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Unread 09-20-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
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Some Assembly Required: An 82 CJ7

I have been building a 1985 CJ 7 for sometime now but it has strayed from being a trail rig/driver to being a very clean driver. So I found a 1982 CJ7 about 3 hours away from me that seemed very solid. My main goal is to build a mild trail rig out of it. It claimed to be mostly rust free and it had a reman 258 with 5,000 miles on it... the catch is that it was disassembled for resteration and the guy lost interest in it. Im a fairly decent wrench and always up for a challenge so I loaded up the truck and headed south to get it.

Here she is on the Dolly

Finally at home



Knowing the rag top that came with it would be a little drafty I decided to steel the hardtop from my 85. She had a car bra on her at one time (god only knows why) and it trapped moisture and rotted out the hood. Fortunately I found a good hood today and also a pair of hard doors to go with the hard top. I gave $220 for everything




Ill get on her this week and post the progress

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Unread 09-21-2010, 11:31 PM   #2
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Class was canceled this morning so I got started. First thing I did was pull the front clip and got rid of the junk hood.


Ran into my first trouble area. drivers side bottom of the firewall was cracked and had a little rust.




To solve the problem I welded the crack and plated the other areas... it doesnt look pretty but im mostly concerned with strength and stopping further rust. So I shot it with a coat of black afterwards to seal it up.



I then cleaned the rest of the firewall off with a wire cup on a grinder and shot it with a coat of black too.




I also got a set of 31x10.50 Baja claws for $300!!!! im going to mount them on a set of Cragar Soft 8's that came with the CJ





Ill keep working and posting as I go
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My 91 blazer and 85 CJ are taking up the garage so the 82 was outcast to my pole building. I broke out the light plant and worked on it tonight. I saw the body mounts were really dry and cracked so i went to get them out to be replaced... Well in trying to break the bolts lose I stripped 6 of the cage nuts So after a few words and a kick at the tire I decided the body was coming off! The trusty Dewalt grinder took care of the bolt heads. All that was left was to figure out how to lift it.

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I ran some chain around the rafters and ran it to another rafter.

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Then Harbor came through with a chain hoist for cheap!

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then some creative strap work and off she came!!!

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I called it a night at this point. Going to get the frame cleaned and painted saturday hopefully and then my drivetrain can go back in.
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P.S. I had my Mickey-T's mounted up
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Any updates on this one?


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OH YEAH, ill post some updates on saturday... i didnt post any more because i didnt think there was any interest. Thanks for following along
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OH YEAH, ill post some updates on saturday...

i didnt post any more because i didnt think there was any interest.

Thanks for following along


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Always interested in a CJ build thread!

Edit: I just saw this thread, which I believe is the same Jeep?

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ne...-pics-1156139/


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