QuickCJ's 1979 Jeep Rookie Build - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep CJ Forum > QuickCJ's 1979 Jeep Rookie Build

Rockridge 4WD IS Taking Zone Offroad Suspension Lift Kits BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS!! You asked, we deliver!Rough Country Lift Kits and Parts!

Reply
Unread 06-09-2010, 10:16 PM   #1
QuickCj
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 127
QuickCJ's 1979 Jeep Rookie Build

This is my first time building a Jeep, and there is a lot on the line. Most importantly a family bet that I cannot rebuild this vehicle by AUG 20th. I would greatly appreciate any and all criticism, thoughts, advice, ideas, etc. Hopefully with yalls wisdom and my energy I can make this work. Here goes nothing.

1979 Jeep (Haven't identified everything yet)

- AMC 304
- T150
- Dana 20

This Jeep may have been a Levi's edition, let me know if this is true.

Bought the Jeep on Monday, here is what it looked like.







I left it that way for about 30 seconds, then I started ripping stuff out. Cleaned the Jeep out, removed the hard top and doors, then left for the night. That was my Monday.

QuickCj is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-09-2010, 10:21 PM   #2
QuickCj
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 127
Dont know if those pictures showed up, here are the links

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/067.jpg

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/064.jpg

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/056.jpg

And there is a crappy 3 in BL from the PO
QuickCj is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-09-2010, 10:23 PM   #3
-jeep-jeep-
Registered User
1983 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 278
[quote=QuickCj;9602397]










clickfree for you
__________________
Jeep # 1 - 1947 CJ2a - Restoration in progress...very slow progress
Jeep # 2 -1983 CJ7 - 31x10.5R15 Pro Comp Extreme mt's - 4.0 HO head - MC2100
Jeep # 3 - 1990 Cherokee - 4.0, AW4, dana 30 HP, dana 35 -31x10.5 R15 mud terrains, 2" PNP lift.....Gone to the crusher
Jeep # 4 - 1999 wj stock and still pretty
-jeep-jeep- is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-09-2010, 10:24 PM   #4
QuickCj
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 127
Day 2

Made some more headway on Day 2. First I removed the seats, and then the rollbar.

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/088.jpg

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/088.jpg

Then I retired for the day, but still put the Jeep to use

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/081.jpg

Thought about stopping there and just leaving it as a counter-top but decided against it.
QuickCj is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-09-2010, 10:33 PM   #5
QuickCj
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 127
Just finished up on Day 3. Removed the hood and fenders. Then sterilized them.

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/085.jpg

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/084.jpg

Here is them sterilized, not it to bad of shape.

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/094.jpg

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab217/cjrookie
/093.jpg

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/090.jpg

The hood came off really easy, but the fenders I had to go mid-evil on. Cut and sawed my way to the end. I want to get everything off of the Jeep so I can sandblast and cure it at once.

I also cut out the PO's step plates, the dude just screwed them right into the floor. Luckily I enjoyed sawing off the welded nut and bolt pairs.

Drivers side:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/089.jpg

Passenger side:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/087.jpg

Thats all I have gotten done for now. Tomorrow I will be taking off the body. Hopefully danerit's ( I think that is the user name) early 79 body removal advice will make mine a bit easier.
QuickCj is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-09-2010, 10:35 PM   #6
QuickCj
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 127
Quote:
Originally Posted by -jeep-jeep- View Post
clickfree for you
Thank you sir, I appreciate it. Hopefully Ill get 50 posts by the end of this build!!
QuickCj is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-10-2010, 04:47 PM   #7
QuickCj
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 127
My Jeep kicked my butt today. It was frame off day.

I took danerit's advice ( he has a 79 build)on what to remove before trying to pull the body, plus I took all of the wiring loom and shoved it into the body.

Here is me trying to gather the wiring loom.
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/017.jpg
I found out the PO wires things together like a 5 year old with super glue and a curling iron.

Here is the body right before I lifted it off.
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/020.jpg
I unbolted one of the BL bolts about a quarter turn, then broke out the sawzaw and DESTROYED all eight of them!

Ok so I forgot to take a full picture of the frame because I am a bozo, but could you guys tell me what components I am looking at here? Is it all stock?

Transfer case:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/023.jpg

Trans:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/022.jpg

Rear Axle:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/021.jpg

Front Axle:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/025.jpg

Here is the very back of the frame, the BL was barely in this mount because it was busted by the PO. Can I just cut off this back piece and get a new one??
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/026.jpg

That's all I got done today, but man do I have tons of questions!!

-If I do a 4" RE lift do I need to worry about the driveshaft angles?
-I am only planning on this vehicle being a daily driver and getting me through snow, do I need dana 44's?
- If I keep the stock axles should I get them rebuilt?
- Where can I buy new hardware for my fenders, hood, tailgate, body, dash, etc.......?


Im sure there is tons more I am forgetting to ask. It is going to be a few days before I get back to working on it but I plan on getting the front grill off, cutting out the exhaust, and pulling the motor the next time I work on it.

Maybe someone can do a click-free hookup so it isin't so annoying to click through this post.
QuickCj is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-10-2010, 05:37 PM   #8
dtcohen
Registered User
1980 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Salisbury NC
Posts: 234
i don't think I would do the D44's just yet. With your time frame you would be better off just cleaning up the axles you have. I would pull the diff covers and take a look, if every thing looks and feels good then I would leave them alone.
dtcohen is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-10-2010, 05:40 PM   #9
QuickCj
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 127
Quote:
Originally Posted by dtcohen View Post
i don't think I would do the D44's just yet. With your time frame you would be better off just cleaning up the axles you have. I would pull the diff covers and take a look, if every thing looks and feels good then I would leave them alone.

Dually noted, I think I may take your advice and run with it.
QuickCj is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-10-2010, 07:22 PM   #10
JeepnBlake
Registered User
2004 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Lincoln Nebraska
Posts: 3,113
I did notice your rear driveshaft is on what I would call backwards. I usually run mine with the sliding part down by the axle.

Congrats on the new jeep and welcome to the forum. I highly recommend searching for the teamrush upgrade as it really wakes up the 304s, at least mine anyway.

Welcome
__________________
-Blake-

Build Thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/j...thread-985907/
Dad's Build Thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/d...build-1474170/
OEM Fog Light Connectors, Conversions, and Extension Info:http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f20/o...ngler-1008928/
JeepnBlake is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-12-2010, 01:33 AM   #11
T18A
Registered User
1977 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: U.S.
Posts: 583
-

Last edited by T18A; 07-24-2010 at 05:14 PM..
T18A is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-12-2010, 01:38 AM   #12
dtcohen
Registered User
1980 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Salisbury NC
Posts: 234
Quote:
Originally Posted by QuickCj View Post
Dually noted, I think I may take your advice and run with it.

The D44 swap is always something you can do down the road. Right now just go beast mode on the jeep and show your family what is up
dtcohen is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-12-2010, 10:09 AM   #13
jdmartie
Registered User
1980 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Lakeland Ga
Posts: 126
With the 4" RE lift you will need to correct angles with some shims to your rear axle. A lot of kits come with them well at least the BDS kit does.
jdmartie is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-16-2010, 10:26 PM   #14
QuickCj
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 127
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdmartie View Post
With the 4" RE lift you will need to correct angles with some shims to your rear axle. A lot of kits come with them well at least the BDS kit does.
Dually Noted. Thanks for the input on the axles guys, I decided to keep the stock axles.


Ok last time I had the body off.... A couple days ago I took some pieces to get them sandblasted and then I applied a rust converter to kill the remaining rust.

Grill:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/002.jpg

Front Bumper:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/003.jpg

Fender:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/004.jpg


When sandblasting I decided that I was demoting my PO to POS because he primed over rust.

Next I got out the powerwasher, put on the zero tip, and turned the water temperature to 200 degrees and cleaned the frame a little:

Frame after powerwashing:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/006.jpg
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/008.jpg

Here is the motor:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/011.jpg

I took the transmission off, powercleaned it, and then used the rust converter on it also.

Transmission before:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/010.jpg

Transmission after:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...okie/017-1.jpg

I didn't want to disassemble the frame and axles until I knew I could get a rainless day to sandblast them, so I went over board on the bell housing.

Bell housing:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...okie/020-1.jpg
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...okie/018-1.jpg


Noticed a couple bad spots on the frame, mostly just the body mounts.

Radiator Mount:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...rookie/009.jpg

Lastly for this post, I found a crack in my exhaust manifolds, I am ordering new OEM manifolds that abandon the air pump holes:

Crack on Exhaust manifold:
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...okie/015-1.jpg


Tomorrow I will disassemble the frame and axles, hopefully it will be a dry night so I can sandblast.
QuickCj is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-17-2010, 08:47 AM   #15
mike76CJ5
Member
 
mike76CJ5's Avatar
1976 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Houston
Posts: 375
speedy gonzalez... subscribed to keep up with this one - good luck my man!
mike76CJ5 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.
Note: All free e-mails have been banned due to mis-use. (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)
Don't have a non-free e-mail address? Click here for a solution: Manual Account Creation
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.