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1978 Jeep CJ7 build

Blackmagic94

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This is the one I bought the other day from the boomer aka Leo in Havasu


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AMC 304 cid V8 150hp, fresh overhaul via Leo
Borg Warner T150 3 speed manual trans
Dana 20 transfer case
Dana 30 front axles
AMC 20 rear axles

upgrades in the works


Upol RaptorLiner Ultramarine Blue
32x11.50x15 Mud tires with Mickey Thompson classic Baja lock wheel
New front racing seats
New rear bench with car seat anchors
New seat belts front and back
New soft top
New led front head lamps
New led tail lamps
New led side markers
New shift knob
New t case shift knob
New steering wheel
New control knobs/switches


New long tube headers
New cat back exhaust
New k&n with filter lid air cleaner kit
New msd blaster off road ignition coil
New aluminum radiator
New 16” electric fan with thermo switch
New electric fan deleting belt fan
New aluminum coolant expansion tank

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Some parts getting installed already. Gonna strip it down tomorrow to get ready to paint it. Lost the alternator belt on a test drive but no biggie I saw it had a cut and was old as hell so I bought all new ones and will install after the paint job.

Need to figure out why the fuse panel is only getting 8.5 volts while running the charging system is making 13.8-14.0 so I’m guessing it’s a corrosion issue to the fuse box.
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CJ’s are fun👍
Parents had a 7 same year as yours, I had a 5
Theirs had the exact same drivetrain as yours. Also had an AC that actually cooled too👍
Have a good look at all the body mounts and bushings in there, seem em rot out.
My CJ 5 was bad enough we replaced the body.
 

mash on it

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@Blackmagic94
The three speed trans and Dana 20 are anemic at best, 23:1 low range crawl ratio.
I swapped in a sm465 and 205 out of a one ton, a bit better crawl ratio of 46:1, not Rubicon low, but better than the factory fixins. An L79 327 replaced the worn out 304, and is a bit peppier now. A lock right and forged axles to keep the rear end together.
A 4" soft ride was in order after the left rear spring disintegrated.

Just empty every pocket.

Dan'l
 

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The Dana 30 front end is ok as long as you leave smaller tires on it and dont throw in a Posi. The AMC 20 will want to be serviced. Buy the axle/hub puller and tear it open on each side, they have wheel bearing inside them that are greased just like a front wheel bearing. These get overlooked and are the weak spot if the bearing gets hot. Swapping in a set of 1 piece axles are a nice upgrade if you dont want to do a full dana 44 swap.
 

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The Dana 30 front end is ok as long as you leave smaller tires on it and dont throw in a Posi. The AMC 20 will want to be serviced. Buy the axle/hub puller and tear it open on each side, they have wheel bearing inside them that are greased just like a front wheel bearing. These get overlooked and are the weak spot if the bearing gets hot. Swapping in a set of 1 piece axles are a nice upgrade if you dont want to do a full dana 44 swap.
Boomer has one piece rear axles he is given me so I’ll do that and some kind of posi locker upgrade for the rear
 

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Update


Body work began yesterday and hope to have it wrapped up by the weekend, the real bitch was removing the old carpet that he glued into the bed area and fenders, and also glued on the old soft top, lots of scraping etc


The body is amazingly straight and rust free which is awesome. But you find stupid things like wire nuts for wiring, I mean really?
 

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Looking great 👍

What kind of roof is on that shelter? I need something like that between 2 53' sea containers
 

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So got the first coat on. Will finish up in the morning and start bolting everything back together.
 

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Still waiting on the electric fan shroud to install that

install long tubes with new 3” exhaust

fender flares. Fuck who ever thought of how to install those things lol

install rear bench hardware and bench

Install front buckets

wire up yellow off road leds

install new style fuse box

install new steering dampener shock

install tail lamps

install marker lights

install led dash and gauge bulbs

install new mirrors

install new wheels
 

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New chrome valve covers installed

new led tail lights installed
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Soft top reinstalled I don’t really like the bungee system to secure it. Probably gonna just use stainless safety wire pliers to get it nice and
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Steering stabilizer installed

rear bench and seat belts installed.
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So now it’s at my buddies shop to do the stuff I don’t want to do

New wheels and marker lights installed
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Oem tilt steering column with new ignition switch and turn signal switch
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with the larger tires they put additional stress on the tapered keyed rear axel and are prone to break, jeeps and early scouts used this design, up grade to the one piece axel if available, or find an a 44 series with one piece axels.... you will be glad you did
 

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with the larger tires they put additional stress on the tapered keyed rear axel and are prone to break, jeeps and early scouts used this design, up grade to the one piece axel if available, or find an a 44 series with one piece axels.... you will be glad you did

Boomer has a set of one piece axles for the rear for me that I need to go pick up. Just need to figure out what lsd I want for it now
 

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Rebuilt steering gear box
All new suspension bushings front/rear
New tilt steering column
New Jeep Grant steering wheel combo
Actually has a horn and correct key lock cylinder now too
Hard to see but twin stick stainless transfer case shifter installed
Fender flares getting installed
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