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]
this stuff is awsome. i used it to fix a crack in the bumper cover on one off my hondas. now the reel good part. as some of you know i broke a ear off my exhaust manifold. i was bored one day and said what the heck. i put some of this in the ear and put it on and let it set for a day. went out the next day snugged up the bolt and it worked. went driving around and quite as can be. i will use this stuff for now on.... [Read More]
After spinning the RH hub on my 82 Scrambler I knew it was time for a one piece axle upgrade. I chose the Superior brand.
I ordered the axles from a well known vendor (a sponsor of Jeep-CJ.com) and they arrived promptly.
The packaging was adequate but the plastic bag containing the misc. items (bearings, seals and retainers) had torn and was spewing parts into the box. Note to Superior, use a stronger packaging material...
The axle install went well, all of the parts fit well and corr... [Read More]
Great bunch of guys who don't talk about wheeling, they do it. They wrench on their junk and they hit the trails. Very supportive group of people. They will never leave you on the trails alone and will always do what they can to help you.
Very active online forum with a bunch of knowledgeable guys and girls. Somewhat of an adult crowd. While they have some younger folks at some events, this is really more of a beer around the camp fire group.
They frequent the Badlands in Attica and the Clif... [Read More]
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