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Unread 09-10-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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8 years in the making - 71 CJ6

I got this CJ6 as a gift/dowry from my father in law. He bought it from a guy in Arkansas in 1995 and started a ground up restoration that was short lived. He rebuild the axles, engine, transfer case and transmission and re-did the frame. Then it sat for about 10 years in his garage and later moved to his driveway until I came along, married his daughter and became legal heir to it (he asked me to get the POS out of his driveway).

I gladly did. This has been my first major rebuild. I drug it out to Ft Carson Colorado where I was stationed at the time and started working on it, off and on between field time and deployment to Iraq. It continued, to my wife's chagrin, through PCS moves to Ft. Benning, GA; then drug to Ft Irwin, CA, where it actually got utilized pretty extensively and got a new coat of paint; then to Ft. Eustis, VA where the engine is currently in pieces in my garage, slowly getting rebuilt.

Bottom line, I'm still glad I took on the chore of dragging this turd across the country. Someday it will be worth it.

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Unread 09-10-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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Damn that 6 looks great with the white wagon wheel and all. Tuned in for this as you don't see them anymore. What are the ultimate plans from this point on? Also, that is a lot of moving. Thanks for your service.
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Unread 09-11-2013, 01:16 PM   #3
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I'm trying to stay as original as possible but I've had thoughts of going diesel and transplanting a cummins 4bt into it. I'm working on getting the engine put back together right now, after rebuilding the heads, but if I end up having to do any sort of extensive engine work again, I may decide to change the ultimate plan- Cummins, new dana 44s, 4l60, atlas II, etc. Bottom line, we'll see. I'm sure it'll eventually bite the dust and I'll get the chance to go big.
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Unread 09-11-2013, 01:31 PM   #4
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And I have to come up with a solution to the crappy steering. But that will probably come with the new engine... someday.
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