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post #1 of 51 Old 09-10-2018, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Joe's CJ-7 restomod build - 1984 - 350ci

I was looking for my very first Jeep and knew I wanted a CJ-7 with a 350. It took almost 9 months to find the "right" cj7 for me. I wanted a 350/auto. But I settled for a 350/4speed. "Possibly" change that out later to automatic - just not going to decide that at this moment. Will build as is.

So I cant do body work, that has to be hired out - so rust free was a necessity. What I found was a rust free jeep project that was abandoned. Frame fenders, hood, tailgate, etc all rust free. But the tub had rust. So it also came with a YJ tub that is rust free. These pics are as purchased at the buyers place and trip home.

I plan to use this thread to document the continuation of my build! Much more to come and it will be a slow detailed build.

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Next step was I just couldnít see restoring this and using the YJ tub. Donít get me wrong, nothing wrong with that mod, but I really just wanted my CJ to be all CJ original metal. A trip to Rudyís CJs and back with a 99% rust free tub and a 100% rust free windshield frame! Thatís all I needed to get this project 100% Original CJ7. Even the tub is the correct year! I added casters to move it around the garage as it sits waiting on its turn to be worked on.
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Next was to strip the old original CJ tub of all its parts. Thankfully the previous owner did not get to this step yet so I was able to take lots of pictures and label all the wiring and dash parts as I disassembled. The old CJ tub is now totally gutted and the parts stored away.
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And the next step which catches up my thread postings to where I am as of today was to strip the front end hood grille fenders off the CJ frame and YJ tub. These are ready for paint but I stored them away for later on. Need to do drivetrain first. Soon I’ll be lifting the YJ tub off the frame and be down to the CJ drivetrain and be able to see what’s what. Should be getting into some nitty gritty soon....
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I like it. Looking forward to following your build.

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Tub Off !

Well last night I was able to get the YJ tub off! Now I'm finally able to see whats going on and what Im dealing with. I really have to learn everything the PO did before I can continue. It looks like its all pretty finished (as he stated - and my underneath inspections looked).

The engine is a crate 350. Not sure what the bell housing is or what the tranny is yet. Looks to be an adapter between the tranny and the Dana 300 transfer case. I guess I need to figure out lengths if I swap this to an 700R4. Im not sure if the lengths will allow it. The motor mounts are already welded in place so the engine placement is set. I think from what I understand you set the transfer case and work forward from there to get the motor positioned. So if the lengths are close - I can switch to 700R4, but if not it may stay a 4 speed (which isn't bad either).

A few things I noticed. Looks like the brake lines need supported in a few locations - have long unsupported spans. The rear upper shock mounts don't fit on the upper studs. It looks like the OEM studs are short so I'm not sure what to do there. New studs? Drill studs out and use bolts?

The power steering box hose connections are just uncovered so I have to figure out what type of lines go from the PS pump to the box. Hopefully not too much dust got in those ports over the years.
The gas tank looks to be plastic. It may be new - I don't know. Form the open hoses - it will at least need cleaned out!

He said it had a 3" lift and I know nothing about lifts (or Jeeps)! I'm assuming ALL the lift is in the springs. The shackles look untouched as far as length I am assuming.

I noticed he drilled holes in the transmission cross member because the slots do not line up with the frame holes. These new holes are 3/4" further back than the slots - so the cross member is sitting 3/4" forward of stock location.
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I just pulled the rear wheel for the first time, I was glad to see the one piece axle upgrade. The PO could not recall if this upgrade was done or not. He did switch out the gears to 4:10. Also I'm trying to determine if it is a traction lock rear. When I turn the drive shaft yoke both wheels turn forward. When I turn one wheel forward - the other wheel turns backwards. I also jacked up one side only and the wheel spins, spinning the yoke with it, while the other wheel stays sitting still.

From what I read - this is an OPEN rear end. Not a posi. That's a bummer but oh well.

Also, while the wheel was off I saw it was a 15x10. I put a straight edge across the rear of the wheel (the metal portion, not the tire) and I measured 3 1/2" to the wheel mounting surface. So I think this means the wheels are offset by 1.5" outwards.
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Oil and filter changed, cylinder walls oiled up, engine primed with pre lube tool, radiator flushed and filled, spark plugs clean and wires installed, distributor installed and initially timed, carburetor rebuilt!

Very next step....turn the key and fire it up!!!
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And then sell the other tubs and parts you don't need to get some $$ back. Those tubs are good for 'wheelin rigs" for sure.
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Schweet!! Nothing like the sound of a small block chevy running open headers. Post a video with sound if you can. Looking forward to seeing it (and hearing it) run.

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Here’s the initial video! I have to admit I lied in the video, initial start was a few minutes earlier lol. Also the engine had 20k on it so it’s not a new cam break in. I had her pre lubed and cylinder walls soaked with oil. Please ignore the flight suit with socks and flip flops! Very popular attire in my part of town LOL

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Hereís the initial video! I have to admit I lied in the video, initial start was a few minutes earlier lol. Also the engine had 20k on it so itís not a new cam break in. I had her pre lubed and cylinder walls soaked with oil. Please ignore the flight suit with socks and flip flops! Very popular attire in my part of town LOL

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Sounds great. Love the flames too...

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And then sell the other tubs and parts you don't need to get some $$ back. Those tubs are good for 'wheelin rigs" for sure.
Agree! They are already sent down the road!
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Hereís the initial video! I have to admit I lied in the video, initial start was a few minutes earlier lol. Also the engine had 20k on it so itís not a new cam break in. I had her pre lubed and cylinder walls soaked with oil. Please ignore the flight suit with socks and flip flops! Very popular attire in my part of town LOL

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https://youtu.be/mYFj5NyrOy0
Nice. Now you just need to do ... everything else.
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