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    Hey guys,
    I recently purchased a Jeep CJ7 for runnin around town and goin muddin in. It has the original AMC 304 V8 from 1976 mated to the original automatic transmission. It's full time 4x4 so very slow and awkward to drive. My question is does anybody have any ideas on how to build a grille guard for this thing that will be heavy duty enough for use on the trail. I would like to incorporate a winch in it somehow. Also would like to know if anyone has any ideas for a cargo carrier to haul stuff on when we take it to the lake this summer.
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  • #2
    Built a couple when i was a teenager. Kinda hard to describe. I used 10 gauge for the plates that mounted to the frame, vertically. then welded pipe inbetween the side plates. Bent 2 pieces of pipe for the outer pieces. If I remember it was 1" pipe on the outside pcs and 1-1/2" for the inside. Just use your imagination. They actually turned out pretty good.

    Wow, that was along time ago
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    • #3
      how can i post pics on here?
      i got a bunch of crazy YJ and CJ fabrication photos i just have to shrink em or sumthin to post em.
      Jorgensen MFG.
      Custom trailers:from utility to semi trailers i make em all.
      argonweld_bjorn@hotmail.com
      www.ehhitch.com

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      • #4
        Bmxin^Bjorn
        if you have windows XP you can download there resizer from microsoft its realy a cool program, easy to use and fast to download even with dial up.
        go here
        http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...powertoys.mspx
        its about 2/3 of the way down the page. i been using it for quite a wile now and have had no problems with it. its the only part of win.XP i like.

        burden1990
        i would just get some steel and start putting it togather and see what you end up with. looks like you have a good solid bumper with a wench guide already on it so just add to and rearange as needed. i used 2"X2"X1/8" to make this one and 3/16" plate to make the teeth so they would be strong enough to push with and not get bent. i also back lit the skull so it shows up at night. mine was all for fun but its up to you to decide what direction you want to go and then just start building.3/16" plate works realy well for making shapes weather it be teeth or a fancy bumper front, its good and solid but can get heavy if you use too much.
        be shore to show us the progress when you get it going.
        my 7 year old son had a big part in designing mine but it realy is all for show, i just built it because i was bored.
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        thanks for the help
        ......or..........
        hope i helped
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        feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
        summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
        JAMES

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        • #5
          OT Jeep Question

          I have a 91 Wrangler and some 83 to 87 Rancho 3" lift springs I will be putting on. I noticed my Rancho springs are different widths front & back and the stock 91 Wrangler springs are the same. My question is Which ones are the front and back. Wide back, narrow front? Any ideas?

          Thanks
          Mike
          MD Welding & Fabricating L.L.C.
          Mike
          MD Welding & Fabricating L.L.C.
          mdwelding@sbcglobal.net

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          • #6
            i'm pretty shure the bigger ones go on the front, most of the waight in a jeep is in the front if i'm not mistaken, unless your towing a trailer witch jeeps wernt made for but i am pretty shure.
            Jorgensen MFG.
            Custom trailers:from utility to semi trailers i make em all.
            argonweld_bjorn@hotmail.com
            www.ehhitch.com

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            • #7
              MD Welding

              Is the wire diameter the same on both sets of springs, If the wire diameter is larger on one set that would be the fronts. If the wire diameter is the same on both sets then the larger width coil should be for the rear. The tighter the coil the higher the rating, the larger the coil the lower the spring rate, at least it works that way with the racing springs we use. Dave
              If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

              sigpicJohn Blewett III 10-22-73 to 8-16-07
              Another racing great gone but not to be forgotten.http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...modified&hl=en

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              • #8
                Here is a rough sketch of a type of grill guard that I have made in the past. I have 4 bars in this one, but three actually looks better.
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                • #9
                  They are leaf springs.

                  My guess is the wider up front also. I,ll see when I finally get them on how it sits. I can always switch them around.

                  Thanks
                  Mike
                  MD Welding & Fabricating
                  Mike
                  MD Welding & Fabricating L.L.C.
                  mdwelding@sbcglobal.net

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                  • #10
                    MD Welding

                    I'm sorry, for some reason I was thinking coils. Yes you are right the thicker springs should go for the front. Dave
                    If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

                    sigpicJohn Blewett III 10-22-73 to 8-16-07
                    Another racing great gone but not to be forgotten.http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...modified&hl=en

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                    • #11
                      My guess is the Wider springs will go to the rear
                      the thicker spring pack will go in the front.

                      In the end they will only fit one way though. You should be able to tell by the length of the springs.

                      good luck

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                      • #12
                        They are the same thickness & length. The only difference is the width. I'll be making them fit anyways so I will see how it sits. If I don't like it I will change them. I will post pics when it's done. Looks like a few weeks or a month still. I have to get the bill paying work done 1st.

                        Mike
                        Mike
                        MD Welding & Fabricating L.L.C.
                        mdwelding@sbcglobal.net

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mudsplasher View Post
                          Here is a rough sketch of a type of grill guard that I have made in the past. I have 4 bars in this one, but three actually looks better.
                          Made one just like that for my 4x4 van.

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                          • #14
                            I have to get the bill paying work done 1st.

                            seems like thouse stinking bills are always getting in the way.
                            puddle jumper
                            now thats a VAN !!! i like it. did it start out as a 4X4 or is that your doing? i realy like the old chevy vans like that. that or an old V-Dub would be the oly kind i would consider having. the wife would of corce cover it in flowers!!!!!!!! 8^() aaaa what ya going to do? they say ya cant kill em.
                            nice front rack, clean and simple.cool.
                            thanks for the help
                            ......or..........
                            hope i helped
                            sigpic
                            feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                            summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                            JAMES

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                            • #15
                              Van

                              Nice Van, the guard in front really looks good!

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