Gallery of the Beast in our Jeep restoration shop Florida…
We Love Stories in our Palm Beach Customs Jeep Restoration Shop Florida …
Here we will share with you a Visual Story with many pictures of the Restoration of this classic CJ-7 why it was a special project and all the goodies that went into the project.
As most all of our projects, there is usually an underlying story, in this case, Brian and His dad built this jeep together when Brian was a Kid and he saved it all along knowing one day he would bring it back to life in Honor of his Dad who is no longer with us. I have a feeling he is still watching over his son and the family
as a matter of a fact I’m sure when Brian puts the gas to the 304 his dad is smiling.
Ok so we will do this post a bit different and I will go over the project with the pictures as we go….
Ps.. we will go from forwarding to Reverse 🙂
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This Picture is when we delivered the Cj-7 to Boca Florida for the Client Brian and his Sons
their names are Ozzy and Van let me tell you they were pretty excited!
This Is a Picture of the Jeep on its first test ride from the shop in Ocala .. we took out and put the BEAST” thru its paces
Here Are the Boys Ozzy and Van ( vans in the orange shirt ) they told me that their dad would have to ask permission to borrow the jeep on the weekends “
another side shot of the Jeep in the shade, we installed 35 inch BFG ko2 all-terrain tires after installing a 4-inch suspension as well as a 1-inch body lift kit
There is a rear shot of the 35 BFG sitting on the back
The interior was a saddle brown ( tan ) really set well with the forest Green Metallic paint.
We installed all new seat frames and 3 point lap belts along with a nice center console all from Best Tops. The Backseat has the standard two lap belts, the roll bar we took our time and really laid the clear coat to it to fit it back in the jeep we used ratchet straps to pull it together and then released them and the roll-bar sprung back to its original form.
All new hardware and brake – clutch pedals I broke the spray on bed-liner seam as you can see directly where the firewall starts.
we used brand new seat frames for the Smitty Built seats
dash shot with all new cables cluster and indicators
Front fender with new park light assemblies as well as a set of new fender flares
This 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration included all new parts a complete front hub assembly and rotors pads & Brake lines.
Pioneer makes a radio Deck I call the short stack perfect for Jeeps simply because of the blower motor to dash defrost / heat. Perfect so you don’t crush the ductwork
Stainless Grille Cover
Painless wiring Harness complete install we soldier all connections as well as heat shrink each as well
Very good Idea to use Dielectric Grease on all connections
notice the wiring is all enclosed in flexible conduit and we use all 3m high-quality electrical tape it is 90% better than the cheap stuff & it will last !
a Shot from the back of the Jeep looking In
Brand new dash panel with all new switches , Gauges and speedo cluster
with the last coats of High Solids Urethane Clear Coat on top of Gm forest green Metallic 1978 Vintage
last coats of clear going on!!
This is the Brand New Steel Body tub From Omxi Ada .. all prepped and seam-sealed we chose to spray 2 light coats of spray liner on the underside
This is the inside of the Body Tub with Spray ON Bedliner
When prepping the Job we use wire tape and generally come up 6 inches on the roll Bar s
This is the underside of the body tub with Spray liner applied
all new Body mounts bushings and hardware
floor with liner before we installed the seats
rear seats with all new hardware
Underside of 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration
WITH CONSOLE AND FRONT SEATS MOUNTED
Installing the Rock Hard Bumper and Tire Rack
Front end all rebuilt with new drop Pitman arm to allow for the correct geometry for the 4-inch suspension lift. As well as a Skyjacker Stabilizer and of course new inner and outer tie rods.
New stainless Exhaust, brake lines as well as fuel lines ohh don’t forget U-joints
Brand New fresh 304 Chrysler V8 with Edelbrock Cam, Intake as well as a 650 cfm Carb and hooker headers
Just about ready for Body install
Engine Trans all mated with new flywheel clutch and pressure plate
For this Build, I chose a one wire electronic distributor from Summit racing
of course all new wheel bearings and seals
complete with all new rotors pads and calipers and stainless lines accounting for the 4 inch lift
Bushing install for all new leaf springs
WOW! Yes the tub is being installed and the 2 post lift works great for this or you can gather 4 buddies 🙂
All new stainless steel Brake lines why would you want to use anything else?
Ring and Pinion service and fresh fluid and seals
Body Tub Final Blocking and Primer including seam seal
Yes they take some work to make them ready for paint
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installing the mounting holes for rear taillights
1979 Jeep CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration ‘AKA’ The BEAST “
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I am living in CC and bringing down my 1977 Toyota FJ 40 – it is OEM in good shape and I want to show the car so I am considering a full off the frame like the CJ that you did this year. Maybe we can talk.
John more than happy to talk to you about your Toyota FJ Project when do you plan on Having it in CC ? we can set a time up
thanks for your interest …John Russo
John, I live in Raleigh NC and recently acquired my brother’s ’79 Jeep CJ-7. It is in rough shape. In searching the internet I came across your website with The Beast. The frame off resto is pretty much what I’m thinking about doing but have no idea about the cost. Can you share with me what the ballpark was on The Beast? Unfortunately hauling my jeep to you is just not feasible, any recommendations for a shop closer to me? Thanks for any feedback.
Brian good to here from you the beast was a $50,000 plus project that included a new tub and 100% rebuild . shipping for you would be 500$ each way ..
Beautiful and inspiring! I am awaiting new bearings and seals and then I can proceed with assembly of the many pieces and parts. I don’t own a welder, so the engine mounts and F250 towers for the front suspension may have to wait. No way am I going to be doing a $50K 100% rebuild. But with my own elbow grease and a smart collection of components should be on the road for under $7K total investment. 🙂
Good for You keep wrenching and enjoy your build, thanks for checking in Scott!
What would it cost to restored 1986 jeep cj7 Laredo if the tub is in bad shape , lots of rust in the tub , It will need a replacement tub and a few minor things , could you Mabe give me a ball park figure ? the high and low rang and middle , I sure would like to know I live in Eastern Ok. just 15 miles west of FT. Smith AR. Thank you , James Boblett .
Hello James you can go on the front page of the website and you will come to jeeps https://palmbeachcustoms.com/truck-restoration-services-cj-7-restoration/
take a look I would need to know more about your project, thanks for your interest you can contact me when ready , Best John