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So a few of us have been trying to buy this old CJ for close to a decade. The previous owner was in my jeep club (heritage region jeep alliance) and passed away i believe in 2011. His brother and sister took ownership of the cj and would periodically put it up for sale on FB and Craigslist, but then would never respond.

This year we saw it pop up again, and we messaged but this time included that we were in Joe's jeep club and would love to keep it in the club and get it on the road again... and they responded!!!! It had been sitting for a decade. it was missing 1 wheel and tire (i had to bring a spare to get it out of the garage). But it did start and move (which is amazing when you see what came out of it).

They wanted $4,500 (back when they first tried selling it in 2012 it was closer to 9k) and i was happy with that. handed over the cash, didn't lowball or offer anything except full asking. It was very fair.

Anyway, this was the jeep after i rolled it off the trailer.



First thing i had to do was change the tires and wheels. I had these wheels laying around from a previous project. and my buddy had these 35x12.50 blems that he sold me cheap





Then i pulled out the crustiest soft top... at least i thought. it was pretty much complete and actually not THAT bad!



So a little on the jeep itself. it's a 76. has Dana 44 front and rear axles with unknown gearing. But they do have ox lockers and alloy shafts along with disc brakes, high steer, and all the associated stuff.

The motor is a 360 that's pretty healthy. headers and full exhaust. The trans is a 4 speed with a granny 1st. And it has a Dana 300 Tcase. It's sprung over and actually drives really well for what it is. has a pull to the right but i'm still figuring that out.
 

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So the next step was getting it home and getting it cleaned up. 10 years of mud, filth, dirt was sitting in/on this thing. I tore out the carpet (animals had definitely been making it home) and put my 11 year old to work with the pressure washer



Next i tore out the seats that came in it and tossed some mastercraft seats



i braved the tundra of NY for back in feb





With those in, i had to put my signature smiling KC's on the roof! JTMoffroad (his youtube channel) had this light bar on his old YJ. My buddy had it int he corner of his shed so it was a freebie. and i had the KC's left from a previous jeep. So on they went. Along with a Warn 9000 lb winch i had.





 

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Lastly, i had to get it running correctly. It would idle fine. and you could BARELY hit the gas and it would rev. But as soon as the accelerator pump kicked in it would hard die... I drained the gas out of the tank and it was totally gone. Even with the 5 gallons i put in it, there was no way around having to drain it.



and when i pulled the old holley avenger carb, half the fuel that came out looked like this, and the other half was straight rust. So i swapped that over to an edelbrock i had laying around off my wife's Trans am



After that, and after letting the new fresh fuel run though the carb (with new filters of course) it ran great! tons of torque, plenty of power. So it got an oil change with high zinc "race oil" and seems to be happy as a clam. So i did ANOTHER wash and some back to black on the flares, 4 cans of spray paint on the old tired frame/wheel wells, added some HID lights on the bumper that i again, had laying around, and i got this result.







and had to hit the food truck round up with my oldest



Next up is wiring up my 12voltguy switch panel, doing the stereo, doing the rest of the fluids, plugs, wires, etc. also i need to figure out why it pulls to the right. not sure if i have a brake/hub issue or if it's a caster issue. Also need to bedline the floor now that the nasty carpet is gone, and cut out the stringers above the driver and passenger's head! The cage is CLOSE!!!!

Overall it's coming along. I'm supposed to take Joe's daughter who is in her early 20's now for a ride in her dad's old jeep. she would ride around in it with him when she was a kid. That should be pretty cool.
 

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This happens around here a lot. Az and this area of it is a meca of trails and clubs. Most members tend to be older. Wheeling is not low cost hobby. Specially if you get into harder stuff. We see jeeps and Buggies come up for sale. Age gets them or they pass away. A very dear friend stopped wheeling a few years back at near 90 years old. She just is not into it any more. wonder how many would wheel like that at near 90?????????????????

Everyone wants it but right now she wants to much for it.
Jeeps called JJ Blue. One tons stretched linked 350 chev auto. jeeps been on trails a very long time.

 

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I'm supposed to take Joe's daughter who is in her early 20's now for a ride in her dad's old jeep. she would ride around in it with him when she was a kid. That should be pretty cool.
I think that would be a very nice thing to do. I'm sure it will bring back some very fond memories of good times she spent with her dad in his Jeep.
 

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Cleaned up nicely.
Trying to figure out how one wheel went missing.
The one wheel and tire wouldn't hold air at all. so the guy that had it took it to a wheel/tire place to get plugged or whatever. the place was like "this is garbage, you can't use this" and literally threw it away lol
 

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I'm not able to see ANY pictures on both Firefox and Microsoft Edge for some reason unknown to me.
 

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I'm not able to see ANY pictures on both Firefox and Microsoft Edge for some reason unknown to me.
Just tried it with MS Edge here, Works fine. Did your better half turn parental controls back ON and you can't view any more jeep porn?
 

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when i pull the covers to do the diff fluid i'll count teeth and figure it out.
You can Jack up the rear, turn the tire 1 revolution while counting how many times the pinion (driveshaft) turns. The pinion will turn 3-4 times plus a percentage of a turn. The number of turns the pinion makes is your gear ration. 4.56 turns of the pinion to 1 turn of the tire would be 4.56:1 make sense?
 

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You can Jack up the rear, turn the tire 1 revolution while counting how many times the pinion (driveshaft) turns. The pinion will turn 3-4 times plus a percentage of a turn. The number of turns the pinion makes is your gear ration. 4.56 turns of the pinion to 1 turn of the tire would be 4.56:1 make sense?
yup, i've done it before. but since the covers need to come off anyway i've found that's the easier way to do it. rather than trying to get both tires to turn the same direction.
 
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I'd just pull the covers just to see how things are in the diffs, change oil and count gear teeth at the same time. In fact the ratio or tooth count is probably stamped on the edge of the ring gears.
 

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Lastly, i had to get it running correctly. It would idle fine. and you could BARELY hit the gas and it would rev. But as soon as the accelerator pump kicked in it would hard die... I drained the gas out of the tank and it was totally gone. Even with the 5 gallons i put in it, there was no way around having to drain it.



and when i pulled the old holley avenger carb, half the fuel that came out looked like this, and the other half was straight rust. So i swapped that over to an edelbrock i had laying around off my wife's Trans am



After that, and after letting the new fresh fuel run though the carb (with new filters of course) it ran great! tons of torque, plenty of power. So it got an oil change with high zinc "race oil" and seems to be happy as a clam. So i did ANOTHER wash and some back to black on the flares, 4 cans of spray paint on the old tired frame/wheel wells, added some HID lights on the bumper that i again, had laying around, and i got this result.







and had to hit the food truck round up with my oldest



Next up is wiring up my 12voltguy switch panel, doing the stereo, doing the rest of the fluids, plugs, wires, etc. also i need to figure out why it pulls to the right. not sure if i have a brake/hub issue or if it's a caster issue. Also need to bedline the floor now that the nasty carpet is gone, and cut out the stringers above the driver and passenger's head! The cage is CLOSE!!!!

Overall it's coming along. I'm supposed to take Joe's daughter who is in her early 20's now for a ride in her dad's old jeep. she would ride around in it with him when she was a kid. That should be pretty cool.

You've really done a great job with it! ENJOY IT! KC Daylighters and a CJ just "go together like peas & carrots."
That's a nice stout rear bumper/tire carrier too. I have the same one. I had it re-powder coated a couple years ago and it looks good as new again.
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Started working on the wiring... so many wire nuts... so many phantom wires...

i had a 12volt guy panel for a YJ i'm sorta making work for this



Also had a JK spare tire rack i bolted to the tire carrier... the plan is for muddy stuff like straps and the chain saw, etc to get tossed on this



Also took it to cycle for life. tossed the bike on the back and it was great on the highway. Still working out why it's pulling to the right.

 
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