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Lightforce Lights - H.I.D. High-intensity discharge Upgrade

HEI Ignition System (GM Style) Installed in the AMC 360 V8
Getting rid of gremlins and improving performance

Installing 23,000 Volt Offroad Lights

Autogage Tachometer Installation

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Project CJ-7
Offroaders Guide
to Gearing up
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From Basic Equipment to Well Equipped.  An extensive list guide to help you prepare your vehicle for the offroad.


Onboard Air
Converting a York
AC Compressor
to Pump Air

Trailering Safety and Trailer Hitch Information


Off-Road Truck Driving Techniques and Safety

Off-Road Lights
by LightForce Product Review / Installation.
from Off-Road Lights


Jeep Dana 300 TeraLow - 4:1 Gearset for the Dana 300 Transfer Case

AMC V8 Engines
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Chevy Small-Block V8 Engines
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Hemi Engine - All about the Hemi Engine

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Chrysler Hemi Engine

AMC V8 hp/Torque, Compression & Bore/Stroke by year

Engine Size Conversion Table
Converting engine displacement from CID, Liters, C.C.

Engine Overheating Basics - 16 Common Causes of an Overheated Engine

Fan Clutch Diagnosis
How to tell if the Fan Clutch in your Cooling System is failing or has failed.

Automotive Gauges & Instrument Functions
Information they display & their importance.


From the
Department of Cheap   Tricks and Useful Tips

Ultra-Cool Hand Throttle for Free!

Jeep V8 Swap Tips

The Exploding Clutch

Radiator Protection using 6 bucks worth of material

Cracked Under Pressure - Fixing a smashed fingernail

A Cheap, effective alternative to undercoating

Home-built Saginaw Gearbox Brace for the cost of lunch!

Ammo Box Storage - Mounting Them for Quick Disconnect

Home-built Serious Skid-Plate protection for the Oil Pan for under 20 bucks!

Ramp Travel Index
RTI / Ramp Travel Index  What it is and how to calculate it, with and without the ramp.




Project Jeep CJ-7
Rust Removal and treating existing Rust on the Jeep body
Part Two

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  • Stop the Rust!

  • Rust Removal

  • Rust Treatment

  • Patch or Repair body mounts

  • Seal the rear fender wells

After taking a wire wheel to the whole underside, firewall and floor of the tub I decided to try a product call Corroless┬« marketed by Eastwood Company of my hometown of Pottstown PA.  (NOTE: Since the writing of this page, Corroless is now marketed as a product called Eastwood Rust Encapsulator)   Corroless (Rust Encapsulator) is supposed to protect from rust better than anything else out there.  It apparently works so well that they've been using it (under the name Corroless) on oil rigs in the north sea for 30 years where salt water and vast temperature changes make conditions tough on metal.  It also combines with existing rust to stabilize it, prevent it from "creeping" and seals it against moisture.  Recently the product has been adopted by the automotive restoration community and marketed under the Eastwood name brand.  Having fought and lost many battles against rust using may methods and products I decided to give it a try.  Even before doing any welding I coated everything.  If the welding damages any areas that were painted I'll just wire wheel it repaint it.  I did this because I was going to cover a few spots with re-enforcement steel making it tough to coat after the steel goes in.  I did weld in new body mounts before coating some spots as pictured below.  On top of the Coroless I used Eastwood Chassis high solids paint that's very chip resistant and seals very well.



For more information about Eastwood's
Rust Encapsulator,
click here.

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You may notice a not so familiar piece of steel welded between the front body mount frame and the rib under the seats.  Since these pieces were once welded to the floor of the tub and they are no longer attached to the floor I decided to add this to give a little strength to the structure and to lend a little support under the floor.

Below are a couple of shots of the floor of the tub.  A few spot require a little more steel to strengthen the floor like where the seat belts attach and where the passenger seat bolts up but otherwise the floor was in excellent shape thanks to the prior owners gratuitous use of the welder.  The shot to the lower right has a coating of another Eastwood product that's bondo type material that has aluminum embedded in it and hardens like metal and seals just as well against moisture.  I used this to fill and level out the floor where the sheet metal overlapped.  In the end it will all get a coat of black paint so any uneven appearance will be hard to spot.  The main concern is to keep rust away and keep it strong for years of abuse.

Eastwood Rust Encapsulator Beats POR 15 in Independent Tests! Click here to see why!

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Below are a pair of replacement parts that were fabricated to replace the two pathetic, rusty pieces just below them in the same picture.  These are the body mounts of the tub just in front of the rear wheel wells.  The large angle pieces that the rails are attached to are make to re-enforce the area where the roll bar attaches.  Everything will be welded and bolted together.

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Directly below are the areas where these parts will be attached.
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Below are two other body mounts of the tub that had 12 gauge steel plates welded to them whether they were in bad shape or not.  With all the twisting around that this Jeep will eventually see I'd rather re-enforce these areas now while it's accessible.

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Above and below are some shots of the body mount in front of the rear wheel wells.  I wanted to re-enforce this area because of the roll bar has to mount up here.  Also notice the silicone sealant in various places.  Call it overkill but having fought the rust battle many times before I noticed that where I patched bodies with silicone it did not rust.  So I coated areas susceptable to rust with the clear silicone.  It also acts as an impact protective coating for rocks and gravel and stops moisture from getting in to places where I don't want it to go.

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Below is a fix for my wheel wells.  There was some good rust holes in the wheel wells and although the top side within the tub was re-lined with galvanized steel the holes underneath were there to let water  and debris in.  I patch the holes with primer, paint and more silicone but to make it look better and to add protection I used an aluminum break to bend parts to cover the inside of the wheel wells.  Then I sealed the seams with more silicone and sanded, primed and painted the aluminum with gloss black.

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Project CJ-7 ~ The Tub Part Two

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... trail reports with the Project CJ-7
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Sounds System, Raised the Rear Seat
Storage below and a great place to mount 6x9 Speakers for Great Bass ... In a Jeep!

York AC Compressor Conversion.  What used to pump Freon, now pumps compressed air to the front and rear bumpers.  125 psi,  2 gallons of storage, air fittings at the bumpers, enough CFM to power air tools!.  Click Here for more  Details


Dick Cepek's 2008 F-250 Super Duty Project Vehicle ? Project CRUSHER

Warn X8000i
Winch Installation

ARB Air Locker Install
Jeep Wide Track Axles Swap

Mud Tire Reviews

Building a Garage?
Need a Garage Plan?

Reader's Rigs and Seriously Stucks!


Jeep Trans Swap Info
T-18A Transmission Rebuild & Short Shaft Conversion