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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Airing down your tires is very beneficial when off-roading. You get much better traction and the ride is smother. But airing down can be a pain. At first I tried my key. That took more than half an hour to air down all four tires. To do it quickly and easily you need tire deflators.
There are many types of tires deflators.
Originally I was thinking of getting Misch Tire deflators. They are manual tire deflators so the way these work is you screw one of these onto the valve stem of each tir... [Read More]
I'll have a full review after I get the frame painted but I painted one of the front sway bar frame mount brackets and it came out really good! After letting it cure as I was taking it off I dropped it (about 5ft) and it didn't even leave a scratch on it. The bracket almost looks like it was powder coated. I am very pleased with it, and would recommend it to anyone!
We are a fellow off-road community that welcomes anything off-road, even mall-crawlers. Our site is not child friendly so be careful when browsing (PG-13 to R rated profanity / non-nudity). We welcome anyone in the area to join us for rides, and meet and greets!
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]