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Unread 03-22-2014, 09:17 PM   #1
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74 CJ5 Restore

So I picked up this 74 in a trade about a month ago. It isn't the prettiest, and it smoked fairly bad when I got it, but it cleaned up well enough.

So down to the basics: 74 Jeep, AMC 304 (someone was in it before). Holley 500 CFM 2 barrel, all looks factory beyond that. T-15 with Dana 20, 44 rear and 30 front.











I know pretty ugly right?

Well it is a work in progress.

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Unread 03-22-2014, 09:18 PM   #2
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Did some work to it recently. Including rebuilding the Holley, swaping to GM HEI Distrbutor, and getting the breaks working.







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Unread 03-22-2014, 09:27 PM   #3
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Tuned up the holley a little more. Had to change out the power valve to a 8.5 and I put #73 jets in there to get the V8 humming right.

Also decided to tackle the worst part of this jeep, the frame. Both the passenger and drivers side of the jeep have been damaged really bad at some point. And of course Bubba got out of stick welder and shot at it enough to hold. Then it broke again so Bubba added some plates to "reinforce" it, and shot the crap out of it with the welded again. (no prep of course) Well this is what you have when Bubba gets your jeep.











And the repair begins.









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Unread 03-22-2014, 09:30 PM   #4
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And it continues!



















So remember this?



Now this!





Now I just need to get the drivers side done, and a new set of headers and fenders.



As you can see not much let on the ones that were on there...
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Unread 03-23-2014, 12:45 PM   #5
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wow, great work! looking forward to seeing the rest of your build.
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Unread 03-23-2014, 02:26 PM   #6
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wow, great work! looking forward to seeing the rest of your build.
I hope to get to the drivers side frame problem next weekend. ALso will have the headers then, and should be able to drive it around... So far I have driven it a total of 1.5 miles to fill the tank with gas after the carb rebuild.
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Unread 03-23-2014, 08:12 PM   #7
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I hate to say it, but the cracks will probably be back. You would have been better off to plate the side of the frame with plates that don't have any corners, then strap the top and bottom of the rails with flat stock. The corners on the angle iron are prime places for stress risers to form. Something along the lines of this repair I found via google images.
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Unread 03-23-2014, 08:15 PM   #8
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I hate to say it, but the cracks will probably be back. You would have been better off to plate the side of the frame with plates that don't have any corners, then strap the top and bottom of the rails with flat stock. The corners on the angle iron are prime places for stress risers to form. Something along the lines of this repair I found via google images.
I suppose we will see. This was previously wheel very hard, and by a bubba, I am doing some really light duty trails here. If it does crack again I will tackle the problem differently.
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Unread 03-24-2014, 07:50 AM   #9
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I believe they call those "fish plate" fixes, I have a few on mine is distributes the fix over a larger area, hoping to minimize further breakage / cracks.
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Unread 03-30-2014, 06:48 PM   #10
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I found a few parts locally for my CJ build. A Borg Warner T-18a (6.32 first gear), and a non-powered disk brake dana 30. Too bad they were attached to rusty old jeeps...





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Unread 03-30-2014, 06:58 PM   #11
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Have you figured out what gears you have yet? Are you going to swap from the knuckles out to add the disc brakes, or swap the whole axle?
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Unread 04-14-2014, 08:55 AM   #12
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Have you figured out what gears you have yet? Are you going to swap from the knuckles out to add the disc brakes, or swap the whole axle?
I haven't looked into it just yet, I was really just going to clean up the knuckles and sweat the disk brakes onto my current axle.
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Unread 04-14-2014, 08:58 AM   #13
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More Jeep work was accomplished this weekend. Drivers side frame was repaired; new headers were stripped, painted and installed; engine mounts were repaired; thermostat was replaced; heat hoses were replaced. That is about it I think...





















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