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Old 08-26-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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'78 CJ-7 Lifetime Project

November 1977 I took delivery of a 1978 Jeep CJ-7 that I ordered from the factory. Lost the window sticker years ago but the sticker price was around $7,100.

It was a Renegade Levi Edition with every option available except for hardtop and auto transmission. I have owned it every since and did a frame off over the last five years.

Here's how she looked in fall 1977.





Yeah, that's me with $#1+ for brains, about 28 years old.

Here she is now.



Not a rad off roader but a road/off road trip champ.



Over the next week I hope to post some more photos of my resto and spec's.

I spend most of my time over at the JK forum. I have two a 2007 and a 2012. I am hoping the Jeep fanatics over here at the CJ forum are more mature than some at the JK forum, just saying.

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Old 08-26-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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Found an "82 tub to replace the rusted out '78. It will accept the CJ-8 Scrambler bulkhead to.

Even though it is newer it still had to be restored.








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Old 08-26-2012, 11:44 PM   #3
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Looks nice, I have an 82. Wish I had a garage to do the frame off resto. Great work.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:28 AM   #4
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The CJ got paint this time places that were not painted at the factory back in 1977.





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November 1977 I took delivery of a 1978 Jeep CJ-7 that I ordered from the factory. Lost the window sticker years ago but the sticker price was around $7,100.

It was a Renegade Levi Edition with every option available except for hardtop and auto transmission. I have owned it every since and did a frame off over the last five years.

Here's how she looked in fall 1977.

Yeah, that's me with $#1+ for brains, about 28 years old.

Here she is now.

Not a rad off roader but a road/off road trip champ.

Over the next week I hope to post some more photos of my resto and spec's.

I spend most of my time over at the JK forum. I have two a 2007 and a 2012. I am hoping the Jeep fanatics over here at the CJ forum are more mature than some at the JK forum, just saying.
I agree with you about jk forum. I like it here and jkowners. I have my 46 and an 07. Looks like you got a great project going. Can't wait to watch it.
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November 1977 I took delivery of a 1978 Jeep CJ-7 that I ordered from the factory. Lost the window sticker years ago but the sticker price was around $7,100.

It was a Renegade Levi Edition with every option available except for hardtop and auto transmission. I have owned it every since and did a frame off over the last five years.

Here's how she looked in fall 1977.

Yeah, that's me with $#1+ for brains, about 28 years old.

Here she is now.

Not a rad off roader but a road/off road trip champ.

Over the next week I hope to post some more photos of my resto and spec's.

I spend most of my time over at the JK forum. I have two a 2007 and a 2012. I am hoping the Jeep fanatics over here at the CJ forum are more mature than some at the JK forum, just saying.
I love that jeep. Very nice
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:35 PM   #7
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Let's talk old school Jeep V8 power. I had 178k miles on the old original AMC 304 c.i. V8. Was going to rebuild it because over 27 or so years it served me well and never let me down.

My friend/co-builder helping me with the project found an AMC 401 c.i. V8 in a Jeep Cherokee Chief that was in decent condition. It doesn't cost any more to rebuild a 401 than it does a 304.

We did a complete rebuild and added:

Edelbrock RV cam and intake
Holley Truck Avenger 670 carb
Flow Kooler water pump
new timing chain and cover
Davis Unified Ignition HEI distributor and plug wires
platinum split fire plugs
four row radiator
dual Optima Red Top batteries
cool looking finned aluminum valve covers



IMG]http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z417/tomthbomb3/Jeeps/1978%20CJ-7/100_1967.jpg[/IMG]

The old stock air cleaner went away later. And the four row radiator was installed after these pics.

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:28 PM   #8
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Got to love those plug wires. They were $10 each several years ago.

Also forgot to add that I bought the last 401 flywheel 4Wheel Drive Hardware had in stock.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:29 PM   #9
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Starting to come together here.

At this point I had a NP 435 a friend gave me but it shifted like an old bread truck so I bought a new on the pallet NV 4500 but did not install it until the job was almost finished.

Took out the D20 transfer case and put in a D300 with an Advance Adapters 4:1 low and Currie twin stick shifters.

Put in a D44 wide axle front end and bought a wide axle AMC rear end cheap and installed Warn one piece axles with locking hubs to be able to flat tow. Stitch welded the axle tube to the housing to help prevent separating under extreme torque.

Later I found out the rear locking hubs would not handle the torque from the 401 so bolted them down. They still look good, right?

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Old 08-29-2012, 08:32 PM   #10
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What a beautiful Jeep! I think its great that you've owned this Jeep since new in 1977 and still have her today. Great story
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:27 PM   #11
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On track to be my dream Jeep............

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Old 08-29-2012, 10:30 PM   #12
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I can't take credit for being the first to put a CJ-8 Scrambler half top on a CJ-7 but there aren't that many. In my personal opinion it is a COOL look!

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Old 08-29-2012, 10:32 PM   #13
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Keep the pics coming.
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:29 PM   #14
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The top is bed lined inside and out.

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Old 08-31-2012, 05:33 PM   #15
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These pics are before I pulled the NP435 and put in the NV4500 (what a tranny!).

The head unit is in the Tuffy console. There are two speakers in Tuffy boxes under the seats and later I installed two speakers in the dash. That's why I ordered it with no glove box or speaker cut outs.



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Old 09-01-2012, 03:32 PM   #17
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This photo didn't make the trip first time.

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Old 09-01-2012, 03:40 PM   #18
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At the tomthbomb cabin & teleport.



Everybody in Deep East Texas has an oil well.



That's about it folks. Hope for another 20 years or so with my Jeeps!
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:49 PM   #19
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amazing jeep sir.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:39 PM   #20
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Nice jeep, my 78 seems to be turning into a lifetime project as well.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:29 AM   #21
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lovely!!!

the 401 in 'Brutus' my J2000 was a real beast for torque...a THIRSTY beast....

Impressive story here, thanks for the photos
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:15 PM   #22
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:06 PM   #23
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Fantastic thread/story!
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Great Job Looks GREAT!!!
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Impressive. And awesome jeep too.
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:10 AM   #26
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Fantastic thread here! What a sexy CJ! I wish I had the wheelbase for a 4500...
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:02 AM   #27
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Nice. And I also love the scrambler top. I run a chopped down soft top on my 80, it's the only way to go.

I love that top, where did you find it? I found these: YJ Half Hardtop Kit

But they are not Scrambler tops and interfere with the roll bar.
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Or did you relocate your roll bar?
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That.....that is my dream Jeep. I have a 97' but oh how i dream for CJ-7
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