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Western Plow on 78 Cj5....Oops!

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by dharri770, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. dharri770

    dharri770 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Just found a 6ft 6" Western plow complete for my CJ a couple weeks ago. I dismantled everything to remove any rust and then primed and painted the pieces. Still have the blade to do yet. Today, I spend a few hours drilling holes and properly mounting everything. Went together great. Until..... I lowered my one-piece fiberglass front clip. Turns-out the front end interferes with the A-frame.

    Guess I still have some customization to do....:realmad:

    Plow Frame.jpg
     
  2. Dubl0Vert

    Dubl0Vert Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    :realmad:That sucks man!! really sorry to hear that. I never would have thought to check clearance there. How are your fabrication skills? you could probably cut and weld the brackets further forward....might get complicated. I'm sure you're trying to stay low buck but a competent plow installer should be able to alter it enough to work.
     
  3. dharri770

    dharri770 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Not sure what I want to do. I don't use my jeep all that much, which is why I got the plow so I have another reason to drive it. Probably wouldn't be that inconvenient to pull (2) bolts and pivit the mount forward. Also thought of changing (2) bolts to pins that could be pulled easier w/o tools. This will be the first year plowing my driveway. May see how it goes, then decide if I should modify the mount for next year.
     
  4. Dubl0Vert

    Dubl0Vert Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    Best of luck with it this year!! I saw a jeep on utube that used two receiver hitches to mount the pump and hoop, and he attached the blade bracket to his front axle. Just be safe and use trusses!
     
  5. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    First I heard of that and I don't like the sound of it.
     
  6. magik235

    magik235 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

  7. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    Check out old Jeep plow setups, some have pivoting arms that attach to the front axle.
     
  8. '76cj5

    '76cj5 Member
    Messages: 78

    Here is one of those early axle CJ setups. It actually attached to the springs.

    I use something similar because of the lift I have. Got to keep that "A" frame parallel to the ground or your blade will start to become "V" shaped

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  9. dharri770

    dharri770 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    [QUOTE='76cj5;1329888]Here is one of those early axle CJ setups. It actually attached to the springs.

    I use something similar because of the lift I have. Got to keep that "A" frame parallel to the ground or your blade will start to become "V" shaped[/QUOTE]

    My setup looks just like your pic. I plan to keep the mount location the same under the jeep where it hangs from the springs and only move the mounting that sits in fron of the grill out 6". That will give clearance for my frontend. I only need to verify if this will cause any issue with how the chain connects to the plow for lifting.
     
  10. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 890

    Can you make the front clip removable ?
    Lift off, lift on.
     
  11. dharri770

    dharri770 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    That would be a bit inconvenient I think. I could use pins on the hinges, but it would be too heavy to remove on my own. I can just picture it...Hey honey (wife), can you help me take off the front of my jeep again? :)
     
  12. dharri770

    dharri770 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Well....I had a buddy weld extensions to where the lifting frame mounts to the jeep frame. Had to move it forward 6". Front end just barely misses it, it's perfect!

    Also had the motor rebuilt and new hoses. Now need to touch up paint, dump the old oil, refill and try 'er out.
     
  13. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    Nice, post pics.
     
  14. dharri770

    dharri770 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    After paint dries, I'll get mounted again and post a picture or two.
     
  15. magik235

    magik235 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    Any updates?