Mike, it took me all day to read up to page 60 of this thread, and I know, I know by now you're likely tired of hearing accolades but I consider you a King of Jeeps, ressurecting this classic CJ. I'm sure Moses Ludel would be proud to grace his pages with the work you've done. And to think that you've taaken the time to post all these photos and details is above and beyond, not to mention your kind words of wisdom to neophytes like myself. I dig that you're into MotoRR as well, one of my best buddies got me into this as he was a local racer up at PIR's (Portland Int'l Raceway) OMMRA back in the '80's which gave me enough background to work for a small track as their results writer (I actually managed to get published in Cycle News a couple of times).
In summary I, salute you, your efforts and patience in your build and helping the rest of us by inspiring the inner bodyman lurking in us all.
Hey, thanks for all the great comments. Posting the thread sure was a lot of additional work but comments like these now that it is basically finished, along with all of those providing motivation and input along the way, sure made it all worth it.
Congrats on having articles being published in the magazines. I got my name in RoadRacing World a couple of times. My brief but successful motorcycle road racing career is something I will be able to look back on and cherish for the rest of my life.
Some good looking rides you've got there.
Thanks for the heads up on tarping, this stuff settles everywhere!!
Looking to buy a plasma cutter and a 220v mig this month or next for the frame work.
We'll be looking for your progress. Good luck.
I just finished this massive thread. Every word. Hats off. Can my CJ be your CJ's ugly little sister???
Thanks. They are all related.
...and hats off to us that have the time & patience to read the entire thread!
Most people will see a "new" thread that is 100+ pages long and won't even bother trying to read it. The first 3-10 pages will really suck you into mine so if you make it that far you will probably keep reading. I also tried to keep my thread on point so it was "mostly" Jeep related. I sometimes have trouble going back in the thread to find some info for myself or someone else and not being able to find it. I can't image trying to keep track of Dave's, Scott's or the Jim's threads. Sometimes those guys are all over the place.
I have reed your post and just a word: BRAVO!!!
a job of a pro and You can be happy in USA while here in France, it is not possible to change the engine, to put a lift, to change tire size, to put original indicators lights, nothing;
and good trip with Your jeep and the R6 (I am also biker on a FJR 1300, normal in France with max 106 hp but mine is normal as in other countries with 1.6 HP and it is better and economize fuel = 0,8 l pro 100 km)
Thank you for taking the time to read the thread and leave your comments. Sounds like you have strict laws regarding the modification of vehicles there in France. Sounds like the FJR would be fun to ride. My 2001 R1 had 145HP at the rear wheels and it was a handful but so much fun to ride.
I know it's about the journey and not as much about the destination, but I just bought my first restoration project 1978 cj7 with a 304 and i already want it to be done like yours... This thread is going to be my inspiration to do it right and thorough.
Awesome, we'll be looking forward to your build thread. Looks like you need to update your profile. Sorry but the CJ trumps the TJ.
I also got a kick out of your beer snob blog because I have also turned into one.