Project Jeep CJ-7

Project Jeep CJ-7

A number of years ago, I got the Jeep bug.  I even know when and where I was when the bug hit me.  I preparing to build something for the offroad, maybe a Toyota FJ-40 or an early Toyota pickup with a solid front axle, maybe a Jeep or a Scout.  I wasn’t sure.  Then one trip with a friend and a large group of Jeeps did it for me.  I was hooked on Jeep.  CJ-7 in fact.  Something about the CJ-7 was calling to me.

So I started looking for an early CJ-7.  Then I met a guy named Bob Norris.   To the dismay of his neighbors, Bob’s backyard was a Jeep Junkyard.   His backyard was full of Jeeps and Scouts, Jeep parts, frames, body parts and various other automotive related items.  Best of all Bob was motivated to sell a good deal of it for a decent price.  It was perfect timing for me.  So I set out to make up my shopping list and weekend after weekend, I drove away from his house with a trailer and truck full of parts for my Jeep project.

Jeep CJ-7

 

As I worked day after day, week after week on this Jeep, I took thousands of photos and wrote about it.  What ended up being several years of work and design was documented here.  I wanted a Jeep that was as close to stock as possible for a ’78 CJ-7 except with a good number of upgrades to replace what would be weak stock parts.  That included must of the drive train, which now consists of an AMC 360 with a Truck Avenger Carb, T-18A manual Transmission, Dana 20 with Teralow gears and locked Dana 44 axles from and rear.

 If you’ve got the same ambitions as I had with building a Jeep, the articles of this project may be helpful or at least entertaining.  Having invested the time and money into this Jeep, I can look back and say that building it was just as much fun as wheeling it.

My only regret is that I built it TOO Nice!  It pained me to get it covered in mud or bounce it off the rocks or drag it across tree branches and underbrush on the trail.  I set off to build a beater and instead I built a show Jeep.  Oh well.  Anyone have a beat up flat fender for sale?  🙂  Thanks for stopping by!

Project CJ-7

Project CJ-7
How it all started…

About Project CJ-7

 

PROJECT JEEP CJ-7
Specifications and Modifications

CJ-7 Mods & Specs

 

Jeep Project
Index of Writeups

Project CJ-7 Writeups

Project CJ-7 Articles

Project CJ-7 Swaybar
Project Jeep CJ-7

Swaybar Modification

April 21, 2017 Offroaders Staff Editor 0

Project Jeep CJ-7Swaybar ModsStock Jeep Swaybar & Scout Dana 44 Front Axle When using an uncut Scout Dana 44 front axle, a few issues for adapting the axle to the CJ frame came up.  One was […]

Jeep CJ-7 Detroit Locker Install
Project Jeep CJ-7

Detroit Locker Install

April 21, 2017 Offroaders Staff Editor 0

Powertrax No-Slip Traction SystemInstallation … or so we thought… make that …Detroit Locker InstallationOccasionally you set out to do a project and things don’t always go as you planned.  This was one of those such […]

Jeep CJ-7 Making lifted shackles
Project Jeep CJ-7

Making Lifted Shackles

April 18, 2017 Offroaders Staff Editor 0

Project Jeep CJ-7 – SuspensionMaking Shackles Turning a Mistake into New Tools!  Shackles are one of those simple leaf sprung suspension components that can easily be upgraded to do a couple of things for a leaf […]

Jeep CJ-7 AGR Steering Pump and Gear
Project Jeep CJ-7

AGR High Performance Pump Install

April 10, 2017 Offroaders Staff Editor 0

Project Jeep CJ-7 Installation:AGR Saginaw Power Steering Gear AGR High Performance PumpThis documentation is meant to assist you in your installation and provide a few recommendations.  Be sure to READ and FOLLOW the manufacturer’s installation […]

Jeep CJ-7 AGR Steering Pump and Gear Install
Project Jeep CJ-7

AGR Power Steering Gearbox Install

April 10, 2017 Offroaders Staff Editor 0

Project Jeep CJ-7 Installation:AGR Saginaw Power Steering Gear AGR High Performance Pump This documentation is meant to assist you in your installation and provide a few recommendations.  Be sure to READ and FOLLOW the manufacturer’s installation guide […]

Jeep CJ-7 Dana 44 Axle Swap Prep
Project Jeep CJ-7

Axle Preparation

April 6, 2017 Offroaders Staff Editor 0

Project Jeep CJ-7Scout II Dana 44 Axles Swapped onto a CJ-7Power WashThanks to Chris McKeon for lending me his Honda Power Washer a second time to wash the axles (first time was to wash the […]

1 Comment

  1. Nice Jeep! I’ve read your writeup before on offroaders. Well documented. I took a few ideas from you with my TJ buildup. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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