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post #1 of 8 Old 10-12-2014, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Poor CJ7 in need

I figured I would start an official build thread since the CJ project is growing every day.

This started out as a deal that seemed to good to pass up. SBC swapped 1981 CJ7 with a dana 300 transfer case, SR4 trans, and a few solid mods to the 350 chevy. The guy I purchased the jeep from had owned it for 7 years and was leaving the state and had lowered his price from $6000 to $3000 and after some talking I picked it up for $2200 with a broken steering gear box and blown out slave cylinder. Little did I know the old owner was any thing but a mechanic. It seems like every nut and bolt on the jeep was put on finger tight or hand of god tight/stripped. Every day its been one thing after another but yesterday we made a big steep forward and drove the jeep around the block under its own power with full operation of the clutch.

So here was the jeep the day of purchase.








You can see the old slave holding on for dear life here.


The old steering shaft had seen better days.



81 CJ7, 350 SBC, Dana 300, twin stick, 4.10s, 32x11.50 BFG's, SR4 Transmission FOR NOW.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-12-2014, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Shackles and springs?


The Dana 300


20 rear with what I am assuming is 4.10 gears


Inside you can kind of see the horrible tunnel cover. I don't know what it was made out of but It looked like some one had cut it with snips and was made out of very thin metal I could tear with my hands.


Getting her home.


And she made it.


Cleaning up the metal.



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post #3 of 8 Old 10-12-2014, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Got he new HD steering shaft in the mail and the old one out.


The old sifter fork looks like its had better days. At some point if I hold on to the SR4 for a little longer it will probably need to be replaced.


Cleaning up and replacing the shifter bushing.




JB twin stick kit.


Building a longer shift rod and replacing the old slave cylinder.


Building a new tunnel cover. I picked up some 12x24 sheet of diamond plate and with a little cutting I think It turned out pretty well. Its nice and thick so I think it will hold up pretty well.




The old owner had bent the old valve covers to the point of no return. Even with a fresh gasket it was leaking oil out of the back pretty bad. Lucky for me advance auto had a decent set on the shelf. So she got a fresh set of valve covers last night.

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Picked up a cheap MR Gasket water neck today to fix the leaking old leaking one. Hope to wash the under side and oil off later today and take her for a little test drive to see if the leaks have been resolved.

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-15-2014, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Picked up a good hard top and 2 rusty but salvageable hard doors yesterday. Plan on buying some weather striping this weekend and mounting every thing up.

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Picked up a few more parts for the sbc ps conversion. Now I need to track down the pully and bracket and I should be set.

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Very slow progress but picked up some extra parts for the powersteering conversion today. Hoping we will get at least one nice day this weekend.

81 CJ7, 350 SBC, Dana 300, twin stick, 4.10s, 32x11.50 BFG's, SR4 Transmission FOR NOW.
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More hard top pics.


Still have to figure out a mounting solutions for the top.






Rebuilding the master cylinder.

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