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I figured it's time I make a build thread on my jeep. Little back ground on me, my initials are cj and that's what my friends and family call me. this is the 6th wrangler I have owned I have had cj5 cj7 yj and 3 tj's along with a hand full of other jeeps. I have been wheeling since I was 14 I had a 2 door 5 speed strocker xj on full widths I wheeled for 6 or so years. I parted ways with it in 2014 to build a 74 bronco which was sold before I got to wheel it in 2015 I had a ranger I was building when I came across this tj... on to the pictures
I started with this I traded a ranger I was daily driving for it I had $1100 in to the ranger 4.0 auto

I got it home and started working on it found out frame and body were going to need a lot more work than I was expecting floors were shot all the way to the seat mount as well as all body mounts not to mention the skid plat was sheet metal screwed and welded on.


So I picked up a nice body and frame had a anti rock corner guards and a 4" lift


Got it home cleaned and painted frame and engine bay and started swapping all the parts over

Had it running and driving in about 6 days


Picked up some 36" swamper sand started building my front fenders and bumper


After About 3 weeks of work I took it to silver lake sand dunes the first week of July for 9 days of playing


That brings us current finished my fenders last night and added lights







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Future plans included a stretch and a trussed hp dana 44 from 3/4 f250 and a 9" rear 3 link with coil overs up front


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Got a couple things done last night I finished wiring my winch up all the controls are in the cab now. The solenoids are under the hood. I need to pick up a fair lead for it but it is there if I have to use it for now



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Well started my axle swap last Wednesday and it didn't go as planned... I took a upper control arm to the face 8 stitches and 3 days off work


I now have the new front axle under the jeep moved it forward 4" some time in the next week I will get the links tacked in place and cycle everything. I ordered a bracket kit for my rear dana 60 so I will be starting that soon also


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I was finally able to get out and do a little work on my tj last night got my axle set at full bump and lowers tacked in to place and started working on the upper at full bump the axle truss just touches the lower radiator hose. The links are all 2X.25 wall dom 38" long 1 1/4 hemis




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Man that's a nice gash above your eye. I will following you build I want to do the same axle swap in my TJ.
 

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Man that's a nice gash above your eye. I will following you build I want to do the same axle swap in my TJ.


Haha yeah it was a good one still getting headaches from it. Not sure if you have ever heard of TNT customs they have a nice truss for the dana 44


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Got my upper link mount tacked in need to get my shock mounts built





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Well got my track bar tacked in last night at full bump it barely clears

Also got the brackets for my rear yesterday



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Well I flex everything out and didn't have any binding so I fully welded the brackets in place. Now I'm waiting on parts for my plasma cutter so I can cut my old mounts off and do my c/o mounts also threw the wheels on and I really need to find some h1's


This is with a stock h1 I just need 3 more





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Project CJ in a Tj

Well started clean I g up my new rear axle last night then I ran out of grinding wheels and cutoff wheels but I got my link brackets tacked in place. Today I plan to pick up a couple wheels and get the old leaf perches cut off. Then fully weld all the link brackets




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Project CJ in a Tj

I got all my brackets fully welded I still need to cut the leaf spring perches off but the parts for my plasma cutter will be here today so that should make thing easier. I also got my original rear axle pulled and the jeep is ready for the new axle.

Stock arms for now I plan to 4 link the rear and build my 609 this winter along with a v8 swap




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Got the jeep sitting on its own weight now I just need to order the correct springs for the coilovers finish the steering brake lines rear shocks






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Well I got to drive the jeep around my yard a little still need to order springs and shocks and a few other things but at least I can move it now I also picked up a new power plant for it



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Well I finally had a little time to work on the jeep got the brakes plumbed and bled still needs a little more bleeding but stops better than it did before the axle swap. Also got the rear drive shaft in its closer to its maiden voyage with the stretch and swap.



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Well I got my rear shock mounts built opened up my rear fenders and moved my flares back slowly working on it



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Got my barn floor and approach pored I added 4 chains in the floor for pulling frames and other things. Got the jeep back to my barn and getting ready to start the v8 swap

At the urging of my little boy we went out back on our property to “run stuff over”





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Well I started my v8 swap Sunday I pulled the 4.0 sold it Monday and got the motor sitting where I want it last night on to some mounts shifters and wiring



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