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Unread 10-17-2011, 10:06 AM   #1681
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Mike - congratulations for making it to the #3 google search result for "1979 CJ7" (beaten only by wikipedia and image results!!). I've spent countless hours going through your thread over the past several weeks - thank you for documenting as thoroughly as you've done. It looks great! My build is just starting (ugh) and I wanted to ask - Would you do anything differently if you had it to do again (such as dipping the frame, powdercoating, etc.)? Also, did you ever measure the underhood temps with the louvers open vs taped?

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Unread 10-17-2011, 11:28 AM   #1682
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Detroit EZ-locker ..... It is a little noisier than the one in the rear but it does not bother me.
Boy I took one out of my rear (well, not my... nevermind) because of the noise, I can't imagine one being even louder!

You missed a chance to POR those leafs when you had it apart, course it'll be easy to brush it on afterwards.
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Unread 10-17-2011, 01:36 PM   #1683
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Mike, you do some great pictures, along with your work.
I have a stock pitman arm you can have. Ever get close to Peoria for work? We could meet. Or I could Snail mail it. PM your address, and I'll send it up.

Bill
Thanks Bill. I'll send you a PM about the pitman arm.

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Where's the pic with the new rubber!?!? Me wants...
Well, I had to get the spare tire carrier installed first. I also picked up a couple pairs of 13.5 thousand pound D-rings for the front and rear bumpers. They have the 7/8" pins and they are stout! BESRK does such a great job on his bumpers and tire carriers.


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That went together really nice. I wonder how long those new MTs will hold their tread?? I mean... your gas pedal is digital, right... 0,1... up or down, right??
Ha, I am working on finding the middle range and not just the on/off.

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Mike - congratulations for making it to the #3 google search result for "1979 CJ7" (beaten only by wikipedia and image results!!). I've spent countless hours going through your thread over the past several weeks - thank you for documenting as thoroughly as you've done. It looks great! My build is just starting (ugh) and I wanted to ask - Would you do anything differently if you had it to do again (such as dipping the frame, powdercoating, etc.)? Also, did you ever measure the underhood temps with the louvers open vs taped?
#3 on Google huh? Sweet. Thanks for taking the time to read through the thread. To answer your question on what I might do different, I probably would consider acid dipping the frame and maybe even a galvanize dip. I'd also make sure I was completely done welding on the frame before I applied the paint. It killed me to grind off a nice coat of paint to weld on my roll bar tie-ins and rear crossmember reinforcement then having to go back and touch them up.

I haven't done the louver temperature test yet. It would probably be best to do in the heat of the summer but maybe I'll give it a shot toward the end of this week.

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Boy I took one out of my rear (well, not my... nevermind) because of the noise, I can't imagine one being even louder!

You missed a chance to POR those leafs when you had it apart, course it'll be easy to brush it on afterwards.
Those lunchbox lockers can be noisy but once you learn how to drive with them they aren't too bad.

When I was originally bead blasting everything, I had planned to separate the spring packs to clean and paint each spring individually but a group of guys at the dealer talked me out of it. So I just cleaned and painted the POR on the outsides of the spring packs. Now you can obviously see the rust bleeding through from the center of the spring packs. The close up photos with the flash makes it look worse than it actually is. I'm not sure if I will ever take the time to do that. Until then I'll probably just touch them up with some Rustoleum black.
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Unread 10-17-2011, 05:59 PM   #1684
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I've got a bunch of new pictures to upload sometime tonight but this should get you started. I stopped and took this single shot because I thought I was going to lose the sunlight on my way to where I wanted to take the pictures and I did. This is the only one that shows the pop of the HP White. The white has orange and yellow tints to make it stand out in sunlight.

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Unread 10-17-2011, 06:03 PM   #1685
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Sweet, is it for sale

I know, to much work.

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Unread 10-17-2011, 06:04 PM   #1686
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Bravo, Mike!! Very, VERY nice!!!! :-)
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Unread 10-17-2011, 06:17 PM   #1687
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Looks awesome Mike, love the COBRA J7 plate.
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Unread 10-17-2011, 06:22 PM   #1688
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WOW!! Just wow...
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Unread 10-17-2011, 08:10 PM   #1689
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Here are a few more. You can see the sun went behind the clouds.









Just noticed I forgot to put my AMC Jeep emblem on.





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Unread 10-17-2011, 08:12 PM   #1690
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That's the nicest CobraJ I've ever seen. Nicer than my project will likely turn out!! Wow.
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Unread 10-17-2011, 08:27 PM   #1691
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I've got a bunch of new pictures to upload sometime tonight but this should get you started. I stopped and took this single shot because I thought I was going to lose the sunlight on my way to where I wanted to take the pictures and I did. This is the only one that shows the pop of the HP White. The white has orange and yellow tints to make it stand out in sunlight.

That... is... GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!
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Unread 10-18-2011, 08:56 AM   #1692
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Mike look like it came off the showroom floor
( you need to do something about the license plate
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Unread 10-18-2011, 09:10 AM   #1693
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Mike, do the D-rings rattle at all? Where did you pick those up?

You did an awesome job from start to finish on this project. AAA+++
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Unread 10-18-2011, 09:19 AM   #1694
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You mean you're finished?

I think the engine is dripping- yeah- right there. You may need to pull the front clip, drop the axle, remover the seats, lube the sliders and open that 5.0 up for an inspection!
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Unread 10-18-2011, 09:20 AM   #1695
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Mike,

I haven't begun to digest the feast of information in this thread. My only regret is I didn't tune in earlier!!

Your fabrication, documentation, attention to detail, and ability to follow a concept thru to completion has been a pleasure to read and learn from.

I hope you take that beauty out and enjoy it, because you sir have earned it.

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