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    Just got myself a 1962(?) willys wagon. The body is perfect (almost) and the mechanics of it are good enough to drive and enjoy for now. But I can't ever leave anything well enough alone. I want modern running gear!!
    Does anyone have an opinion on the best donor vehicle for a chassis swap. I like inline sixes so I was thinking of a cherokee. Maybee not the strongest drive train, but parts are cheap and plentifull and dimensions are similar to my willys.

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    Are you talking the actual chassis as in frame/drivetrain/suspension or just the drivetrain?

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    I believe the cherokee has unibody construciton, so just drivetrain in this case. Any suggestions on a rolling chassis swap?

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    I have seen alot of conversions done on Chevy truck or blazer frames.
    2006 Unlimited Rubicon, auto, soft top and stock for now.

    52 Willys CJ3A , "original and unrestored" driving it around town any chance I get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gqjeep
    I have seen alot of conversions done on Chevy truck or blazer frames.
    My father has a '59 and he told me that he was noticing that a S10 Blazer looks like it might be a good candidate--so far with the measurements he's done.

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    If you can try to leave it stock. Not many stock ones left on the road. But if you must make a change, yes the S10 blazer is a good frame for a conversion.

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    Yeah, I know. It is all numbers matching and very original. 70 thousand original miles! Having such a nice specimen is somewhat of a burdon when it comes to repairs. I am not planning on doing any mods very soon, just wanted some opinions.
    I don't like S10s or the IFS they are sitting on.

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    I have seen them put on NT Wagoneer chasis. The Utility Wagon and Wagoneer share very similar demensions. Plus it stays a Jeep!
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    I used a 1980 J20 frame shortened by 25 inches for my Willys Wagon project.
    The frame width dimensions are really close and I got 3/4-ton suspension and axles along with it. :coool:

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    I know a guy who used a Wagoneer chasis. That seemed to work out okay for him
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    '78 Wagoneer frame and running gear. I have only done this one swap. I really cann't say what is best. I used the wagoneer because I wanted all JEEP parts. http://s17.photobucket.com/albums/b8...er%20Delivery/

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    Willyworker - what did you use for rear flares?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHT View Post
    Willyworker - what did you use for rear flares?
    Willys truck rear fenders.

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    Flares look great - nice job!

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    05-06 Wrangler unlimited. I think the wheelbase is very close.

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    Wow, that would be a really expensive donor. :hah:

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