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post #1 of 5 Old 08-08-2010, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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1974 CJ5 Frame up Build

Well this build has been a long road now spanning 5 years since the day the jeep arrived as a hole ridden lawn ornament with a siezed motor.
To summarize from that day to now, basically all body panels except the front grille were garbage. In comes the new fiberglass tub, fenders, steel windshield, new glass. The inline 258 was locked up so we used the Novak kit to adapt a 81' sbc 305 to my t-18 and dana 20 driveline.

I have a used meyers hardtop in storage that needs some TLC.

Today my brother in law and dad helped me fire the motor for the first time to break in the cam and check for any issues, which we found a few.
Below are some pictures and a link to a vid.

Progress on this build is going to come to a crawl again with the birth of my first son coming in about 2 weeks

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But as I get working on it again I'll throw the info up for you to enjoy

Next inline is to finish all chasis work which consists of brake lines, changing the pinion angle of the D44 in the rear and ordering my new cv shaft


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post #2 of 5 Old 08-08-2010, 05:27 PM
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Woohoo!! Bout time..

Engine sounds good.. I love firing engines for the first time. It's like falling in love all over again..

'80 CJ5 w/AMC360, T176, D44 w/Detroit 4.56, RE 4" YJ lift and 35s..

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Yea, Sounded better after I realized I had two plug wires mixed up #3 and #4 lol

Hearing it run has inserted a nice bur up my *** to get as much done in the next 2 weeks as possible!
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Well a year and a half later, my first child was born and is a healthy pain in the ... love him though!

With my second on the way it really is time to try and get this going again.

We got the rig painted a few weeks ago and am now in the stages of starting the process of assembly, which after 7 years is tedious considering most of the nuts, screws and bolts i need have managed to be misplaced!

Pulled the tranny back down and changed my clutch fork and finally installed my novak slave cylinder setup. Very pleased with the construction and design.

Added the proper tran crossmember drop kit and added a new trans mount and stabilizer bushing.

The Upol raptor kit comes this week so its onto lining the tub and putting this thing together!
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Well another quick update. Friday I took a half from work to make time to get the tub prep'd and lined with the Raptor kit. Having a new glass tub made this alot easier. Took an hour to scuff the inside of the tub with 220 to make sure any of the paint overspray wasn't loose. Then another hour to clean the inside out and another 30 minutes to tape off and cover all of the exterior with plastic. In all I am very pleased with the product and the process. With the help of my neighbors son we were then able to set the tub on the frame and get it loose bolted down. Now it's off to the races to assemble this beast!
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