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  1. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    It's going under the seat. Been sick lately though, and this ninety-eleven degree heat isn't helping any...
  2. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Remember way back when I showed a photo of a NOS deuce-and-a-half windshield, and said I wanted those safari-style windows? Well, I still do. And, a while back, I dropped it off, with the windshield frame from this tub at a local machine shop so they could make it easy for me to relive those...
  3. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    I still have a lot of work to do on the jeep, and here I go getting sidetracked with yet another new project... Yes, that's a new Predator 420. It all started when I saw a video on youtube. (Yeah, 'cause that always ends well.) I subscribe to Jay Leno's Garage, and he recently did a video on...
  4. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Me too. Machine shop guy called me in to go over it the other day. Seems there is a slowdown in their regular work, and they are gonna be starting in on it as "fill-in" work in between jobs. Wasn't expecting them to even touch it til July or Aug. As far as the beer goes... I'll take a Ginger...
  5. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Of course then as I was looking at it from the front end admiring my new shocks... I noticed something. Thinking back to how I got the engine out of a sand toy Jeep, that had been stripped down, I didn't have a heater. I'll have to unplug the holes where the heater hoses go once I get to that point.
  6. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    I also did some work with some of the Army parts I have already. Toolbox will mount over the left rear fender like a sponson box on a tank, and the taillights went on. Next, fenders came off to be undercoated, and got the first coat of paint.
  7. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Been spending some time out in the garage last few days. I did get SOME of one order in. My front shocks. No rear shocks, or limit straps yet. I did run into a problem however... I have been using an old Fox Racing 2.0 shock I got used as a mock up. Seems they have changed their design in the...
  8. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Again with the doing what I can with what I have on hand without any new parts... Today I worked a bit on fitting the military radio / sub enclosure to the tub. Mock up looks to be just about right. Probably be putting the finishing touches on that before too long. At least I'm pretty sure I...
  9. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Not too hip on working outside when it's ninety-eleven degrees, but had to get something done this week on her. decided to fab up the exhaust stack shrouds. Yes, you read that right... Stacks. That's the red-neck in me coming through a bit sure, but more important, any veteran who's ever driven...
  10. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    How to deal with the whole full size axles sticking out thing. Sure they're stronger, and they even kinda look cool if your into that sort of thing. However, first trip through the mud, and you get covered. Can't see out your mirrors, got it all over the vehicle, the windshield. If it's...
  11. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

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    Random dog shots

    North American Land Shark.
  13. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Took a nap, went out, and set the tub. Gonna make doing the engine harder, but I got impatient. I didn't bolt it down, do I can always lift an end up to make things easier if need be. Besides, I'm real sick of it being on those rickety old saw horses, plus now I have more room in the garage.
  14. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Gave the frame a final coat, and shot the transmission, and transfer case with high temp engine paint as close to the same color as I could find. Once I get the nasty engine out, cleaned, painted, and back in... I can put the tub on, and start on thing like wiring, and pluming. Plan is to have...
  15. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Nice day. Warm, but not hot. Got a lot of crap cleaned out in the garage. Always leaves blowing in when I'm out there with the door up... and I had about a year or more worth of clutter to clear out of the tub that has been serving as a catch all. Next was coating the inside of the frame to...
  16. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Forgot what it was like to work outside in 80 degree temps... I didn't last long today, but I did finally get the fuel tank in for what I hope is the last time. One step closet to dropping the tub on in any case.
  17. daddyusmaximus

    4x4 really necessary?

    Yes. Absolutely. At least, IMHO, and for what I like to do. Afterall, it's caller "overLANDing" not "overROADing". OK, sure, you will go over the "road" 80, or 90% of the time to get close to where you are going, but then you will hit the trail to get to your final destination. That's where the...
  18. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    Started in on what is without a doubt going to probably be one of the more challenging parts of the entire build. The windshield. Now this doesn't seem like a particular interesting part of a Jeep CJ, but I have a certain idea on this I'm gonna try to implement if I can. When you're in a...
  19. daddyusmaximus

    1980 CJ7 build

    I started looking at the lines I got not long ago. Some of them are very close to the originals. Front one probably is too, having a Dana 44 from a full size Dodge truck doesn't help matters. It is, however, close enough that I could modify it to work. The rear... well that's another story. I...
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