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post #1 of 13 Old 09-01-2017, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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76 CJ7 Tunafish Build

Jumped into the Rebuild/Restore/what ever you want to call it. I don't know the proper term here, just know I plan to make it better than it was.
Bad- basket case, little to no bolts saved, considerable rust damage. Crappy disassembly- but it was a head start.
Good- I picked up my birth year CJ7, Levi Edition, numbers matching, 304/3spd for $600 bucks

Now then,
-Got the frame down to what I wanted sandblasted.
Sandblasted and primed for 250, guys did a pretty good job for me and used a self etching marine grade primer.

-Got the frame in the shop, found a crack in the front passenger side, bad rot in passenger engine mount. There was no metal on the interior of the frame!

-Cut out bad

-Had ordered M.O.R.E. front and rear reinforcement 1/8" plates ahead of time, and actually used them for templates on the interior patches/replacements.

-Weld in the good
ground out a lot of poor factory welds and stitched them back up proper

-Re-primed repair areas with rattle can self etching after alcohol cleaning

-Painted the suspension with rustoleum black

-Coated Frame with a rubberized undercoating product-

Now I'm at a cross roads, with the direction of the build. Stay close to original, or blow the doors off my wallet and go big.

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-01-2017, 11:46 AM
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Even in 1976 guys wanted to replace things on the jeep with better things.

BLOW THE DOORS OFF

spend the money to bring it back to stock, just because its old.

or spend the money to make it rock, and still looks old

easy choice for me, but I open collectibles.
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-14-2017, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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Down to the bottom, now working back up. I am about to take the 304 down to Jerry Tucker in Archdale NC for the rebuild while I play with bushing and hardware upgrades on the frame.

Taking a poll here, is this a tub worth saving?

I have two of the four body mounts along the rear, and probably 3 more damaged mounts. Passenger Floor located Seat Belt Mount pulled through. And the floor is on its third replacement... This is thing is rotted pretty bad, but it still gets the job done
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-19-2017, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Any takers on whether or not this is a keeper tub?

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-19-2017, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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I am looking at the full floor replacement panel available through numerous vendors, an Omix Ada SKU: 12007.06. Morris has it for less than 700

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anyone?

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Also wondering what the best way to convert my front drums to disc might be.
-find a different axle
-use a kit?

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post #8 of 13 Old 09-19-2017, 12:16 PM
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Jeeps unlimited in colorado has Grad A and B+ tubs for like 3 grand, idk if that helps. but for me, it seems the easiest way to go.
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It certainly helps, I have always considered a total replacement. It is hard to pull the trigger on it though. All my vertical surfaces are c or b, and horizontal d or f.
Thanks so much
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What Vendor do CJ7 owners go to the most?

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Also wondering what the best way to convert my front drums to disc might be.
-find a different axle
-use a kit?
My knowledge is very limited, and this is my first CJ build and only my second jeep build. (first being a zj crawler). but I am facing this question myself. I am going to go with an axle to cover all upgrades, rather than try to bolt performance brakes on a weak link. I was seeing brake kits at about 2grand, and axles for 4-8k I say it really depends what you have, what you want, and what you want to spend. Me personally I prefer to replace everything I can, but you can certainly spend a lot less by making what you have "work".
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What is the ultimate goal for your jeep? Are you building one to wheel, DD or both? You asked for a "go to" source for CJ7 parts, unfortunately it's getting difficult to find just one place for everything. Btw, never had great luck with omix parts, might check reviews on the part you are looking at from them before making a decision. The tub looks like it is salvageable but again, it depends on the end game. If it's a daily driver and you have the cash, fiberglass tubs are an option too.
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post #13 of 13 Old 10-09-2017, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks gentleman, I am picturing a goal of weekend excursions and joy riding, how deep i go in the trail will depend on my crew/winch/beer consumption/schedule. No Mall-Crawler, I will beat the wheels off of it when time allows.
Probably saving for a new tub, but building the backbone of this rig to last for years, and using the original tub in a patched up form. The frame is good to go now.
On the slow expensive build up now.and I just ordered a pro-comp 2.5" lift, spidertrax 1.25" wheel spacers, and Warrior Products 1.25" shackles for front and rear. Installing Stainless Hardware and all new Energy Suspension bushings/grommets/etc.
I'll post pics during this phase.

I want a ride height just high enough to clear larger tires, planning for 35's until I upgrade again to go larger.

So I am budgeting for fuel/brake/tank next, while possibly sending out the 304 for rebuild by Jerry Tucker in Advance. -

-I need to check the drive-line out while waiting on parts
-The tub will be fine for me, but I have concerns over the seat belt mounts for the front passengers, the entire floor, and four of the body mounts are shot (stripped/crossthreaded, or rusted out).

Any suggestions? I plan to add in some stock to span in a seat belt support, but the outside mounts in the rear are completely gone.

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