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    My 84 cj7 build on a students budget

    Hello everyone

    I have started my 84 CJ-7 build in may so i finally decided to start a thread.

    My name is Lucas and im currently going into grade 12 i have always liked jeeps so i finally decided to build one. I found a yj that was already lifted and had a sweet lightning blue paintjob but after thinking it through the engine needed work and there where some axle issues so i passed on it. So i searched all winter and i found a 84 cj-7 near Mount St Patrick near calabogie after looking at it i bought it for 1000$. It was a pretty good deal considering it had a winch and only 80000 original kilometers on the engine and drive terrain. Also the frame was in good shape so i bought it.

    Here are some picks from when i got it from the field. She is ruff but it takes a jeeper to see the potential.
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    Last edited by lucas_carter; 08-16-2007 at 05:57 PM.

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    So in the past couple of months i have completely striped the chassis. I went out and bought reconditioned axles,a fiberglass body and a soft top off of buddyholly on this board. so i guess i have fueled some of this build budget.
    Anyways next week im sending the chassis to Easyway Tank in Ottawa to be sandblasted. Once i get it back i have scheduled my build pretty good around school and stuff. It looks like it should be complete in may at the latest.
    My build plans are to build a jeep for street use aswell as a good offroad rig.
    So in my head i have the following planed:
    -Beefed up stock axles
    -35" Krawlers (if you have some i have a 79 cj i would trade for them)
    -Rubicon express 4.5 SUA lift
    -PSC rocker guards and crusher corners
    -Custom Bumpers
    -Tube fenders
    -4.0 H.O. out of a Cherokee
    -Random Bling parts and accessories

    Thats about the most simple version of my plans

    If you have any questions or comments feel free to let me know

    Here are some picks from about a month ago i will post some recent ones real soon
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    why krawlers?
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    Sounds like a good build buddy but instead of the 4.5" SUA if your already at the frame i would go SOA you will like it much more when your done and do a cross over or high steer that is if you have access to a welder and can weld or have the cash to go that route with the build..

    Also if yoru gonna be rollin on 35's get some gears for that poor 4.0 L

    Looks good Cheers

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    Sounds like a good build buddy but instead of the 4.5" SUA if your already at the frame i would go SOA you will like it much more when your done and do a cross over or high steer that is if you have access to a welder and can weld or have the cash to go that route with the build..

    Also if yoru gonna be rollin on 35's get some gears for that poor 4.0 L

    Looks good Cheers

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    x2... SOA will yield a much more capaible rig than 4" lift springs. Unless you're spending 75% or more on the street, give consideration to an SOA.

    Congrats on the grab, hope the build goes smoothly for ya!
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    Hey, good thread Lucas. Where'd you learn to work on vehicles like that? I'm 36 and I needed two buddies to help me install my Poison Spyder rockers the other night. LOL! You've got a lot more on the ball than I do. Good luck with the build.
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    Thanks for the input, my suspension is still not yet decided so im going to explore my options i know my rig will see some street time, im guessing about at least 50% of the time. My cj is going to be used for trails and club outings so i was thinking about staying spring under but im still undecided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLSXJ View Post
    why krawlers?
    im not quite sure why blake, but i talked to a few people and they said it was a good tire for mud rock sand because pf the tread pattern but i haven't done alot of thinking on my choice of tires


    OH and ToyJ to answer your question i really don't know how i got the skills to work on jeeps i think i got it from watching people and that type of stuff

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    here are the up to date pictures, the chassis is going out on tuesday for sandblasting, i also picked up a cherokee 4.0 liter for free it has 150 000 and runs like a charm, i also have a pick of the fiberglass tub with poison spyder crusher corners
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    Its lookin good Lucas keep us updated!

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    if ur looking at going spring under i might suggest looking at the BDS kit. its rough riding at first but it doesn have liftime warranty if you are the origional purchaser.

    just my 2 cents. I love what you doing with your CJ. I'm hoping to do a CJ as well when the time comes. good luck with the build, there are a lot of great and knowledgeable people here to help you if you need it. don;t be afraid to ask "dumb" questions.

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    If you are not decided on SUA or SOA see if you can find the july 2006 issue of JP magazine, on page 86 there is an article about SUA vs. SOA. You may find it helpful.
    Good luck Saltwatercowboy

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltwatercowboy View Post
    If you are not decided on SUA or SOA see if you can find the july 2006 issue of JP magazine, on page 86 there is an article about SUA vs. SOA. You may find it helpful.
    Good luck Saltwatercowboy
    thanks man

    ya i have that issue where he converts his rig to spring under and goes through the pros and cons of both styles of suspension. The article was really helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOYJ View Post
    Hey, good thread Lucas. Where'd you learn to work on vehicles like that? I'm 36 and I needed two buddies to help me install my Poison Spyder rockers the other night. LOL! You've got a lot more on the ball than I do. Good luck with the build.
    I'm more surprised/jealous that a kid in grade 12 has the money to build up a jeep when i work full time and don't have the cash to get mine back on the road.

    Ahhhhh, to be young and care free again, with no bills or responsibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apuszczalowski View Post
    I'm more surprised/jealous that a kid in grade 12 has the money to build up a jeep when i work full time and don't have the cash to get mine back on the road.

    I second that! I know this is a cliche Lucas but stay in school! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by apuszczalowski View Post
    I'm more surprised/jealous that a kid in grade 12 has the money to build up a jeep when i work full time and don't have the cash to get mine back on the road.

    Ahhhhh, to be young and care free again, with no bills or responsibility.
    Well its nice not to have bills to pay and stuff but i have worked for all my money i have given up my seconds favorite pass time which was racing go karts. I sold my whole karting set up which is why i have the money to afford the jeep. Also i work cutting grass and doing odd jobs for money. My cj is not going to be built overnight and i have planned out this build and have done months of research to spend my money wisely.

    but still its pretty sweet that i can build my jeep

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    lucas you need to come to my house and talk to my lazy kids...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucas_carter View Post
    Well its nice not to have bills to pay and stuff but i have worked for all my money i have given up my seconds favorite pass time which was racing go karts. I sold my whole karting set up which is why i have the money to afford the jeep. Also i work cutting grass and doing odd jobs for money. My cj is not going to be built overnight and i have planned out this build and have done months of research to spend my money wisely.

    but still its pretty sweet that i can build my jeep
    Hey, man, more power to you, its nice to see a young kid who works hard to get what he wants and can manage money to do what he wants

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHREAKGEEK View Post
    lucas you need to come to my house and talk to my lazy kids...
    lololol
    i will do it but i will have to charge lol

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