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01-06-2014 10:48 PM
tomthbomb My photobucket account ran out of $ so my photos disappeared.

I can't edit my thread to put them back in here but I did here:

My lifetime project CJ-7 -

if you want to see them.
01-19-2013 09:23 PM
Goofyjumper NICE CJ! I think it's great that you have owned your jeep from day one and continue to keep it alive. My '74 CJ-5 has had almost every part switched out thru it's life... all that remains is the grill, windshield, and two feet of the frame.

CJ's have so much more character that TJ's and YJ's.
01-14-2013 06:40 PM
tomthbomb I posted a link to this thread after a YJ or TJ (does it matter?) fan said:
Not much to love about a cj.
It reminded me I didn't say that on the body/frame rebuild all of the bolts, washers, nuts and screws are now stainless steel.

If you think there is much to love about a CJ you can reply to him here:
12-03-2012 03:44 PM
Geno Very nice job. I am a huge fan of the CJs. I have one under construction right now.
12-03-2012 03:35 PM
jakekaminski definitly liking the silver paint
11-12-2012 01:01 PM
Potts Nice jeep man. Good stuff.
10-08-2012 01:11 PM
Originally Posted by 03_TJ View Post
Or did you relocate your roll bar?

Sorry, I just saw this. It is the stock roll bar in the stock location.
09-27-2012 10:37 PM
Smokinjoe Nice

09-27-2012 10:09 PM
Kevin063 That.....that is my dream Jeep. I have a 97' but oh how i dream for CJ-7
09-27-2012 10:04 AM
03_TJ Or did you relocate your roll bar?
09-27-2012 10:02 AM
03_TJ 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.
09-27-2012 02:10 AM
yellowsnow Fantastic thread here! What a sexy CJ! I wish I had the wheelbase for a 4500...
09-26-2012 11:36 PM
GonzoBobH Impressive. And awesome jeep too.
09-26-2012 05:56 PM
ROBCAR Great Job Looks GREAT!!!
09-26-2012 05:06 PM
billy_YJ Fantastic thread/story!
09-26-2012 03:15 PM
appleman46 Beautiful!
09-26-2012 09:29 AM
JeeperJake lovely!!!

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

Impressive story here, thanks for the photos
09-03-2012 11:39 PM
jrussblues Nice jeep, my 78 seems to be turning into a lifetime project as well.
09-01-2012 05:49 PM
Rwilliamjacob amazing jeep sir.
09-01-2012 03:40 PM
tomthbomb 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!
09-01-2012 03:32 PM
tomthbomb This photo didn't make the trip first time.

08-31-2012 05:34 PM
schnutzy most excellent
08-31-2012 05:33 PM
tomthbomb 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.

08-31-2012 05:29 PM
tomthbomb The top is bed lined inside and out.

08-29-2012 10:32 PM

Keep the pics coming.
08-29-2012 10:30 PM
tomthbomb 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!

08-29-2012 10:27 PM
tomthbomb On track to be my dream Jeep............

08-29-2012 08:32 PM
jadams 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
08-28-2012 11:29 PM
tomthbomb 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?

08-28-2012 10:28 PM
tomthbomb 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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