In 1979 my dad gave me his old GPW and bought himself a 1980 CJ7. We went down to Sonora motors and picked it up the week before XMAS of 79. I got my present and he got his. I drove it up to the cabin and told him that I would like to have it when he was done....Fast forward 35 years and I got the call to pick it up. My dad bought this to go fly fishing in the spring, summer and fall and to snow ski in the winter. The day I picked it up 20,671 original miles on Feb. 15th 2015. It needed a really good detail, power steering, a new top and it has been a work in progress ever since!
Here is the beginning and some of the progress I have made. Most of the choices I have made have come from all the great threads on this forum, THANKS!
Time to get it dirty and see what works and what sucks....No power steering, open rear end WTFO?, broken hub, a carb not worthy of a vespa, springs are bad, shocks are shot, body mounts all but gone, seats uncomfortable etc! Test/Note/Plan a fix/Save/Have fun and fix!
Power steering is perfect, hardest part was finding all the brackets to relocate the smog pump and PS mounts also decided to upgrade the radiator to a 3row aluminum and all cooling components. Next is suspension, body mounts and gears/lockers went with Detroit Truetracs front and rear, 410s from 307 open X-CODE. Warn 9062 hubs, Old Man Emu CSO36R rear and CSO14F Front. Ranch 9000 on all for corners, Tie Rod and Drag link flip, extended brake lines, 2.5 degree shims in front for caster. 33X12.5X15 on 15X8s.
Next on the list is replacing the factory T176 car four speed with a Ford T18. I also purchased the California smog legal Howell Fuel Injection. I have read the instructions front to back several times. I am very concerned about this install and all the issues that can come from not doing something wright. Feed back would be great.
Just installed a big fat sway bar upgrade and RE disconnects. I installed a an OME list and it was really soft in a good way, but needed a sway bar set up for the street, hard corners were a test of ones pucker ability. Problem solved and OMG it really rides and drives better than I could ever imagine. this build is really turning out well from all the great feedback and trial and error stories. Thank you all again.
Thanks Holliewood, Jeepcj7rock, Bluerubiconrich, Steven mc. I have the coolest dad ever, he tought me how to work on cars when I was about 10, 1942 Ford GPW that I ended up with. Now he is 86 and not doing so well but he loves his pride and joy (his jeep not me) will live for years to come. I did get him out for a ride this week and he loved every minute of it!