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post #1 of 5 Old 11-21-2008, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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New Project Help????

So I recently aquired an abandoned highschool shop project from a neighbor and I'm looking for some insight as to what i'm in for.

1976 CJ7 body on a 1995 YJ frame no motor no trans, YJ axles and dana 300 and a hodge podge of parts and steering boxes and radiators and crap. Originally had a 360 and a th400

The un crap stuff:
Brand new still in the box from summit. 4" super lift complete with shocks drop pitman and all the doodads. Brand new front winch bumper, Warn winch, winch plate, and a few other brand new things.

and a Dana 70.

So my question is if I do decide to go ahead and build this up what are the major problems that I will run into.

Also has anyone ever done this before?

Thanks for any help you can give.

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-21-2008, 01:20 AM
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Also has anyone ever done this before?
Need to be a little more specific.

People on here have taken some serious crap and turned them into nice rigs, so I am pretty sure your specific questions will be answered.

Congrats on the purchase

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-21-2008, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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It was actually given to me by the kids dad, my neighbor.

Mainly my questions are around fitment. If i am going to do i will probably put all engine and drive line back to 1995 stock. ie. 4.0 ax15 231 and use the axles that i have in order to get it driving. What I'm wondering is if I do that will I run into any fitment issues with factor placement on the yj frame? I'm trying to fab as little as possible. I can if I have to but I would rather have a mostly bolt on to stock for now. It is going to be an alternate mode of trans when its done until I get xj stroked.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-21-2008, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by FavaGuitars View Post
1976 CJ7 body on a 1995 YJ frame
that actually isn't that bad of an idea. the classic CJ look with a newer frame, springs, and driveline set up. might be an abomination to some, but mechanically not a bad way to go. congrats on the rig, post some pics for us!

'06 Wrangler SE, soft top, hard doors, 2.4L, rolling completely stock and unmodified for the short term...
'10 Wrangler Sport, soft top, hard doors, 23S package, Teraflex 2.5" spring lift, Spidertrax 1.5" wheel spacers. Sold.
'79 CJ-7 Renegade, 258 I6, T150, D20, D30/AMC20, 2.5in Rancho lift, 31x10.5 AT's, TeamRush upgrade, flush tail lights - Sold :'(
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-21-2008, 10:39 AM
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Given that you're basically going to wind up with a YJ with a CJ body on it, the YJ forum guys would probably be a bigger help to you. There are fitment issues (all surmountable) with using the CJ front clip on the YJ frame.

'86 CJ-7 Laredo: 4.2,T-999,D300,D30/D44,'94 YJ tub, full cage, Shrockworks rockers, OYR corners, AC,cruise,restored seats,3 tops,2.5" Superlift,F-T shackle reversal, RS9000x's,35" Dunlop Mud Rovers.
'83 Scrambler: time & money pit under construction with parts from CJ's,YJ's,TJ's,FSJ's,GM,Ford,IH,Honda,Toyota and a whole lotta aftermarket & custom stuff.

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