfender from 20 feet away. Certain details like the shovel and axe notches on the driver side I'm not doing or a tailgate. The only lights I need it to have to be a legal off-highway vehicle in Alberta is headlights and tail/brake lights which I'll do.
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Old 04-03-2016, 02:46 PM
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I'm using a 95 zj with a 318/auto as most of my driveline. I'm replacing the np249 with a np242 I picked up and placing a manual valve body in the 46rh auto. The only odd ball part that isn't jeep that I'm using unless something better comes along cheap is a chevy 10 bolt I got for free out of a 2wd truck. It measures 63" and with the dana 30 wheel adapters to match the rear wheel pattern, it comes out to 63". Knowing full well these aren't the strongest axles out, I'm only going to put 33" max on it and not going power adder crazy on the v8 either. I am going lock the rear and upgrade to 30 spline. The front is only getting a gear swap to 4.56 and keep it open. The other reason for not going crazy is I'm keeping the wheelbase between 80"-84" with a LcG.
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:37 PM
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Got a straight line guide fabbed up to help in creating my inner die for my die set to help form the slots on on the grill. Hopefully in a week or two I can start layout the grill. Soon I'll have pictures of the dies set.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:21 PM
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A test piece from my homemade die set to create the slots for the grill. Still have some more work on the die set. Soon I'll post some pics of the die set.
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A little bit of a slow process, I know. As anyone with a family knows, it's where ever you can squeeze in a hour here or there.
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I'd love to see the die set you made. Are you running it as a bead or as a single press? I don't know how tall those slots are, but I'm guessing they'd take a lot of tonnage and a pretty large press to do as a press? It might help to cut the hole first, then form it with an open center.
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Hi Bandit! I'm not quite finished the die set yet, but the finished product will be compressed with three or four 3/4" nut/bolt. Same idea as a sheet metal tool known as a chassis punch. The slot dimensions are 1 13/16" wide and 16 1/4" tall. I figured the spacing of the slots at 3/4" . My design require a person to rough cut a slot big enough to drop the bolts threw the two half. I still have to drill and tap the dies. Once I'm done fabrication of the dies I get pictures posted.
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It's only compressing 16 gauge as well.
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So, my test piece worked out good, but when I tried to make a slot, I couldn't get the accuracy I was looking for. After chatting with a friend who does custom auto body and metal shaping for a living. I'm trying something different. I bent up some round rod in the shape of a slot to use it to rough out the slot radius then use my new upper die sets to finish the slots. I'm using one upper die to finish the radius and still have to make the one for the straight aways. Also got to build striking handles for the upper dies. Hopefully works out, if this doesn't though, I will simply just make a square opening with mesh.
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So I tried out my new die sets on another test piece and far better results this time. More accurate and only requires a little bit of metal finishing.
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