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Unread 05-21-2011, 10:07 PM   #1
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81 CJ7 Build

Getting started



Test fitting the NV-4500



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The NV



Disassembly begins



Front Clip



Empty bay



Tired 304 (to be replaced by rebuilt 360 currently in the shop)



Body off



Another body off shot



Differentials



Leaf springs... etc...



Frame



Sandblasting begins



Rear Differential before



Rear Differential after



Front Differential



Leaf Springs



Bumpers



Misc Parts



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It's a Jeep thing, I don't even understand it sometimes.
1981 CJ-7, AMC 360 bored .30 over, Edelbrock Intake, Edelbrock Cam, Edelbrock Double Roller Timing Chain, Holly 650 truck avenger carb, Flowcooler water pump. '97 Dodge 4wd Std NV4500. D300 Twin Sticked. Corbeau Seats, Custom Dash with Autometer guages, Electronic Speedo, all stainless hardware, Outlaw II Wheels, BFG AT 33" Tires, Flex-A-Lite Dual Electric Fan, AGR steering box, Borgeson steering shaft, ididit tilt column, Mean Green Starter, Tuffy console, poly gas tank, handmade rear bumper, cheap radio and speakers.

2000 XJ - HO 4.0L, 245/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. PSC gearbox. IRO Double Shear Trackbar. New headliner. IRO Hack & Tap SYE. IRO adjustable UCA & LCA, RE 3.5" lift, Bilstein 5100 shocks, JKS Quick Disconnects. Future mod: OTK steering, lockers, FIPK, rock sliders, JCR Bumpers, rear storage, high pinion rear (3.55), frame reinforcement, hood louvers, rack lighting.
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Unread 05-21-2011, 10:09 PM   #2
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Most blasted parts



Painted Frame



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Frame Closeup



The rebuild begins

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It's a Jeep thing, I don't even understand it sometimes.
1981 CJ-7, AMC 360 bored .30 over, Edelbrock Intake, Edelbrock Cam, Edelbrock Double Roller Timing Chain, Holly 650 truck avenger carb, Flowcooler water pump. '97 Dodge 4wd Std NV4500. D300 Twin Sticked. Corbeau Seats, Custom Dash with Autometer guages, Electronic Speedo, all stainless hardware, Outlaw II Wheels, BFG AT 33" Tires, Flex-A-Lite Dual Electric Fan, AGR steering box, Borgeson steering shaft, ididit tilt column, Mean Green Starter, Tuffy console, poly gas tank, handmade rear bumper, cheap radio and speakers.

2000 XJ - HO 4.0L, 245/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. PSC gearbox. IRO Double Shear Trackbar. New headliner. IRO Hack & Tap SYE. IRO adjustable UCA & LCA, RE 3.5" lift, Bilstein 5100 shocks, JKS Quick Disconnects. Future mod: OTK steering, lockers, FIPK, rock sliders, JCR Bumpers, rear storage, high pinion rear (3.55), frame reinforcement, hood louvers, rack lighting.
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Unread 05-22-2011, 08:45 AM   #3
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Wow, a lot of work there. I admire your garage and work space! Jeep is looking great too.
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Unread 05-22-2011, 11:48 AM   #4
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Hey Cherokee...

I appreciate the complement.

I can't take credit for the garage though, it is behind my uncles machine shop. It is all his stuff, I am just
borrowing it to fix up my jeep. I do take credit for the jeep though... and that is, like you said, a lot of work.
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It's a Jeep thing, I don't even understand it sometimes.
1981 CJ-7, AMC 360 bored .30 over, Edelbrock Intake, Edelbrock Cam, Edelbrock Double Roller Timing Chain, Holly 650 truck avenger carb, Flowcooler water pump. '97 Dodge 4wd Std NV4500. D300 Twin Sticked. Corbeau Seats, Custom Dash with Autometer guages, Electronic Speedo, all stainless hardware, Outlaw II Wheels, BFG AT 33" Tires, Flex-A-Lite Dual Electric Fan, AGR steering box, Borgeson steering shaft, ididit tilt column, Mean Green Starter, Tuffy console, poly gas tank, handmade rear bumper, cheap radio and speakers.

2000 XJ - HO 4.0L, 245/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. PSC gearbox. IRO Double Shear Trackbar. New headliner. IRO Hack & Tap SYE. IRO adjustable UCA & LCA, RE 3.5" lift, Bilstein 5100 shocks, JKS Quick Disconnects. Future mod: OTK steering, lockers, FIPK, rock sliders, JCR Bumpers, rear storage, high pinion rear (3.55), frame reinforcement, hood louvers, rack lighting.
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Unread 05-22-2011, 10:09 PM   #5
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So you went from installing an NV4500 to this?
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Unread 05-22-2011, 11:44 PM   #6
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Wow. That's way to clean of a CJ for a build.

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Unread 05-23-2011, 04:26 AM   #7
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Sweet setup, nice jeep, great paint skills......Dang I'm jealous.
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Unread 05-23-2011, 04:33 AM   #8
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Sandblasting everything at the beginning will save you at least a year of weekend parts stripping!

Looks great so far
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Unread 05-26-2011, 02:13 PM   #9
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Aite, I got to do some work on it on Tuesday...

Cleaned up the differentials and got the rear primed and painted, and got the front primed.

It was 97 degrees here, but working on a jeep made it all ok... didn't even care.

After washing down the diffs with simple green to get rid of oil and whatever else was on there... the surface rust appeared almost immediately, so I rushed out with the rustoleum and started painting.. worked pretty well..











Monday I hit the blasting again to finish up the headers, shocks, steering box and shaft, axle housing U-bolts, NV4500 Trans and D300 xfer case... and whatever else I see... it is an awesome blaster.
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Originally Posted by DiabloYJ View Post
It's a Jeep thing, I don't even understand it sometimes.
1981 CJ-7, AMC 360 bored .30 over, Edelbrock Intake, Edelbrock Cam, Edelbrock Double Roller Timing Chain, Holly 650 truck avenger carb, Flowcooler water pump. '97 Dodge 4wd Std NV4500. D300 Twin Sticked. Corbeau Seats, Custom Dash with Autometer guages, Electronic Speedo, all stainless hardware, Outlaw II Wheels, BFG AT 33" Tires, Flex-A-Lite Dual Electric Fan, AGR steering box, Borgeson steering shaft, ididit tilt column, Mean Green Starter, Tuffy console, poly gas tank, handmade rear bumper, cheap radio and speakers.

2000 XJ - HO 4.0L, 245/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. PSC gearbox. IRO Double Shear Trackbar. New headliner. IRO Hack & Tap SYE. IRO adjustable UCA & LCA, RE 3.5" lift, Bilstein 5100 shocks, JKS Quick Disconnects. Future mod: OTK steering, lockers, FIPK, rock sliders, JCR Bumpers, rear storage, high pinion rear (3.55), frame reinforcement, hood louvers, rack lighting.
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Unread 05-26-2011, 02:16 PM   #10
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So you went from installing an NV4500 to this?
hahahaha.

Yes.

Crazy huh.

That is how my jeep has gotten all its upgrades... I see something I don't like and can't quit.
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Originally Posted by DiabloYJ View Post
It's a Jeep thing, I don't even understand it sometimes.
1981 CJ-7, AMC 360 bored .30 over, Edelbrock Intake, Edelbrock Cam, Edelbrock Double Roller Timing Chain, Holly 650 truck avenger carb, Flowcooler water pump. '97 Dodge 4wd Std NV4500. D300 Twin Sticked. Corbeau Seats, Custom Dash with Autometer guages, Electronic Speedo, all stainless hardware, Outlaw II Wheels, BFG AT 33" Tires, Flex-A-Lite Dual Electric Fan, AGR steering box, Borgeson steering shaft, ididit tilt column, Mean Green Starter, Tuffy console, poly gas tank, handmade rear bumper, cheap radio and speakers.

2000 XJ - HO 4.0L, 245/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. PSC gearbox. IRO Double Shear Trackbar. New headliner. IRO Hack & Tap SYE. IRO adjustable UCA & LCA, RE 3.5" lift, Bilstein 5100 shocks, JKS Quick Disconnects. Future mod: OTK steering, lockers, FIPK, rock sliders, JCR Bumpers, rear storage, high pinion rear (3.55), frame reinforcement, hood louvers, rack lighting.
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Unread 05-30-2011, 11:56 AM   #11
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Looks awesome man. Thanks for sharing the pics. Looking forward to seeing more. Got an 81 myself, but not as adventurous of an upgrade in my future. Sure is nice to see these older Jeeps getting the attention they deserve.



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Unread 05-30-2011, 12:28 PM   #12
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Gotta say man, that is looking pretty nice...cant wait to see the rest.
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Unread 05-30-2011, 06:42 PM   #13
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Well,

Since I was off work today, and the wife agreed to watch little man (1 year old), I made it to the shop to do some more blasting. The sandblasting gear is hard to get set up so it is best to be able to give it a few hours of serious blasting to make up for the trouble.

I did some good blasting and painting, now I just have the worries of sand in places it shouldn't be. Anyone know the best way to flush a transmission? Kerosene? The boot on top has a small crack in it and some sand must have gotten in there. I just don't want to take chances with any sand in the gears... anyhow, I blasted the NV4500, Dana 300, steering shaft, one rear drum, bell housing and other misc parts.

So ready to get this thing back together, but I'm thinking it will be Fall before it is driveable.


Suited up and blasting



AGR



Dana 300



NV4500



Valve Cover



Bell Housing



NV Painted



Dana 300 Painted



Pallets of parts



Front differential - painted the wrong color... flat black. I didn't know I had the flat can, now I have to repaint it semi-gloss to match the rear. Maybe tomorrow?

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Quote:
Originally Posted by DiabloYJ View Post
It's a Jeep thing, I don't even understand it sometimes.
1981 CJ-7, AMC 360 bored .30 over, Edelbrock Intake, Edelbrock Cam, Edelbrock Double Roller Timing Chain, Holly 650 truck avenger carb, Flowcooler water pump. '97 Dodge 4wd Std NV4500. D300 Twin Sticked. Corbeau Seats, Custom Dash with Autometer guages, Electronic Speedo, all stainless hardware, Outlaw II Wheels, BFG AT 33" Tires, Flex-A-Lite Dual Electric Fan, AGR steering box, Borgeson steering shaft, ididit tilt column, Mean Green Starter, Tuffy console, poly gas tank, handmade rear bumper, cheap radio and speakers.

2000 XJ - HO 4.0L, 245/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. PSC gearbox. IRO Double Shear Trackbar. New headliner. IRO Hack & Tap SYE. IRO adjustable UCA & LCA, RE 3.5" lift, Bilstein 5100 shocks, JKS Quick Disconnects. Future mod: OTK steering, lockers, FIPK, rock sliders, JCR Bumpers, rear storage, high pinion rear (3.55), frame reinforcement, hood louvers, rack lighting.
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Unread 05-30-2011, 06:50 PM   #14
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Wow, Great job so far.
Although why would anybody upgrade to an AGR box and then reuse the weak factory mounting brackets
I hope you have plans to replace them.
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Unread 05-30-2011, 06:56 PM   #15
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Hey everybody, thanks for the comments. Sure is a lot of work but well worth the effort.

LT1, I actually didn't realize that the factory brackets were too weak for the AGR. I only bought
the AGR to help my steering, and it sure has. I also bought the Borgeson steering shaft, which
has been great as well.

You think I will have problems with my brackets?
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It's a Jeep thing, I don't even understand it sometimes.
1981 CJ-7, AMC 360 bored .30 over, Edelbrock Intake, Edelbrock Cam, Edelbrock Double Roller Timing Chain, Holly 650 truck avenger carb, Flowcooler water pump. '97 Dodge 4wd Std NV4500. D300 Twin Sticked. Corbeau Seats, Custom Dash with Autometer guages, Electronic Speedo, all stainless hardware, Outlaw II Wheels, BFG AT 33" Tires, Flex-A-Lite Dual Electric Fan, AGR steering box, Borgeson steering shaft, ididit tilt column, Mean Green Starter, Tuffy console, poly gas tank, handmade rear bumper, cheap radio and speakers.

2000 XJ - HO 4.0L, 245/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. PSC gearbox. IRO Double Shear Trackbar. New headliner. IRO Hack & Tap SYE. IRO adjustable UCA & LCA, RE 3.5" lift, Bilstein 5100 shocks, JKS Quick Disconnects. Future mod: OTK steering, lockers, FIPK, rock sliders, JCR Bumpers, rear storage, high pinion rear (3.55), frame reinforcement, hood louvers, rack lighting.
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