I've been reading most everything I can on this forum for the last 3 months to educate myself on Cj's. Thanks to all for the great info.
I recently bought this fine specimen for $500. It could be a 1983, haven't figured that out yet.
I sold the plow for $400 so I'm not in too deep. Now I'm trying to get rid of the engine which only has 68K on it and is the best part of the whole Jeep.
So obviously this thing needs a frame off restoration. The frame is totally gone. But it has a newer YJ tub which looks pretty good. Fenders and grill are shot, and it has a AMC 20 out back and a 30 in the front with a T176. But a Jeep reastoration is not what I had intended to do. Furthest thing from my mind. Never owned or paid any attention to Jeeps at all.
Until a friend at work mentioned he had this old Jeep, and my son mentioned he is pulling out the 300HP 302 I recenty built for his Mustang, and I Googled Jeep/302 instal, and found out it is a popular swap. NOW you have my attention!
Now this is getting my attention.
So I read for months on this site and learn that every Jeep owner is a welder. Maybe not a profesional welder, but it seems none of these Jeeps have a chance of survival without welding and cutting. OK. I'm up for that. But I can't weld
I have been a helicopter mechanic for 33 years, and basic mechanicals I get, but we don't weld or cut helicopters. So I have to start somewhere. But where? YouTube! I watch all the YouTube videos on welding along with the Miller tutorials. Hmm. Doesn't look to hard. I give myself a passing grade on YouTube and now need to move on to the practical test.
So I get some metal and build this work bench complete with 1x1 underframe to work on the Jeep.
Today I finished building a rotisery to hold the frame, and then later on it will hold the tub.
I give myself a C- on welding school and am ready to start the Jeep.
I have scrounged up 2 frames. One is rotten on the bottom and one is rotten on the tail. Using the rotisery I hope to be able to make one out of the 2.
Here is one of the frames.
I haven't decided on the exact direction of this build. But it's gonna be RED.
Actual build thread to follow in a few months.