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Unread 04-23-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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1983 Jeep CJ7 Rebuild Thread

I love reading these build projects that others have posted.
Decided I'd post mine but I have no idea how to add pictures.

Until I figure that out,

Frame off restoration of an 83 CJ7
4.10 Gears
Superior Axles
4" BDS Lift

AMC 360
NP435
Dana 300

4WDH Fiberglass Tub

I've acquired most of the parts, repaired most of the frame and re-geared the axles. I'll post photos of this and the teardown once I figure out how to post photos in the forum.

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Unread 04-23-2009, 11:14 PM   #2
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to post pics you need 50 post and to be a member for 30 days, but until then if you make a photobucket acount upload the pics there, and post the link and someone here can make it click free.

sounds like a good build, cant wait for pics,
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Unread 04-23-2009, 11:46 PM   #3
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Thanks,
I'll go ahead and load a few of the tear down.

Her last road trip as a complete vehicle.
http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...=1240547482048

Rebuild Day 1. Kill Wasps nests and remove the hood.
http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...962203_842.jpg

Interior and Wiring Removed the body comes off after removing the two remaining mounts. This thing was a death trap.
http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...62206_1450.jpg

This is my favorite picture. Taken at OSU before class.
http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...62207_1653.jpg

10x20 Garage
http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...65075_1942.jpg

Drivetrain is removed from the frame and shoved into a corner.
http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...81176_1534.jpg

Fiberglass Tub purchased on Craigslist.
http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...81175_1280.jpg

AMC 360
http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P3220014.jpg

I'll get into a little more detail as I get the thread caught up to the point I am at now. Once I get into the fiberglass tub install I could certainly use some pointers. That wont be for a couple of months though.

Dave
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Unread 04-24-2009, 12:02 AM   #4
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I'll go ahead and load a few of the tear down.
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Unread 04-24-2009, 09:42 AM   #5
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Frame repair I'm not to pleased with. After I mock everything up and then tear down for paint I will probably redo a couple of things, but for now I'm pushing forward.

Rear crossmember replaced with one from Quadratec. The mounts from the old one were totally eaten by rust. The rear of the tub had been sitting directly on the crossmember.

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...10906_3231.jpg

The bolts and nuts swaged to the inside of the frame had totally siezed and broken off. With the crossmember off I chiseled them out. I used a hole saw to cut holes through the crossmember so I can now stick a wrench into the frame and tighten new Grade 8 nuts by hand.

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P1010020.jpg

These crossmember nuts had broken off inside of the frame. These were all relaced with new and welded in.

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...92832_6931.jpg

I repaired rust in all of the body mounts. Sanded and painted the frame with a coat of eastwood's brush on rust encapsulator. I will put on a second coat and paint with chassis black after the initial mockup.

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P3220015.jpg

Axles are in the shop having 4.10 gears installed. They will be totally rebuilt, painted, and I should have a rolling chassis in a few weeks.
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Unread 04-24-2009, 07:28 PM   #6
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Frame repair I'm not to pleased with. After I mock everything up and then tear down for paint I will probably redo a couple of things, but for now I'm pushing forward.

Rear crossmember replaced with one from Quadratec. The mounts from the old one were totally eaten by rust. The rear of the tub had been sitting directly on the crossmember.



The bolts and nuts swaged to the inside of the frame had totally siezed and broken off. With the crossmember off I chiseled them out. I used a hole saw to cut holes through the crossmember so I can now stick a wrench into the frame and tighten new Grade 8 nuts by hand.



These crossmember nuts had broken off inside of the frame. These were all relaced with new and welded in.



I repaired rust in all of the body mounts. Sanded and painted the frame with a coat of eastwood's brush on rust encapsulator. I will put on a second coat and paint with chassis black after the initial mockup.



Axles are in the shop having 4.10 gears installed. They will be totally rebuilt, painted, and I should have a rolling chassis in a few weeks.




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Jeep # 3 - 1990 Cherokee - 4.0, AW4, dana 30 HP, dana 35 -31x10.5 R15 mud terrains, 2" PNP lift.....Gone to the crusher
Jeep # 4 - 1999 wj stock and still pretty

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Unread 04-24-2009, 08:21 PM   #7
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guess i'd better start making some posts on this board so i can put these up as click free.

only 46 posts to go!
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Unread 04-26-2009, 11:53 AM   #8
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Thanks for taking the time to make these posts click free.
These are the last photos I have until I make it home to work on her again.

Welded in new 3/16 plate on all of the body mount horns. I still have to drill the actual holes but I will wait to do this until I have the fiberglass tub on the frame. You can also see the NP435 I'll be using. That thing is heavy.

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P3220016.jpg

Close up of a repair. Cut out rusted portion until only good metal was left, cut 3/16 plates to fit and welded in.

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P3220017.jpg

I moved back to VA and my dad let me keep my project in his garage. Next to his 76 FJ40.

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P1050028.jpg

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P1050029.jpg
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Unread 04-26-2009, 12:41 PM   #9
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Thanks for taking the time to make these posts click free.
These are the last photos I have until I make it home to work on her again.

Welded in new 3/16 plate on all of the body mount horns. I still have to drill the actual holes but I will wait to do this until I have the fiberglass tub on the frame. You can also see the NP435 I'll be using. That thing is heavy.




Close up of a repair. Cut out rusted portion until only good metal was left, cut 3/16 plates to fit and welded in.



I moved back to VA and my dad let me keep my project in his garage. Next to his 76 FJ40.




click free, looks great so far keep, us updated
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Jeep # 3 - 1990 Cherokee - 4.0, AW4, dana 30 HP, dana 35 -31x10.5 R15 mud terrains, 2" PNP lift.....Gone to the crusher
Jeep # 4 - 1999 wj stock and still pretty

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Unread 04-26-2009, 04:54 PM   #10
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Were are you at in Virginia I'm in Mechanicsville East of Richmond

Nice Project and dads got a Nice FJ their

Dad might get jealous of your CJ when you get it done lol

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Unread 04-26-2009, 08:51 PM   #11
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virginia beach.

hell be jealous, but only because he's afraid to take his cruiser wheeling, cant wait to get this thing back onto a trail.
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Unread 05-14-2009, 11:44 PM   #12
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been back at it for a few days now and its moving along. i hope to have a rolling chassis by monday.

the axles, 4.10 gears installed in both
the calipers on the front axle are pretty loose, is this normal until there is pressure in the cylinder?

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P5130031.jpg

here's a shot of the front axle

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P5130032.jpg

rear axle shafts disassembled and ready to be rebuilt

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P5130030.jpg
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pressing on the new bearings.

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P5130034.jpg

housing is ready for the shaft. i only did one side today cause i broke one of the bearings in the press. i should have another bearing by monday.

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P5140035.jpg

brake shoes installed

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P5140036.jpg

got the frame and skid painted today

http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=P5140038.jpg

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Unread 05-15-2009, 11:55 AM   #14
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Nice FJ40 you have there!
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been back at it for a few days now and its moving along. i hope to have a rolling chassis by monday.

the axles, 4.10 gears installed in both
the calipers on the front axle are pretty loose, is this normal until there is pressure in the cylinder?


here's a shot of the front axle



rear axle shafts disassembled and ready to be rebuilt

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pressing on the new bearings.



housing is ready for the shaft. i only did one side today cause i broke one of the bearings in the press. i should have another bearing by monday.


brake shoes installed



got the frame and skid painted today

Click free for ya

Nice work so far
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