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JeepHeap March 10th, 2018 08:29 PM

Project Heep CJ7
 
My dad has a friend that owns a salvage yard and found these 17” Ford wheels laying around collecting dust. Hoping to do the DIY beadlocks.

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Kegger83cj7 March 11th, 2018 08:39 PM

Lookin good! Keep up the good work.

SHARPMACHINE March 12th, 2018 12:27 PM

Those ford wheels will do a good job of narrowing up the full widths.

I may need to look and see if ford made a similar wheel with a 5 on 5.5 pattern like that...

Elusive April 18th, 2018 10:06 PM

Nice job so far guys!

JeepHeap April 21st, 2018 11:04 PM

Not much progress since the last update because we have been working on my dads Jeep.

We got the engine bolted in and then got to work making a transfer case cross member.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...01a25fe446.jpg

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The steel wheels that we picked up earlier won’t work because they weren’t deep enough for the bolts on beadlocks. When we started looking around for new wheel options, we found a deal we couldn’t pass up thanks to @jeepinjz.

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JeepHeap July 21st, 2018 01:56 PM

Since the last update, we have made some great progress on the front axle. We were offered an unbelievable deal on the milling of my knuckle for high steer, so we took it right away and got it done. The arm is an inch thick. A couple days after the high steer was done, the same guy offered to help us put back together the axle in his shop since he has more experience and a jig made for it. After less than 2 hours of being there, the axle was in one piece and straighter than what it would have been if we tried it.

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As soon as we got it home, we started mocking it up. Ending up with about a 109” wheelbase with a 10” stretch in the front and 7” in the rear.

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Since it’s so wide, we will be able to get TONS of steering angle.

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JohnnyJ July 21st, 2018 02:42 PM

Looks great!

cannaert July 22nd, 2018 08:57 AM

Looks awesome, can't wait to see more updates and see it done.

JeepHeap August 12th, 2018 08:54 PM

Began on the front suspension. Got the 3-link mostly in. Mounts are tacked in and links are mounted.

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As we suspected, full bump is 3 inches from ride height due to the diff being so big. Due to this, we decided to do tubing for the frame from where the diff starts. With this we should get 3-4” more up travel and hopefully end up with 7” up and 7” down with the 14” shock.




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VAhasnoWAVES August 13th, 2018 12:14 PM

pan hard and LCA mount are going to be tricky.

taking a couple inches out of the casting like artec does for their truss (on the other side) would get you some tube to weld on. consider a truss at that point to help support the tubes. might want to factor that into your full bump.

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JeepHeap August 31st, 2018 11:51 AM

Realized I never showed the engine in without the cherry picker or how we mounted it, so here’s that.

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1x1_Speed_Craig August 31st, 2018 12:49 PM

Congrats! There's a special place in my heart for old CJs (I've owned a TON), and I admire your initiative with working hands-on with this build. I'm looking forward to the updates. :thumb:

EDIT: Wait, you're John's son? Very cool...great Dad, too.

Craig

JeepHeap September 1st, 2018 07:13 PM

Project Heep CJ7
 
Great progress today on the Heep. Began on finishing the front tube frame and then connecting them in a bumper. After that, we got to work, started by taking off the fenders, then made shock hoops. They turned out okay but not the best. We mounted the air shocks on and put the axle shafts in. We couldn’t get it on all fours yet due no trackbar, so that is next on my endless list of things to do to get this done.

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Ride height (the axle isn’t centered):

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Full droop:

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When we found out that we need a trackbar to get it on all 4s, we noticed that ride height in the back is WAY lower than we thought it was since we have never had it with actual weight on the front. We might have to redo the shock hoops and make them taller to get more up travel now.

Also had a friend stop by and he took us on a ride in his dads CJ2A

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Now I need a cruiser Willy’s.

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JeepHeap September 3rd, 2018 09:26 PM

Had some free time today and since we couldn’t get DOM for the trackbar, I decided to go through the wiring harness and label the wires that I could. Just trying to get stuff done while at a stand still until tomorrow.

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Had a helpers too.

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JeepHeap September 4th, 2018 03:49 PM

The Taz
 
Well, as you can see, the body of the heep is pretty rusted out, and I’m not too fond of going through and patching every panel. Luckily, something followed us home.

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Allegedly, some guy restored it and put a plow on it. On the first trip out, he got hit or it hit something and bent the frame way over in the front. There are a few dents and a little body filler, but no rust. We were going to start dismantling and taking trips out to the trailer Friday and continue working Saturday, but when we got there Friday, it was way better than we anticipated and so we bought the whole thing, and picked it up today.

It’s really nice. It’s got like new best top seats, the hard top is immaculate, and has a rear defrost. All the wires are together and sort of neat, unlike the Heep.

Because of the fact that it isn’t rusted out, we are going to have to make new body mounts on the custom frame, but other than that, we are not really set back at all.

Since it is so nice, we are going to do everything right, and not just do “enough”. Plan is to Rhinoline the interior and the bottom to prevent rust and make cleaning easier, and then paint it. It’s going to take more work, but in the long run it will be much better and I will be a lot happier.

And, because it is clearly no longer a heap, it will now be know as “the Taz” because of this:

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capone September 4th, 2018 04:56 PM

Nice score on the tub!

John D September 4th, 2018 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by 1x1_Speed_Craig (Post 6379522)
EDIT: Wait, you're John's son? Very cool...great Dad, too.

Craig



Thanks Craig, we’ve been having lot of fun with the project.


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1x1_Speed_Craig September 5th, 2018 06:08 AM

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Originally Posted by John D (Post 6379728)
Thanks Craig, we’ve been having lot of fun with the project.

:thumb:

Nice-bordering-on-weird find on that CJ tub, too. It looks pretty darned solid! :woot:

John D September 5th, 2018 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by 1x1_Speed_Craig (Post 6379740)
:thumb:



Nice-bordering-on-weird find on that CJ tub, too. It looks pretty darned solid! :woot:


@laxman1306 found it sitting in J&R’s U-Pull-It north of Cedar Springs. We had our fingers crossed for an entire week before we could get up there to snag it and we definitely lucked out this time :)

Rumor is someone did a resto, added a plow and got smashed in the front/side almost immediately!


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1x1_Speed_Craig September 6th, 2018 05:44 AM

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Originally Posted by John D (Post 6379806)
@laxman1306 found it sitting in J&R’s U-Pull-It north of Cedar Springs. We had our fingers crossed for an entire week before we could get up there to snag it and we definitely lucked out this time :)

Rumor is someone did a resto, added a plow and got smashed in the front/side almost immediately!

Score! (for you, at least...not the plow guy)


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