This is a 1977 Jeep CJ7 base model. Running gear is all original equipment, but everything has been gone through. 258cu 4.2l inline 6cyl, T-18 4 speed with Dana 20 transfer case. It has the factory Dana 30 front end with disk brakes and AMC 20 rear with the factory limited slip. It has a 4″ lift with 35″ tires. There are so many new parts that it really is too much to list out. It was a rusted out, disassembled mess when I got it about a year ago. The entire Jeep was down to the frame and everything front to back and top to bottom was redone or replaced. It get so much attention when I take it out. I just built it with the intent to sell it when done, it’s now done.
Here is the story; I am a long time Jeep guy (since I was 12). I have always felt an interesting connection to these old vehicles and the strong bonding effect they can have on people and families. Last year I purchased a Jeep CJ-7 to do a restoration on as a hobby and to sell once completed. As I got started I decided to go with an all-American theme. I love this country but don’t like or appreciate the way it is spoken of on the news and the lack of respect shown most of the time. As the project progressed I altered my plans to be focused more on a Support Our Troops theme. I watch the news every morning while I wake up with my coffee and I constantly see the negative manner in which the media and so many other misinformed people speak of our Troops, Law Enforcement and First responders so I again altered my plans to show my appreciation and give a salute out to these important people that put themselves out there every day for the safety and better of all of us. Any true patriotic American would never speak of these people in such a negative light.
The restoration is now done and to my surprise as I show it to people I find that everyone loves it and seems to be moved in one way or another as almost everyone out there is in some way linked some wherein their lives to one or more of these people and find a connection to the message and the feeling I tried to convey. It has brought smiles to most, caused tears in others and so many stand and quietly stare at it and take it in. In closing, I want to again say thank you to all of the many service members of our military across all the branches, and the many departments and variations of law enforcement and first responders working to “Keep America Strong, Keep America Safe”.