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Old 07-20-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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Hi all,
Today is my first day on the forum, and thanks to Beastmaster, Ive realized my error in posting my question on the newbie page. Thanks for the info Beastmaster. Ive been thinking about building a vehicle for years. I've tossed around the ideas of Dune Buggies, 69 and up Chevelles, 70-73 Camaros, 80s Chevy Pickups and Jeeps. Ive taken the first step and concluded that the Jeep best suits my need. Im thinking of building a 70s CJ. I want it lifted and spaced so I've heard that the best way to do this is with a suspension lift and wheel spacers. Any thoughts? Also Im going to do a complete restoration so I was thinking about Rhinolining the frame after I have it sandblasted. Is that good or should I do some other coating? The engine I'm thinking I would use is some form of the straight 6 with a manual transmission. Im thinking of durability and reliability so any insight on that set up will also be helpful. I will be looking for a jeep with a solid frame only since i will be looking into a fiberglass body. Is that ok, or should I stick with the stock body? The jeep is going to be basic, basic, basic. I don't plan on having any doors, or roof other than a bikini top for sunny, stuck in traffic days. everything needs to be weather tight. The only thing I would like to have is a quality stereo for being on the beach. Im thinking that I would be able to hose the whole jeep down without damaging anything. Finally most of my driving will be down Cape Cod so I can tow it if I have to, but, would like to be able to drive it on the highway safely if need be. So tires and rims need to be beach and road friendly. Biggest safe size is what I'm thinking. This is day one of my project so any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance

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I would build a CJ7 with YJ tube.

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If starting from a clean sheet of paper, a 6 cylinder of any kind would not be on my build sheet but it depends on what the actual expectations are for the completed project. There aren't any more inherent problems with V8's versus 6's and they are certainly more pleasurable to drive both on and off road. And they CAN get the same mileage.

Transmission? Auto or manual? Personal preference as there are several of each that work well.

Axles? The AMC 20 would be one that I would not use but depending on use, D44's can work well and there are a lot of more robust options. Wheel spacers would not be on my build sheet either.

The best advice one can give is to start doing some research. Novak Adapters has a lot of good information on their site and I would do some reading at some of the more CJ orientated sites:

Jeep-CJ Forums

Early CJ5.net > Forums

Then, with your specific use in mind, put together a specific plan for the drivetrain, steering, and brakes. At that point you could post it and get some useful feedback.
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