Well after dealing with the hassels of a 30 year old Jeep I have decided that the only way I am ever going to own something worth having is if I build it myself. That way I know exactly what I have and all the in's and out's. Ill be teaching myslef alot as I go but I think Ive got a good start. 1986 CJ7, por15 frame, SOA, dana 44, good body, tube doors and fenders, ect. Oh yeah I got rid of the 3inch body lift!
I planning on doing some custom work and Ive been preparing to do this for a while. Eventually I will install a commando front grill and hood onto the CJ7, Ive already acquired the parts, just need to add 6 inches to the back of the commando hood. Ive always wanted a commando but with parts and cars being such a hassel this is going to be my unique ride.
Ill be starting with the basics by running the brakes and gas lines and fuel tank then shocks. Somewhere along the way Ill replace the front dana 44 which has been hacked up (really its unbelievable). I dont think the parts can get here fast enough. My 1979 CJ is being rewired at the moment and after that is going up for grabs. Cant wait!
Yes, at the momement I am rewiring the 79 CJ7, it definately needed it. I would love to keep both of them, but Im a student at The Citadel (militarty college) and that pretty much keeps me on a budget I just love the side pipes, its funny having bikers turn aboud because they think theres another Harley coming down the road
Last edited by sail78385; 07-29-2008 at 06:01 PM..
Well guys Ive been getting alot of work done here and there and Im pretty stoaked. I got the commando wings mocked up on my CJ grill the other day and welded them on this morning. Now all I have to do is add 5 inches to the commando hood and Im almost there. I purchased an 85 Grand Wagoneer the other week for the 360 motor and trans. I may end up putting the front dana 44 with the drivers side pumpkin and keep all of the waggy drivetrain. It looks as if bubba modified the 44 thats on the cj7 now and I really dont want to get involved with it. The angles are all wrong. Also to throw some more custom work out there I got a commando dash and found out the hard way that the dash needs to be about 4 inches wider, approximately, so once I get it sand blasted Ill start cutting it and modifying it. Ill post pictures tonight.
Haha yeah Im sure anyone here would love a free jeep. I was thinking about selling it, but I reaqlly dont want to. I think I may just keep both of them, although it would be nice to have some money to throw at my project at the moment. For some reason I get attached to my vehicles, and Ill never get out of it for what I put into it.
Here is the dash that will be going in the CJ. Its going to be streched 4 inches and feature the CJ gauges and wiper and ligh switches. I removed everything on it and now I need to get it sand blasted to get rid of the rust on the back.
Well I got the wings from the commando welded on today and put some filler on to cover the welds and cover in the low spots. I think it looks really good. I also got my hood ready to be welded back together -I got it in 2 pieces, and as soon as it one piece again I will add the back of the cj7 hood to it. Then I guess all I have left to do is brake and engine work!
At the very least, post a picture of the white Willys in the garage.
__________________ '81 Scrambler w/ FI 360 AMC, 33x12.50 BFG M/T's, 5" of lift, ARB'd Dana 44's F & R, Dana 300 clocked & twin sticked w/4:1, Warn XD9000i, etc...
2002 Grand Cherokee Limited, 2008 Overland Grand Cherokee, a 1976 CJ-7 in pieces and 3 more off-brand 4x4s............... John N
Sorry guys the white Willys isnt mine. I bought the dash from Jeepsterpartsdude.com and those are the pictures of the dash that he had that I bought. Ive already gotten it cleaned up a bit but its still got some more work before its perfect. Just an interesting fact though -I have two commando glove boxes and only one key, suprisingly the key works in both locks! guess AMC got lazy?
Got a little head way this past week. Got the grill welded and body worked, and I also got the hood back into one piece -Now I just have to add 5 inches to the back of it and Im there! Bought my first grinder and got the homemade 350 mounts of the frame and painted my mess. Also used the grinder to remove the radiator support from the Waggy to ease in the engine removal. Im pretty stoaked. Also got a note from my neighbors, Ive been toying with the idea of putting christmas lights and flowers in the Jeep to make them a little more appealing!