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By: Jeff Layton - 5/2000

Second Jeep
"Jeep Therapy"

The story of Project Jeep Therapy has been long coming. People who have been involved in Jeep circles on the Internet for a long time will probably remember when Jeff was still actually driving his Jeep around. A failed engine inspired a frame up reconstruction and this build up has been going in fits and starts, but it is still moving along.




Jeep Therapy Introduction
A tragic engine failure was the inspiration for starting this project. Jeff plans to build this Jeep with the absolutely best parts he can lay his hands on.
Project Jeep Therapy Tear Down
Jeff tears down Project Jeep Therapy and is left with a huge pile of parts. Some parts are kept, some are sold, and some are thrown away. A list of new parts is created to replace the used and abused.
Jeep Therapy Frame Work
If you want to build a great Jeep, you need a good frame to build it from. Jeep Therapy's frame in need of some attention. Hard use and moisture has not been friendly to this frame.
Dana 44 and Dana 60 Axle Swap
Project Jeep Therapy gets a Dana 44 front and a Dana 60 rear axle custom built by Currie and Tri-County respectively. These custom axles are bolt in replacements for the lighter duty stock axles.
Jeep Therapy NV4500
The NV4500 is a heavy duty 5 speed transmission used in Dodge and Chevy trucks. It is a transmission that can take massive abuse on the trail and because it has an overdrive, it allows the engine to cruise comfortably on the highway. This article includes pictures and details on rebuilding the NV4500.
350 Fuel Injected 350
For power and performance, Project Jeep Therapy must have a fuel injected 350! After some careful searching, a low mileage '96 Vortec Chevy 350 from a Chevy pickup is discovered for a price that cannot be beat.
springs Jeep Therapy Suspension I
Jeep Therapy gets a 3.5" spring lift and a M.O.R.E. shackle reversal. The spring pack spring clamps are also opened up to increase flex.
Jeep Therapy Suspension II
The suspension of Project Jeep Therapy gets reworked before the Jeep even hits the trail. High clearance u-bolt plates are fabricated, M.O.R.E shackles are installed, custtom shock towers are built, and a steering stabilizer is added.
Jeep Therapy 350 Installation
Jeep Therapy finally gets that 350 slapped in between the frame rails. The job requires a little skid plate modification and welding in some bomb proof engine mounts from M.O.R.E. Jeff also gets that NV4500 bolted up to the 350 with some help from JB Conversions and Advance Adapters.
Project Jeep Therapy Brakes
Jeff gets ready to stop by plumbing up the brakes on Jeep Therapy and CJ-7 built for the trail. Stainless lines and quality braided stainless steel hoses make everything stop on a dime.
Project Jeep Therapy Clutch Linkage
Project Jeep Therapy, a CJ-7 built for the trail, gets some clutch linkage. The clutch linkage is a hybrid of Jeep and Chevy parts. What could be more Jeep?
Project Jeep Therapy Steering
Project Jeep Therapy, a CJ-7 built for the trail, gets directed. Jeff hooks up some custom power steering hoses to link the Chevy engine to the Jeep Saginaw steering box.
graft2.jpg Fuel Injection in a CJ-7
Properly setting up fuel lines and a in-tank fuel pump will avoid all sorts of strange problems. Doing it right from the start will keep that fuel injected engine running right in your late model CJ.

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