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Last Comment by RWC - Posted Date: Mon February 9, 2015 1:42pm [ Post a Comment
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Your hardtop was repainted; they weren't glossy from the factory.

Another good shot showing the front bumper installed over the rear crossmember (and under the hitch, which appears to be an OEM hitch). On the right side it's pretty apparent that it was done that way to accommodate the YJ body mount at the back. There's really nothing wrong with this other than aesthetic, and if you ever installed a real rear bumper, you'd never see it anyway. If I was to do this, I probably would have welded the bumper directly to the crossmember as well. (But I also admit that I just never bothered installed the bolts for the rear crossmember when I did my swap. It was on my "to do" list, but with the rollbar tie-in to the frame, I wasn't worried about those last two mounts.)

Definitely a YJ tailgate, so the conversion wasn't 100% complete. You can see they notched the fuel filler to accommodate the YJ hinge. BUT I can also see they cut out the upper two YJ studs for the spare, and presumably welded them up higher or bought new studs and fabricated some kind of a plate to accommodate the larger CJ wheel bolt pattern. It looks like your spare should work just fine.

You can still install the CJ tailgate, but you'll need to loosen all the body mounts enough to jack the body up off the frame several inches in the back so you can cut the access slits and slide plates up inside the tub.
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Last Comment by RWC - Posted Date: Mon February 9, 2015 1:34pm [ Post a Comment
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If you look at later CJs, and YJs, they all use a paddle handle.
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Last Comment by RWC - Posted Date: Mon February 9, 2015 1:34pm [ Post a Comment
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Period-correct early CJ-7 hard doors.
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Last Comment by RWC - Posted Date: Mon February 9, 2015 1:33pm [ Post a Comment
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Another YJ dead giveaway: the squirters on the cowl. I actually prefer these squirters to the CJ version. I prefer them to the point that I installed them on my Aqualu aluminum tub.
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Last Comment by RWC - Posted Date: Mon February 9, 2015 1:32pm [ Post a Comment
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Nice shot showing the repair plate I mentioned earlier.
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Last Comment by RWC - Posted Date: Mon February 9, 2015 1:31pm [ Post a Comment
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This is probably where the YJ step was bolted on.
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Last Comment by RWC - Posted Date: Mon February 9, 2015 1:30pm [ Post a Comment
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Yeah, you've got a slight body lift. The person who did the swap also just did the "easy" way to address this body mount by sliding a nut into the back side of that body channel, and drilling a hole through the sheetmetal channel for the bolt to get to the nut. This is a perfectly acceptable method, and doesn't require monkeying with the frame mount. You can see the OEM YJ nutsert location where that flare in the channel happens about 4" closer to the front.

It also looks like the frame mount was rusted out on the top, and a 1/8" piece of flat-stock was welded on. Also a perfectly acceptable repair method; I had to do the same thing on my '84 CJ-7 for a number of the frame mounts.
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Last Comment by RWC - Posted Date: Mon February 9, 2015 1:25pm [ Post a Comment
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The void behind the windshield in the middle of this photo is where your official VIN plate should be. (Unless there's something "special" about the '70s CJ-7s.)
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Last Comment by RWC - Posted Date: Mon February 9, 2015 1:23pm [ Post a Comment
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I have no idea what's going on here. Wirenuts aren't proper automotive connections anyway.
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Last Comment by RWC - Posted Date: Mon February 9, 2015 1:22pm [ Post a Comment
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Stock narrow-track AMC 20 rear axle. You'll need to pull off the wheels to find out if you still have the two-piece rear axle shafts.

Also, looks like your lower shock mount is bent backwards. Not uncommon when on a trail to have these catch rocks.
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