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post #1 of 59 Old 03-04-2017, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Megatron CJ7 Build

Here is its current state. I'll show how I got here.

Paint is all monstaliner red and black
1982 CJ7 with 5.3 LS
Ford t18a granny 6.32:1 first
d300 clocked flat 32 spline front output twin stick
Front axle 3/4 ton d44 ARB true high steer 4.10
Rear axle 14 bolt Detroit 4.10 disc brakes
H1's recentered with 3/8" centers, pvc dual beadlocks, large rim stiffeners
37" PBR radials
SOA lift with 1.5" BDS YJ leafs up front and custom YJ packs on rear
5125 Bilstein 14" travel shocks
Die hard platinum AGM battery
Custom crossmember / skid plate
Novak aluminum radiator
Hydraulic clutch
Woody driveshafts 1350's
Steering and anti wrap bar all 1.5" .250 wall DOM
PSC power steering gear box
Headers are advance adapters
Mufflers are foowmaster HP2's
Metalcloak fenders 4" flare



Back in 2009 this is how I bought it



33" mastercraft with 4" lift
Stock wide track axles 2.73 gears
Blown amc360
Rebuilt t18a
Stock Dana 300 with adapter
Rusted out rocker panel and front floor among a couple other spots
Paid $1200



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post #2 of 59 Old 03-04-2017, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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In the same trip buying the jeep I bought the front axle

1976 Chevy 3/4 ton Dana 44. Welded and already setup for true high steer with arms to clear H1 rims. Paid $350



Shortly later I found a rear 14 bolt from an 80's C&C truck and it had matching 4.10 gears. Paid $100




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I pulled the amc360 out to be rebuilt. Then started working on the body while the engine was at the shop

Rocker panel and driver side floor needed replaced.
I then used herculiner bed liner for the inside of the tub.











Made my own trans tunnel cover

Added a twin stick kit from JB fab for $100. All stainless and all metal parts.


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Upon tearing down the motor we found it was already 60 over. So off to find another 360. I found one locally and paid $250 for a stock 360.

Well after getting it back and enjoying the Mild cam
Installed I quickly learned not to mash the throttle



I had a 62 cj5 at the time and swapped wheels on both jeeps. The black rims are 15x10 with 2.5" BS with Mickey Thompson Baja mtz 33's.



Playing in the snow


I then bought some H1 wheels with 36" military tires all for $350. I tore them apart and cut the run flat off but retained the magnesium dual bead locks.



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The next winter the rear of my frame collapsed.


Another spot on the frame was a little weak so I decided to do it all now.





Built my own frame rail for the rear and reinforced it on the inside.


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post #6 of 59 Old 03-05-2017, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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I next upgraded the brakes to a dual diaphragm booster.


Here is both my Jeep's
1962 cj5 and 1982 cj7


Came into a hard top and full doors all for free. The top had a sun roof in it that leaked bad too so i filled it in.






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After first breaking the rear driveshaft and then I broke a rear axle from driving on the road and hitting the throttle a little hard I decided it's time to move on from jeep parts.

Time for the axle swap. A lot of parts I bought came from former TTC winner back in 2010 with the YJ built red buggy Yeti
Other parts mostly came from ruffstuff




Ford F-250 shock towers


Clocking ring from JB conversions to clock it up flat gaining tons of clearance.

Making my own crossmember so I can raise it up for the extra clearance and also to bolt a skid plate to it so I can service everything with out removing the crossmember like you have to do from the factory.


This will bolt up in the stock location



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So I learned from my cj5 build that a manual clutch linkage doesn't work off road when articulating. I went to Novak and bought their retro kit.


Swapped to a one ton brake MC with a 1-1/8" bore


Used Heims for my steering linkage. Had a buddy tig weld the inserts in for $20

Learned on a test drive the welded spiders wasn't going to work. So pulled the trigger on a ARB. Had it installed for $125. At the time I didn't have the funds for the on board air so I just ran the front axle open for the winter.



Used TJ flares and cut the front ones.



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Now was time for the OBA. Chose Viair constant duty. Wanted to power not only my locker but also air tools as well. Installed a tank in the wasted space between the roll bar on top of the rear fender.



I was really tired of hearing about many stating a rubicon was the baddest jeep around. So I made this


Now was time to test out the flex. Turned out very well.






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Another bad spot on the frame.




Next I needed to make a torque arm for the trans/tcase. With out it I had way to much lateral movement losing power. Decided to make one and tie it in several points where the tcase meets the adapter


Next was to swap to an aluminum intake and 4 barrel carb.

Found the Intake for $100 and bought a Holley truck avenger 670


For the swap i drilled off the stock Intake the oil baffle plate and drilled and tapped the bottom of the aluminum intake. I then cut down the oil baffle to shorten the depth to clear the oil valley gasket / shield. Used the right stuff to seal up the ends. Coated the gasket both sides with copper tone gasket and also right stuff on each specific port.






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Time to play some.



Upgraded my ignition to team rush msd big ford cap


Another spot on the frame.


This is all mud inside the frame I cut away


Changed out the front outboarding to this kit from Davescustomunlimited which is a really nice kit





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Next my wife and I were expecting. Here is the jeep I built for her on 35's






So in February of 2015 the motor ended up with an issue with the piston rings. I blew out 5 quarts of oil in one day driving. Now was time to decide to rebuild again and still have carb issues or go efi with a LS swap. I battled carb issues with a lot of the obstacles I was trying was too steep for this off road carb. The carb is good for up to 40 degrees. I have a video of it stumbling and causing me to fly down a steep hill reverse and almost flipping it. Got it on two wheels sideways. Broke a leaf spring doing so. Can't get the video to load though.

Stay tuned for the LS swap!!
Out with the old 360!





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Very nice builds!

1979 CJ5- SOA, 304, T18,D20, D30,Model 20 with trac loc/moser axles both 4:56 geared and 35 TSL swampers.

1978 CJ5-SOA,9:1 360, T18A,D20, D30 and M20 w/4:56.

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Here is the new to me motor
1999 Chevy 5.3 LM7 complete with wiring and pcm for $400
Has right at 130k miles



Dropping trans/tcase


Found a 70's k20 bellhousing for a 168 tooth fly. This will allow me to use a 12" clutch
Used Novak for the flywheel and ARP bolts torques to specs. So the bellhousing bolts right to the motor but for the trans I needed a sizing ring and a different bearing retainer which I purchased from Novak. The upper two bolt holes simply need oblonged about 1/4 of the hole then those line up to the trans. Bottom ear on the trans needs drilled and tapped and then I just used a spacer and bracket for the hole in the bellhousing.









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Motor set. Tried Novak mounts but won't work for me. Switched to AA which are fantastic letting me place the motor where I want.



Headers on from AA.




Power steering line adapted from napa


Battery box and pcm mount I'm building. Raises it up and bolts in stock location.









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