Gentlmen... I just bought a 1983 CJ7 and I don't even know where to begin with the rebuild process. I am in the process of compiling a list of what needs to be fixed and I am moving forward from there. In order here is what I have so far: (1) Axle assembly front/rear, (2) Brakes front/rear, (3) electrical ALL,
(4) Fuel system, (5) engine rebuild/tune???, (6) exhaust w/headers... am I on the right track?
Also, this Jeep is completely stock except for the fuel injection conversion kit.
Any recommendations, thoughts, comments, would be helpful. Thanks.
Gunny: welcome to the thread and congrats on the new girlfiend. I know you two will be spending a lot of time together. BTW, I like the sentence from your jeep history of your profile thread, "I have plenty of cash and rudimentary mechanic skills." That, and help from this forum, is all really takes to build a great machine.
Fill out your jeep profile so people can see what equipment you have and better help out. We love pics, and there are several ways to post them up. Holler if you need help with posting pics or what type of equipment you have (model xfer case, tranny model, etc)
A few questions. How about the frame, tub and fenders? Any rust or other problems? Are you looking to drive it while doing repairs or do a full-on frame off restoration? What type of wheeling do you want to do?
86 CJ7, 258 Engine, T-177, Dana 300.
A ton more pics here.
Hey, thanks for the response. The vehicle is stock except for the fuel injection conversion eliminating the carburetor. The frame appears to be in great shape. I live in SD and this vehicle came from Florida; I bought it from an Navy pilot.... so the rust is minimal (from what I can tell).
This is one of two vehicles my wife and I have, so I need to be able to drive it while fixing her up! If it's down for a few days, no big deal, I have shoes and a bicycle to get me to where I need to go.
The tub is in great shape. No rust, crazy holes or other retarded issues. The roll cage is more of a hazard than a safety feature right now, so I am wanting to replace this as well. My head comes close to smacking it when I hit bumps in the road... no bueno! The fenders remain stock but I am looking to cut them out for wheel clearance. I'm not sure of the transfer case, tranny and all that good stuff. It is a 4-speed manual and has the original engine with only 128,000 miles on it. (Should I rebuild this engine or find a new one?)
As for cash... let's say I have $10,000 for now. This is my starting budget, and I want to try and stay within this. I KNOW that this Jeep girlfriend of mine will cost some money. My wife is stoked about this rebuild and I am pumped about having a sweet rig!
I'll take some pictures tomorrow when I am free and begin posting. Thanks again!!!
I am looking to be capable of most off-roading conditions but still street legal.
Frame looks decent for the most part. I have not found any rusted areas or holes in the frame... I'm probably not looking hard enough. The tub is in great shape but the roll cage in there needs to go. It's not the stock cage, but it does come damn close to smacking me in the head when I hit bumps. I am looking to drive this thing while it's getting worked on. I do have other modes of transportation, so I am not worried if I have it apart for a little bit. I would like to do a full restoration but I don't have the mechanical knowledge or space to do that kind of work.. I could probably figure it all out with the help of this forum. I want to have this thing street legal but real close to it. Off-roading, camping, Jeep adventures... that's what I want to do.
Sounds like you are on the right track. You need to sit down and plan it out by what you want in a finished project and go from there. First and foremost is safety, roll bar, seat belts, brakes, and tires. Second running gear, engine, trans, transfer, and axles. Of course many of these things can be done at the same time for example brakes and axles.
Best advice is to take your time and don't rush it, and think it through completely, while working on any part or assemblies. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Jeepers do not mind helping fellow Jeepers, and there is a wealth of knowledge on this forum. If you don't have one get a repair manual from Chilton or Haynes at your local auto parts store.
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