Dove Tailing a Bobbed 8

City
Snohomish
State
WA
#1
Well I had to do something, since I broke off one of my Spring-Plate bolts into my 60 housing and the bolt extraction started going south (still not done) I decided to dovetail my Bobbed Cj-8.

Heres' the before shots







Hmmmnnnnn... is that a Sawzall I see?
 
City
Snohomish
State
WA
#2
I was able to cut the sides of the bed away from the floor at the corner edge along the sides of the Jeep.



Then I pushed the sides in until the back was attached to the rear pillar of my cage, repeat for the other side then I used pop rivets to hold it in place, 4 on each corner. I also used two rivets mid way between my B and C pillars.



Then I just used the sawzall to trim away the bed as needed. Cutting off the corners ended up being pretty simple.

 
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City
Snohomish
State
WA
#3
I am thinking I'd like to put the tail gate back on there, I didn't cut off the mount points for the hinges.



The next upgrade will be a rear fuel cell. I got that gas can from another member (Cpt. Chris?) a few years back, it's a 15 gal from a Scrambler. But it leaks when it's upside down, as you can imagine that is a bad situation.




I also need to pick up two Brake light brackets, the light still work, just a trip to Napa and they're done.



Side view

 
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City
Snohomish
State
WA
#5
LOL..... Yeah She was beyond Bondo :D


Here's the last couple a pics....When I get the Front axle bolt fixed I'll post up some Field shots for you.

Passenger side



Driver Side



Long view of the Passenger side
 

bigwalton

Picture cravin' AK Postal nut
Staff member
SOA Member
City
Dexter
State
MI
#6
Wow...

What would you attach the tailgate to? I think it would be cool to put it back, but you don't have anything left that's vertically in line with the hinges.
 
City
Snohomish
State
WA
#7
I do have the original mounts on the still (didn't cut them off...yet) I can bolt the tailgate right back on, I am thinking to get a fuel cell, install it then put the tailgate back on, but push it in at the top at an angle to attach at the roll bar (I need a cross member in the back now).

But I have more serious issues to deal with right now. I have broken bolts in front...lameness..From the spring plate into the 60 housing, one broke off the other ripped out the threads. Mikey might be gettin a call soon :D
 
City
Vancouver
State
BC
#8
Hey Mark

I know you said you used to use this as a daily driver, so post up a photo of what it once was for comparison! Be good for a chuckle or two....

Pat
C/C
 
City
Snohomish
State
WA
#11
I'll scan some of my before pics fo sho......

I wish I could find the one when I first got it home, I still had my Furd Ranger, two rigs one shot....It'll show up.

And yes I still call it a Scrambler, It's still got a vin # , Frame, t-case and the strech betweeh the wheel well and Doors, well most of it anyways! :D
 

Stouttrout

Registered Jeep Nut
City
Sour Lake
State
Tx
#12
BIG_Mark said:
And yes I still call it a Scrambler, It's still got a vin # , Frame, t-case and the strech betweeh the wheel well and Doors, well most of it anyways! :D
Huh, I have one or two Scramblers with about the same short list of parts.:D
 

dadscj8

SOA Charter Member
City
Tucson
State
AZ
#13
A Work Of Art

Speaking off bolt extraction, how's that going? What went wrong and how are you solving the problem? (just curious because i always seem to find myself in those situations)!! :banghead:
 
City
Snohomish
State
WA
#14
Well my Steering ram was attached to mt Passenger side spring-plate, not what I wanted but thats how it ended up, it worked fine for quite a while but now it's bad. the stud bolts that go into the diff housing are both broken off. My extraction did not go well. I think I'll be drilling them out larger, then tapping for new beefy bolts. Hopefully that will hold me over until the coil-overs are in the picture. First order of business now however is to get my tow rig running again, I need to replace the oil pump, unfortunately to get to it I have to remove the 460 from the truck, then I can change it out. Lame but needed. Then I intend to go wheeling at Reiter (our local wheelin area) and leave a sign in the window "For sale $2k OBO" I figure if I get 1-1.5k I'll be able to buy a trailer and use my friends Furd Diesel for a while.

Anyways heres a picture I found, my scanner here at work is awesome, unfortunately I don't scan photos often so the colors came out funky, I Doctored it up a bit in Photoshop so if it looks a bit cartoonish thats why.....

This is a pic from a camping trip I took to the Columbia River Gorge around 1996-97, 33" BFG Ats, 3:73:1 gears, T-18, 258 (Clifford intake, header, 300 CFM 1 bbl Holley Carb)


 
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