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post #1 of 55 Old 03-22-2012, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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The Green Machine Lives!

Started my CJ5 tonight for the first time in 3 years. It lives! First start on the newly rebuilt engine, so I broke in the new cam at 2,000rpm for 20 minutes and then took it down to a 680rpm idle and checked the timing. Everything checks out great, good oil pressure, temp held right at 190 degrees, alternator was charging at 14.7 volts, everything looked dandy. Letting it cool down now letting the fumes air out of the garage. There's a crappy cell phone vid at the end of this post of it running during cam break-in.

To summarize, this was a full frame-off restoration of a 1974 CJ5 that I've owned now for 23 years. I bought it when I was 16. Everything is new or rebuilt except the transmission and transfer case, which were in excellent shape. The restoration has taken just over 3 years, done by me in my garage part time. I didn't keep track of the total cost and really don't want to know.

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1978 model AMC 258, bored .030, crank ground .010 under, all Fel-Pro and Sealed Power bearings, rings and gaskets. Factory replacement Sealed Power cam and lifters. Engine machining work done by Evan at M&D in Purcellville, Virginia. 4.0L head swap using a rebuilt 7120 casting number head purchased on Ebay from J&C Enterprises in West Virginia. 4.0L factory header. Cast iron 2bbl AMC 258 intake manifold with a Motorcraft 2100 carb. Ebay HEI distributor, Taylor wires. New Powermaster Delco 12si 140amp alternator. Completely rewired using an EZ Wiring harness. New Champion aluminum radiator. New dual diaphragm brake booster and Corvette 1" bore master cylinder (Ebay). Jegs adjustable proportioning valve.

T-176 4-speed and Dana 300 from a 1980 model year CJ5.

Stock Dana 30 front, 3.73 gears, upgraded to 1978 model disk brakes.
Rebuilt Dana 44 rear, 3.73 gears, new Trac-Lok limited slip. Axle rebuilt by Steve Johnson at Xtreme in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

3" Black Diamond springs, 4WD Hardware heavy duty shackles.

Frame stripped and coated with POR15 and POR Chassis Cote, boxed section sprayed internally with Eastwood internal frame coating. Original frame was completely rust free and in great shape.

Every spot of rust cut out and new 16ga metal replacement panels welded into the body. Body stripped to bare metal and coated with Kirker Epoxy primer. Body undercoated with U-Pol Gravitex. Tub inside lined with U-Pol Raptor tinted body color. Body sprayed (by me) with Urethane Base/Clear from Kirker in Forest Moss Green Metallic. All body and frame work done by me in my garage.

Tires are 235x85-16 Treadwright Crawler M/T retreads. Wheels are Cragar 69 Series Delux solid steel wheels. The wheels are backordered until mid April, so here's a pic of what they look like, mine will be painted white:


I didn't do a build thread anywhere because I'm terrible about taking progress pictures. In fact I don't even have any recent pics of the completed Jeep, but now that it's running I will get it out of the garage and get some decent shots. Here are some from last Fall when I just finished the paint. Those tires are just rollers, they are not staying on it.



Up close of the paint


The Raptor lined interior:


The engine before it went back in


The completed engine bay:



Here's a pretty lousy video of the cam break-in. Too dark to see much and there's some electrical interference, but you get the idea. Exhaust is just a temporary jury rigged setup to muffle it and keep the neighbors happy.


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post #2 of 55 Old 03-22-2012, 08:31 PM
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Good job, looks great, I love the color.

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post #3 of 55 Old 03-22-2012, 08:31 PM
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Congratuations!! A fine job!

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post #4 of 55 Old 03-22-2012, 08:32 PM
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Dude, that looks BOSS. Nice job and congratulations. Mine is just started and in a bazillion confusing pieces in the garage. I am officially jealous.

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post #5 of 55 Old 03-22-2012, 08:40 PM
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I want to know why we are just hearing about this build now. Why did you feel you had to restore this Gem secretly as a closet restorer under are noses with no build thread.
Great job!
Looks great!
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post #6 of 55 Old 03-22-2012, 08:45 PM
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Looks way better than my Green Machine!!!!!! Nice work....
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post #7 of 55 Old 03-22-2012, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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I want to know why we are just hearing about this build now. Why did you feel you had to restore this Gem secretly as a closet restorer under are noses with no build thread.
Great job!
Looks great!
Thanks. As I said above, I'm terrible about taking pics while I'm working on something. I honestly don't know how people who create intricately detailed build threads do it. If I had stopped every 10 minutes to clean my hands and grab the camera to document the whole process it would have taken 6 years instead of 3. I respect those who can do this, but it's not for me.
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Here's a couple of "before" photos of what it looked like for about 20 of the years I owned it. It was white when I bought it, and had been blue at some point in its life, and the original green was still under all those layers too.





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Another shot from 5 or 6 years ago with the TJ I owned at the time:
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post #10 of 55 Old 03-22-2012, 09:41 PM
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Great stuff Pathkiller....must feel great to have your CJ just about complete.

Watched the video, who is the manufacturer of the tach you are using. The size looks good and I want to install an aftermarket tach in my CJ when I install the new engine.

Again...it must feel good to see the fruits of three years of work, Congrats!!

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Watched the video, who is the manufacturer of the tach you are using. The size looks good and I want to install an aftermarket tach in my CJ when I install the new engine.

Looks to me like it is a Sunpro Tach. I see them all the time in AutoZone. I might be mistaken, but that's what it looks like to me.

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Nice Pathkiller! Can you roll up Rt. 1 a few miles and finish mine?

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Congrats, I love the color, green has a special place in my heart. Keep up the good work

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I'm sure you know.. I'm digging the green paint!!

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Great stuff Pathkiller....must feel great to have your CJ just about complete.

Watched the video, who is the manufacturer of the tach you are using. The size looks good and I want to install an aftermarket tach in my CJ when I install the new engine.

Again...it must feel good to see the fruits of three years of work, Congrats!!
Thanks.

Yes, it's a Sunpro mini-tach. Pretty cheap but seems to work well and I haven't had any issues with it. It's been with the Jeep since I bought it, back in 1990 and still works fine. All the other gauges are Auto Meter Z-series, but I just couldn't justify shelling out another $100+ for their tach when this one was still working fine and more or less matches the others, with the black bezel.
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