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Old March 5th, 2007, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a CJ7 project.

So I want to start a CJ7 project and I'm looking for a base setup Jeep and am having issues finding what I'm looking for trolling around the forums.

Would like to find a 82-86(because of the widetrack) CJ7 I can use to start a project. The frame, axles(D30/D44 preferred, D30/AMC20 fine though I have to rebuild), and transfer case(D300 only) need to be in good shape because I don't want to waste a lot of time/money on them aside from maybe a rebuild/gear change.

Would prefer a body that's in good shape as well, but less important because I'll probably end up with a fiber body. I need a complete Jeep because this is my first project, and when tearing it apart I'd like to know where everything came from so I don't miss anything putting it back together. Aside from that I'll replace most of the parts. Don't need a top or doors.

I want to get all this done for less than $500-$600. The Jeep doesn't even need to run as I have a line on a Ford V8 a friend has that should bolt right in.

I'm in the Ann Arbor area. Help me out here guys.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #2
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(D30/D44 preferred)
That would limit you to 1986 only. The rear axle alone could cost almost as much as your entire budget. Consider a C20 rear with 1-pc shafts.

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Would prefer a body that's in good shape as well, but less important because I'll probably end up with a fiber body.
Make this decision before you do anything. A CJ-7 with a "good" body (meaning intact and actually protects you from the elements) on it is going to cost 2-3 times your budget - maybe even if it doesn't run. Focus more on something with a good frame if you're going to go with a glass body later.

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I want to get all this done for less than $500-$600.
This is just my opinion, but that's never going to happen. Its not impossible to have a running functional CJ-7 for that much money, but not with the stipulations you have laid out.

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The Jeep doesn't even need to run as I have a line on a Ford V8 a friend has that should bolt right in.
How's that work?
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Old March 5th, 2007, 04:48 PM   #3
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That would limit you to 1986 only. The rear axle alone could cost almost as much as your entire budget. Consider a C20 rear with 1-pc shafts.



Make this decision before you do anything. A CJ-7 with a "good" body (meaning intact and actually protects you from the elements) on it is going to cost 2-3 times your budget - maybe even if it doesn't run. Focus more on something with a good frame if you're going to go with a glass body later.



This is just my opinion, but that's never going to happen. Its not impossible to have a running functional CJ-7 for that much money, but not with the stipulations you have laid out.



How's that work?

Didnt you see the how to article in the ford to jeep forum?:tonka:
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Old March 5th, 2007, 06:11 PM   #4
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I have a complete cj 7 that I would sell you for $600 but it has a very rusty body and is not exactly a runner/driver right now. But is is mostly complete. Missing top/doors/windshield frame.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 06:19 PM   #5
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A good CJ body tub is a $700 piece all by itself
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Old March 5th, 2007, 06:48 PM   #6
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Just FYI I paid 350 from my Jeep with what your looking for. To redo the whole thing it cost me 2500 bucks just to rebuild it and get it to the Opening day at the mounds Last Year, Now I am at 4000 and its still not done.
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That would limit you to 1986 only. The rear axle alone could cost almost as much as your entire budget. Consider a C20 rear with 1-pc shafts.
Yeah, the rear axle I threw in as a "would be nice" but didn't realistically think I'd find one. I've thought of previously and will probably go with a single-piece C20.

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Make this decision before you do anything. A CJ-7 with a "good" body (meaning intact and actually protects you from the elements) on it is going to cost 2-3 times your budget - maybe even if it doesn't run. Focus more on something with a good frame if you're going to go with a glass body later.
Scratch the body. Again, it would be nice, but much less critical because I don't intend this to be a daily driver for at least 6-8 months, upwards to a year.

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This is just my opinion, but that's never going to happen. Its not impossible to have a running functional CJ-7 for that much money, but not with the stipulations you have laid out.
Again, running isn't important for a while. I'd like all the major pieces, and if it comes with an engine that I can rebuild, it's a bonus, but I've had two people offer me engines already, and worst comes to worst i can pick up a crate or rebuild later.

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How's that work?
Got me, I'm not a mechanic, I'm taking the word of a buddy of mine's dad who is who's got a CJ-5 he says the engine is too long for but he suggested might work for me.

Thanks again guys for the input, and I should be contacting those who had offers to take a look at the jeeps you have laying around.
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Got me, I'm not a mechanic, I'm taking the word of a buddy of mine's dad who is who's got a CJ-5 he says the engine is too long for but he suggested might work for me.
What year is his CJ-5? Even pre-1976 CJ-5's had V8's. 1976-up CJ-5's are identical to CJ-7's from the dash forward.
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I believe some of the laer CJ5's, came with the Iron Duke, which is GM, but the AMC bellousing was an adapter to a Ford trans. Ive never heard of the other way around though.
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A ford bellhousing should bolt to a T-150 trany. (1976-1979 cj 3 spd.)
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