CJ-7 Projects


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
for Offroad

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
GEN-1 Nash/Hudson/Rambler V-8s (1956-1966) through to the GEN-3 AMC Tall-deck (1970-1991)

Chevy Small-Block V8 Engines
Chevy Small-Block V8 Engines Manufactured by General Motors - Production: 1955?2002

Hemi Engine - All about the Hemi Engine

Ford Engines
4 Cylinder, 6 Cylinder, 8 Cylinder, 10 Cylinder, 12 Cylinder Ford Engines

Ford V8 Engines
8 Cylinder Engines manufactured by Ford

Ford 351 Cleveland V8 Engines
351 cubic inch V8 Engines manufactured by Ford

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
Painting the Jeep body
Part Four

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  • Prepare the Jeep body for Primer and Paint

  • Mask off all areas of the Jeep body not to be painted

  • Mask off entire lower area Jeep frame, engine, axles

  • Prepare garage as a Paint booth

  • Start Painting!  Color: 1977 Corvette Yellow

With the Rocker panel guards removed and the 1/4 panel armor installed, the tub was primered and masked off.  Then the entire garage was masked off with clear plastic and a make-shift ventilation system installed which was comprised of 2 high flow fans, one a Wal-Mart special window fan and the other a blower out of a forced air oil burner.  The fans were installed below the garage door and the rest of the door opening masked off with cardboard.  Hey, whatever works.

Here the engine is completely covered.

Above and to the right is one of the 1/4 panel armor plating mounted up with stainless steel hardware.  They will be painted with the Jeep.  They server two purposes, one to strengthen otherwise weak corners of the body and two, to cover some ugly body damage which was only partially patched to protect it from rust.  Prior to the paint job, the entire tub was primered with automotive gray primer, sanded with 400 grit and then coated with a sealer.  The primer was allowed to dry for a few days and just after sanding it was wiped down with a pre-paint solvent to dissolved any contaminates.  The sealer only require a short time to dry before the paint was applied.

To the right is my humble air intake to the garage.  It consists of the door and a bed sheet stapled to the door jam.  Again.... whatever works.  Below is the fans and below to the right is the bench where the paint was mixed.  I used a certified breathing mask designed to protect from this type of paint as well as protective clothing and goggles.


Additional parts that were painted around the same time.  Some parts to be painted later like the hood, windshield frame and front fenders.

So how'd it turn out?  Not bad.  Not bad at all.  The color was perfect.  If you're looking for a good yellow paint, take a look at '77 Corvette Yellow.  The paint job was... well... amateur.  I've only painted a a vehicle twice before over the years and this time, like the others, wasn't perfect.  I have a few runs but otherwise it's not bad.  I'll attempt to fix the runs in a few weeks after the paint has cured enough. At the same time I'll painted other parts like the tailgate and the dash panel.  I'll be playing hard in this Jeep so perfection was never a goal.  

The following weekend after the first attempt at giving the tub a paint job it got a second coat.  Much better than the first coat.  A few days prior to giving it a second coat, I sanded down a few ugly runs and gave the whole tub a scuff down with 400 grit.  Also on the advice of a friend named Don who had painted cars in the past I made a few adjustments to my method.  These tips included how I handled the paint gun and a few other things like grounding the tub and spraying a mist of water on the ground to help keep dust down.  All these adjustments paid off and the tubs new paint job looks great.

Next up is the disassembly of the gauge panel and the grill.  As of 10/16/2001 the grill has been cleaned of the rust and treated with Coroless and the gauge panel has been disassembled, cleaned and primed.  Plans are to prep them for a coat of paint this coming weekend, weather pending.

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Project CJ-7
The Tub Part Five

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Super Swamper Bogger
Super Swamper SSR
Super Swamper SX
Super Swamper Vortrac
Interco IROK TSL
Super Swamper LTB
Super Swamper TSL
Super Swamper TSL Radial
Super Swamper Narrow
Interco SS-M16 Swamper
Thornbird TSl Radial
Thornbird TSl Bias
Thornbird TSL
Parnelli Jone Dirt Grip
BFGoodrich Krawler
BFGoodrich MT T/A KM
BFGoodrich MT T/A KM2
BFGoodrich AT TA KO
BFGoodrich Mud King XT
Bridgestone Dueler MT
Cooper Discoverer ST
Cooper Discoverer STT
Cooper Discoverer ST/C
Firestone Destination MT
General Grabber MT
General Grabber AT2
Green Diamond Icelander
Ground Hawg Mud Tire
Hankook Dynapro MT
Hankook Dynamic MT RT01
Hercules Terra Trac MT
Hercules Trail Digger MT
Kelly-Springfield Safari DTR
Kelly-Springfield Safari MSR
Kumho Road Venture MT
Kumho Road Venture KL71
Kumho Road Venture AT
Dick Cepek Mud Country
Dick Cepek F-C II
Dick Cepek Fun Country II
Dick Cepek Fun Country Nylon
Dick Cepek Fun Country Kevlar
Mastercraft Courser MT
Mastercraft Courser HTR
Mastercraft Courser HTR Plus
Maxxis BigHorn Radial
Maxxis Creepy Crawler
Maxxis Trepador
Maxxis Buckshot Mudder
Maxxis MA-SW
Maxxis M-8080 Mudzilla
Maxxis MT-754 Buckshot
Maxxis MT-753 Bravo
Maxxis MA-751 Bravo
Maxxis MA-S2 Marauder II
Maxxis MA-S1 Marauder
Maxxis MT-762 BigHorn
Nitto Mud Grappler
Nitto Dune Grappler
Nokian Vatiiva MT
Pit Bull Rocker Extreme
Pit Bull Maddog
Pit Bull Growler
Goodyear Wrangler MT/R
Pro Comp Xterrain
Pro Comp All Terrain
Pro Comp Mud Terrain
Pro Comp Xtreme AT
Pro Comp Xtreme MT
Toyo Open Country MT
TrXus Mud Terrain
TrXus STS All Terrain
Mickey Thompson MTZ
Mickey Thompson MTX
Mickey Thompson Baja Claw
Mickey Thompson Baja Crusher
Competition Claw
Dunlop Mud Rover
Yokohama Geolandar

Latest trips Offroad
... 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