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franzwa 07-04-2013 02:39 PM

1986 CJ7 Restoration
This jeep was left to die, forgotten under a tree for years until the owner agreed to sell it. I've owned plenty of jeeps, from TJ's to a 304 Quadratraction Golden Eagle. I've been working at this one for a while, between a VW bus, MGB, classic Bronco, and too many others, bought the Jeep with a fair amount of rust and decided to do it right with new metal. I will start with pictures of the driver side.
I did forget to take some pictures of the existing rust but the gaping holes should give you a pretty good perspective.

LumpyGrits 07-04-2013 02:46 PM

WELCOME :cheers2:
Hope your tetanus shots are current. :rofl:
Look forward to more pics, as time allows you.

franzwa 07-04-2013 05:56 PM

Drive side floor and rocker

texas1al 07-05-2013 07:20 AM

Is it my eyes, or does the Jeep stamping on the rockers say Joop. I thought that started with the Wranglers. Is it a Wrangler tub?

only in a jeep cj 07-05-2013 08:03 AM

No, that started mid year, 1984

texas1al 07-05-2013 08:29 AM

Weird, my original 84 tub has the "Jeep" stamping, not Joop.

texas1al 07-05-2013 08:46 AM

Sorry to take the op's thread off-topic, but Ed's response about Jeep/Joop got me looking and now I know that 84 was a crossover year where some tubs were stamped Jeep and some stamped Joop (and some stamped with both, one on either side). Very interesting. To the OP, good start on your restoration, I look forward to following your progress.

FamousJerry 07-05-2013 09:10 AM

I have an original 1985 Jeep and mine says Joop

spward 07-05-2013 01:08 PM

My 85 is a Joop. Nice work fabing up replacement metal under the rollbar tie-in. Will be doing that to mine next month.

BlkCJ7Laredo 07-05-2013 02:18 PM

Yes mid 1984 is the Jeep to Joop. Keith460's original tub was Joop as are both my '85s. An old friend had an '84 that was Jeep.

Very nice job on the metal work. I see you used the Keyparts floor panel. They fit very nice and have all the original ribs and holes in the exact locations and nice thick steel. I will be following this thread to see how it turns out.

agear 07-05-2013 05:41 PM

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I have an 84 joop

franzwa 07-07-2013 11:20 AM

Now that you mention it it seems that I have a Joop, Now to decide whether to rock the raised lettered "Joop" or buy a new sticker.
But anyways, moved on to passenger side and did most of the metal work including the roll bar mounting.

Had to rebuild the frame roll bar mount on both sides.

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Also fixed rust by the wheel well.

BlkCJ7Laredo 07-07-2013 11:39 AM

Coming along well! Man I need to practice up on my welding skills. I did a little bit on my floor pan yesterday for the tub that's going on my plow Jeep and I was blowing holes thru it everywhere. Got a friend that welds for a living that's doing most of the welding for me so I'm going to watch him much more closely to see how it's done properly.

S76 07-07-2013 03:34 PM

Nice work! Rust sure is time consuming.

franzwa 07-07-2013 04:01 PM

Thanks! And I recommend using a welder with an argon tank attached, makes all the difference in the world.

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