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post #1 of 143 Old 06-21-2011, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Meh, just wheel it..home made flat fenders,highline, and doors. 2 Jeeps, no money

Well, I guess it's my turn to stop reading about the work that others have done and post up some pics of my old CJ. I started with a 78 CJ frame that had been sitting in the field at my dad's place for at least 20 years. The plan was to strip the parts off that I could reuse on my 74, then scrap the rest. The drivetrain was all original, except for a 327 Chevy. Plans changed, and I decided to patch the frame from the back of the skidplate all the way to the rear bumper. The frame was so rotted i couldn't lift it with a jack under the axle, since it was just stuffing the hangers up into the frame. I used the 4WD Hardware tub from another Jeep that I parted out and slowly started getting it together.I also used a 350, since the adapters were already installed. I'll post some pics as soon as I find them again.

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post #2 of 143 Old 06-21-2011, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 143 Old 06-21-2011, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Picked up some heavily damaged fiberglass fenders and fixed them, traded parts for a grille, reused the original hood. Used a 69 windshield, the 78 dash, and the seats and steering column from an 80 Wagoneer. Once the body was bolted down, I made some rollbar tie-ins from thick wall square stock that are welded to the top of the frame rail. I scabbed together a temporary bumper to use with my towbar. And yes, I have a pit in my garage.
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post #4 of 143 Old 06-21-2011, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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I modified the grille and radiator so the one from the wagoneer would fit, and did some work on the paint. Allis Chalmers Orange, from a rattle-can, Rustoleum black in the center and under the hood.
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post #5 of 143 Old 06-21-2011, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Front clip was pretty much done, and I will repaint the tub this summer. My kids seem to like it.
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post #6 of 143 Old 06-21-2011, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Front clip is painted. I took it four wheeling a couple times, then swapped some parts for a bigger bumper.Trees will fear me. And swiped the 33x12.50s from my 74. My daughter likes the Jeep too!
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post #7 of 143 Old 06-21-2011, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Also picked up an old Viking electric winch. It would power in and out, but I had no idea it had a free-spool until I found some info online. I got the parts from Pierce Sales in Texas. They took over the patents for the Viking and Koenig King winches years ago, and still had the shaft, shift fork, clutch dog and handle. I drilled the old shaft out and installed the new one, now it works like a dream.Like the rest of the Jeep, it's not pretty, but it was cheap, it's paid for, and it keeps me wheeling.
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post #8 of 143 Old 06-21-2011, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Next project is to swap the rear axle to another one that I picked up that has one-piece shafts, 3.54 gears and a Trac-Lok.Then hopefully build some flat fenders.
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post #9 of 143 Old 06-22-2011, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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125 views and not one comment? Come on, I can take it.
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post #10 of 143 Old 06-22-2011, 05:12 PM
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Great minds think alike, but so do serial killers......Thanks.
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post #11 of 143 Old 06-22-2011, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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That's it, I'm taking my ball and going home.








Rear axle swap was going to start tonight, but I'm too damn tired from delivering roofing today.
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post #12 of 143 Old 06-22-2011, 05:31 PM
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LOL, I think its cool to have a JEEP I can drive through anything and not care if I make it out!

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post #13 of 143 Old 06-22-2011, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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If I get it stuck, I'll leave it there and build another one. I have less money into this one than it would take to fill the gas tank.
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post #14 of 143 Old 06-22-2011, 05:56 PM
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Nice work.
I'm guessing that the Miller Light helps the paint bond to the surface?
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post #15 of 143 Old 06-22-2011, 06:00 PM
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Nice

With a great Jeep comes an empty wallet.
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