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post #1 of 21 Old 03-06-2010, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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1979 CJ 5 Build up

Well I've had this thing for about 5 years and haven't really done much with it since I got it. It came with a 3 inch lift and thats pretty much it. I stripped it down to the frame and started upgrading it until i ran into some financial hardships to say the least. Well here I am 5 years later and now have the finances to get back into it.

I started of by replacing the shackles with heavy duty lift shackles to and 1 3/4" to the lift and upgraded the shocks to the black diamond shocks. Now I purchased a 44 out of an 83ish wagoneer. After getting into the guts of it and disabling the vacuum disconnect (removed the actuator) I'm going to either weld the shaft and coupling together or replace the shaft with a solid shaft. Probably just get a new shaft for future maintenance. I am going to change the auto hubs to manual hubs this summer hopefully. I'll get some pics to post when it gets a little nicer out and i can take the tarp off.


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post #2 of 21 Old 03-06-2010, 01:44 PM
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I'd loose the 1 3/4" lift shackles.
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Just picked up an np435 wide ratio tranny for $40!

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post #4 of 21 Old 03-09-2010, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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After talking to the wife, she has agreed to let me spend $2500 on the CJ for now. Thats a good thing since it's going to cost me about $1400 to get the 44 set up and installed. I'm replacing the DS inner with a chrome moly inner, new inner and outer bearings, figured i wouldn't risk using the old ones when new ones are only $16. I'm also replacing the auto hubs with manual hubs, and an OX locker. Everything was going good (cheap) until i decided on an ox locker. Oh yeah and the steel plate to putboard the springs for the axle.

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post #5 of 21 Old 03-14-2010, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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I think I should rename this thread to "Extreme Makeover Jeep Edition"

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post #6 of 21 Old 07-06-2010, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Well got some plate steel and started working on outboarding the front springs. Got the new mounts bolted and welded on to the frame saturday. working on getting the spring mounts off the frame and moving them out. at last making some kind of progress on it!

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post #7 of 21 Old 07-18-2010, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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got the front shackle mounts attached and painted. Now i'm working on the spring mounts. got the right one off. i think i'm going to bolt it onto the spring so i can get it exactly where i need it.

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post #8 of 21 Old 07-19-2010, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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picking up the 44 rear this week.........hopefully!

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post #9 of 21 Old 07-20-2010, 08:37 AM
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I love my 44 rear =) Glad to see you getting your 5 together how you want it.
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-24-2010, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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getting ready to out board the front spring mounts. thinking about adding 1 3/4" to them to correct the axle angle because of the shackles lift i put on. one question...:.will that add to my lift?

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post #11 of 21 Old 07-26-2010, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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measured how much lift i'll get by adding 1 3/4" to the spring mounts. It'll be about 1" more lift. that'll bring me to 6" of lift.

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post #12 of 21 Old 07-26-2010, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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got my 44 rear tonight! pretty soon the jeep will be sitting with a new stance! i can't wait to see it.

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post #13 of 21 Old 07-28-2010, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Finlly got some pics downloaded. here is my baby before the surgery began. She still has the 30 front and 20 rear in these.






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post #14 of 21 Old 07-28-2010, 06:18 PM
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Looks like your using an intermediate tub. What did you do to fit it to the '79 frame?

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post #15 of 21 Old 07-29-2010, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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Its a 72 frame and tube. When I bought it from my buddy he told me it was a 79. I didn't bother looking at the VIN until after I started working on the axles. Thats when I looked at the VIN on the tub and frame.

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