“The Beast” 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration In Our Jeep Restoration Shop Florida

JohnAuto Body Tips, Car Sales, Cool Cars, Latest Projects, RestorationSeptember 16, 20165 Comments

Today in our Jeep Restoration Shop Florida we bring you a The Beast

 This is a 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Frame-Off Restoration that we did for a Florida family. Check out the pictures and read the story below… 

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Gallery of the Beast in our Jeep restoration shop Florida…



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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



Brian picked out a Rock Hard Rear tire carrier .. and the jack to match .. tell ya what nice products built very heavy duty.




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.




Rear Shot of Behind the backseat to the tailgate






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











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 “


We appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to read about The Beast 1979 CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration in our Jeep Restoration Shop Florida.

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