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Unread 12-11-2014, 04:08 PM   #1
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Garbageman's 79 CJ7 on Propane!

Back again with another build. After laying low working on some other projects, I had a 99% stock unmolested CJ7 follow me home. Specs are 258/TH400/Quad w/ Lo-Range 30 Front/20 Rear.

Like I said, it looked promising but I soon realized the tub was merely paint and Bondo. The metal was long gone and there were sheets of just Bondo making up the sides. Mounts are gone and severe rear frame rot.

So moving forward, this is gonna be a stock vintage looking jeep build up. I'm going to fab up a new frame for the rear from the bend near the trans skid back. Im dropping the fuel tank and adding a twin propane tank setup there with heavy duty skid. YJ tub swap and CJ front end.

The build starts here:








Frame Rot:


Steam cleaned to begin drive train tear down:


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Unread 12-12-2014, 07:25 PM   #2
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Propane setup:

Still sorting out vendors and the little parts but spacing looks to allow up to 30 gallons of LPG storage. So a dual tank in lue of the gas tank, remote tank fill where the gas fill was and in dash tank fuel level gauge.



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Unread 01-04-2015, 07:04 AM   #3
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So the beast is now home. More steam cleaning and stripping the frame clean. The engine and tranny checked out good. Recently rebuilt. So new timing set, water and oil pump and change fluids and filter. Also a little sprucing up. The transfer will get rebuilt.



Next will be to cut the rear frame and install new custom frame to address the rust and propane tank install.






New frame section fabbed up.


Hope to get the engine painted and put back together this week. The rest of the frame will be completed as soon as I bring home the donor YJ tub. Want to place my crossmembers and body mounts to maximize space in rear for propane tank.
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