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    Posted: May/18/2014 at 10:19am
Well, here I am, new to the forum, but not AMC Jeep's. I have never been a 'look at me' kind of person. I am who I am, you can like or not like, that is your choice not mind. But I am honest to a fault and don't mind giving my honest opinion. I have a lot of passions in life, but one of my first was Jeeps, four wheeling and hot rodding those jeeps. I grew up on a farm and I am mechanically apt, which lead to taking the Jeep apart and putting back together a little better. I will share some pictures of these previous Jeeps ago the way.

My last Jeep I sold in 1992 and have been without since then. I had been looking at building a replica AC Cobra (this will happen), but my wife convinced me to build a Jeep. She said that since I had Jeeps in the past, it would be more fun to have a Jeep with our two kids. She made a great point.

Sooo... now for the reason of this post. As I said, I am not a 'look at me' kind of person, but this Jeep build is worthy of a thread. Mostly for the Jeep and the people I have met ago the way.

Therefore, the build began with a purchase of a '79 CJ7 304 3 speed.



Doesn't look bad, but steering, brakes and clutch needed work.

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BTW, I will make lots of post to get past the magic 30!
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Also, the purchase was in August 2012.

A tenth of the way there!!!
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Well, after the purchase, I had to make a business trip to Saudi Arabia via Dubai.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/19084701/2012-11-03%2016.56.16.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/19084701/2012-11-03%2017.20.26.jpg

...man that's a tall building.

Getting those post done.
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Sorry, pasted in the wrong place.





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Well, after some review of jeep, I made some decisions. The body had a lot of 'cancer', some hidden with body panels put in with RTV and covered with bedliner material. Other panels tacked over rusted panels and sprayed with a quality Maaco finish.









This is all fixable, I had made the decision to make this thing as close to a new modern Jeep as possible with all the great looks of the CJ's. Therefore, I decided to do a fiberglass body. Had one back in the late '80's and liked it.


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I then found part of the reason for the bad steering. At some point the chassis on the drivers side had been bent and the weld nuts for the spring shackle mounts were broken loose.



Again, this could be fixed, but CJ chassis are notoriously flexi. Therefore, decision two, new mandle bent tube steel chassis.
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You da man! Keep her alive! It just takes time and moola!!!!!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FuzzFace2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/18/2014 at 11:42am
I have a buddy that I helpped do a glass body on his 72 CJ5 304/3 sp stick. At first he stayed with steel fenders, then glass then tilt nose when he started racing it off road.
 
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In March of 2013 a buddy of mine (Bobby McDowall aka Streetwise from Moparts and others) made a trip up to Ohio to look at fiberglass bodies at both Kentrol and 4WD Hardware. On my previous Jeep I had a 4WD Hardware body and was probably heading in that direction. My first visit was to 4WD Hardware. The people were nice, but since Tom Kennedy's death and sell of the business, it is very corporate. Oh yea, in late March in Ohio it snows.



The next morning we made a visit to Kentrol to see Tom Troll. He is the first in a long list of great people I have met on this journey. After seeing the quality of their bodies, I was sold. Great steel in the firewall and all body mounts are steel plates. Tom was not there, but I met his brother Charlie, which runs the molding department. There were a couple of areas that I wanting to get reinforced and Charlie agreed to make the changes a start on my body the following week.



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