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Old 04-26-2016, 03:16 PM
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And So it Begins....'78 J20

I bought this truck some 5-6 years ago with the intent of a resto mod......but life and several other Jeeps and also some boats ....coupled with retirement and moving to the retirement lake home,.........well you get the idea.
SO....here we go...I sold Gertrude the Grand last month and now I have room in the garage for a project....This is actually my first FullSize teardown and repair/restore.......the CJ-7 was a 7 year project that I built from scratch with all used parts that I polished up and re used.
I'll have lots of questions going forward.



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Old 04-26-2016, 06:07 PM
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I like that truck
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Old 04-27-2016, 01:39 PM
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Day 2......

she's not moving for a while, I guess:

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Old 04-27-2016, 02:21 PM
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Nice, keep the updates coming
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:38 AM
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....It's nice to have a great partner too!
And a strong one, evidently!

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Old 04-30-2016, 05:09 AM
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What have you guys done to replace the(fwd) rear leafspring hanger boxes?
I am wondering if there is a suitable hanger already out there or must I fab a new one myself?
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:50 AM
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here is a link to the rear disc brake conversion that I already did a few years ago
http://s1116.photobucket.com/user/it...%20rear%20disc
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:30 PM
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OK then...here we go....pulled the driveline today (complete).....anyone need a running 360?....we are going to a 401/turbo 400/Quadra trac and the stock 373 gears.....Hydroboost brakes, A/C , power windows/locks

Any suggestions on a gas tank?...I think I remember someone saying that a full size Bronco, 18 gal tank would work. I still hope to carry a spare tire underneath....maybe not full size, but a spare none the less.


If anyone has 2 door Cherokee front seats.....I would be interested,.... I need the hinged seat back now that I am going to extend the cab 12"
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:07 AM
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Here is the thread of his engine build..

http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...86#post1656186
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:02 PM
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I just sold that 360 to Jeepers 48......he's putting it in his Willis Pickup....

The J20 is Totally stripped down and all over the garage now....

BTW, the springs I "found" in a stash pile turned out to be HellCreek 3" lifts......perfect! Now, who has a drop Pitman arm?
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:36 PM
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https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5rabl7qoz...6-WJBZcBa?dl=0

Link to some developements in the build....mostly the spring hangers and more stripping down the truck to bare bones...
The axle in the fotos is from a CJ just FYI....
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Old 10-08-2016, 05:03 PM
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/f2384p19o1...1854a.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/w46bkis674...61854.jpg?dl=0

Spring hanger boxes formed up today......still a bit of fitting to do prior to welding them in.
Made of 7 gauge.....should out last the originals...
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Old 10-08-2016, 05:49 PM
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You do very nice work, and the wife is a keeper.
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:26 PM
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I forgot to mention....this is an 8' box truck.....I'll be replacing with a 7' box.
The space that opens op behind the cab will be a 12' extension of the cab.
Plans call for a fixed window on each side,.... nothing special other than storage behind the seats.
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Old 10-08-2016, 10:25 PM
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This I look forward to seeing. Unfortunate Jeep never offered an extended cab.
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Old 10-21-2016, 06:16 PM
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Got the spring boxes welded in today

I still need to drill through the plates for the 9/16 bolt....maybe tomorrow.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/si6lp7jg2t...0Copy.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0koi902eyw...2006a.jpg?dl=0


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Old 10-28-2016, 04:59 AM
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It has always just drove good, rebuilt springs with stuff I had, Bilstien shocks, 265/85/16 tires on stock rims. It had manual steering when I got it, pulled steering box out of a J-20 I'd picked up for parts. Truck came out of Texas with the buick hanging in it, nothing else. I put drivetrain in it out of a low mile very rusty 76 Chero at first, then did the Olds using a buick bell to the T-18. It had some wide white spoke 15s on it when acquired, drove like crap till I put the 16s on it.. I do know it's very important that wheel dish matches tire height, a line drawn though ball joints/kingpins hits the ground in the center of the tire where it hits the ground, something I pay attention to on all my builds. Also the wide set/spacing of the springs on the early J-trucks in front I believe helps em corner flatter, I suppose that's why a stabilizer bar was used on later vehicles, my 74 J-20 doesn't have the stabilizer bar and it just don't corner as flat as my 70. Good luck on your J-20 build, looking good.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:09 AM
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Splitting the cab

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1yo4ggxtmr...split.jpg?dl=0

link to drop box
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Really wish I had not seen that! I get way too many ideas from this forum!

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Old 03-25-2017, 07:02 PM
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Drivers side

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Drivers side,.... starting to look like my vision.....
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