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JeepHeap November 17th, 2017 07:14 AM

Project Heep CJ7
 
Thanks for the comments, we went with the 3/16 for the lower frame. We are in desperate need for some stock rear XJ springs. If anyone has a pair, please let me know.


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JeepHeap November 18th, 2017 04:23 PM

We had a very productive couple of days on the Jeep this weekend. We began building the frame and finally found and got rear XJ leaf springs.

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JeepHeap December 30th, 2017 09:02 PM

Continuing on with the frame, we made all of the body mounts. Due to the condition of the tub, most original body mounts were unusable and created a real challenge. We came up with 9 good mounts instead of the original 13 but itís nice and secure.

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JeepHeap December 30th, 2017 09:14 PM

After finishing the body mounts, we started messing around to figure out where the axles where going to sit.

Hoping for 7 inch stretch in the rear and 5 in the front giving a wheelbase of ~106

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Thinking right around here is where the stock axle would be

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Man, those full width SD axles will be WIIIDE

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JeepHeap January 20th, 2018 05:26 PM

Did some mocking up for the rear axle today, along with starting the rear bumper. We are using XJ springs backwards and mounted to the bumper to get a stretch. Iíve been looking at threads and pictures for ideas, does anybody have any hot tips or things to watch for that we may not have considered.

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roll-bar Bob January 20th, 2018 09:00 PM

so nice to see a father son team tackling a project like this..




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JeepHeap February 25th, 2018 03:37 PM

Update... we added fish-plate to the rear frame sections, installed the rear springs a few times until we settled on this location. Iím pretty happy with this stretch and stance.

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JeepHeap February 25th, 2018 03:51 PM

Project Heep CJ7
 
Finally saved up enough pennies to get the ruff stuff 3 link and fox 2.0 14Ē air shocks.

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We met up with an awesome guy last week and he gave us some awesome tips on making my SD 60 a passenger side drop. So, we got to cutting... no going back now.

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JohnnyJ February 25th, 2018 05:49 PM

awesome! What is the planned width?

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JeepHeap February 25th, 2018 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by JohnnyJ (Post 6360150)
awesome! What is the planned width?

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Keeping it stock length which is about 72 inches


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whiterhino February 25th, 2018 08:47 PM

Love the project. What's the intended use? If you plan to wheel in the rocks, the rear shackles are vulnerable.

JeepHeap February 26th, 2018 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by whiterhino (Post 6360188)
Love the project. What's the intended use? If you plan to wheel in the rocks, the rear shackles are vulnerable.



The Jeep is mostly going to be a terrible daily driver with going to rocks and valleys and silver lake as much as possible. I know that the rear shackles are vulnerable but with the XJ springs and the stretch, itís the only setup that works, at least until I 4-link it down the road. 14 year old budget struggles.


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whiterhino February 26th, 2018 07:36 AM

Hey, no problem, I think it's a great thing to do with your son. Should be an awesome rig for the intended use.

John D February 26th, 2018 08:23 AM

It has been a great project with lots of bonding time so far. Jack is learning a lot about shop tools, safety and critical thinking. Most importantly in the instant gratification world we live, he is learning patience. Speaking of patience... I canít wait to get my barn back. Itís really crowded in there!!!


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John D February 26th, 2018 08:24 AM

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greygoose February 26th, 2018 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by whiterhino (Post 6360216)
Hey, no problem, I think it's a great thing to do with your son. Should be an awesome rig for the intended use.

From what I gather, John D is the father and Jeepheap is the son. :teehee:

John D February 26th, 2018 08:43 AM

Project Heep CJ7
 
You are correct [emoji4]


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JeepHeap February 27th, 2018 07:16 AM

I forgot to add this picture. This is what we came up with for the front of the leaf springs.

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Also, look at these sweet 2Ē 47 spline stub shafts we saw at a neighborhood shop. Heís making them for competition rigs.

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JeepHeap March 4th, 2018 08:01 PM

A little bit of progress this weekend. Started out by finishing the frame by making a front bumper and fish platting the mid-upper section. We also began completely welding up every thing else.

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JeepHeap March 10th, 2018 08:26 PM

Finally was able to located and buy a Chevy 350. A guy at the shop I work made a good deal for me. We bolted the transmission and transfer case to it, man that thing is HEAVY! We started to mark up where itís going to sit and started making motor mounts.

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Been practicing my welding skills also.

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