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1976 Jeep CJ7 - Big-Budget Builder

Posted in Features on September 1, 2005 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Christian Lee

Nearly 30 years ago, a stock AMC Jeep CJ-7 rolled out of the factory with no idea about the transformation it would go through in its future. Several years later in 1992, Randy Conway and his son purchased this Jeep from its original owner and the transformation process began.

Owner's Quote
"We found this Jeep under an old oak tree rusted out and nearly dead. Even though the condition worried me, it looked like a good project for my son and I. This ongoing project, spanning more than 13 years, has taken a lot of time and money. I couldn't have built it as you see it today without the help of my son and many of my friends. Although there is not much left from the original CJ-7 we found years ago, we are very proud of our '76, which we call our Perfect CJ.

What does a $40,000 makeover look like, you ask? Over the next 10 years this CJ-7 has been a perfect example of what you can achieve with a little time and patience during your build. Not to mention visiting the local ATM machine on several occasions. 1976 meets 2005, as we show you what this father and son team's trail rig is made of.

We had the pleasure of spending some time with Randy and his '76 AMC Jeep CJ-7 recently in Cougar Buttes, California. The sun was beating down a scorching 102 degrees F, as we watched Randy twist and turn his Jeep through the high-desert rocky terrain. As a member of the Drifters Jeep Club for more than 12 years, Randy was no slouch when it came to knowing his way around the trail.

Finally, after many years of reconstructing this '76 CJ-7, it was time to test it on the trails. All of the long hours wrenching on his rig and countless dollars being yanked from his wallet were paying off. With help from Tri County Gear, Randy's son, and their many friends, the Jeep proved to be a worthy contender on any adventure it would set forth to conquer.

SPECIFICATIONS
Year/make/model: '76 AMC Jeep CJ-7
Owner/hometown: Randy Conway, Fontana, California
Engine: AMC 304ci V-8
Transmission: Chevy TH-400
Transfer case: Dana {{{300}}}
Frontend: Dana 44 reverse rotation combined with Dana 60 1-ton outers; ARB Air Locker
Rearend: Dana 60 reverse rotation; Tera housing; ARB Air Locker
Ring-and-pinion: 4.56
Suspension: Black Diamond suspension system; {{{Fox}}} coilovers; multilink system
Tires/wheels: 37x13.50R17 Goodyear {{{M}}}/TRs/17x10-inch Allied Racing Wheels "Rock-A-Thon" bead locks

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