View Full Version : Started My 1957 CJ-6 build

08-29-2012, 08:52 PM
I have started my 1957 CJ 6 build. I am going to put the CJ-6 body and top on a 2000 TJ frame stretched out to the 101 wheel base of the CJ 6.

After the hack on the site this summer my album was toast.
I had put the picture on another web site as well. There are 170+ pictures and growing. Here is a new link and it is also in my sig.


08-29-2012, 09:02 PM
Sounds very cool!!!

08-29-2012, 09:16 PM
hey looks like a great wrenchin party!

08-29-2012, 10:28 PM
That is gonna be cool. What happened to the CJ-6 frame? Did it crack?

08-29-2012, 10:34 PM
That's going to look great! Are you planning on running the 4.0 or something else?

08-29-2012, 10:50 PM
That's going to look great! Are you planning on running the 4.0 or something else?

Sorry, never mind! Missed the 4.3 GM in the photo thread! Great luck on the build!

08-30-2012, 05:27 AM
Frame was still intact. Just those real old frames are very weak and it was either do a lot of work boxing it, buy and an aftermarket, or use a different frame. With the TJ frame I get a gas tank in place, modern coil suspension, most of the adapters are available for the drive train don't have to figure it all out.

By the way I am hanging on to all the old parts at least till I get the body mounted before a painting it so this stuff will be come available for anyone who needs old restro parts. When I get there I will post up a list of all I have not used.

I hope to get more pictures up today of the CJ-6 and both frames now that I have the bodies off.

08-30-2012, 06:40 AM
Very nice; I've been looking for a CJ6 myself. I'll be keeping an eye on this one. Once you've decided which parts you're not going to use, try posting them for sale on earlycj5.net. I could use the seats and/or seat brackets if you're not going to reuse them...


08-30-2012, 09:57 AM
As far as wrenching party come on up any time do a little wrenching and a little wheeling in Choke Cherry Canyon, My back yard.

08-30-2012, 10:16 AM
glad to see those tires and wheel you picked up from me worked out for you. will be watching this project

08-30-2012, 08:23 PM
Very nice; I've been looking for a CJ6 myself. I'll be keeping an eye on this one. Once you've decided which parts you're not going to use, try posting them for sale on earlycj5.net. I could use the seats and/or seat brackets if you're not going to reuse them...


I have a very old set of Jeep seats, probably from a Willys time frame. Flat and square, both bottom and back. Yours of you can use them. The only thing I ask is that if you ever get rid of them, you give them away with this same request.


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08-30-2012, 08:25 PM
I have a very old set of Jeep seats, probably from a Willys time frame. Flat and square, both bottom and back. Yours of you can use them. The only thing I ask is that if you ever get rid of them, you give them away with this same request.


Wow, that's awesome! PM on the way...


09-08-2012, 02:53 PM
Added pictures of rear cross member replacement, Warn fuel tank skid, and cut line for extending frame, and extension pieces. Frame is blocked and rigged to be cut tomorrow.

09-09-2012, 07:55 PM
Added pictures of the cut frame and one side fit to weld.

09-15-2012, 04:49 PM
Almost screwed up. The way I cut the staggered joint I almost made it to long. I needed and 8.5in extension. I layed it out to fit a 8.5 gap in the frame. What I forgot was that with the staggered cut you have to measure on the sides of the frame not end to end on the top of the frame. The stagger is 3in so I was three inches to long. I knew I had forgotten something about using that style of cut so I went back and measured the wheel base again and was 3 inches to long. Had to sit down and figure it out again. I made a couple of notes on the pictures.

This shows what I am taking about.

A friend of mine is going to TIG weld back together next saturday, will post more pictures after that.

11-11-2012, 09:18 PM
Added more pictures to the album, the frame exteinsion welded in and the AA V6 motor mount kit welded in, next pictures coming are of the motor and trany in the frame.


11-12-2012, 05:30 AM
Lookin' good! A coil sprung early CJ6 is gonna look pretty cool!


11-12-2012, 08:10 AM
The 3.5" Rock Krawler X Factor Plus lift kit is on the way, as is the 2.77 KluneV to go in front of the Atlas II 4.3 I picked up off here a couple of months ago. I still have to get down to AJ to pick it up. Then the body gets set down to see what its going to take to get it to fit. Still have to get the new axles. Then all the fun tedious stuff starts, Body work, paint, wiring, steering, roll cage, bumpers, tire carrier. Still along way to go.

01-26-2013, 05:56 AM
I have added more pictures to the album. The first fit of the V6/700r4. The installed Rock Krawler X factor skid plate. The new axles. The new D44 and lift installed in the front. I will get pictures of the installed rear up in couple of days.

I also added pictures of my '83 Scrambler to the other album I have here as well

01-26-2013, 07:45 AM
Added pictures of the 8.8 and rear lift installed.

01-31-2013, 03:09 PM
IT FITS! I was dancing aroung the shop calling everyone who has been over to help work on this! I posted pictures of the first and second fitting of the old body to the new frame. The body fit between the motor and end of the frame like planned and after cutting out some of the floor came down to within 1 1/2 inches of the frame. I will build the body mount brackets and body mounts to work at that position and rebuild the floor pan to cover it all back up. Now comes the front end, fenders, grill and hood. I'll see what I have to do them to get them to fit.

01-31-2013, 03:16 PM
Looks great! I like the width of the axles as compared to the body.


01-31-2013, 04:49 PM
I didn't think to much about axle width when I decided to change axles. The older bodies are 4 inches narrower(at least that is what I thought but have found out it is the same width) than the new ones so it reallly makes the tires stand out. They look big but are only 35-12.50. Now I will have to make custom flares to cover them up enough to keep law enforcement out of my hair.

10-18-2013, 12:11 PM
Added new pictures to the album of the body work done so far to replace the floor boards, open up the tunel to fit trany,kluneV and t-case. Pictures also of the TJ/LJ body mount pans that have been modified to attach the 57 body to the modifed 2000TJ frame.

10-23-2013, 12:43 PM
Have the TJ/LJ body rails tacked in place on the body and set the body on the frame with 1" lift daystar body mounts and it worked! Have the clearance in the tunel area I needed and all the mounts fit where they should. Test fit front fenders and grill. Use new CJ fender and grill, the longer fenders put the grill in the correct location for the grill mount on the frame. The TJ steering box is not like a CJ and interfers with the CJ grill and radiator. Issue to still deal with.

Posted a few more pictures of the body mounting and the test fit of the fenders and grill.

11-30-2013, 07:59 PM
The link to the album on is is still good just most of the pictures are toast because of the hack attack in September. I will try and rebuild it when I get time.

12-30-2013, 05:54 AM
I am not going to rebuild the album on here for this build after the hack on the site this summer destroyed it. I had the pictures on another site. I updated the orginal post with the new link and it is also in my sig. I will try and start posting updates in this thread with pictures as well (gettting better at this picture thing).

There is 170+ pictures in the link.

12-30-2013, 03:52 PM
The latest work was rocker guards and quarter panel guards, put it all together and make sure I don't have to back up and correct any thing before move on. This is what it looks like at this point all assembled.


Now time to take it all apart and finish body work and continue on the things that make it go forward, backward, stop and turn.

01-30-2014, 01:01 PM
Next step underway
Driver side rear tube bent to make the fender



Passenger side tube bent to make fender



View from the rear

01-31-2014, 01:02 PM
Very nice work. That is going to be awesome.


02-05-2014, 06:36 AM
Part II rear fender flares
Cut out plates with the same radis as the fender and clamp them to the body, used a square to line them up with tubes, marked the body postion and drilled holes in plate but them back on and drilled the body and bolted them up. Then welded in 3/4" square tube braces.





Working on another project that is going use a lot sheet metal so I will cover them later when I get the sheet metal on the other project. That will be part III

02-05-2014, 06:42 AM
If you are going to use a rotissere for body work you may want to take out the speedo. I didn't and......


02-05-2014, 06:48 AM
Working on putting in a steering column. Using a brake/clutch, steering bracket and booster out of an 80's CJ.





Now to hook the 80's CJ column to the 2000 TJ steering box.


02-05-2014, 09:22 AM
FYI: your photo attachments are coming up as invalid links…

02-05-2014, 12:00 PM
Fixed, I think

02-12-2014, 08:49 AM
Being that I am going to run hard top I wanted A/C. The 4.3 I found did not have a compressor mounted. I found the brackets and acessories from one with A/C and changed them out.

Removed this...


And it now looks like this....


02-12-2014, 07:21 PM
Which TJ frame are you using?

02-13-2014, 11:49 AM
The frame is 2000 TJ.
I stretched it 8.5 ins to make the 101 1/2 Wheel base of the old CJ 6
No real reason for picking that year/frame except it was one I could get from the junk yard that was straight.

I think if you could find an LJ frame it would work if you marked the firewall location and put the CJ 6 fire wall in the same place. The wheel bases are so close. Found that the distance from the grill mount to the fire wall of the TJ is Pretty much the same as the long fenders/grill of the later CJs.

02-15-2014, 06:34 AM
After several discussion on my streteched frame vs. an LJ frame I decided to take the time to measure both.

My stretched TJ frame 150in
My LJ's frame 157 1/4

I didn't think there would have been that much difference being that the wheel bases are not that much different. So now I am not so sure an LJ frame would be a better choise.

03-05-2014, 01:58 PM
Part III put the metal cover on the fender flares






07-24-2014, 01:27 PM
Been on vacations and such so progress had slowed down. Stripped the frame and sent for sand blasting and powder coating. Got it back and reinstalled the axles, motor, trany etc. Bought a used Currie Antirock sway bar and installed it.






10-29-2014, 04:51 AM
Here is the latest on this project. Has someone who does wet ground glass blasting clean up the body.

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09-08-2015, 04:16 PM
First real progress in almost a year. Got the body painted with epoxy based primer.



09-19-2015, 11:01 AM
more done
Empty dash, pedal assembly, temp steering column/wheel and windshield installed for now

hard top back on for now

Material for roll cage and spare tire/rack

The plan now is to remove all the glass for storage. Build the roll cage and set mounting and while doing that prime the other parts that still need done.

12-30-2015, 05:41 AM
More progress. Building Cage, nothing welded and not finished.

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12-30-2015, 07:16 AM
Awesome man!

01-21-2017, 09:17 PM
Building seat mounting rails.



01-21-2017, 09:21 PM
Working on Roll Cage during welding.


Took it apart, primed and put it back in again.



The link in my Signature has been updated and has a lot more pictures, latest are at the bottom.

01-23-2017, 07:40 PM
Nice work ! ! Love the progress pics... ;)

01-25-2017, 05:00 PM
Some time I move faster than others. I have been working on Shifter mounting, with four to go in it has had me scratching my head. But I am getting it figured out.







01-25-2017, 05:06 PM
More shifter work done, working the shifter ends of the cables end and routing.



11-05-2018, 03:59 PM
I was out of town for the summer and most of fall I will get back to updating what has been going on.