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post #16 of 126 Old 03-07-2018, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Nice work, and the cjs are a labor of love. I'm mostly impressed that all the photos work. Over half the threads on this site have broken pictures. Keep up the good work!
Thanks! It is sad how many great builds/posts have been ruined because of all the broken image links. I will hopefully get some work done on the Cj this weekend!

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Little sick of cutting and welding so I decided to start drilling the holes for the roll bar. I have been dreading this for a while. Not because itís necessarily hard but tedious and lots and lots of measuring to ensure all the bolts will be lined up. I decided to keep the oem roll bar for two reasons. 1. My roll bar is in excellent shape and 2. I think this is one of the cool/ unique features of the early models of the Cj7/5. Not to often do I see Cjís with the roll bar bolts down the side. Most convert to a yj style or later Cj style.

Since I already had some of the lower brackets drilled to align the roll bar. I started by removing the roll bar and placing masking tape on the inside of the tub where the bolts will go through. I then reinstalled the roll bar and marked the holes. Then once again I removed the roll bar and measured and marked each hole at the half way point. I then used a ruler to connect each of the marks I just made. I then triple checked that each hole was the same distance from the floor. Once I was happy with that I went to each hole and found the center width wise and used a punch to mark the spot. With all of the holes marked and punched I placed painters tape on the outside of the tub to help identify and measure where the hole comes through. I drilled out each hole with a very small drill bit and used a square to make sure each hole was in line with one another and they are the same distance from the top of the tub.

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This is as far as I got tonight. I will double check either tomorrow or this weekend and drill the holes to their final size. Then mark the remaining holes that mount to the bottom of the tub.






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Finished up the roll bar install. Obviously this will all come back out when itís time to Bed line the floor and paint the rest of the Jeep.

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Since I ran out of gas for the welder and the shop close to me has weird weekend hours and closes before I get home from work during the week. I decided to start to work on cleaning up some other parts. Right now I disassembled the heater box and cleaned cleaned out the mouses nest. I will have to get pictures tomorrow. I scuffed up most of the pieces in preparation for paint. Now I just need to pick up some foam to replace the worn out pieces, a heater core and blower motor out of a later yj.

I am trying to get everything that mounts directly to the tub done or atleast mounted before I start any kind of body work. I am trying my best to not have to drill any additional holes after it has been painted.

When the weather warms up alittle more I will bring the axles up to clean and replace the usual wear items in preparation for when I pick up my frame. This way I can have a rolling chassis pretty quickly.


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Started testing fitting some of the parts that mount to firewall. So far everything is lining up like it was meant to be there. I Will hopefully pick up more gas for the welder this weekend and finish up the one body mount nut/cage I have to replace and fix the one Jeep logo on passenger side. I Have not got around to completing the rebuild on the heater box. Ran out of spray paint and still need to order the heater core and blazer blower motor.

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My brother will be in town on spring break so the Cj will wait while we fix up his Tj. Maybe while he is home we will flip the tub to clean up the underside and paint.


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Man great work on the welding! Just picked up a YJ tub for my 1980 Laredo. Going the same route with changing it over, but mine was the change over year, so my rollbar mounts to the floor. I replaced the lap belts with the YJ 3 point belts which came with my YJ tub.
A question far out...what color you plan in painting the engine? I picked up a rebuilt 304 to replace my boat anchor, and was planning on going AMC blue (looks like teal to me).

Keep up the work!
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Man great work on the welding! Just picked up a YJ tub for my 1980 Laredo. Going the same route with changing it over, but mine was the change over year, so my rollbar mounts to the floor. I replaced the lap belts with the YJ 3 point belts which came with my YJ tub.
A question far out...what color you plan in painting the engine? I picked up a rebuilt 304 to replace my boat anchor, and was planning on going AMC blue (looks like teal to me).

Keep up the work!


Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions about the yj tub swap. I am no expert but I can atleast try answer to the best of my knowledge. I am still thinking about modifying the roll bar for 3 point harnesses. I went back and forth on whether or not to keep factory roll bar or convert to the yj one. For the engine I plan on painting it back to factory amc blue which does look teal. I will probably go with Eastwoodís engine paint. So far all the build I have seen have used this and been happy. Do you have a build thread or plan on starting one? I would love to follow your progress since itís sounds very similar to what I am doing.


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I started to clean up the t150 and Dana 20 transmission and transfer case. Man was there a lot of grease/dirt build up from over the years. I got as much as I could off with a chisel and wire brush. Then soaked it down in degreaser. I will let it soak over night and pressure wash it after work tomorrow. Not sure if I am going to do a full rebuild of both or just clean up and replace gaskets any input would be appreciated. I go back and forth on the subject. Guess I will know when I open them up.

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Separated the transmission and transfer case. So far I have only had enough time to open up the transmission. It looks to be in very good shape. No chipped teeth or noticeable wear. I will probably just replace the gaskets and clean it up. Hopefully the transfer case will be in as good of shape.

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Finally after days of cleaning I got the transfer case presentable. I tore it completely down and replaced all gaskets and greased up all the bearings. Everything looked to be in great shape with minimal wear. This weekend I will connect the transfer case and transmission back together and add fluid.

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Finally got the transfer case and transmission all buttoned up. I filled them both with some fresh gl4 oil so they donít rust while they wait to be mated back with the engine.
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Next I will start tearing down the axles and either freshening them up or rebuilding. I wonít know until I dig into them. I should hopefully be getting my frame either this week or in June. Trying to get a rolling chassis done. So I can finish welding on the tub and start the body work/paint process.


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Been awhile since I have last updated. I have been working on the CJ here and there, not as much as I would have liked. However, now that my brother's Tj is all put back together I should have a little more time to work on the CJ. Since my last update I have picked up a really nice frame off a 1980 CJ7 for $800. I have also picked up 2 reproduction fenders, an OEM tail gate (better shape then mine), bolt on front shock mounts (missing from my frame), Trans tunnel cover, and a set of OEM rocker trim in near perfect condition.





I now have both axles torn down and have the front axle sand blasted and painted with POR15 and Satin black as the top coat. Going to try and get the rear axle, transmission skid and misc brackets blasted this weekend or next. I have also removed the rear body mount brackets on the frame in preparation to relocate them. Just waiting for some extra hands to mock up the body on the frame. New goal is to have the frame Painted and both axles before the weather gets to cold. this way I can finish putting seals and brakes in the axles over the winter and start bolting components to the frame.







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Got some work done on the Cj in the past few weeks. I was able to get all the mounts relocated on the frame to accept the yj tub. I will go more in depth on this later. I was also able to finish wire wheeling my rear axle and some smaller parts and getting them painted.

First I started by patching the rear most body mount holes to relocate them. I chose this method because I think it will end with a cleaner result then just widening the holes. I used a hole saw to drill them in the new location.





Now that I can bolt down all four corners. I marked and tacked in the other two mounts. I will finish weld once the body comes off again to paint the frame.



Lastly I started to rebuild the one captured nut that was missing when I bought the tub. I started by taking some 1/4Ē steel and cutting it to a square. I the drilled and tapped the hole to accept the body mount bolt. Next I made the piece that keeps the nut from spinning. This was pretty simple I used 18 gauge steel and cut it to fit the dimensions I needed. I then mark about about a centimeter up on both ends as a point to bend in order to raise the piece up that the nut could freely move side to side. I then marked and drilled a wide hole in the center of the metal to allow the bolt to protrude through. and



I plan to clean up and weld the piece tonight. I will cap off the hole in the floor once I get my internal frame paint from Eastwood. I would like to paint inside while I have easy access.


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As mentioned earlier I was able to get a lot of small parts wire wheeled and painted with por15 followed with a top coat of satin black. During this tedious process of cleaning and painting parts I took the time to replace the leaf spring perches on the rear axle since they had seen better days.






I hopefully should have more progress done in the next week or so when my seam sealer and internal frame coating come in. I am now at a race against the weather to get as many parts painted so i can make progress over the winter.


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Got the rear seat mocked up and holes drilled.



Flipped the tub over to finish welding and to paint the bottom of the tub. I found one more spot to patch and was able to get on of the holes cut to fish my tail gate brackets into place.




Not pictured is the final body mounts were finish welded. Not my prettiest welds but should be plenty strong. I plan to grind down the welds a little bit just to clean them up.


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I was able to get the tail gate all bolted up. I plan on spot welding the brackets I made so they donít shift around in the tub. Hopefully this will make it easier in the future if I ever need to remove the tailgate. I have been doing little things here and there while I wait for my paint that was back ordered.



(Photo not upside down however the tub is upside down)

I found a small area that needed patched on the bottom of the tub and finally took the time to finish weld the body mount brackets on the frame. This weekend I plan to get all the parts scuffed up in preparation for the paint to arrive. I also need to take the transfer case apart again after forgetting to install one of the poppet balls on the shift rail.

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