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post #1 of 20 Old 04-04-2013, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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My lifetime project CJ-7

In November 1977 I took delivery of a new Jeep CJ-7 Renegade I ordered a couple of months before.

It was a Levi Edition (blue denim seat covers padded dash and top) with a 304 c.i. V-8. It was the first new vehicle I ever bought.






I drove the hell out of it as a daily driver and occasional off roader for 20+ years. Then it went to pasture in my back 40. About 2003 I started to bring it back to life with the help of a good friend and one of the best Jeep mechanics I've ever known.

What started as a fixer upper turned into a frame off rebuild. Below are some of the highlight photos.















Every body part that would come apart did and was straightened, primed and painted. Jeep assembles lots of body parts before they paint them (at least in 1977).

The interior was bed lined before reassembly. All parts were reassembled with stainless steel nuts, bolts and screws.

The old 304 c.i. AMC V-8 was sold and a 401 c.i. AMC V-8 was rebuilt to take its place. It has an Edelbrock intake and cam, Holley Truck Avenger carb, FlowCooler water pump, DUI ignition and plug wires, four row radiator, two Optima Red Top batteries.











In the photos above it still has the NP435 I was hoping would work. I traded a Bud 5 cases of beer for it. Even after going through it shifting was like driving a bread truck. Not seen in these photos is the NV4500 I replaced it with about 6 months later.







I had always wanted a Scrambler but that never happened but I did get a chance to buy a CJ-8 half top and bulkhead from a Jeep club member (the president at the time) for $350.


The tranfer case is a D-300 with 4:1 conversion and twin stick shifters. The front axle s a D-44 and the rear is a wide D-20 AMC with one piece shafts. Both have Lockrights.

The suspension is a BDS Wrangler conversion.

I have done more to the interior since these photos were taken but I just got tired of taking them. So what you see is what you get.

Here she is next to my wife's JKU.



I hope to drive it until I can't drive. OK, no old person jokes here. Go offend me in another thread like the other d**ks do.

If you have a similar old CJ let's talk.

That's all folks.


1978 CJ-7 original owner; AMC 401 V-8 (w/some goodies);NP4500;D300 (w/Curry 4:1); D44 front;AMC20 (Warn one piece axles) rear
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post #2 of 20 Old 04-04-2013, 09:10 PM
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I love it!!!
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WOW!!! Very Nice!!
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Go offend me in another thread like the other d**ks do.

That's all folks.
Relax Tom. It's OK. You're among friends here. Jeep looks great. Almost wish I kept the old style roll bar, so I could do the Scrambler 1/2 top.

How you like the 401?

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Relax Tom. It's OK. You're among friends here.
I get beat up on some other threads, gettin paranoid (or is it paranormal?)!

Thanks for the compliments.

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Great job man, jeep looks awesome! I have a similar story with my 5 that I'm finishing up. Again...great job!
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Really Nice !!

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Gilles

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Looks like we have the same tastes! Great lookin CJ
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Sweet Jeep and great job restoring it

They say money can't buy happiness but it can buy Jeep parts...and Jeep parts make me really Happy.
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Sweet Jeep and great job restoring it
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Nice looking CJ-7 with the half top Tom.

Were you able to keep the original roll bar in its factory location when adding the bulkhead and half top from the Scrambler? I know that setup would not work with OEM roll bars after 1979.

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Nice looking CJ-7 with the half top Tom.

Were you able to keep the original roll bar in its factory location when adding the bulkhead and half top from the Scrambler? I know that setup would not work with OEM roll bars after 1979.
Yes, that is the original roll bar. I had to replace the tub, too much rust. It was cheaper to find another tub than to repair the original. The replacement is from a 1981. The bracets for the bulkhead are already in the 1980 and newer tubs. The location may be a little further forward than in the 1978 location for the bar. You will notice I did not use the bolts through the side of the tub for the roll bar. I think it looks cleaner w/o them.

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It looks great!

What do you think of the BDS wrangler conversion? I am torn between the BDS and the OME kits.
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It looks great!

What do you think of the BDS wrangler conversion? I am torn between the BDS and the OME kits.
OME, is that Original Manufacturer's Equipment? If so the BDS is superior even with a mild 1.5" lift. I actually feel safe driving 70 mph (and you get there quick with a 401 & NP4500!).

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OME, is that Original Manufacturer's Equipment? If so the BDS is superior even with a mild 1.5" lift. I actually feel safe driving 70 mph (and you get there quick with a 401 & NP4500!).
OME Old Man Emu

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