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My baby is FINALLY done. (Yeah, right)

After 4 long on again off again years my project finally hit the road. I started with an 83 that I brought home mostly in boxes, and not much more than an idea. I sure as hell didn't have a clue. I had never built anything in my life more complicated than a model car so this is my first attempt.

The only major changes I made was dumping the 258 for a 304, glass tub cause I put the factory steel one on my Jeep Chicks' ride, TJ flares which I like Sooo much better, and OBA. I haven't done anything much to the stock axles other than replacing bearings/seals. Mostly because I can't really decide what I want. This one will probably see more street duty than off-road use so I suspect I will get by with some one piece axles and maybe a locker of some sort here and there. Not a tremendous amount of rock crawling to be done here in Ohio anyhow. I suppose a specs list would be in order.

1983 CJ-7 formerly of Ringling Bros. circus. (For real)
rebuilt 304
Power Brakes Ala' Cadillac
TF/999 mated to D300
Factory axles w/3.31 gears
2 1/2" SoftRide lift.
33" BFG's with AGR-767 "Rockcrawlers"
Glass tub from Eagle Equipment (Never again)
Herculiner top and bottom'
TJ flares
TJ sport bar modified to fit.
Tuffy overhead and center
'94 half doors
Bestop Supertop that works "pretty much" with the TJ sport bar.
Centech harness (First class)
OBA using York and factory mounting brackets. Nice and clean install. Air tank from KW "Big Truck".

Probably some other doo-dads I forgot. I know what some of ya are thinking. All that crap on what more or less amounts to a Street Jeep? Poser! Nothing says you can't look good on the street even if it only "mildly" off-roads in it's spare time! Besides, I've got an '81 Scrambler that needs some attention, another 304 just begging for a home, and some Ford 9 inchers that are just taking up space. Rock crawling anyone? My wife will KILL me.



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Half assed shot of interior. Those are factory jeep seats about 15 years old and in showroom condition. I paid DEARLY for those. I didn't want to have to deal with aftermarket and the fact that they ALL seem to set you up higher than the factory seats.

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Last pic. I didn't realize till looking at this picture how sloppy the wiring on the passenger side looks. That heater hose isn't helping. My plug wires are somewhat messy also. They are what was recommended via the TR ignition upgrade. They "work" but don't have enough leeway to allow a neat installation. I intend to buy a quality set of cut to fit wires so I can get something a little more orderly.

All in all I don't think it came out too bad. As I said it is my first attempt at building a vehicle of any kind so I am somewhat proud of myself. It's not perfect and I made some mistakes along the way but I learned a boat load in the process. I think I'll take the winter off but come spring time I just might have to rip into that Scrabbler sitting in my garage. Hell with the 304, come to think of it I've got a 7.3 litre Ford diesel I'm SURE I can squeeze in there. Arghh!! Arghh!! More Power!

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Ya should be proud, it looks good. Gettin' them out of the garage and on the road is no small feat.

Good job.

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EXCELLENT lookin Jeep !!

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Almost finished [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] ( Ya Right ! )</font color=red>

<font color=blue>Why does everyone always ask<font color=blue><font color=black> " So what did you get done on your Jeep today ? "</font color=black>
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EXCELLENT lookin Jeep !!

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1979 CJ5
Almost finished [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] ( Ya Right ! )</font color=red>

<font color=blue>Why does everyone always ask<font color=blue><font color=black> " So what did you get done on your Jeep today ? "</font color=black>
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Done? .....What's that mean?

Looks great!

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nice ride spook![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
you did a fine job! wish i had a v8 in mine. i'll wait till the i6 dies!

keep on jeepin'

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