1986 jeep cj7


    The jeep was purchased by a newly retired avid outdoors-man to get way back in the trails of the California high sierras. It is one of the rare late 1986's that has the wide track rear dana 44 stock.   Although the jeep was in great shape he wanted it to be totally reliable and built his way.     

     The jeep was framed off due to minor rust issues with the frame that were quickly repaired better then stock.   The frame and axles were then stripped down and repainted. The customer chose paint so that it could be touched up after getting bashed around on the trail unlike powder coat.   The under side of the tub was cleaned, prepped and coated with a salt resistant under coating. 

    Front and rear axles were both rebuilt with all new bearings and seals. chromoloy axle shafts, 4:56 gear sets, rear locker and front limited slip installed for better traction.   The newly rebuilt axles got installed under new 2.5" lift springs with new rear grease-able shackles as well as front grease-able tow shackles for flat towing.  All new brake hardware shoes, pads springs rotors drums calipers, rear cylinders and front and rear kevlar extended brake lines were also installed.  To finish off the front the sway bar got new quick disconnects to help keep all 4 tires on the ground.   

    The stock 5 speed T5 trans was rebuilt and got a new clutch. The dana300 transfer case was rebuilt with a 4:1 low range kit as well as a twin stick kit for rear wheel low range. 

    The stock 4.2 was  in great shape but since it was already removed, it was rebuilt with a mild cam 4.0HO heads and Mopar common rail fuel injection to pass California smog check. 

   Under the hood a viair compressor was installed with a pressure switch and switch on the dash and of coarse an optima battery for great starting power.     

The inside of the CJ got new front seats, bed liner, cb radio, and a front one of a kind cage that looks very cool and is one of the strongest cages we have every built.  The front A pillars were tied in to the dash to keep the foot well area totally clear.   Electical was run inside the cage for LED over head interior lighting.   The cargo area got bed liner, an interior tire rack to keep weight off the rear, a cargo basket and sliding adjustable tie downs.   

The out side of the jeep got a front bumper with power steering box cover, winch and recovery points and a rear bumper with recovery points. Rock sliders were added and welded directly to the frame with gussets and extra plates at the frame for strength.  The hard top and doors were not put back so that a new best top soft top with soft doors could be installed in its place for those great California days.

The only small patch of rust on the tub was right under the door hinges on both sides so the customer opted for bed liner under the doors to stop the rust and keep the area in good shape while traveling in areas of salted roads.   

This build was built in between different short trips the customer took with it.  In total it was about 6 months from start to finish.   Im happy have helped build a rig just as the customer wanted and needed.