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post #1 of 6 Old 02-02-2002, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question Advice on CJ project

This is my first time on this site. The advice I seek is three-fold:

1)I am planning a to equip a CJ7 with stainless steel body panels. I have sourced every aspect of the body except for the doors. Could anyone recommend someone they think would consider creating stainless steel door panels for the full & half doors?

2)I am looking to equip my jeep with a Corvette 350 TPI. I enjoy the power and flexibility that this motor provides (over the stock motor.) My jeep will be a daily driver. Any comments on this choice of engine, difficulty with mounting, etc?

3)Although I like the rough ride the original CJs had, I wouldn't mind shocks that, perhaps, would offer a ride more resembling that of the modern TJ. My jeep will be used for lighter off-road use, but mainly for city & highway. Any suggestions on this front?

Much appreciation for any advice,


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post #2 of 6 Old 02-03-2002, 10:00 AM
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the 350 is a great engine to put into your Jeep. it aint a very hard conversion. you just need new engine mounts (which you can fabricate yourself or buy) and a new bellhousing assembly.

suspension wise, i think you should go with a skyjacker kit. it gives a nice smooth highway ride and great articulation off road

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-03-2002, 03:49 PM
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Just a quick thought....if you are going thru the expense and trouble of stainless panels why not go spend a bit more and put on a new body?

How bad is the current body? Will (if any is there) the body rot just get worse? In the future will you lk back and wish you had changed the body?

You are going as far as putting a 350 in her so this sounds like a serious project. I think you have the right idea trying to plan out the project in advance.

It seems when you start building a Jeep w/o knowing exactly what you are going to do it: A. seems endless and B. goes in multiple directions. about those rears????

Good luck!!


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I would seriously consider a shackle reversal kit. I went with the warrior kit it is the biggest improvement I made to my jeep. I can tell you it's a great improvement over any suspension you choose .

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Originally posted by JIM79CJ7:
I would seriously consider a shackle reversal kit. I went with the warrior kit it is the biggest improvement I made to my jeep. I can tell you it's a great improvement over any suspension you choose .
Hi Jim,
Did that warrior reversal kit raise the height of your cj? I was thinking of getting one but I didn't want the front raised any higher than the back.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-06-2002, 02:27 PM
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I don't know the mood of this sight but have you considered fiberglas Tub? SOme manufacturers make a very rigid tub not like the racing thin skins.
No more rust. My body is six years old and there is no sign of problems.

What were you going to use for a Trani? TH350? or some manual setup?
I have the Chevy 350 345Hp Crate motor in my CJ5 with a turbo 350 trani. It's similar to the Vette motor: Aluminum heads high rise manafold etc. Advanced Adaptors makes a very basic bolt and weld on motor mount for small blocks.
I haven't played with my suspension It still has the rough ride from the 9 leafs springs. But I love it.

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