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Unread 01-24-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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My 71' CJ5 build

I started my build about a year ago but took a better job and had to move from El Dorado Kansas to Dayton TX. Took her down to the frame, found a couple of cracks fixed them and reinforced the frame. Welded several holes in the gas tank and coated the inside. Added and replaced cross member's, coated the frame, rebuilt the Dana 27 Front axle but have decided to narrow a Dana 44 and replace the 27 so will have a Dana 27 with new parts and seals for sale in the future.
Haven't worked on her sense we moved had to throw the body back on with a few bolts to transport her. Building a new shop now and will continue the build when thats complete. Been a welder for 23 years and have a lot of tools, can barely walk thru the garage wife on a#@. tried to upload pictures but they didn't load. Will try again later to post pictures of ole yeller.

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Unread 01-24-2012, 09:15 PM   #2
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Cool man, body looks to be in good shape!
From the pics looks like your starting with a fresh canvas, I started a build about a year ago on a cj5 bout like yours. I say go with a 4.3/th350 or sm465/dana 20. As for axles i say go with late model cj7 axles, power brakes from a YJ and a swing pedal assembly out of a CJ or YJ. A nice wiring harness can be had from E-Z wiring out of Florida, for under $200. This should be a fun project!!!!
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Unread 01-25-2012, 04:46 PM   #3
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yea she looks to be in good shape but there is a lot of bondo from the previous owner. Going to remove all that and replace the sheet metal.
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Unread 01-27-2012, 07:37 PM   #4
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Contractor due to start my new shop next Friday provided the weather holds up. Can't wait to get back to old yeller.
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Unread 01-27-2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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I had a 71 CJ5 once. Buick 225 V6 factory 66-71
Your 71 Dana 44 is rare it's a flangled off set dana 44.
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Unread 01-27-2012, 09:23 PM   #6
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The rear is an offset D44 original but the front D44 is a narrowed axle from a Dodge pickup I cut down. I'm not finished with the front axle yet but will get back on it ASAP.
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Unread 01-31-2012, 08:39 AM   #7
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I'm looking at swapping the Buick V6 for a 350 v8 with a turbo 400 trans. but would like to use the Brog. Warner 18 transfer case with the front and rear passenger side drop. Has anyone done this and will the transfer case hold up?
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Unread 01-31-2012, 05:19 PM   #8
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when my 225 blow up, I swapped in a Buick 231 even fire V6,just had to rebanance the flywheel. go with that that works. 350 maybe to much for the dana 18.the 400 maybe to long and make for a short driveshaft.
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Unread 02-01-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
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Yea thats what I was worried about, too long and too much power for the 18. May just keep what I have and build the 3.8L V6 as hot as I can. Need to replace the T14 transmission due to the busted shifter housing and case. Maybe a turbo 350 and shift the engine and trans forward to makeup for the added length. Will have to play with it and see if it will work. Have torch, plasma cutter and welder anything is possibility.
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Unread 02-04-2012, 02:42 PM   #10
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Had about 4 1/2 inches of rain today, shop work on hold. Wife is not going to like it but I think I'm going to bring old yeller in the garage and get back to work.
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Unread 02-12-2012, 03:41 PM   #11
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Well the shop is framed but mother nature struck again and we are on hold until it dries up.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 06:11 PM   #12
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by the looks of it mother nature's not going to let up till spring. more rain expected this week
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Unread 02-27-2012, 06:33 PM   #13
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ready for concrete, the slab was actually pored today. Found some 35x14.5x15 boggers with rims for a good price couldn't pass um up.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 07:00 PM   #14
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Well the shop is finely complete now waiting on Sam Houston Elect. to hook me up. Ole Yeller looks good in the shop, will post pictures later.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 07:15 PM   #15
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Just got a Dana 44 front and Ford 9 Inch rear out of a 76' bronco, thinking about swapping the 3.8L V6 out for a 304 V8, what do y'all think
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