The 1984 CJ-7 on these pages had done just that, but it was starting to feel worse for wear when owner Frank DeSomma decided the old iron needed a refresh.
The 35-year-old body had seen a lot of desert and had taken some rock beatings.
The original plan was to install a new aluminum body and a few upgrades, but the project expanded well beyond that, and the results came out well.
Frank is the president of Patriot Ordnance Factory, a premium firearms manufacturer in Glendale, Arizona.
wanted a vehicle with a striking personality, but one he
could use on weekends to take out to explore desert trails and carry him to his
favorite hunting and sport shooting spots.
For the build, Frank called on the fabrication expertise of Ian Liljeblad and his crew at Random Precision Mfg. (www.rpmfab.com) in Phoenix.
Voting for the clean look, Frank
had RPM recess LED tail/stop and backup lights into the rear of the tub.
However, one hole was spared in the exterior body and a flip-up gas filler was mounted on the top of the passenger rear fender well instead of on the side of the tub.
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1984 jeep Wrangler CJ7 built for all-weather four wheeling with a chevy 350, Rancho RS 9000 shocks, Steel Horse seats, and fitted with 36-inch Super Swampers. - 4 Wheel Drive
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