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Unread 05-02-2011, 10:30 PM   #1
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80 CJ-7 "Still Hunting" Father/Son Build

My Dad and I recently acquired a 1980 CJ-7 V-8 304 when my Grandfather passed away. We wanted to restore it and return it to deer camp in his honor. Its been parked for 7 years, wouldn't start, and is in pretty rough shape. We hope to get it road worthy, smogged, and repainted. This is the record of our progress since 4/1/11.

To do list:
1. Finish paint. *FINISHED 7-31-11*
2. Rearched springs, added poly bushings, and replaced shocks. *Complete 9-18-11*
3. Add 1" lift. *Complete 5-15-11*
4. Replace Front and rear bumper. *Rear complete 6-12-11* *Front bumper complete 7-17-11*
5. Replace Winch. *Still thinking about it.*
6. Replace seats. *Complete 6-5-11*
7. Replace Brakes. *Rear complete 6-4-11 & Front 6-5-11*
8. Replace U-joints on front and rear drivelines. *Complete 6-4-11*
9. Replace fluid in both differentials, transfer case, and engine. *Complete 6-12-11*
10. Replace thermostat. *Complete 6-30-11*
11. Replaced steering stabilizer * Complete 6-29-11*
12. Replace water pump with FlowKooler Water Pump. *7-11-11*
13. Commiefornia SMOG Test *Passed 7-14-11*
14. Replace Speedometer, dash plate, new knobs, & dash lights. Added CD player and speaker. Added secondary mechanical temp guage. *Complete 8-7-11*
15. 3 Point seat belts (Front), Replace the oil pressure gauge that just broke, Fix the Voltage gauge before it breaks. *Complete 8-21-11*
16. Removed transmission pan and replaced filter. Adjusted bands and refilled with fluid. *8/28/11*
17. Dropped fuel tank and replaced fuel, vent, fill hoses. Replaced fuel level sending unit. *9/6/11*
18. Tore apart the steering column and replaced bearings and fixed ignition switch so no longer need a push button to start. *Complete 9-14-11*


1-6 Condition when picked up.














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Unread 05-02-2011, 10:47 PM   #2
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Starting to get a handle on the "custom" wiring job my Grandfather had done. Replaced engine module and it fired right up. Replaced distributor, plug/wires, smog pump. Adjusted timing.


Addressing the rust. Plan of shooting bed-liner inside.





Replaced Cat and muffler.



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Unread 05-02-2011, 11:02 PM   #3
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Body work and primer.





2 coats of green. Sherwin Williams Bond-plex, Satin finish, water based acrylic paint w/ HVLP gun.





The family.



Camo scheme M-151A2



Scheme transferred.



Adding brown and black on 4/30/11.

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Unread 05-03-2011, 06:45 AM   #4
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Very cool! Good job tackling that rust! And the paint looks cool
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Unread 05-04-2011, 10:06 PM   #5
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Thanks!

Got some more paint down. Still need to re-coat the brown and black. Hope to finish by this weekend.








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Unread 05-09-2011, 10:20 AM   #6
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Sprayed bedliner inside. Dupicolor. Wish I had seen the Monster liner before we did this, but what the heck.





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Unread 05-09-2011, 10:25 AM   #7
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Bedliner? Nice! I like it!
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Unread 05-09-2011, 12:11 PM   #8
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Awesome job cleaning that up.
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Unread 05-15-2011, 08:42 PM   #9
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Thanks guys.

Got the Daystar 1" body lift installed with minimal issues (linkage and radiator fan shroud). Threw the fender flares on just to take a few pictures.



Before

After

Fender Flares

My Son
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Unread 05-24-2011, 08:50 AM   #10
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Still finishing up the paint. Thinking of changing the name of the project to "Still Painting"! Should be ready for clear coat in 2 weeks. Dad is modifing the rear bumper. (Pics coming soon) We blacked out one of the rims to see how it would look and to decide if we should buy new ones. Pretty happy with the results, what do you guys think? We plan of flipping the white side in, just haven't got that far yet.

New seats, springs, and shackles on order.














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Unread 05-30-2011, 06:22 PM   #11
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Dad is finishing up on the rear bumper. He was having problems posting his pictures, so I updated for him.

Menako

Removing damaged cross member and bumper. PO's poor attempt to repair.




Added 3" x 3/8" x 13" long brackets. Want to add Gas can and tire to bumper.





End view of 5/8" bolts and 3" flat bar.





Drilled out the 7/16" bolt holes, with 5/8" gr. 8 bolts.







3" channel to replace damaged cross member, 5/16" gr. 8 bolt with nuts tacked to channel of gas tank skid plate.




Progress so far.





3" x 3/8' angle for body mounts.





Could bolt angle if removal of bumper was wanted. Can still remove from frame as a unit still.



3" x 3/8 angle added, could weld to bumper then bolt to flat bar, we decided weld both.



1-1/4" bolt. 3/8" reinforcing plate under bolt. Plate is need so there is no sag in swing arm. Used hard washer over bolt, for smooth swing.



Progress so far.



End view 3" x 2" square tube with 1-1/4" SCH 80 nipple welded for bolt to slide through. Has to be schedule 80 for bearing type fit!



Gas can holder. Used jab nut to hold 3" swing arm in place. Nut can be tacked when finished. If nut is tacked to 3", then arm will swing by using threads, very smooth, and locks down when swung back in place, adjust before tack. If nut is tacked to bolt just finger tight. Note 1-1/4 gr. 8 washer under 3" swing arm, its loose, so there no bind.



All together.



Added hi lift jack mount.




Finished, ready for paint.

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[QUOTE=SaskCJ7;12154245]First off, whoever invented Torx bolts should be shot in the face, burned then pissed on.[/QUOTE]

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Unread 06-05-2011, 10:44 PM   #12
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[QUOTE=SaskCJ7;12154245]First off, whoever invented Torx bolts should be shot in the face, burned then pissed on.[/QUOTE]
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Unread 06-06-2011, 01:24 PM   #13
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Awesome job!
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Unread 06-07-2011, 10:02 AM   #14
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Thanks! We are very happy with our progress so far, for our first Jeep.

Replaced U-Joints on both drive lines. (Fun Stuff!) Changed rear brakes. Final coat of paint is on, going to wait several weeks for clear coat. Concentrating on all mechanical issues and the dreaded SMOG Gestapo here in Cali. Have a bushing kit on order for the front end. Also going after the springs, shocks, and shackles soon. Also need to pull rear bumper & swing arm and primer and paint (Black).
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[QUOTE=SaskCJ7;12154245]First off, whoever invented Torx bolts should be shot in the face, burned then pissed on.[/QUOTE]
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Unread 06-07-2011, 08:57 PM   #15
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Great Pics! Looks like a fun build, the camo paint job looks great!
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