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1979 Jeep CJ7 - Alley Oop

Posted in Features on March 1, 2013
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Maybe you don’t know Tom Wood personally, but you know his products. As the owner of Tom Wood’s Custom Driveshafts, he has an international reputation for building quality driveshafts and drivetrain parts. When he’s not building driveshafts, Tom likes to take one of his Jeeps, such as his 1979 CJ7, into the backcountry.

Jack Bettio originally owned this CJ7 and named it Alley Oop for some reason (could it have gone over a few times?), and Tom left the name alone. That was about the only thing Tom left alone as Sky’s Extreme Off Road in Clearfield, Utah, performed a frame-off restoration and helped him build the CJ7 into a Jeep that simply works.

Alley Oop is powered by a Howell throttle-body fuel-injected AMC 401, balanced and blueprinted with forged pistons (bored 0.60 over) and roller rockers. An Accel Super Coil provides spark. Tom sourced the generic aluminum radiator, and it keeps the mill running cool in the desert. He reports that his GM 700-R4 automatic overdrive transmission has the perfect ratios for on- and off-road ’wheeling.

Tom uses Alley Oop to get away from it all and promote his business while he’s doing it. Check out the photo captions for details on his nice CJ7.

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Vehicle: 1979 Jeep CJ7
Owner/Hometown: Tom Wood/Ogden, Utah
Engine: AMC 401 V-8
Induction: Howell TBI
Transmission: GM 700-R4 automatic
Transfer case/low range ratio: Atlas/3.8:1
Frontend: Dana 44
Rearend: Dana 44
Ring and Pinion: 4.27:1
Front Differential: ARB Air Locker
Rear Differential: ARB Air Locker
Suspension: 3-inch Rancho leaf packs mounted spring over axle/Sky’s Extreme anti-wrap bars
Tires: 35x12.50R15LT Goodyear Wrangler MTR
Wheels/Backspacing: 15x8.5 Allied/Raceline bead lock wheels/3.75 inches

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