Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Western Massachusetts
I started by helping my dad work on his scoutII out in the garage and by help i mean "gopher". go-fer the 3/8" ratchet or the B.F.H, and "hold this light"...."hold it where i can see what i'm doing"...."GET IT OUT OF MY EYES". I would occaisionally take a break after getting screamed at and go watch TV only to hear "JASON GET THE !@#$ OUT HERE..NOW!"and mom would say in a calm voice "i think your father is calling you" I was probably 12 years old and had other things on my mind than working on this rusty hunk of junk and getting yelled at.
One day he brought home a old international pick up, for "us" to fix up. it sat in the yard for a couple of years untouched, when my father realized my biggest facination with it was how much snow i could burie it under with the snow blower he decided to sell it for about half of what he payed for it for.
Once i turned 15 i realized i wasnt going to be able to get that bran new lamborghini for my first vehicle,and had to set my sights a little lower so dad and i found a `78 cj7 levis edition for $450. it ran good ,looked rough,and over the next few years dad showed me how not to fix things,like patching the steel body with fiberglass so in the winter it would pop out like a champagne cork. or fixing the power steering leak with tire fix -a-flat. (anyone want to buy a powersteering pump...cheap?)
Junior year in high school i landed a cool job working at a local shop repairing and restoring fine british cars like jags and healy's etc. learned to make repairs correctly, had all the right tools available and those lights that stay shinning where you want them.
I eventually found the need for jeep parts like a new transfer case to replace that chain driven quadtatrac boat anchor.
Dad found me another cj7 levi edition for $200. this had a 304 V8. ARGH ARGH ARGH!
I began rebuilding the motor by using those correct methods i learned at the jag shop. (boy is that expensive!)and sand blasting the frame, when i was done the rear cross member was missing! I soon became overwhelmed and there sat the frame for about 9 years rotting back into the ground, and the engine on the stand in the corner of the garage collecting dust.
One day last year one of my best friends bought a cj7 and brought it over to show me.
told me i need to get another jeep so we can go jeep'n (my old jeep had since turned into a big gumball gmc 1 ton.)
I showed him the frame that was growing out of the ground and the welding and fabrication that it needed, he looked at it and convinced me to fix it and build a credit card maxxing work of art by saying...
"That frame aint that bad"
So became my kevlar bodied,Edelbrock powered 304 V8, 4" lifted, 33" goodyear mtr mounted cj7 "BULLETPROOF"
That sits in my garage undergoing numerous upgrades that either werent available when i built the motor or couldnt afford at the time.
Now when i sit shivering in my cold house making payments on my (jeep)visa, because i cant afford the heating bill I cant help but remember my "buddies" words.." That frame aint that bad".
I"d do it all over again though!
1982 cj7. Frame off. shell valley kevlar body, stainless hinges, Bestop seats and supertop, KC titanium lights, Homemade swing out tire carrier with spare front wheel bearings/hub, Built 304,DUI,Edelbrock shorty headers with dual stainless 21/2 tubes into incynerator cans 21/4 dumped out the back,Edelbrock 600cfm, performer intake and cam, Borgeson lower column, Centerforce clutch, NV-4500, Dana 300 w/custom built twin stick, Homade 1/4" steel skid plate, 2.5 soft ride w/ 1" shackle lift, 33x12.5 mtr's. Stainless fuel and brake lines, Braided hoses. more...