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Unread 10-07-2009, 03:26 PM   #1
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Johnny Cash - The CJ7 Saga Continues

Hey guys,

Just thought I'd throw out a pic of something I've done to my CJ7 recently. It's not really groundbreaking or anything, it's just nice to show off to people who understand.

I made a stainless steel cover for the shifter area and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I picked up a piece of 18 ga 316 stainless and went to work. I started off with a template I made from the original cover which was hacked up a bit but it was a good start. Then I laid the template down and started drawing lines.

It was a bit tough getting some of the screws to bite in the Stainless because I work hardened it too much from drilling some large holes but other than that I am really happy with the way it turned out.

BTW, I call the CJ Johnny Cash because it's all black except for a few stainless bits here and there. I'm trying to keep it subdued instead of going gaudy with too much stainless.

I'm getting ready to put in a new head, Howell TBI and a Painless wiring harness next. I hope I have the time and organization to do a good build thread on those installs.

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Unread 10-07-2009, 03:44 PM   #2
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Looks good, thanks for sharing.
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Unread 10-07-2009, 03:56 PM   #3
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And if I can figure out how to make a reasonable print from my template, I'll post it.

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Unread 10-07-2009, 05:05 PM   #4
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Clean! Nice.
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Unread 10-07-2009, 05:56 PM   #5
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Give me your dimensions and I'll do it to it. And then I'd ask some other people to fill me in on where different transmission towers end up in relation.

When I swapped to a T176 from the SR4 I needed to re-use my cover so I routed out the square notch just above the round hold for the SR4.

And now I have a coffee cup holder. No I'm not kidding either, it fits a 20oz cupand the heat from the engine and drive train means the coffee doesn't get too cold in the road draft.
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Unread 10-07-2009, 06:28 PM   #6
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Looks like something I made for the Repli-tub I'm doing. Had to modify the opening to allow for T-4 trans shifter so a wider and longer cover plate had to be made. I then had to hand crimp new flange edges around the new cutout so the new cover would lay in the recessed edging like the originals do. I also did the same thing you did by making a heavy paper template first and then cut it out of stainless steel which I may still powder coat in gloss black like the original.







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Unread 10-07-2009, 07:39 PM   #7
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Johnny Cash because it's all black huh? Does your project go together "Once Piece at a Time" ? hahah You should name your rig the Psycho Billy Jeep. Btw nice plate cover, very well executed
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Unread 10-07-2009, 09:46 PM   #8
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Had to look being a fan of the Man in Black. Looks good.
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Unread 10-08-2009, 05:57 AM   #9
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Give me your dimensions and I'll do it to it. And then I'd ask some other people to fill me in on where different transmission towers end up in relation.

When I swapped to a T176 from the SR4 I needed to re-use my cover so I routed out the square notch just above the round hold for the SR4.

And now I have a coffee cup holder. No I'm not kidding either, it fits a 20oz cupand the heat from the engine and drive train means the coffee doesn't get too cold in the road draft.
When I switched from a T-150/Dana 20 to a T-177/Dana 300 I had to make a new cover also but aluminum was much easier for me to work with.

This looks a little odd as most T-177/dana300 setups have the t-case shifter a little behind the T-176 shifter. Mine are even.

I used the Dana-20 boot for the T-case:


Then just throw a floor cover over all of it
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Unread 10-08-2009, 06:35 AM   #10
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So then does anyone have plate dimensions?

AFAIK there should be an early and a late plate for the CJ7, to account for the intoduction of the SR4/T4/T5 family. Does the CJ5 have any issues in this? area? It shouldn't be too hard to catalog the various hole positions and then just make a master template drawing.
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Unread 10-08-2009, 09:32 AM   #11
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I think I have one of each someplace. If I can find it I'll trace it and scan it for you.
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Unread 10-08-2009, 12:19 PM   #12
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The biggest problem is trying to find a scanner that is big enough. The plate comes out to about 11-1/2 inches x 14-3/4 inches. Just too big for a Ledger/B Size Scanner. Does anyone have access to something that will do either C Size or D Size sheets?

I can easily trace it on some paper, its on cardboard right now, and mail it. As far as I'm concerned anyone who wants it can have the pattern, it's just getting it into a useable file format for a CNC plasma cutter or whatever that is the hard part.

Lets hear your ideas.

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Unread 10-09-2009, 08:16 AM   #13
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I have a "D" size scanner/printer/copier at work. Need to find some paper big enough to trace it on then. Maybe just tape some together and then scan it in.
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Unread 10-09-2009, 09:53 AM   #14
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Hey John, I can get some butcher paper or something similar. I'll trace it and then PM you for your address. Then I can just mail it to you to scan.

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Unread 10-09-2009, 01:47 PM   #15
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I'll take napkin doodles as long as you have the dimensions for the features.
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Their shoulders held the sky suspended; They stood, and earth's foundations stay; What God abandoned, these defended, And saved the sum of things for pay.

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