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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    No photos, but the rear has been done and back for a while. I got it put under the Jeep, but it isn't painted the final color yet, just black right now. Also I won't know if the pinion angle is right...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Ordered the Tru Trac for the rear today. I also found a veteran owned shop that will do the rear axle for me for quite a bit less, so I'm dropping it off there next week. I gave Summit Racing the...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Got the shim pack delivered. Got the axle home. Also got a new yoke. Seems mine was a bit boogered up, so there's an extra $50...


    Started in on assembly. Did the long side spindle twice seeing...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    4 Wheel Parts is taking forever to get my stupid gears set up in my axle, and it really starting to **** me off. I called them LAST Friday, they say they've been trying to work on it in between jobs,...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Remember those front spring plates where I had a machine shop modify one so I could use the factory swaybar? Well, that wasn't gonna work. It did bolt up right, but on the passenger side that made it...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Sub came in today. Went out to start the assembly of the enclosure. Got most of it glued, and screwed. Cut the hole for the driver, and test fit it. Don't have the right size hole saw for the...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Little more tinkering with the stereo tonight. Working on the speakers. I've been a user of JL products for a while now, and the entire system in my Marauder save the head unit, is JL audio, but...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Seeing as how I'm waiting on somebody else to do the gear install, I needed to do something to keep busy, so I started in on the stereo system. It's gonna be a military tribute, looking very much...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Haven't had much luck getting my buddy (who was supposed to help me set up the gears) get with me all summer. He works as a big rig tow truck driver, and is busy all the time, plus he had covid for a...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Things busy as hell at the VFW. Trying to hire new bartenders to replace ones that didn't come back... Putting in a new outdoor patio... Can't get fencing because those companies are all shut down......
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Next up. Lets see if I can make the old doors fit.


    https://www.jeepz.com/forum/images/imported/2020/05/PRYkzwu-1.jpg


    They do, sort of.


    Bit of a gap at the front...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Well, still waiting... A friend who has set up gears before is going to show me how to do it, but he's been working a lot of hrs these days, so the axles hasn't been put back together as of yet. I...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    I'm still missing 1 seal, and 1 race, (both on order) and the rotors are still getting new studs pressed in, but I've just about got what I need to reassemble the main axle. I ran out of money, so no...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    I'm sure they could, but since this isn't a high class restoration, I'm not gonna sweat it that bad. I'll either sell it, or red-neck repair it.
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    You have to crawl inside and lower the tailgate first, in order to raise the hatch. Big PITA. Espcially for a fat old half cripple.
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    So, I jumped on the cragslist, and facebook sale groups in my area last night looking for a hatch for a CJ7 hard top. I figured I could sell my YJ top later to make up for buying one. Hell, I don't...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Picked up my knuckles today with the new ball joint pressed in. Couldn't resist a test fit...


    https://www.jeepz.com/forum/images/imported/2020/04/AWnp5rB-1.jpg


    Also picked up my free CJ7...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    So I'm looking, and looking, and I can't for the life of me find bearing, and seals that are made in the USA. Damn NOTHING is made in the USA anymore. Really starting to tick me off. Took my front...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Having the front axles apart is nice, but what's even nicer is payday. My Eaton Trutrac came in from Summit Racing, and I started hitting up Auto Zone for the small parts, like bearings, seals......
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    After another long break of nothing getting done, Jeep money going to other things, (OK one was a project gun) and a bunch of crap going wrong (including all this virus crap) I'm back at it. I'm...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Doing a rebuild so I won't have to take the axle out again once it's in for good. Hoping to ditch the limited slip anyway for an air locker.
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    I'll have to try this... Thanks.
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    No. the pinion is still in there...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    The good news is the pinion now turns. The bad news is, it doesn't matter...


    I took off the yoke, put back on the nut, and gave the pinion couple good raps. After that I could turn the diff no...
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    Re: My $120 CJ7 build

    Well, the trend of nothing going right is still active. I couldn't get the front axle apart, so I ended up taking them to a friend's house. I neglected to get photos, but same ole stuff. Used the...
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