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Old June 10th, 2015, 10:04 PM   #1
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For the last couple of years my Jeep has been neglected because I was living in an apartment and had to store it at another location. It sat in a damp garage and accumulated a good amount of rust. Finally I have my own house with a garage so I can get back into the Jeep thing and bring the CJ back to its original glory again.

Here is what i'm starting with.




First step was replacing the old sagging rear 2.5" BDS springs. I went with OME 2.5" YJ springs and installed some currie spring plates while I was at it. Fronts will be swapped out later.



The front fenders were rusted pretty badly so they are getting swapped out for some genright aluminum 4" tube fenders. No more rust! They will be polished to match the aluminum tub. I have one mocked up here:





The bumpers are far from rock worthy so the front one got swapped out for a blue torch fab stubby:



Im currently installing an air compressor and work benches in my garage so it will be a couple of weeks before I can really dig into it.

Plan is to have the rock sliders sand blasted, replace the rusted full steel doors with half YJ doors, re-paint the grill, install TJ rear flares for more clearance, and some small interior upgrades. Can't wait to have it finished and be able to enjoy it again
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Old June 10th, 2015, 10:11 PM   #2
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Old June 28th, 2015, 05:15 PM   #3
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Got a little more done today. Rock sliders and winch mount are all off and sent to the sand blaster. Got my driver's side outer fender cut off. Still a little more trimming before the tube fender will bolt up.





Ran out of cut off wheels to finish it.
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Finished trimming the driver side inner fender and got everything mounted up. Ended up being a little more work than expected but it turned out pretty good. It still needs to come apart again so I can bed line the inner fender.



The fenders are built very well but I was a little disappointed in this. The front hood latch mounting hole is right above the tube. No instructions were provided on what to do about this. I ended up drilling and tapping into the tube. The tube was also in the way for the rear hole so I had to elongate the hole a little to fit a nut underneath. This wasn't a big deal but for the price of these fenders I expected everything to bolt up.



Got a set of rear TJ flares from another member on the forum. Here it is mocked up




I plan to have the other side done this week.
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Progress over the summer was really slow so I didn't post anymore.

Been working on it a lot lately.

Modified the rock sliders to fit with the new fenders and TJ flares:





Cleaned up an bedlined the inner fenders, primed the rockers for bedliner to protect the aluminum under the rock sliders, re-painted the grill:






Modified the bumper a little and painted it:




Mocked everything up one more time. I hope to get it mostly assembled this weekend:


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I did in fact finish this but just never got around to posting the pictures. So here it is:

Polishing the tub up. I know this upsets some people and i'm completely ok with that


Polishing the fenders. This took a lot of work with a DA and polishing pads on a angle grinder.


Added turn signals behind the fender vents.


Installed OME 2.5" YJ springs in the front. I used crabtree front hangers which are designed to move the mount an inch forward for the longer springs. They are built really well.
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Had to cut the front shackles apart and widen them for the wider YJ springs


Removed the old radio and put switches for exhaust dump, electric fan override, and winch master. Also added a 12v plug and moved my winch remote plug.


Converted my rear OX locker to air shift. The cable gave me way too many problems. It would loose adjustment and start ratcheting when I needed it most. So far this setup has worked flawlessly. Got a replacement cover with the air solenoid built into it. Running it from a CO2 tank.


Added a fuse block and started the install for my dakota fan controller. The actual fan install ended up waiting until this past winter because I ran into clearance issues initially.
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Added a real water temp gauge.


Here it is all finished:


For some reason I feel it sits squatty (especiall since the spring settled). Doesn't make sense to me since front and rear springs are the same. But I'm thinking about putting BDS 3.5" springs in the back to bring it up a little.
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This was from last year's snoblind. Had a good time and everything worked great.


Snow was a lot deeper last year


Tipped into the side of a dirt wall and ripped my top open on a root.


Fortunately I was able to patch the top but half of the frame needed to be replaced.
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Before this years snoblind I finally got around to installing the electric fans. I used 1996 for contour fans. I had to swap my water pump and pulley for a 1980 version because the nose is shorter. I still ended up with very little clearance but had no issues on the trail. Later I found my motor mounts are BAD and I think i'll gain some room once the engine is lifted back up.




Fans made a world of a difference. The engine would actually run too cold before in the winter because it had a direct drive fan. Now it stays right where I set the controller
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Primary goal for this summer is to buy a car hauler so I can use the jeep more. Jeep will get some love though:

I broke a shock at snoblind this year so the rear shocks need to be replaced. Probably go to rancho 5000s. I may put BDS 3.5 springs in the back at the same time to level the Jeep out.

Motor mounts will be replaced with MORE bomb proof versions. Other than that I have some YJ half doors to paint and install.

Future plans (currently working on acquiring some parts.)

Dana 44 front and Wagonneer HD AMC 20 rear (So I can keep my OX) Want to be close to TJ width.
4.88 gears
OX locker in the front
1 ton steering and hydro assist
POWER BRAKES
6 point cage
Suspension seats
35s (probably pitbulls) and beadlocks (probably ATX)
Longer travel shocks and new towers for the front.

Plan to keep the suspension the same. I should have the clearance.

Gonna be a while till I can tear into it again but i'll enjoy it the way it is for now!
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Love your CJ! Makes me miss mine even more.

If you're running the original style motor mounts I would recommend ditching them and getting the M.O.R.E. bullet proof ones, well worth it.
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Love your CJ! Makes me miss mine even more.

If you're running the original style motor mounts I would recommend ditching them and getting the M.O.R.E. bullet proof ones, well worth it.
Thanks! That is the plan for the motor mounts. They are one of the only original things left on the jeep

Pretty impressed they made it almost 40 years.
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Very nice CJ
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@alumitub78 now it just needs 37s.
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