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Old 11-02-2010, 07:47 PM   #811
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I've got a chance to pick up a 1958 CJ3B mostly original in great running condition with the Hurricane 4 cyl, what do you guys think? It has new tires, seats, regulator, alternator, brake lines, master cyl, rebuilt carb, etc....
I just want to drive it for a while before I have to sink a fortune into it and I won't be rock crawling or anything, mainly trails and I am sure some mud since I live in FL.
I would post a pic but it won't let me...
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:21 PM   #812
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Ugly! Upgrade the brakes to 9" drums. The stock brakes are hard to adjust and wear quickly. Note, most fork lifts have brakes just like the stockers.Also, I put in a ford 2.3 motor and 2" lift with 31" tires. These mods are cheap. The motors were in mustangs, rangers and thunderbirds. Ultimate motor 2.3 turbo. Before you trail ride the stocker convert the brakes at least. Here in the sand of €NJ the brakes would only last for one day.
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:40 PM   #813
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I've got a chance to pick up a 1958 CJ3B mostly original in great running condition with the Hurricane 4 cyl, what do you guys think? It has new tires, seats, regulator, alternator, brake lines, master cyl, rebuilt carb, etc....
I just want to drive it for a while before I have to sink a fortune into it and I won't be rock crawling or anything, mainly trails and I am sure some mud since I live in FL.
I would post a pic but it won't let me...
Honestly, if it's mostly original, I'd probably try to keep it that way. Maybe add some 31x10.5R15's tires and a AA Saturn Overdrive so you can drive faster then 50 mph. Swap the front axle to a later model CJ D30 so you can get disc brakes if it's going to be used a lot on roads. Maybe do a 2.5" lift.
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:46 AM   #814
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Just put a mildly built 360 in my 86..........



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Old 11-03-2010, 06:47 AM   #815
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Just put a mildly built 360 in my 86..........
Nice looking Jeep!
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:58 AM   #816
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mopar or AMC engine?
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:40 PM   #817
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mopar or AMC engine?
duh

just look at it









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Old 11-03-2010, 03:49 PM   #818
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Yes I had a Lock-rite in the rear of my 87 XJ, a No-Slip in my 99 XJ, and now a No-slip going in my 00 XJ. I can't stand driving in the winter without a locker in the rear. It does take a little finesse to drive with a locker on snow but steering with the rear end is a lot of fun once you learn to handle it.
If I were to do it again knowing what I do now, I'd have gone with a spool in the rear of my '74 CJ. It has ARB in both ends and while they work great a spool in the rear would have cost a whole lot less and been livable. I can run it around now with the rear locked and it will only cause the tires to howl in tight turns. doesn't effect streetability at all. Might be a bit challenging in the snow on a side hill though
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:00 PM   #819
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Just put a mildly built 360 in my 86..........


Great looking CJ-7. The wheels remind me of the old slotted mag wheels.
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:16 PM   #820
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If I were to do it again knowing what I do now, I'd have gone with a spool in the rear of my '74 CJ. It has ARB in both ends and while they work great a spool in the rear would have cost a whole lot less and been livable. I can run it around now with the rear locked and it will only cause the tires to howl in tight turns. doesn't effect streetability at all. Might be a bit challenging in the snow on a side hill though
I agree. I put a detroit in the back of my YJ after running a spool for years in my XJ. The spool was far superior, sure it makes more noise, but its completely predictable and never felt unsafe. The Detroit you really have to pay attention and know what it does, and know how to drive it.
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:23 PM   #821
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Nice CJ. That Coors Light adds 10 hp.
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:53 AM   #822
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I finally got back into a Jeep. Took about five years though.
I skipped a few steps, and started this one differently however, because I learned some things along the way last time.
1. Don't start with a really nice jeep.

2. Expect some dents. Just check my username.

I bought a salvaged jeep, the list is short, and the worst of it is the transfer case. It's a Rubicon, and most of the bodywork is completed for me.


Just need to find that NP241OR, and I will be all set.
I stopped by 4wdHardware, since it was five minutes up the road, and bought a few things from the half off section. The next day, I had those wee little tube steps off, and the rocker guards as well, traded for something a little beefier. Pulled the Carr Rota Bar off, and now I need to find a way to cover the holes it left.
I found a TJ hardtop for three hundred, so of course I picked that up. Ordered replacement control arms, Currie adjustable units, and I will re-weld the busted brackets on the axle.

After the transfer case gets replaced, it's off to the races, as I find bumpers, as it is missing one, and might as well get a winch, since I sold my old 8274.

Then, tires.
Just add rocks.

So, if anyone has a line on a rubicon transfer case, I would love a heads up.
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:41 AM   #823
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So, if anyone has a line on a rubicon transfer case, I would love a heads up.
i thought I wanted one for my XJ but I've been told that for all but serious rocks they are a bit too low
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:43 AM   #824
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mopar or AMC engine?
amc..............wanted to keep her all amc, last year of the cj
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:45 AM   #825
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