Owner-Built 1979 401 V-8 CJ-7 Jeep

Sensational CJ

Traci ClarkPhotographer, Writer

You can’t ignore John “Mick” Harrison’s 1979 Jeep CJ-7, and we aren’t just referring to the stunning yellow paintjob. This Jeep has everything. The throaty lope of the built V-8 under the hood, the mild amount of chrome accents, and the perfect balance of lift and tire size make this Jeep stand out. We were excited when Mick joined us on the 2018 Jp Dirt ’N Drive to Moab from his home state of Arizona.

The build started for Mick some 20-odd years ago. He wanted to test his skills, learn new things, and have fun during the process. It took 15 years to complete the total frame-off restomod, with most of the work done by Harrison, including all the bodywork and paint. The attention to detail is evident everywhere you look, from the custom bonded fender flares to the handmade aluminum dash and center console, complete with in-dash air conditioning vents. This Jeep is a work of art and a true labor of love.

Hard Facts

Vehicle: 1979 Jeep CJ-7
Engine: AMC 401 V-8
Transmission: GM Turbo 400 Automatic (original transmission) with shift kit
Transfer Case: Jeep Dana 300 with Currie twin-stick and Tera Low 4:1 gear kit
Suspension: 5-inch spring-under lift, Superlift springs, Rancho shocks, shackle reversal
Axles: Dana 44, 4.10 gears, Eaton ELocker, Warn hubs, Yukon disc brakes (front); Dana 60, 4.10 gears, Eaton ELocker, Yukon disc brakes (rear)
Wheels: 15-inch polished aluminum
Tires: 37x12.50x15 Interco Super Swamper
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