Hailing from Loveland, Colorado, Bruce Hayward came to the 2019 Jp Dirt ‘N Drive Presented by Jeep driving his Jeep CJ-7. If the burbling rumble of its hopped-up V-8 didn’t announce its arrival first, then the purple-flamed retro paintjob would grab your attention as it passed by. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: There’s just something special about a hot rod-style Jeep.
Mostly built with his own two hands, Bruce’s CJ-7 is powered by a 1972 AMC 360ci V-8 that’s been souped-up with a lopey cam, Ford 2-BBL carb, Edelbrock r4b intake manifold, and MSD ignition system. Backed up by a T-18 tranny and Dana 20 transfer case, the V-8 delivers power to a Cherokee 44 front axle center with 1976 Scout outers and a 1976 Scout rear axle.
A 2-inch custom-built coil suspension system up front and 2 1/2-inch custom dual-shock and leaf-spring system in back swing the mutant transplanted axles. Both carry 4.56-geared ARB Air Lockers that can instantly put the lock on all four 33×12.50R15 Goodyear Wranglers wrapped around 15×10 American Racing wheels.
Inside the cherry-condition CJ-7 body, you’ll find more simple and classic style in the way of a collection of Auto Meter Phantom gauges mounted in a hinged center dashpanel that can swing down and open for service. An eight-point rollcage was incorporated into the frame. A Ramsey steel-cable winch sits up front, underscored by a clean chrome bumper. Bruce found the main center section of the spare tire rack on eBay, and then he fabricated the swing, stop, and latch for it.
You already know how we feel about Bruce’s Jeep CJ-7. Go ahead and check out all the photos for more details. We think you’ll learn to love it too.
Vehicle: Jeep CJ-7
Engine: 1972 AMC 360ci V-8
Transmission: 1974 T-18
Transfer Case: 1972 Dana 20
Suspension: 2-inch custom coil (front); Black Diamond 2 1/2-inch spring-over axle conversion (rear)
Axles: Cherokee Dana 44 center w/ 1976 Scout outers (front); 1976 Scout rear axle (rear); both w/ 4.56 ARB Air Lockers
Wheels: 15×10-inch American Racing
Tires: 33×12.50R15 Goodyear Wrangler