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Unread 12-06-2014, 02:15 PM   #1
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Jeep CJ stainless steel & 5.3

So....finally. After years of reading and participating from the helpful info you posted over the years, I am going to start my build thread NOW.
My CJ will get a new stainless steel body from the Philippines and a 5.3 Chevy Vortec the same time. Everything is ready to go but more in the next coming days.

It took some time before I got the ball rolling but now I start the thread. First pictures tomorrow....

Stay tuned!

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Unread 12-07-2014, 05:47 AM   #2
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This is the suspect which will see a new body and a 5.3. More pictures to come.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 05:48 AM   #3
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No more work on the suspension system needed. That works fine....
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Unread 12-07-2014, 06:15 AM   #4
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After sending a few requests to MD Juan in Manila asking for a Stainless Steel body, one day out of the blue I received these pictures and a quote.

I was stunned...
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Unread 12-07-2014, 06:17 AM   #5
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The quote was USD 4500.....to be send in advance. After a few sleepless nights and interesting discussions with my wife we decided to go ahead.
And a few weeks later....this:
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Unread 12-07-2014, 03:07 PM   #6
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Wow that looks beautiful. I would leave it stainless and just throw on some clear.
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Unread 12-07-2014, 03:37 PM   #7
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Hi, that's the plan. I did some tests and sandblasted the fender with some fine grid sand. Turned out really nicely.
I got me the decals from the Silver Anniversary Model already. I like what you guys call "Restomodding"
Keep the look but pimp the drivetrain.

However, the pictures look better than the real body. Quite some work involved since not everything is straight. Due to the lack of dies I guess some of the forming was done by hand. I will share this in the coming weeks. It is a completely new experience not to be able to use body and primer....:-(
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Unread 12-07-2014, 09:58 PM   #8
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Thats pretty awesome, I wonder if anyone make a Stainless WJ body? Haha. I look forward to seeing the finished product.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 06:47 AM   #9
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Preparation for the new engine. More power needs more brakes.
Big GM caliper with thick rotor and the same in the rear with emergency brake in the caliper.
Stops on a dime...

Reid Racing high steer knuckles with home made steering arm corrected for Ackermann angle. Together with the detachable sway bar the rig finally stays on the road, even with the soft OME Wrangler Springs. Turned out to be really good. What shocked me was the huge negative camber I got with these knuckles. Fortunately there is a fix for that with adjustable shims which mount under the spindle.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 07:03 AM   #10
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A few pics from the engine. 5.3 Chevy Vortec out of crashed GMC Sierra with 45.000 miles. I am using Corvette C6 header and Advanced Adapters Engine mounts.
Wiring comes from Painless for the engine and for the body.

Great that GM moved the flywheel .4" forward. Hence the throwout bearing is too short but a longer one is available. If somebody needs more info on this let me know.
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