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post #1 of 53 Old 08-12-2012, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Mrs. Agnes: My 1978 CJ-7 Build Thread

I have been working at this for a while and decided to share. I started with a really hacked up 1978 CJ-7 that I got for $1K. Follow along if you wish.

Original pictures:

Grill:

Rear: with Blazer axles:

Body holes:


Front Steering...how about that drag link?

Engine...note the liberal use of yellow wires!


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post #2 of 53 Old 08-12-2012, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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The tub was so bad, the only option was to replace. So I proceded to go for the body off restoration:



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Fast forward to now. Frame rapaired in the rear. I have replaced the Blazer axles with OEM axles. The automatic has been replaced with a T150 and Dana 20 transfer case. Engine cleaned and painted. Chassis plumbing replaced.

frame repair:



Axles Replaced:
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Engine cleaned and painted:
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Tub ready:



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Replacement tub:

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does that have blazer front axle too?
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It did...not anymore. The front was a Dana 44, rear was a GM 12 bolt. The outboarding was poorly executed and the steering was awful. It is now a wide track Dana 30.

Yes, I did the from unthinkable, I am taking it back to stock. But I drove a 81 CJ7 to Alaska and back from Texas. I like the stock ride and don't hardcore off-road. My DD is a 1998 TJ. For me driving a Jeep is a lifestyle attitude, not a radical off-road vehicle. It is just me.
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post #9 of 53 Old 08-13-2012, 06:13 AM
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Mrs. Agnes,

Your build looks incredible! Your frame looks great and so does your suspension. My only question is, what grade bolts did you use for your suspension? I can't wait to see this jeep finished.

Take care,

Check out "YJ V6 Conversion" if you want to see a frame up restoration of my 1992 YJ.

Check out "WWII Jeep Photos AND Restoration of..." if you want to see the original JEEP in action...
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Thanks. I used Grade 8 all the way for the important stuff.
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It's been so hot recently, I decided to work on refurbishing the wiring harness. First, after looking closely at the old under-dash harness, I was not impressed especially with the fuse box:


I absolutely despise glass fuses! Also the wiring was covered in overspray...everywhere

Sometime in the past when it was repainted white, nothing got removed or masked, just "paint to match"

As luck would have it, there was a under dash harness from a 79 on ebay for a reasonable price with ATO fuses and in good condition, so I pounced!

Just needs a new dimmer switch connector and repair to the brake light connection.

Next up was the engine bay part of the harness. Again, painted over and pretty hacked up as you can see in the last picture of my first post above. So, I pulled it apart and refurbished it. All new split wire loom, new connectors as needed and missing/damaged wires reinstalled to proper specs. Final termination on the engine area will be completed when it is installed but all those "yellow" wires running every are gone!
Before:
After:

For the rear lights/fuel tank sender, i am going to buy some 6 conductor trailer cable that will take care of all the circuits and provide a dedicated ground wire to boot! If you take your time and follow the wiring diagram you can do this too.
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I'm going back in stages on the tub (YJ) mount, so first order of business is cleaning up the firewall:

Sanded and primer:

Trim tag installed:


This morning I shot the engine bay color. I am painting the outside (eventually) with OD Green but couldn't bring myself to do the engine bay that color. So Gillespie Coatings has a Sea Foam Green for armor interiors that looks like it will be a good transition between OD Green and the AMC Blue engine paint:



This is getting fun now! Next up mounting the CJ tailgate. Stay tuned!
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Finished the firewall paint today. Painted the "jamb" for the hood/fenders.

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Way to go Scooter!! Love to see someone serious about their work. I had to laugh at the PO mods. You just proved to me something about my PO... he wasn't so bad afterall! Keep up the good work.

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