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post #1 of 84 Old 06-06-2019, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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1978 CJ7 build project

I have been looking for some time for a project and so today I was able to bring it home.


It is titled as a 1978 CJ7. The previous owner started the project some 4 years ago and got to the point you see now and into storage the jeep went. This was going to be his dream jeep that he just wasn't able to finish. He decided to sell it because he hated seeing it just sit in storage for so long.

It is by no means complete but looks to be pretty close. It has the drive train from a 1986 CJ parts jeep he had obtained.
258, T-5 transmission, dana 300, and both axles. Hard top, Two sets of hard doors, and a rebuilt NV-3550 he planned on using.


As with any build thread I will be updating my progress and asking questions here as I go.

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Looks like it has pretty fresh paint. should look good when finished.
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Looks like it has pretty fresh paint. should look good when finished.
Suprisingly yes all the body work as well as paint was completed just before he put it into storage 4 years ago. I've tried to be as careful as I can loading and unloading this thing so as not to scratch anything.
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Got everything unloaded and the trailer freed up again. Will be going through and sorting stuff next couple of days. Looking at the frame it will need some work as some of the frame nuts for the skid plate have come loose/broken off as well as the body mounts look rough. I'll probably go through the axles to start with.
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Looks like most of it is there. Good find.
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Got the axles setup to go through. Plan to replace all bearings and seals, ball joints and brake components where needed. Fasteners made the list of things I will need. Got my eye on one of the totally stainless kits for that. Will get the big stuff for the chassis at the hardware store.

I've got 4 sets of springs to choose from. A set of stock height, 2 sets of 2 1/2" springs, and a set of 4" lift springs. Seeing as the gearing is 3.31, I think I plan on using a set of the 2 1/2" and run 31" tires.
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Got the axles to the point where I'll be putting them back under the frame when it's ready to go. Got most of the parts locally except for the front bearings I ordered. Got the frame on the picker and noticed all the brackets and shackle hangers were still attached. Now I know why. Broke the sway bar, shackle hangers, and one steering box bracket frame nut out. Gonna take a little more work than I'd expected
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Time to weld in some nuts I guess. Plan to fish in some flange nuts with weedeater line seems like the easiest method.
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Found more problems where the rear cross member attaches to the frame as well as the shackle hangers. Not much left where the shackle hanger nuts were. Looks like a new rear cross member and some SafeTCaps will be needed as well.
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Took care of replacing some of the broken loose frame nuts. I have 11 total to replace. I used the 3/8-16 and 7/16-14 flanged nuts fished through with weed whacker line. In these pictures you can also see the condition of the body mounts. The mounts themselves are pretty solid it is just the bushing hole that is in bad shape and all of them are in similar condition. Has anyone just welded a plate on the mount and just drilled a new hole concentric with the old hole?
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Looking good. Someone welded a large washer on top of one of my body mounts that had a hole that was in rough shape. So I don't see why you couldn't plate it and drill a new hole.
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New rear crossmember as well as the rear shackle mount SafeTCap sections came in so been at it with the welder again these past couple of days. SafeTCaps were pretty simple to install and easy to line up.
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Looking good. Someone welded a large washer on top of one of my body mounts that had a hole that was in rough shape. So I don't see why you couldn't plate it and drill a new hole.
Definitely going to go that route. I can't see replacing the whole mount just to get a perfect circle. I'm thinking 16 gauge cap would be good enough. I guess we will see.
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Got the rear cross member welded on and the body mounts capped and ready. With a little paint the frame is ready to go. I have to get a set of springs cleaned up and then the axles will go in next week.
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