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post #1 of 30 Old 06-01-2013, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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My 83 CJ-7 build up

Ok, I'm going to attempt to finish this Jeep in a month and a half. As of right now, it is a rolling chassis. I am currently attempting to figure out how to route the fuel lines (there were none when I bought the chassis), as well as the brake lines. Everything I have done soo far has been a direct result of the information I have found on this website, so I decided I should give something back by posting my build up. Hopefully it will help someone with theirs, as well as giving me the opportunity to bounce questions off of you guys. I attempted to sell this Jeep as a Knee-jerk reaction to a military move, but I have decided to try to get it into one piece before I leave, so that I still have a Jeep. Here is my progress soo far (some of these images may look familiar if you follow the classified section).

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post #2 of 30 Old 06-04-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Came home today to brand new fuel lines and brake lines from 4wd.com. Unfortunately one of the fuel lines was kinked. This jeep started as just a frame (no brake lines or fuel lines). Does anyone have pictures (with labels) of the fuel lines? I know they should only go one way, but they all look the same to me.
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post #3 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 12:23 AM
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I think the fuel lines differ from side to side depending on engine. The six cylinder ran down the passenger side.the brake lines down the drivers side.
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post #4 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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I THINK there the fuel vapor line runs down the passenger side, and the tank to pump line, return line, and brake line run up the drivers side...I think. Mine is a V-8.
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post #5 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 01:49 PM
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I just got a roll of aluminum tubing for my fuel lines. Ran the send and return both on the drivers side.
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post #6 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 02:28 PM
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That's the beauty of what you have........unless it's a restoration; do what works for you! That's what I did.

Good luck!

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post #7 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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I got all of the brake lines and the new proportioning valve put in today. Picked up a nice looking transmission and transfer case today for $250. Also, dropped the 304 block to a new (new to me) engine shop this morning. He was not impressed with the machine work of the "racing engine" machine shop. I wish I would've known about the new shop in the first place. Hopefully this guy won't let me down.
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post #8 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure why I can't post multiple pictures per post
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post #9 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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The trans and t case
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post #10 of 30 Old 06-29-2013, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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I started building the 304 today, however, the rear main bearing doesn't fit. To be more specific, it won't fit the crank. There is also a gap at the back of the bearing. The Clevite part number checks out correctly, but it's not right. Has anyone else run into this problem?
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post #11 of 30 Old 07-19-2013, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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My newly rebuilt 304 is in, now it's on to the T150
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post #12 of 30 Old 07-19-2013, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Having a little trouble getting the T150 to go the last 1/2 inch. I'm not a transmission expert (just getting it over the frame rails and onto the cross member sucked), so that probably didn't help.
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post #13 of 30 Old 07-20-2013, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got the trans installed! The crossmember had to be re-drilled. I'm pretty sure I have a crossmember for a newer T4/T5 trans. The tail shaft isn't perfectly lined up, but I think this will buy me the time to find a new crossmember or a 4 speed trans.

Now it's time to get the driveshafts extended. I found a guy in Nashville that will do both driveshafts for $100. That sounds like a pretty good price to me. So, I'll drop them off on Monday, and pick them up in the afternoon. I'm a little surprised that I only need about an inch on each shaft. I figured that a 7" lift would need more.

While I'm in here today...has anyone ever tried to put a T150 or T15 into a 80-86 CJ-7? Mine is an 81-ish, but I spent 3 days trying to get everything lined up. I'm curious if maybe it was just the crossmember that caused my problems. I have the 80-86 crossmember, but I think the 76-79 may have bolted right up. Unfortunately, I don't have the older version.
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post #14 of 30 Old 07-21-2013, 12:00 AM
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Great posting. But I'm thinking it would be easier if you weren't building it upside down. (and quicker)

The end of a defining era.... JEEP R.I.P. 1941-1986
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post #15 of 30 Old 07-22-2013, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Wait...what?!! What's upside down?
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