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Unread 02-22-2007, 10:01 AM   #1
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Project update

It is late winter here in Michigan and I have been thinking about getting my project moving along so I can enjoy all of my work. A little background about this. I purchased a 1978 CJ7 with a 258 engine. It had been sitting about 5 years and needed help. When I looked at it I was unable to see how bad the frame was until I got it home and rolled the body off. I had planned on changing the tub so this was not big deal to have to take the body off. When it came off, I stood on the frame and it bowed in the middle where it was covered from the underside by the skid plate. I was bummed to say the least. I took a break trying to figure out what I would do and came to the conclusion that instead of parting out the salvagable parts I would replace the frame. Then I purchased a '91 yj frame from a guy not far from my house. Loaded it up and brought it home. Then, with the help of a friend I stripped the frame down. The frame coupled with a set of d44 axles where then sent to be blasted and primed. Time to start reassembling. Yesterday the new springs where waiting for me when I got home from work. It will take me a while but at least it is going back together now and not being torn apart. I will include pics when I have enough post counts and a few more pics. By the way I am being assisted in this project by a good friend of mine who has all the tools and a heated garage. To cold to work on it outside in Michigan winters.

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'78 cj-7, 258, twin stick dana 300 transfer case, NV3550 transmission, scout d44 axles with detroit truetrac, 4.09 gears, black diamond 3.5 inch lift. The rest is yet to come.
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Unread 02-22-2007, 10:29 AM   #2
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It is late winter here in Michigan and I have been thinking about getting my project moving along so I can enjoy all of my work. A little background about this. I purchased a 1978 CJ7 with a 258 engine. It had been sitting about 5 years and needed help. When I looked at it I was unable to see how bad the frame was until I got it home and rolled the body off. I had planned on changing the tub so this was not big deal to have to take the body off. When it came off, I stood on the frame and it bowed in the middle where it was covered from the underside by the skid plate. I was bummed to say the least. I took a break trying to figure out what I would do and came to the conclusion that instead of parting out the salvagable parts I would replace the frame. Then I purchased a '91 yj frame from a guy not far from my house. Loaded it up and brought it home. Then, with the help of a friend I stripped the frame down. The frame coupled with a set of d44 axles where then sent to be blasted and primed. Time to start reassembling. Yesterday the new springs where waiting for me when I got home from work. It will take me a while but at least it is going back together now and not being torn apart. I will include pics when I have enough post counts and a few more pics. By the way I am being assisted in this project by a good friend of mine who has all the tools and a heated garage. To cold to work on it outside in Michigan winters.
Sounds like a work in progress is coming to the light. Spring is right around the corner. Set up a photobucket account and post the links to the pics here, one of us can post them for you.
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Unread 02-22-2007, 04:00 PM   #3
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Yah pics would be wonderful!
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Unread 02-22-2007, 07:36 PM   #4
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Badge1236 where in Michigan are you located?
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Unread 07-31-2014, 09:09 AM   #5
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Ok. so it is finally time for an update. It has been a few years. Had 2 children, married and divorced. Wife never liked the jeep idea so never had the 'money or time' to work on it. We could always find money or time for what she wanted but I digress. Got downsized from my job and have had trouble finding anything that would be more than short term contracts with very little pay. Still trying to get back on my feet. Had to sell major parts of my project to pay some bills. Getting the bug to restart my project. I am located south of Grand Rapids for those in Michigan and the economy here is slow to rebound. Here is what I have planned.... New frame or YJ frame that is solid, Dana 44 axles, 258 with 5 speed trans mounted to a twin sticked dana 300 transfer case, soft locker in the rear, 3.5 in Black diamond lift with 1 in body lift, new body, Burgendy color, all mounted on 33 inch tires. What I have... Dana 300 transfer case being twin sticked. Dana 44 axles. soft locker. 258 in need of rebuilding. 3.5 inch black diamond suspension. Had to sell my original frame and the transmission i bought. Though money is tight I am scraping by and saving when I can for the larger purchases. Will send pics when I have anything to send.
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'78 cj-7, 258, twin stick dana 300 transfer case, NV3550 transmission, scout d44 axles with detroit truetrac, 4.09 gears, black diamond 3.5 inch lift. The rest is yet to come.
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