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Unread 08-14-2009, 08:43 PM   #1
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Build thread: “Project Taildragger”

Hello all. I’ve been working on this jeep for a while, so I figure its time to start a build thread for it. I’ve always wanted a Scrambler but never could find one at a decent price. Back in Dec ‘08 I found this jeep on craigslist. It was somebody’s project that was never going to be put back together. The previous owner was just going to replace the floor pans and it went from there. Four years later, it was still sitting in pieces in his backyard. Bought it with no motor, trans or transfer case but a whole lot of spare parts.

The jeep:
1982 CJ 7 that’s been stretched
Dana 30 front
Model 20 rear
4” susp. lift
Lift shackles
33” all terrains

The plan:
Chevy 350 V8
Auto tranny
Atlas transfer case
Body armor
37 - 40” tires
Dana 44 or 60 front
Dana 60 rear

Its being built so I don’t have to beat up my LJ on the more extreme trails. Hopefully it will be drivable by the spring of 2010. The dana axles will probably come after the factory axles break.

Now onto the pics!

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Unread 08-14-2009, 08:53 PM   #2
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How it originally looked



The body after the stretch




The night I brought it home



Had to get a basic idea on how it was gonna look so here it is a few days later after some clean up and some reassembly


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Unread 08-14-2009, 09:13 PM   #3
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More pics from different angles








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Unread 08-14-2009, 09:16 PM   #4
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i really like the look of that cage
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Unread 08-14-2009, 11:17 PM   #5
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wow man looks great! cant wait to see where its going!!

well all know original plans never happen haha
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Unread 08-15-2009, 07:40 AM   #6
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The teardown begins



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Unread 08-15-2009, 12:56 PM   #7
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Striped the paint to the bare metal then started with the bondo. Let me tell ya, Talstrip does wonders!














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'05 LJ on 35s
1 Ton XJ on 40s...went up in flames :(
1 Ton Scrambler Build Thread:"Project Taildragger"
...now parting out

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Unread 08-15-2009, 04:07 PM   #8
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looks good man! can't wait to see more progress!!
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Unread 08-15-2009, 07:18 PM   #9
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Fender trimming time! I was originally gonna run TJ flares since I have a spare set, but decided to go flareless.

Here I followed the lip for my cut.

Before


After


Once again I followed the lip to cut. I don't like how it looks so Im going to recut it later.



Cut some off the front too. Might take a little more. Don't know yet

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Unread 08-15-2009, 07:24 PM   #10
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Sprayed some primer to keep it from rusting.







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Unread 08-15-2009, 08:36 PM   #11
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Looks awesome. I think the front of the front fenders looks fine, I personally wouldn't cut anymore off unless you were going to make it into a flat fender.

Keep the updates coming
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Unread 08-15-2009, 08:53 PM   #12
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Looks awesome. I think the front of the front fenders looks fine, I personally wouldn't cut anymore off unless you were going to make it into a flat fender.

Keep the updates coming
I've been considering turning them into tube fenders but I think Im going to leave them alone to leave a little of the classic cj look.
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Unread 08-15-2009, 09:09 PM   #13
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Removed the tub




I cut off the side step bars. I believe bigger tires will rub them while flexing so they will need to be shortend. If I decide to reuse them I'm going to make plates for them to bolt them on. Shot the bottom side of the tub and the frame with some black paint





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Unread 08-16-2009, 10:14 AM   #14
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Looks nice... Home Made Scrambler...
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Unread 08-16-2009, 12:07 PM   #15
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wow man your moving along fast on this!!

keep up the good work..

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