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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The Harbor Freight 3/4 Ton Folding Hydraulic Wheel Dolly is a well made product for its price but it does have limitations.
I was tired of moving my CJ around with a floor jack while it awaits its transmission transplant so I decided to do something about it. After looking at many vehicle dollies I settled on the Harbor Freight 3/4 ton dolly. I needed something that was fairly inexpensive but would handle the weight of my CJ.
We are a family oriented off road club in the greater Detroit area. Our meetings move around in location, but are generally held on the 1st Sunday of the month.
Club is active in Land use issues and we try to make two major trips a year, on Spring and one Fall. Then have smaller events every month.
The purpose of our club, Fat Boys Jeepers, is to promote the fun and fellowship of enjoying the great outdoors in our jeep vehicles while helping others, especially children. Over the years, Fat Boys Jeepers has been active with organizations such as D.A.R.E., Special Olympics,Toys for Tots and Camp Riley.
During the last several years, we have sponsored a raffle for the sole purpose to make it possible for children to enjoy Christmas. This may involve those children receiving... [Read More]