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48 Jeep With Chev V8, Fenders Too Short

Discussion in 'Flat Fender Tech' started by Shawn, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Jul 10, 2018
    Shawn

    Shawn New Member

    Canada
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    I bought a used 48 CJ2A with a Chev V8 installed already. Weird issue is the previous owner had to add wooden spacers between the tub and the fenders to make it long enough to fit the engine and rad. I know this isn't the only V8 conversion in a Willy's, just wondering if there is a better modification to fit this combo??
     
  2. Jul 10, 2018
    73 cj5

    73 cj5 In Rust We Trust Sponsor

    Clinton, Mississippi
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    Remove the air deflector and mount the radiator on the grill? Short water pump?
     
  3. Jul 11, 2018
    Ross A Del Duca

    Ross A Del Duca New Member

    Sacramento, CA
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    Very common to cut the firewall too and move the drive train rearward.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2018
    Daryl

    Daryl Sponsor Sponsor

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    People do really crazy stuff to keep their original drivelines sometimes too.
     
  5. Jul 13, 2018
    Warloch

    Warloch Did you say Flattie??? Staff Member Sponsor

    Falcon, CO
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    You would be surprised the amount of work I've seen people do to avoid 'changing the drive shafts' when doing a transplant...

    We used to put 283s and 289s in before going to the V6s. Most needed a little firewall work in the back and push the rad forward to the grill. Depending on the rad we used we even trimmed the headlight buckets to get things to fit like we wanted. Think about it - a 4cyl is 4 cyls long, so is a V8. Adapters and accessory items were the hardest to fit in... and height. I still do a body lift and go to swinging pedals to make things easier with the V6.
     

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