Looking For Tips Regarding Frames and Bodies

JJ Owen

New member
City
Canton
State
GA
I bought a 1982 CJ-8 Laredo. It is completely original. I went into this knowing I needed a frame and body. I have access to original frames and bodies that all need minor amounts of work. My questions are related to whether i should stick with original frame and body parts, or if there is a good reason to buy an aftermarket frame and or body. I do plan on restoring it completely original, with the exception of some '80's era bolt on parts(a lift kit, lights, stereo) that can be reversed. This is a project for my son and I while he is in high school. I realize it will have some decent value when completed, but this is not being built to sell.
 

Kim Dawson

CJ-8 Member
Member
City
Molalla
State
Or
If you have original frame and body needing only minor work, I vote for fixing them and keeping it original. Choose a good frame and body and either dip or sand blast them and you'll know what needs to be done.
 

JJ Owen

New member
City
Canton
State
GA
If you have original frame and body needing only minor work, I vote for fixing them and keeping it original. Choose a good frame and body and either dip or sand blast them and you'll know what needs to be done.

The current body and frame are unusable. I can get a decent original body and frame, just didn't know if there any benefits/detractions to spending the extra on a new body and frame, I'm an amateur welder at best. I know Omix sells a Mopar endorsed body for $4500. I'm looking at around $1500-$2000 for a used body, then all the repair and prep work.
 

ag4ever

Average Nut
Silver Member
Lifetime Member
City
Richmond
State
TX
Depends on what you are looking for.

The steel bodies are all made in the Philippines by the same company. There are known issues with them and require work to make them close to original, they will never be a perfect match to an original. Look for the thread about Rommel and the replacement tubs. Willis Overland sells them with some of the fixes already done.

There are also other options, fiberglass and aluminum. I think the aluminum is the way I would go if not using a original tub.

The stock frame is good, but the TDK frame replacement is better. There are known weak points in the stock frame, but they are plenty strong for a jeep with very minor upgrades.

In the end, there are many ways to go and all depend on what you want as a final product.
 

cblfhs

Quadriplegic Cj8 <3er
Lifetime Member
City
Highland Park
State
IL
I went with a Malaysian tub. They were selling them on eBay a couple years ago for $2000 for just the tub, that price does not have the jeep letters to the left of your feet. I have not had everything installed yet to this date so I cannot comment on how perfectly the tub fits but it all honesty, you can probably sell your tub for what you have into a brand new one. Think about what you want in the end as well
 

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Super 8

Legacy Registered User
City
Bozeman
State
MT
If it was my project I would find a good used body, repairable original body or Aqualu body. I've used Aqualu on a few projects and they are super nice. The foreign steel bodies have a lot of fitment issues. They may be cheaper but the headaches they cause take a lot of time to fix. It really comes down to what your project goals are.
 
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