This will be a little journal about my slow and steady rebuild of my 86 CJ-7 Liberty Edition.
Factory specs were:
Dana 44 rear
Fold and tumble rear seat
A insane mess of vacuum hoses for emissions
This is what a Liberty Edition looked like from the factory, this isn't mine but identical except mine didn't have the windshield lights
The research I have done it appears the Liberty Edition seemed to only be offered in the Chicago region of Jeep, I think I may have the window sticker...it came with red interior, radio delete plate with black panel around the gauges, white hard top and wheels as well as very ugly CJ era stickers...that I actually want to recreate for this build I think?
Why is this round 2?
Well my Grandfather, Dad, and a buddy of mine rebuilt... [Read More]
I went and bought another 86 CJ7. This one will be for my daughter. Here's a start on some of the pictures. I will post more later once a take a few. I had to sorta wedge it on the trailer. One of the pictures shows the tire bulging over the trailer edge. So now I am working on two projects at the same time. What in hell am I thinkin! Still need to get the other outta the paint shop.
I started with a '77 frame/tub that has had the front end out-boarded, shackle reversed, and extended. It was originally a Levi that came with a 304/th400/quadratrac but there is little to nothing of that left.
Rear has been comp cut with the "crusher" type corners.
I bought it without a drive-train. A FSJ 360/T18a/D20 drive-train has been swapped in using MORE motor mounts and a custom cross-member that tucks all of the goodies in nice & high. I am retaining the 2100 carb for now as I have really liked them off-road in the past but I swapped in a GM HEI-style distributor. The engine's PO had it rebuilt by a local engine shop but mostly to stock specs with an "rv" grind cam. I have a hotter crane cam/double... [Read More]
I picked up this 82 Jeep CJ7 Limited from the original owner (sort of). The bill of sale will say I am the second owner, but it spent about a year in my buddies hands before it was sold to me for what he had in a carburetor rebuild, a new gas tank and fuel line ($400). The earliest pictures that I took of the Jeep were in October of 2008- I picked it up earlier that year if I remember correctly. The pics show the Jeep after I sold the top and original wheels. I had the black wheels/tires lying around from an old Ford truck I sold about 10 years prior- they were not my first choice, but are serving their purpose for now.
The Jeep was 100% stock from what I could tell. The clutch, brakes, lights, gauges and 4-wheel drive all worked. Rust had taken care of the rear frame... [Read More]
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For years I have been missing one of the original windshield hold down clamps for my CJ5. I have searched for replacements but never have found any thing that functions as well.
After placing an add here at Jeep-CJ.com I was informed that AA sold replacements and knowing what quality products that AA is known for, I thought I would order a set - sight unseen.
The order transaction went smoothly and within minutes a new set of hold downs (#176127) were on their way. A five day delivery time w... [Read More]
After several failed attempts to press a bearing off of an output shaft of my Dana 20 transfer case using a cheap bearing splitter, I decided it was time to invest in some 'real' hardware for my tool collection.
I did allot of shopping and decided on a set of tools from OTC - specifically the 4518 kit. It's collection of assorted bars and two different size splitting blocks suited my needs perfectly.
These Shackle Hangers are HEAVY DUTY! Milled out of a solid block of steel. Mount with 3 bolts instead of 2 like stock hangers do. Front uses existing hole already in the frame. Rear needs extra hole drilled (I used a 21/36 bit) and the frame had slots on each side where the new hole was drilled so I was about to put the bolt through the slot in the frame and through the hole and get it bolted up. They cost $145.08 for the set of 4 with grade 8 mounting hardware. Worth every penny!
Ronin Wheelers of New England (formerly Ronin Wheelers of Rhode Island) was founded by a small bunch of guys (and gals) that own Jeeps and used to belong to another 4x4 club. Having become increasingly discouraged with the hierarchy of the other clubs and all the politics (read B.S.) that were transpiring within, not to mention the lack of concern for the quality of the club itself and the well being of its members, this small but determined bunch set out on their own to develop no