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Unread 09-13-2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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CJ-7 Project Rerun

It was almost this time last year when I got a wild hair and built a trail ready CJ-7 in under two week with the spare Jeep parts that was laying around my backyard. Yes, there's that many parts. It was for a club trip and turned out in the nick of time. As if I didn't learn my lesson, I'm going for it again. The deadline is Sept 23rd and this Jeep will be nicer. The destination is Choccolocco Mountain, 2056 Pelham RD S, Jacksonville, AL 36265 The old one was actually returned back to "stock" and sold this afternoon. Here is the link to that thread.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/pr...-parts-866860/


This time I'm starting off with a frame that doesnt need days worth of work. Its one of two hot dipped galvanized frames I have in the frame pile.




The axles and lift springs from the old project are swapped over to this one.
Model 20 rear with one piece shafts, detroit locker, and 4.10 gears.
Front Dana 30 with truetrac, 6 bolt hubs and 4.10 gears
Both widetracks. Warn 3 inch Black Diamond lift and Daystar shackles.





Thats it for the first day and a half. Just dug out an engine/transmission/tcase and some SS brake/gas line. I will keep you posted.

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1975 CJ-6 304 T15 Dana20 30/44 3.73
1983 CJ-8 258 T5 300 30/44 3.31 Looking for full or half hardtop buy or trade
1986 CJ-7 Laredo 4.6 stroker T5 300 30/44 3.31
1986 TJ-7 Trail Jeep project in the works
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Unread 09-14-2010, 06:55 AM   #2
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Are you planning to keep this one when you're finished?
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Unread 09-16-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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Where are the updates
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Unread 09-17-2010, 10:48 PM   #4
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As some of you know, there is one offset bolt on the AMC flywheels that index the flywheel to the crank. Well, I was slowly rotating mine around to find the correct pattern when I relalized that my hand was not in a good postion at 6 oclock.....yeah, it fell....and it and gravity were quicker than my fingers getting out of the way....and yes, I crushed my finger! It sure hurts turning wrenches while your hand throbs in pain and your bleeding....sorry no pics of that, but here is a few of the drivetrain installed.

258 from an 89 YJ, T-4 and the old twin stick Dana 300. Installed some stainless steel break and fuel lines too.




Also pulled out a body. 87 YJ tub with very little to no rust. Just surface in a spot or two.
Here's my buddy Brian sanding off the factory decals from the sides. He's been a big help! That his bad a s s white TJ in the background.



It really looks way worse than it is. Its very dirty from storage. Those are leaves that blew in under the cover and settled on the floor.



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1975 CJ-6 304 T15 Dana20 30/44 3.73
1983 CJ-8 258 T5 300 30/44 3.31 Looking for full or half hardtop buy or trade
1986 CJ-7 Laredo 4.6 stroker T5 300 30/44 3.31
1986 TJ-7 Trail Jeep project in the works
2003 Inca Gold TJ Rubicon
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Unread 09-17-2010, 10:54 PM   #5
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Are you planning to keep this one when you're finished?
Not going to keep it. I will have it for sale shortly after the trip. Unlike the other one, this one will be sold as a trail Jeep as it is. I have plans for a much bigger and nicer one and don't need this one. Also, I'm using better parts for this one such as the galvanized frame and a YJ tub that honestly, is really nice enough to NOT be used as a trail Jeep.
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1975 CJ-6 304 T15 Dana20 30/44 3.73
1983 CJ-8 258 T5 300 30/44 3.31 Looking for full or half hardtop buy or trade
1986 CJ-7 Laredo 4.6 stroker T5 300 30/44 3.31
1986 TJ-7 Trail Jeep project in the works
2003 Inca Gold TJ Rubicon
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Unread 09-18-2010, 04:17 AM   #6
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Not going to keep it. I will have it for sale shortly after the trip. Unlike the other one, this one will be sold as a trail Jeep as it is. I have plans for a much bigger and nicer one and don't need this one. Also, I'm using better parts for this one such as the galvanized frame and a YJ tub that honestly, is really nice enough to NOT be used as a trail Jeep.
Tell ya what...I'll take the tub off my Jeep and trade ya.
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Unread 09-19-2010, 10:41 PM   #7
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Last two days was turning a YJ tub into a CJ tub. First the decals had to go and when they are that old, you almost have to take it down to the metal. Next was addressing the defrost. I cut out out the CJ section from wrecked CJs and weld them in. I pick a common point like a bolt hole and draw the same line on each tub section, Then cut on the line on one and over the line on the other. It makes for a nice fit and easy weld in.






Since I'm running a CJ windshield, the holddown plates in each dash corner would be off by a little over .5 inches as the YJ moved them outward. The sheetmetal stamping still reveals the space in the movement. I puched out the nut and elongated the hole. The upper corner dash bolt was off two, so both of them went on a nut plate that was tach welded in the center. All the other holes matched up just fine.




Then the rear of the tub needed some mod work. The swing down tailgate fits fine, but needs the hinge holes at the bottom. What I do is cut an oval in the back of each hinge area and use a plate with welded nuts to go inside the rear channel. These were cut when the tub was upsidedown to gain easy access.




The gas filler is traced out using an old paper bag and transfered to the right side. The hole is the actual size, so if you cut just on the outside of the line, it will fit back onto the other side IF you want to fill it back in. I'm going for full CJ here so it was moved and fit fine. A very thin coat of surface filler was all that was needed after the weld was ground down.






The two body mounts on the rear crossmember are off by .75 inches between the CJ and YJ as the YJ went to a wider frame. I usally relocated the frame holes, but this frame was already galvanized and I didn't want to mess that up, so I drilled the new holes and tapped the floating nut inside the tub.



After the tub was sanded, cleaned, and sanded some more, the paint went on. It was at night, so the colors are off, but you'll get the idea. The swing gate holes were drilled and the outer YJ ones were welded up with small square patches. (I still have to mount the cable tabs in the tub and drill the left side)



Even filled the double washer sprayer for the CJ single one.






stay tuned, more to come...as the deadline nears. We're leaving two days as a buffer to go to PLAN B if the engine craps out or I don't finish in time. Plan B is swap the axles and lift over to the scrambler and take that....we'll see.
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1975 CJ-6 304 T15 Dana20 30/44 3.73
1983 CJ-8 258 T5 300 30/44 3.31 Looking for full or half hardtop buy or trade
1986 CJ-7 Laredo 4.6 stroker T5 300 30/44 3.31
1986 TJ-7 Trail Jeep project in the works
2003 Inca Gold TJ Rubicon
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Unread 09-23-2010, 08:16 AM   #8
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Soo its the deadline! did you make it?? whats the word?
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Unread 09-23-2010, 01:22 PM   #9
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Why do all you people work so much faster than me?
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Whats Next: Wide track swap, winch, new seats, eventually a 4.0 mpi swap from a 90's cherokee or wrangler.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 05:31 PM   #10
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Why do all you people work so much faster than me?
I say the same thing all the time when I look at these guys.
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Unread 09-23-2010, 10:57 PM   #11
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Well, yes. The deadline is here....and guess what? It was a sucess and a failure at the same time. The Jeep was completed in time and when it was fired up, it sounded like a spun bearing on the crank. I removed the belts to isolate the crank and it was so. The motor was a leftover from several purchases ago and I thought it would be good, but I was wrong. I had no history with it and gambled. Thats the way it works sometime. I am so pleased the way the Jeep turned out and so dissapointed that I can't bring it. Yes, I'm still going, but as a passenger armed with a camera. Heres some night time pics for now till I take some better ones in the daylight.
Heres how the tailgate turned out. The CJ brackets were welded in.





The Warn rock sliders were added with the front and rear bumpers.




The inside was very basic just to get me through the weekend. Afterward, I will add the heater/vents cables, and so on.




Heres a few side shots and a dirty busted engine shot.






So the plans are to try another 258 I have OR I may try to go in an see how bad this one is. I may use the one out of my Scrambler as I picked up a 360 for it, but I'm not ready for all of that just yet. I will get it swapped and running good as it must be to be sold. I put a lot of effort into this and want it to be right for the buyer. I'll be adding a hardtop and hard doors too before I sell it. Plus, I still have to finish my Laredo and build my REAL trail jeep...did I mention theres a 401 comming in soon.....ohhhh so many projects...must downsize.

Big thanks to my buddies who came other and turned wrenches. I'll post updates as they happen.
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1983 CJ-8 258 T5 300 30/44 3.31 Looking for full or half hardtop buy or trade
1986 CJ-7 Laredo 4.6 stroker T5 300 30/44 3.31
1986 TJ-7 Trail Jeep project in the works
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Unread 09-24-2010, 10:58 PM   #12
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I've had the Jeep bug since 1974. Four of my eight have been frame off restoration. I've worked in the collision repair industry for the past 25 years.

I have the good fortune to know "Only in a Jeep CJ" and am amazed at his motivation and craftsmanship with these high pressure rebuilds. I am proud to know him, and proud of him.
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Unread 09-25-2010, 06:52 AM   #13
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Nice work for such a short period of time.
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Unread 11-09-2010, 10:16 AM   #14
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Hey - a question for you - how did you get the interior brakets for the tailgate conversion? Did you chop them out of a CJ tub, or were you able to buy them? I've never seen them sold anywhere, not even at the "New/Old Body Parts" places.
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Unread 11-09-2010, 12:54 PM   #15
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Yep, I cut them out of a bad CJ tub and welded them into the YJ tub. I haven't seen them sold anywhere new or used. I also cut out the heat shields, defrost cowl section, "Jeep" stamping on sides, and floating nut plates for the tailgate hinges.
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1975 CJ-6 304 T15 Dana20 30/44 3.73
1983 CJ-8 258 T5 300 30/44 3.31 Looking for full or half hardtop buy or trade
1986 CJ-7 Laredo 4.6 stroker T5 300 30/44 3.31
1986 TJ-7 Trail Jeep project in the works
2003 Inca Gold TJ Rubicon
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