Too Big to Sneak
- Aug 12, 2010
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- San Angelo, Texas
- My Car
- 1971 Mustang Mach 1
I knew I liked you for a good reason. Fellow Mach1/Jeep Guy here, as well. Nice CJ-5!I know it's Wednesday and not technically Throw Back Thursday, but my wife was looking at old pictures over the weekend and found this picture. A friend and I were working on my 74 CJ5 with my Mach 1 parked next to it. I am the one looking at the camera, when my girlfriend was taking the picture. My CJ was in the position most old Jeeps seem to like the best, hood up, LOL. That Jeep ended up with a fresh coat of yellow paint and tinted windows and best of all a lift and 33" mudders.
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I am still a Mach 1/Jeep guy as you can see my Rubicon parked behind my current Mach 1 project.
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Here's my 1980 CJ-7 when I bought it 1995:
And just before I kicked it in the nuts by removing the entire 258/T-176 4-sp. driveline to replace with an AMC 304 & TF999 from another '80 CJ-7 Laredo (the ugly one on the left). It has a 4" Pro Comp lift, 4.10s, Detroit Lockers, Moser 1-piece axles, 33x15.50 TSW Swampers, painted the roof & doors along with the Swamper stripe down the sides to hide the mesquite pin stripes from all the wheelin', nerf bars, homemade front bumper and rear tire rack, and a set of TJ front seats along with a 600W stereo w/2 10" Kickers.
I also went up to 35" Swamper SSRs, upgraded the top to an early model YJ (bigger glass for better outward visibility - I bought it with the Laredo), and upgraded to late-model paddle-handle doors, which Dave bought for me to trade for the Laredo (gotta paint 'em to match what I had, now).
The engine's coming along nicely: Edelbrock Pro-Flo MPFI, Patriot Clippster headers, Scorpion 1.7 roller rockers, HEI, and Magnaflow dual exhaust - should be good for around 250-260hp, which is a huge gain from the factory-rated 145hp. It'll be over 300 if I need to work over the engine with a new cam & 9.5:1 pistons (I just tossed it in to see what I have - if it's a dud, it'll go to the machine shop and get dyno'd after).
Since the automatic is longer than the 4-sp, I had to also swap drive shafts, brake pedal assembly, steering column (column shifter), and had to restore all of those things from a rusty mess - just like with my Mach 1 (seems to be a trend with me, I think). Here's a shot with the Mustang's rear end, to keep my post relevant to the forum topic and not hi-jack with a bunch of Jeep pics Here's the brake pedal assembly undergoing a nice clean up:
Just for fun, here's that ugly old 1980 Laredo now. I gave it to my buddy Dave after we swapped the drivetrains, and he completely tore it down to the frame and rebuilt everything. Of course, he's single and does remote IT Security stuff, so he has plenty of time to play with and work on his toys.
OK, back to our regularly scheduled programming.