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Unread 10-22-2007, 09:43 PM   #1
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ok!? getting it road worthy

im building my 67 cj5 heres my plans i dont plan on hammering on it or anything, its gonna be a trail rider till i get better axles,

chevy 307 v8,edelbrock performer cam,holley intake edelbrock 600cfm carb
sm465 tranny
model 18 tranny
dana 27 front with rebuilt factory posi
dana 44rear with rebuilt factory posi with 2 peice axles
4 inch superlift lift
33/10.50 tsl/thornbirds
1 inch body lift
teraflex revolver shackles front/rear

what im asking will this combo work good for a daily driver mild booner till i get my dana 44s? i got most of this stuff for free or dirt cheap so i figured i would ask
i plan on having this done before snow flys (i hope still got to patch frame and do alot of body work that im in process of doing) thanks!

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Unread 10-23-2007, 04:27 PM   #2
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I would skip the revolver shackles for a mostly road vehicle but otherwise it should be a good dd
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Unread 10-23-2007, 10:45 PM   #3
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why 10.50s and why thornbirds? the shackles will be fine. i've been running mine for a little over 1 and a half now with no problems. I drive it just about every day.
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Unread 10-24-2007, 12:15 PM   #4
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33" with the stock axles and the added torque/weight of the SBC is pushing it. A total of 5" of lift (plus the shackles) with the short wheelbase and narrow track is also pushing it.

Having said that, it's just my opinion. I would look for some 31" tires, limit the lift to 2 1/2 or three inches until you replace the axles.
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Unread 10-24-2007, 02:46 PM   #5
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your 44 will be fine so will the 27 as long as you keep it out of a bad bind. i ran 33's on my amc 20 for years and that 44 is just as strong. with a narrow trac i would look into some 12.50s and some small spacers.
Small, fine shavings are ok, large chunks are bad, huge chunks with part number stamped on them are real bad.
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Unread 10-24-2007, 02:56 PM   #6
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Best site on the 'net for '67 info: www.earlycj5.com

33x10.50 are the perfect tire for that early CJ, but you only need a 2.5" lift to run them effectively. You'll have to run a 10" wheel and fender flares if you go to the 12.50 tire.

Chevy V8 will fit, but you'll need to run a late CJ grille, and even then it's a tight squeeze, partly due to the distributor location. Remember that the fenders in that JEEP are 3.5" shorter than the AMC V8 Jeeps.

Look into Holley Truck Avenger instead of that Edelbrock 600cfm. I've had a terrible time offroad with that Edelbrock carb in the past. The Thunder series offers some promises of improvement offroad, but I've not yet heard any first hand reports. I'm extremely pleased with the TA; "poor man's EFI."

Buick V6 is an excellent alternative to the SBC. Chevy 4.3EFI are also popular as you can grab a wrecked S-10 for next to nothing and have parts on hand to do several upgrade conversions at once, including Saginaw steering and vacuum powered brakes, which you're definitely going to want to do if you intend to run it on the street on a regular basis.

You'll also want to invest in a Warn overdrive.

Go with BFG M/T if you want to run on the street; I've known folks with those Thornbirds to get no more than 20k miles out of them on pavement. I think they were also voted by JP magazine staff at one time to be the worst offroad tire currently produced.

In addition to earlycj5.com, also check out my '70 build thread linked in my sig line. I installed a T-18 instead of SM465 and Buick V6 instead of SBC, but basically ended up with a similar trail/driver JEEP to what you are describing.
My '70 CJ5 Build Thread:
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