1979 Jeep CJ7 - Fabulous CJ

    Built From the Ground Up, this 1979 CJ7 is a Fabricated Masterpiece

    Phil HowellPhotographer, Writer

    Nate Williams is famous throughout the intermountain west for his fabricating skills. He built this 1979 CJ7 from the ground up in his home's two-car garage.

    When we say Nate built the CJ from the ground up, we mean it. Nate even hand-built the frame. Other parts he fabricated are the rollcage, dash, console, 30-gallon fuel tank, suspension links, Dana 44 frontend and Dana 60 rearend, tie rod, drag link, and myriad other parts. Campbell Enterprises got the nod for their fiberglass TJ hood, which explains the TJ grille shell that makes everyone argue that this isn't a CJ.

    Nate is not only a great fabricator, he's a great driver, too. His home-built CJ performs flawlessly on the street or on the rocks.

    Photos don't do this Jeep justice, but check them out anyway. You'll see why we called the FABulous CJ a fabricated masterpiece.

    Vehicle: 1979 Jeep CJ7
    Owner/Hometown: Nate Williams/Logan, Utah
    Engine: Chevrolet 5.3L aluminum block V-8
    Induction: MPFI
    Transmission: GM 4L60E four-speed overdrive automatic
    Transfer case/low range ratio: Dana 300 with Novak HD outputs/2.62:1
    Front end: Dana 44
    Rear end: Dana 60
    Ring and Pinion: 4.88:1
    Front Differential: Eaton Detroit Locker
    Rear Differential: Eaton Detroit Locker
    Suspension: Three-link front with track bar and14-inch Fox coilovers/Three-link wishbone rear with 14-inch Fox coilovers
    Tires: 37x12.50R17LT BFGoodrich KM2 Mud Terrain
    Wheels/Backspacing: 17x8 American Racing/4 inches