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Grewe02 01-13-2008 01:03 PM

Project CJ Vette
 
Well, in honor of my late TJ, I'm dedicating this thread to her! She served me well, I used and abused her beyond belief in the few shorts months we knew each other. R.I.P.

My want list / Jeep progression - JeepForum.com

Anyway, out with the old, in with the new. Er... wait... That doesn't make sense... 2001 to 1980. More like out with the new in with the old!!!

Ok, so the cat is out of the bag, I bought a 1980 CJ5. GREAT condition, POS drivetrain. So what am I to do? Swap in an LS1 motor. :2thumbsup: These pics are from the ad. I haven't gotten any of her yet myself, so these will have to do.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l2...6_610_full.jpg

http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/2...614fulldo5.jpg

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/2...726fullmo8.jpg

http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/4...728fullzt9.jpg



And of course, I've already got my build sheet planned out. You can follow most of my build just from watching me update this page. :laugh:

CJ5 Build Sheet

Let me know what you think!!

Edit 5 Nov 2010: Almost back from deployment, and compiling a list. Click Here to see my "to buy" list after I get back!

redcj576 01-13-2008 01:15 PM

can't wait to see LS1 motor :)

Camo Deere 01-13-2008 01:51 PM

Me too, that LS1 sure would be sweet. :drool:

Very nice looking CJ.

Grewe02 01-13-2008 02:42 PM

Well, the PO bought it because of the frame and body. He said they were in the best shape he'd ever seen a CJ5 with. And, after inspection, I agreed. :D

There are a few spots, but nothing that can't be fixed. I'll probably end up welding on all new body mounts and getting new body mount bushings as one of the first things after the rear axle swap.

Just a few tiny rust bubbles under the paint in a few spots other than that. I'm going to take it to a REAL paint shop and have them bleed out the cancer under the paint. Then depending on what it looks like afterwards, I might have them give it a new coat. (Lots of $$ right there)

TJgreg 01-13-2008 03:07 PM

looks good andy, can't wait to see some updates.

BTW, once you go one ton with those 60 front and 14 rear, you'll want bigger than 38's :D

JeepRocks86 01-13-2008 04:30 PM

looks like a good CJ. Good luck

Grewe02 01-13-2008 06:26 PM

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Originally Posted by TJgreg
looks good andy, can't wait to see some updates.

BTW, once you go one ton with those 60 front and 14 rear, you'll want bigger than 38's :D

Heh... I was thinking and talking to a few guys... I might just do a 60 in the rear for clearance. That way I can run the 38s without ever worrying about breaking anything

TJgreg 01-13-2008 08:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Grewe02
Heh... I was thinking and talking to a few guys... I might just do a 60 in the rear for clearance. That way I can run the 38s without ever worrying about breaking anything

Yup, clearancing a 14 bolt is no small task. Plenty of junkyards up here in MD with late 70's, early 80's ford trucks as well if you have any trouble finding them in VA. Although I'd just keep my eye on pirate. Finding some old built project axles would be a good bet. Anything with 35 spline axles and perches already done (SOA?) would be a good fit.

Also, I'll be moving down to Quantico, VA in July. Hopefully you're project will be well on its way by then and we can do another run at Crozet or two.

98tjsahara 01-13-2008 08:40 PM

I love cj-5's. Looks like a clean Jeep. This is going to be your trail rig right?

Grewe02 01-14-2008 02:23 AM

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Originally Posted by 98tjsahara
I love cj-5's. Looks like a clean Jeep. This is going to be your trail rig right?

Daily Driver!!

Greg, I'm transferring to San Diego in June, so you better hurry your *** up! Our club is going on March 8th weekend if you want to clear the calendar. Check it out

http://dso4x4.com/forum/viewtopic.ph...0c51aa7bd26e13

TJgreg 01-14-2008 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Grewe02
Daily Driver!!

Greg, I'm transferring to San Diego in June, so you better hurry your *** up! Our club is going on March 8th weekend if you want to clear the calendar. Check it out

http://dso4x4.com/forum/viewtopic.ph...0c51aa7bd26e13

I can probably do that. What ship are you going to?

I may be headed out to pendelton come next January.

TXST8tj 01-14-2008 02:47 PM

anxious to see what you're going to do with the 5. i could use some good ideas for my 79.

what do you have planned for the suspension?

jayhawkclint 01-14-2008 10:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Grewe02
Let me know what you think!!

At least it doesn't have dubs.

Grewe02 01-15-2008 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by TJgreg
I can probably do that. What ship are you going to?

I may be headed out to pendelton come next January.

LHA-1 USS Tarawa. Should be fun. One of about 20 airdales on the whole freaking boat.
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Originally Posted by TXST8tj
anxious to see what you're going to do with the 5. i could use some good ideas for my 79.

what do you have planned for the suspension?

Just the way you see it for now. It's already got 4" SUA on it and 33s, so that's how it'll stay. I might swap in a set of 44s front and rear just to get me by until I can afford to go 1 ton. Then I'll probably 4 link it on both ends with either coilovers or air shocks.
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Originally Posted by jayhawkclint
At least it doesn't have dubs.

That's what she said!

Steelman 01-16-2008 01:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Grewe02
Daily Driver!!

Greg, I'm transferring to San Diego in June, so you better hurry your *** up! Our club is going on March 8th weekend if you want to clear the calendar. Check it out

http://dso4x4.com/forum/viewtopic.ph...0c51aa7bd26e13

Dude! Congrats on the new ride! Looks great!!

Be sure to look me up when you get out here in June. There are a TON of places out here for Jeepin'!


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