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.
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!