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Unread 05-08-2010, 06:34 AM   #1
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84 Cj 7 Slow build thread

Heres some pics of my mutual project with a friend.

84 CJ-7 300 plus an unused glock.


Came with every thing but a radiator, hood, tub, dash and the windshield frame is rotted out. But it did come with a hard top and set of hard doors.

Decided the new tires that were one it would get sold to buy a tub. Like a christmas miracle found a local guy with a tub (decent shape) hood already smoothed and sanded (rust free) dash, solid windsheild frame, and radiator. So tire got sold and tub picked up











I have a set of rollers so the tires wont be missed for now. so for 300 bucks and an unwanted glock were on our way to a CJ

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Unread 05-08-2010, 07:00 AM   #2
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cant beat that deal!
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Unread 05-08-2010, 08:27 AM   #3
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Looks like a good start!!!!! Keep the pictures coming as you go along. Do you have a plan for the build engine, powertrain, lift, axles?
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Unread 05-08-2010, 10:18 AM   #4
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Looks like FUN
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Unread 05-08-2010, 11:07 AM   #5
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Looks like a good start!!!!! Keep the pictures coming as you go along. Do you have a plan for the build engine, powertrain, lift, axles?
right now its just a budget build and main concern is to get it on the road so the wives will be happy that its actually moves.. they were not very happy with the parts and peices that it came in. It has the 6cyl, auton 20 rear and 30 frot.. as far as the lift goes it will have to wait for a bit. again main concern os getting on the road.

Heres some more pics
when we got it I know the frame had some rot on the drivers side near the motor mounts. I could tell it was split and soft enough to move when I squeezed it. I ddint however know it was in this bad of shape


for most of it I had to replace only the bpttom 2 inches. But up by the motor mount brackets I had to replace all the way up to the top 2 holes


Heres the motor mount bolts.. Im thinking the PO must have cruise the salt water a bunch with it


after welding in replacement metal on the inside we made reinforcing plates that ran from the front shock mounts to the rear spring hanger for the outside on both sides.. Ill try to get some pics of those in a day or two.. My buddy has the frame at his place.
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Unread 10-27-2010, 09:18 PM   #6
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Forgot I started a build page here.. I'll update and upload more pics soon
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Unread 10-27-2010, 09:40 PM   #7
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Heres my update

Got the tub up on some jack stands to make it easier to work when I realized the few rusty area were all in major stress points and it actually started to bend right behind the door openings. I did some trading to get the diamond plate corner and rocker covers, that will cut down on a ton of body work


heres the tub on the frame. Its sitting on temporary 2x4 body mounts.

Hood, wind shield frome and grill primered




Finally got the proper body mounts on it and bolted it down.. that squared it up nicely. Doing some metal work on it. and the lift is on.. I cant remeber if its 3 or 4 inches but for $150 bucks cant beat it.

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Unread 10-27-2010, 09:57 PM   #8
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Doing so good with it. every thing was moving right along then I decided to pull the plugs and see how well the motor spins.. no spin!! yup water in 2 cylinders. Luckily it cleaned up pretty well. I pulled the head apart installed new valve seals and lapped them so hopefully they are nice a tight. I got the head back on a few days ago and just need to orque it down them Im going to run a compresion check and hopefully run it like it is. Its going to be a trail rig so a little smoke wont bother it to much


Since I got alot of this jeep in boxes I went through them and "installed" most of the interior parts to see what was missing.. suprisingly not much! I also got a list of nuts and bolts needed to reassemble.


Got some paint on the hood.. I was using the duplicolor paint shop stuff but its not working out to well so Im changing gears to another option.

I also painted the hood and loosley assembled its major parts.


Like I said earlier I hope to get the motor back together this week. and begin the sand blasting the tub to get it ready for paint. then it sould go together pretty quickly
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Unread 11-14-2010, 03:14 PM   #9
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Time to swap the glass over from the bad frame to the good one.Decided what the hell and went for it. the most nerve wrecking 5 minutes of this whole entire jeep project. It was alot easier then every one has made it sound. Knocked it out on the first try.


I also did a lil pre assembly on the dash.
[img]http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h84/jimbotheshaker/36221ace.jpg[/img
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Got it painted and I'm waiting for some free days to finish. Here's where it's at now.


I have to get the roll bar straight and installed, then button up all the little things
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Unread 03-02-2012, 07:35 PM   #11
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WOW.. just realized I havent updated this in a while.. heres some pics from the last few months.



Took it to the tach school I work at and had the kids help a bunch





Windshield mounted


Rear


Front


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Unread 03-02-2012, 07:56 PM   #12
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Got it all the way together, then decided to fix the brakes to get it on the road when it was decided that the front end was toast.. all the TRE's bearing and brakes were shot so we decided to swaqp out to some FSJ axles I had laying around the yard.



44 front



Got my new welder and had a buddy that's a good welder come by and give me some pointers. 2hrs and half a spool of wire later I was ready to get to work making the outboard mounts







Postman dropped off my new rear spring mounts



Welded the support plate on it.. The plate wasn't a tight fit but I managed
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Alrighty.. Back onto the build with a few hiccups. The front end has been gone through and set up. I'm hoping to get the steel to make my own shackles this week and the right spring plates that I need for the pass drop 44. I need to get the rear dropped off to Brian for the gear swap and set up.
Now here's where the hiccup comes in. When we first got the jeep the frame had a bunch of rot that we repaired and reinforced. When I started to measure for mocking up the out board set up I realized the was alot of interference were the reinforcing plates were, where the new spring mounts need to go and the area where the rot was repaired. So then I became paranoid that the frame wouldn't take the eccentric load that the outboard brackets would apply on the front spring mount. I ended up making the tough choice of swapping frames. Luckily I have a few extra frames laying around and one is already set up for full width axles. So today I drug it onto the deck and got to work cutting off in-needed brackets. The rear of the frame needs a little love it I thing I may cut the rear 6" of the original frame off and weld it onto the new frame. Here's how the day started.

After doin some slow cutting and waiting for my air tank to refill I got it to here.. I know it's not much progress but it's nice to get back at it again.

Hopefully after a week or two it should be ready for a parts swap.. Maybe a wrenching drinking day may be in the future
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Got the rear spring hangers welded on along with the body mount. Im one bolt short of completely having the front end finished.




So now i need to make some room in the shop and get ready for the big swap a roo.
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Heres todays progress. unloaded all the crap that accumulated in the back of the jeep, removed the roll bar, rear axle, and got one side of the rear frame cut off. My sawz all battery died prior to cutting the other side. so for sheits and giggles I rolled the rear end up to see how well I measured the spring hangers.. Bingo.. slid right in.. actually easier then they would go into a stock set of hangers.

the 2 different rims are because the front is a 6 lug 44 and the rear is still the stock WT 20. Speaking of axles... John J-10 axle went to Brian to get regeared and of course some thing has to go wrong. I got the call that the posi unit was shot. After finding the replacement parts for about $100 I remembered about a guy with a Lunch box locker with 325 miles on it and a new case for $80 so for about $110 shipped Im going to go that route with it. Im hoping its in before the weekend so brian can finish it up by next week.
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