Nick brought over a VERY VERY rusty scrambler for us to restore and do an LS conversion on. I am not a big fan of the reproduction tubs, but his jeep was so rusty that there was more rust than there was metal. We tore the jeep down and began a rebuild of the drivetrain while we waited on the tub to arrive. We rebuilt the front Dana 30 axle, Upgraded the rear to a Dana 44 and rebuilt that also. The sanded and painted frame was stuffed with a 2002 Tahoe 5.3 LS motor and hooked to an AX-15 transmission. The original Dana 300 was rebuilt and hug back in the frame. A Rubicon express 4″ lift was installed with some red ploy bushings and red diff covers requested by the owner. Once all the needed work was done to the repop tub (it was a LOT), we repaired the remainder of his original steel and painted it all in the original color 1E copper. MAN O’ MAN does it pop!. The underside and interior were bedlined in color matched bedliner as well. We completely rewired the jeep, adding speedhut tach and clock, rebuilding the original speedo and volts and oil pressure gauges. The jeep was assembled with magnaflow dual exhaust, an OEM half soft top, OEM Tonnue cover, and some “jeep” mudflaps. All this stuff the owner had collected over years in anticipation for the resto. Some 33×10.50×15 wheels were mounted on restored factory wheels and custom front and rear bumpers round out this build. Thanks again Nick for trusting us with your baby and I hope you enjoy all the power that 5.3 put down!! and boy does it. SHE SCOOTS!!!
Jason sent us his 1985 CJ7 from the Florida Keys to have it restored after Hurricane Maria hit and did major damage to the Jeep. Once the jeep had arrived it was very obvious that it needed some love. Living in the salty environment, and being badly damaged in the hurricane had taken its toll on the jeep. We did LOTS of rust repair, and also had to replace the windshield, steering column and steering wheel where it had been crushed. Jason wanted a little more gumption than the stock 6 cyl had so we “built” an AMC 360, with comp cam RV cam, oiling upgrades and more, a Howell EFI and a Davis Distributor give it life! Ceramic headers, aluminum radiator, Duel Magnaflow exhaust all make that CJ move! we hooked all that to a new AX-15 transmission and rebuilt the dana 300 transfer case. Jason had swapped out the axles years ago with a set of scout Dana 44 axles, so we rebuilt them, added a shackle reversal and reused his wheels and 33″ BFG tires that came with the jeep. We completely repainted the body in the original Garnet Metallic and did a color matched bedliner under the jeep and inside. We had the original seats restitched in the correct Laredo style, and restitched the steering wheel and grab bar in genuine leather and a retro radio wraps up the inside. New Laredo graphics complete this resto/mod build. What a JEEP!! the sound of that RV cam, the colors and the stance make this one awesome Jeep. Man O’ man does it drive!!! Thanks again Jason for shipping your jeep to us for this build. I really enjoyed it! I hope you are also.