I traded my nephew a 12' fishing boat & trailer for this 75 CJ5 back in December. I knew going in that I was going to take it down to the frame and start over. Besides a general clean up it needed a new brake system, new wiring harness, steering work, new tires, and who knows what else until I started tearing it apart. My goal is to build a reliable trail rig. I want it street legal, but most of the time it will be used off road.
I needed to have a decent place to work on it, so I spent most of January working on the garage (insulation, sheetrock, lighting, more electrical and storage space for my wife's craft stuff). Moved the Jeep into the garage the 1st of Feb. and started taking it apart.
Being new to Jeeps, it took me awhile to sort out exactly what I have - 75 CJ5, 304 V8, T15 trans, Model 20 TC, Dana 44 rear & Dana 30 front with 3:73 gears. It has an existing 2 1/2 inch Rancho lift on it and 33x12.5x15 tires. The tub is steel with a little minor rot and the front end is a one-piece fiberglass unit.
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]
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.
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As many of you may know, I am in the middle of building my 78 CJ7. If you are on this site, you know it is possible for a jeep to have a little rust. There are many choices on dealing with rust. The one I have chosen for most of my CJ is Por-15. There are a few similar products that are a seem cheaper, but if you compare the coverage (sq. feet) from Por-15 to its competition, it is relatively similar in price. The company reccomends a 3 step process starting with Marine Clean. This is basically... [Read More]
There are exactly 3 reasons why the Interco Thornbird is not the tire it was originally hyped up to be.
#1. The hard compound of the tread makes it less then desireable for use on slippery conditions....rain, snow, ice. It also hampers performance of the tire in an aired down situation. The tread will not properly expand around obstacles.
#2. The center tread design offers very little void for self cleaning. Mud and snow build up inbetween the tread blocks and will not clean out a... [Read More]
Trail riding club on the East side of Cincinnati. A few stock vehicles, a few wild vehicles. Most vehicles are somewhere in-between but prefer challenging trails. If you are into easy rides only this is not the club for you, If you are running 44" tires this also is not the club for you.
Definately a family friendly group, saving the beer for the campfire.
Come to a meeting for free, then come on a trailride for free. If you like what we do, then dues are about $55.... [Read More]
Great bunch of people that are active in the land management issues and socially responsible activities. Multiple exciting off road trips a year, include Pismo, Hollister, Rubicon and other Sierra destinations.
Hold semi-annual safety clinics teaching drivers of all skill levels how to properly take their vehicle on the trails.
Social events include volunteer work, holiday parties, wine tastings, ghost town tours, and others.
Monthly meetings. Annual dues upon meeting membership requiremen... [Read More]