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Unread 07-05-2008, 12:27 AM   #1
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Building of a CJ7

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!








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Unread 07-05-2008, 08:32 AM   #2
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I am confused though, are you selling the on that looks almost complete?
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Unread 07-05-2008, 10:12 AM   #3
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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

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Unread 07-29-2008, 02:17 PM   #4
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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.
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Unread 07-29-2008, 03:06 PM   #5
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I think you need to rethink the "up for grabs" comment... cause I'll take it not re-wired without even thinking about it if it is truly up for grabs... and by that I mean free... LOL

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Unread 07-29-2008, 03:15 PM   #6
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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.
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Unread 07-29-2008, 08:37 PM   #7
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Mock up


Heres a picture of the bubbafied dana 44


Notice that the angle for the driveshaft is way off






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Unread 07-29-2008, 09:04 PM   #8
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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.





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Unread 07-29-2008, 10:37 PM   #9
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Wow, I'm really going to enjoy this thread. That Commando front end will look good.
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Unread 07-30-2008, 05:23 PM   #10
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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!
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Unread 07-30-2008, 05:53 PM   #11
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Wow, I'm really going to enjoy this thread.

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I can't wait to see this finished!
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Unread 07-30-2008, 09:28 PM   #12
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At the very least, post a picture of the white Willys in the garage.
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Unread 07-31-2008, 07:44 AM   #13
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Yeh, I noticed a white Jeepster in some of those pictures.

That will look pretty neat, you'll have to keep us up to date. I love the silver, great choice.
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Unread 07-31-2008, 04:58 PM   #14
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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?
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Unread 08-07-2008, 02:44 PM   #15
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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!

hood welded




Grill finished for the most part






Waggy ready for the pull


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