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Unread 11-22-2010, 09:43 PM   #76
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Before I make any decisions I need to find out what gears are in the jeep now. I did not want to sink a ton of money into the drivetrain until I got to use the jeep for a while. Does anybody have any ideas what gears where common in 82 cj7s(I am hoping 3:73's, this way I only need to swap one set)? I know the only way to tell is to open it up but I will not have time until Sat to do it.
BigMikeATL they are already emptied LOL.

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Unread 11-22-2010, 10:23 PM   #77
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just read your thread very nice progress ill be checking out the updates to get some schooling on my cj7
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Unread 11-27-2010, 02:40 PM   #78
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I finished the chassis off with the chassis coat and had a chance to open up the front differential and take a peek inside. It looks like the dana 30 is 2:73s as well as the dana 44. I may just leave them for now and try it out with the stock gears and see how it works out. I can now start bolting things back onto the frame like the motor mounts, snubbers etc.
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Unread 11-27-2010, 03:25 PM   #79
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We gonna get to see the paint job?

Good call on leaving the gears as they are. There will be time for that later.
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Unread 11-27-2010, 06:47 PM   #80
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We gonna get to see the paint job?

Good call on leaving the gears as they are. There will be time for that later.
Not much to see, kinda looks just like the por15 but another shade. I have a friend that may have a set of 3:73 gears for the dana 44 for free, so we shall see.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 04:28 PM   #81
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Hey Vert I saw where you posted on that you're starting to put things back together. That's a great place to be.
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Unread 12-04-2010, 11:21 AM   #82
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Not much building today, more of a get this old frame out of my driveway before the neighbors say something. I started with this

and took off the axles, steering components and anything else I may need in the future. Ended up with this so far


I am going to practice my welding on the frame and then weld up the axle tubes on the amc 20. Maybe put it on craigslist and see if I can make a buck or two and then the frame is off to the scrap yard finally.
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Unread 12-05-2010, 04:13 AM   #83
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Hey Vert

Your moving right along with the project, that's great!!! What kind of welder do you have, give a call if you need any pointers with it. Not much going on with my jeep these days between heating season and hunting I don't have a min to breathe
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Unread 12-18-2010, 04:14 PM   #84
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I went to install my gas tank and new skid plate today only to find that I have a 20 gallon tank and not a 15 . The only thing I could come up with was to extend the skid plate to make the tank fit. I bought a piece of flat steel and a piece of angle, welded them together and started my first welding project.
This is the shot of the tank with the 15 gallon skid


and this is with the piece welded on



I also got the skid plate for the transmission mounted, motor mounts and cross brace mounted.
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Unread 12-18-2010, 11:12 PM   #85
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Looks great... man... lot of work to do! Good luck! ( btw, that blue crate up front looks to be hating life right now...
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Unread 12-19-2010, 05:54 AM   #86
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Not much to see, kinda looks just like the por15 but another shade. I have a friend that may have a set of 3:73 gears for the dana 44 for free, so we shall see.
My 82 Laredo came with 2.73 gears also. The previous owner put 33" tires on it so it didn't have much power. I put a 72 scout dana 44 under the rear since my hubs were stripped and regeared the front and back to 3.73. If people are giving you gears, take them. You'll be much happier with 3.73 over 2.73. A buddy gave me the front gears and a new diff. to go with it and I bought a used set of gears for the rear from ebay for $65 including shipping.

I forgot to mention, that with a T-4 transmission, I can shift into 4th at 35 mph and accelerate up on a slight incline. At 65 the engine rpm is around 2500, I've yet to have to shift down unless the traffic slowed to less than 35. I have a 258 in mine also.

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Unread 12-19-2010, 07:16 AM   #87
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My friend never came up witht the 3:73's so it looks like I am going to wait unless a killer deal comes along. So it sounds like a good setup with the t-4, 258, 33's and 3:73s. Maybe I will check e-bay now you never know LOL. Yeah that milk crate is screaming, cant wait to get the rear done so I can get my jack stands back.
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Unread 12-19-2010, 06:11 PM   #88
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I got a coat of paint on the gas tank skid and started on the new stainless brake lines.



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Unread 12-19-2010, 09:23 PM   #89
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looking good, keep it up
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Unread 12-20-2010, 08:07 AM   #90
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Looks good, hows it coming?
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