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post #1 of 7 Old 11-10-2015, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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1979 cj-7

I bought this jeep from a guy down the road. It had been sitting for a long time and most of the seals and gaskets had rotted out and it wouldn't run. I took about 6 months overhauling and rebuilding it. Now I've got something really fun to drive and the cool factor is off the charts. I have a few sets of tops for it and I have a set of steel doors that I'm trying to sell. I don't have much use for them here.

My next step is installing the BDS 2.5" suspension lift and putting in a new steering stabilizer and wheel spacers.

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-10-2015, 08:26 AM
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Nice looking CJ7 you have there. Don't tell me you got ALL the gauges to work??
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-10-2015, 09:41 AM
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Good job. Looks good!

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-10-2015, 11:20 AM
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Great looking CJ
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-10-2015, 11:31 AM
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Looks good!
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-12-2015, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Wisconsinite View Post
Nice looking CJ7 you have there. Don't tell me you got ALL the gauges to work??
Haha it was a pain but I got them all working. I'm an electrician by trade so it just took a lot of troubleshooting. I've noticed that the grounding on these is very finicky. I ended up grounding all the gauges to the dash using a screw to bare metal then I ran and extra strand to a spot I sanded down to bear metal on the floor pan. This seemed to fix all the grounding issues.

As for powering everything I just ran all new leads in parallel for powering gauges and ran a separate circuit for the lights.

The only thing I'm still troubleshooting is the gas gauge. I put a new fuel sending unit in and I don't think its calibrated correctly. It runs out of gas when the gauge is on 1/2-3/4. I guess I just need to bend the float or something. I'll search around on here for some info.

Latest updates on the CJ are new black hood hardware, black high flow scoop. I rebuilt the carb and finished running most of the engine wiring so it doesn't look like a rat's nest under there.

Next move; Install dual battery tray, Install BDS 2.5" suspension lift, Weld receiver tube onto the exsisting U shaped hitch and Find some rear bumper corners.

Thanks for all the compliments!!
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-11-2016, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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I finally installed my suspension lift. I didn't take into account that the stock suspension was sagging so bad, it turned into about 6" higher than when I got it. It's a BDS 2.5" lift with 3/8" BDS Shackles front and rear. I wasn't to bad to do by myself and looks damn good.
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