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76cjnoob 10-18-2012 11:47 PM

Noob's Build Thread
I bought my CJ-7 in May of this year and have spent the past few months tearing it down and rebuilding the tub. It is my first Jeep and 2nd build. I also have a 1982 Chevy K-20. It's a 1976 with a 304, T-150 and Dana 20. It has an AMC 20 rear and Dana 30 front axle and 8 inch long shackles :nono: I purchased the Jeep from a friend who bought it just for the hard top. The tub was pretty much shot, but came with alot of patch panels to get me started. Luckily my dad owns a body shop and I have been around body work most of my life. I decided that it would be much cheaper to fix my tub rather then buy a new one (more patience than money!) I started ripping it apart instantly.

I have my tub about 90% fixed, I just need to finish some welds and do the body work. I am currently working on the frame. I have it stripped bare and found a couple cracks where the steering box bolts on. The PO had already braced it, I will probably redo that and make it look a little better. I also found the typical rust where the rear shackle mounts bolt on.

My future plans are to rebuild the 304 and go through tranny, transfer case and axles. I should have started this thread several months ago, but I will post some pictures to get you caught up.

DYontheForum 10-19-2012 12:06 AM

Wow that is a nice truck.

76cjnoob 10-19-2012 12:34 AM

Thanks. I have alot of work into it. hopefully my Jeep will be that nice one of these days!

keith460 10-19-2012 02:52 AM

Nice metal work on the tub and it looks like it will turn out well in the end. That is way more work then I would ever tackle; I would have just scrapped the tub and gotten another.

I think most would agree here on the forum that you need to get rid of those ridiculously long front shackles. I can't image how that must drive on the road, if you even could drive it on the road it would be a death trap waiting to happen. Castor has gone right out the door on that setup. Stock front shackles will correct steering issues and a pair of decent lift springs will make the ride MUCH more enjoyable. Don't go cheap on repairing front end steering components like the PO has done just to gain lift.

76cjnoob 10-19-2012 03:06 AM

I already have stock length shackles ready to put on when it goes back together. I drove it home (about 20 miles) and it was all over the rode. I thought I was headed for the ditch atleast 3 times! I looked at new tubs, but figured I could spend alot of time on mine for $4000.

76cjnoob 10-23-2012 09:22 PM

I spent a couple hours wire brushing my frame. I really wanted to get more done today, but had to help my dad for a couple hours. Friday I plan on fixing the bad spots in the frame. I will make sure to get some pictures.

Ken4444 10-24-2012 08:19 PM

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Those are some of the craziest shackles I've ever seen. I don't think I've seen a setup where the PO had to add bracing to the shackles because they were so long. weird! I can't believe anyone thought that was a good idea. The cr*p that people bolt onto Jeeps always amazes me...

76cjnoob 10-31-2012 10:34 PM

I got quite a bit accomplished today. First off I welded in the frame patch that I made for the rear shackle mount.

I fixed one of my body mounts that was a little thin by welding in a patch. I didn't get the hole drilled but have the patch welded solid.

I worked on welding cracks around the sway bar mounts. I also reworked some bracing that the PO had welded to the frame near the steering box mount.

Not an extremely productive day, but I keep chipping away at stuff. Keep in mind I am not a professional welder. Today was really the first time I have welded anything heavier than sheet metal, so don't make fun :hahaha: I am hoping to finish prepping my frame this week and get it painted next week. I will start on my axles after that. I am planning on doing a disc brake swap on the front using Chevy parts. I also have a 2.5 inch lift with stock shackles to install when I start putting it back together.

Ken4444 11-01-2012 08:14 AM

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Originally Posted by 76cjnoob (Post 14387529)
..Not an extremely productive day, but I keep chipping away at stuff. Keep in mind I am not a professional welder..

Every time I have to take my CJ off the road for a lengthy round of repairs, I always feel like the clock is ticking. Some days I might only make 10 minutes of progress. Other days I might put in 4 hours. I'm always amazed, however, that the little things add up and the big projects get done as long as I keep plugging away.

Manhattan 11-01-2012 11:00 AM

Wow.. you're ambitious! To take that tub from where it started to where you've got it... wow. Nice work - and love the attitude! Keep the pics coming! Oh, I'll buy those shackles if you're not using them - they're awesome! ;-)

76cjnoob 11-06-2012 03:07 PM

well I planned to get some work done today, but the old lady wanted me to get the yard cleaned up. In the process I locked up my brother's push mower. oops! not sure what happened to it, had oil but just started pouring white smoke so I shut it down. I tried to pull the cord and it is locked up tight. Guess I will have to offer some Jeep money to replace it.

76cjnoob 11-15-2012 11:23 PM

I finished prepping my frame yesterday and this morning. I painting it gloss black with a single stage urethane. It turned out pretty good. I also prepped a set of nerf bars for my buddies 2006 TJ. He bought them used and they had a pretty good amount of surface rust and pitting, so I used rattle can duplicolor bed liner on them. I have my front Dana 30 sitting on jack stands ready to tear down and paint. I am going to do a disc brake swap on it. I am planning to use Chevy mounting brackets, Chevy Dana 44 calipers and 1 1/8" CJ rotors. I also have to replace U-Joints and seals while the axles are apart. I should be able to get to that next. If anyone has done the Chevy disc brake swap and has a write up on it let me know. I have only been able to find an old article from Jp magazine

76cjnoob 11-20-2012 08:18 PM

Got started on my front disc brake swap. I went and picked up a donated chevy axle yesterday to rob the parts. I figured while I had the axle all tore apart I would replace all the seals (wheel, pinion and axleshaft). I am also replacing the spindle bearings and seals. The parts store didn't have all my parts, but they should be here in the morning and hopefully I can it ready to paint.

Chevy donor axle
Chevy backing plate on Dana 30
Pulled the ring gear to replace Axle shaft seals
lots of little parts!
Another shot of the backing plate

76cjnoob 11-23-2012 10:39 PM

Spent the last couple days working on my disc brake swap as well as replacing bearing and seals in my rear amc 20. I hit a couple in my disc swap, my hubs need to be machined and my set of caliper brackets appear to be the wrong ones. I have one that I think will work, but need to get another. Today I tore into my rear axle and found that it has Yukon 1 peice shafts. :2thumbsup: The only problem is I need shaft bearings and I will have to order them. I decided that while I was waiting on parts I would go ahead and paint my axles and 2.5" pro comp lift springs.

76cjnoob 11-25-2012 08:40 PM

got to work for a few hours today. Bolted my shackle mounts to the frame and hung my front springs and axle. My day was cut short because i went to visit my Grandma who is in the hospital with dementia-like symptoms. broke my heart having to explain where she was and why she was there every few minutes.

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