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    79 CJ7 Second time around build

    Well i have been on this site for a little while, bought parts and seeked alot of help from alot of great people but never posted any pics ,

    this build starts off more of a story , i bought his jeep approx 2.5 years ago , didnt even know about this site , bought it locally and got her home , took a gamble and bought it as a no start , this also affected my offer haha , well after getting it home i really didnt have a plan , just thought i would patch it up and drive it with my little guy, (3 almost 4 now) so even the little hings i did took along time he took priority and jeep sat and sat ,

    Well when i purchased it the frame had a bit of damage near the front passenger shackle area , but didnt seem that bad so was planning on repairing it.........well as i started to look at the rest of the frame maybe 1.5 years later lol , i realized there was lot more problems then this bit of frame damage ....so jeep sat some more ....finally decided frame off had to happen , went inside and went on jeepkings and i found a frame in minutes , so bought it site unseen , and headed for Dresden few days after ( took me that long to tell the wife the issue and what i was planning haha suprisingly didnt go that bad) ...well first i have to thank Kennuck for selling me an awesome frame when he told me i would be happy with it he wasnt kidding, every hole had been cleaned and frame had been painted .........so it begins ....
    first pics of when i first bought it , then second set when jeep ( black) after i repaired a few things , oh and did i mention i drove it 5 monhs after purchasing it ( labor day weekend) then it sat again lol) last pic of my son jammin gears i think he was 1.5 years old
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ID:	72255So after i realized i effed up huge , i mentioned i bought the frame from Kennuck , here is a couple pics when i brought it home , then after blasting and repainted with 3 coats of zero rust ( got it for free so dont know if its any good ) after that put the bump stop on , then starting to pull the axles of the original jeep ,more pics to come
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    Nice!!! looking forward to the build.

    Hey that frame looks very very familiar LOL.....

    If it has oval fish plates on the size, it was the one I welded up...

    if you have questions about the frame, or if I can help with parts, let me know....

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    here's a pic of one of the fish plates and here is the link to more pics of the work done...

    http://www.jeepkings.ca/forums/showt...ighlight=frame
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    Hey Pav1 when i was writing the write up i was going to mention that it was yours lol , crazy how cj parts float around , youe right Ken is a great guy and you can defiantely take it word

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    Glad it went to a good home.

    You can see exactly where and how it was welded in the build thread link I posted.

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    A Few things done >>Completed running all the brake lines , plumbed the fuel lines except the vent line to canister, installed both front and rear axles , with new poly bushing in leaf springs , shackle bushings , need to torque everything down and that will be complete , plans for the following couple days is to tackle the drivetrain, apologize for the cell phone pics
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    Looking good! John

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    coming along nicely!!!

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    Thanks guys i am hoping the springs will squat a bit with the load of the drivetrain , the new/used spring i got are currently siting approx 2 inches higher , i bought the springs locally and he said they were stock and only used for 3 months they were like brand new.,,, time will tell ...gotta get back to work

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    Glad to see it going to good use as well. Building a Jeep is like building a house you need a good foundation. Keep the pics coming, and good luck.
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    So i got the drivetrain out today , not sure if i would tear it out complete again haha , due to my lack of space , but i do have one question, while the engine ,trans and transfercase were on the engine crane for approx 2 hours or so i noticed oil coming out of the bottom of the bellhousing , is this the rear main seal leaking?? looks like i am going to have to split the drivetrain after all !!

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    NEED HELP !!! i have been searching for an hour on other sites but found no real answer , last night i put my transfer case skid pan under my new frame (cant remember if its 1983 or 85 ) but it doesnt seem to even come close to fitting , my original jeep is a 79 with a T18 with a dana 20 setup , any one out there have a picture of a late model skid pan and can the original be made to work , any help would be great

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    I assume your still running the dana 20...

    Unfortunately, the dana 300 skidplate (1980-86) will not work with a dana 20 (1976-1979) and vice versa.

    Somebody should have a dana 20 skid kicking around for you...and it will bolt right up to the frame you have.

    Here's what you need:



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    hopefully this will help:

    http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/di...lates-1047102/
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    Quote Originally Posted by pav1 View Post
    I assume your still running the dana 20...

    Unfortunately, the dana 300 skidplate (1980-86) will not work with a dana 20 (1976-1979) and vice versa.

    Somebody should have a dana 20 skid kicking around for you...and it will bolt right up to the frame you have.

    Here's what you need:



    ---------- Post added at 10:46 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:32 AM ----------

    hopefully this will help:

    http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/di...lates-1047102/
    HaHa! John didn't I ask you if you had a dana 20 skid when I bought the tcase off you? I'm still on the hunt for one...

    You can make a d300 work if you hack it a bit...(whoa! easy , it's temporary). Don't know what tranny you're running but I've got a t18 and I just had to notch out the btm. where the drain plug is...

    It definately is a boat anchor though...

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    Damn, I wish I knew you boys needed one when I parted stuff out...I had a couple.

    I see what I can dig up for you guys.

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    Hey Jason thanks for reply .... wtf am i doing that is the skid plate i have ...i tried last night for a bit but couldnt get it to fit , wondering if i was putting it in backwards lol lack of sleep will have to check , which set of holes are you using on the skid plate ( outer or inner??)

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    I think that's a Kennuck question...I'm running a dana 300 with a t5 on a 'new' style and I don't know the answer

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    John as far as I know the Frame holes are the same on Dana 20 and Dana 300 but I could be wrong. Do you have the engine mounted in the same holes as original? there are several choices here as well. I would make sure the engine is in its proper location, then line up the T case skid and if they dont line up make some new holes in the skid.

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    ^^ Ken you must be psychic or the ears were burning....LOL

    Never thought about engine mounts...very good point.

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