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Unread 03-09-2011, 02:00 AM   #1
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'82 CJ7 LAREDO Diesel restoration

Hello from FRANCE with...

A '82 CJ7 Diesel LAREDO ... It's a collector: only ~3000 sells between 82-86 and now only a few dozen still on the road and usually in very very bad shape...

And I like it! It's a 2nd hand with low mileage and quite stock (some electricals issues due to a bad winch mount. But I fix everything and I remove the winch).
The PO leave it for 10 years in a dry garage... It's started again without any trouble (only battery and all liquid/fluid swap)



the bad painted hard top...





Dismount started...



It was a daily driver for 1 year until I start the full restoration of "Maïte" (it's his nickname) in '09... after reading and following
the wonderfull Keith (Keith460) restoration

The tub has NO RUST and it is in good shape only a broken bracket

a "light" rust is only on the windshield bracket zone but nothing serious...for a bodyworker

Here's the water sandblasting... (my wife was VERY VERY happy for the garden (a half day to remove the sand))

I used water instead of compressed air because some buddies says... I will distord a little the metal with warm produced
by the friction of the sand on the metal...with water NO risk

Getting started...


Finished (I like the rusted style )


The tub and other pieces frame, and so on go to "passivation bath" in order
to stop rust before bodywork



As you can see on the pic there's always paint on the tub...
Normally these bath of NaOH remove the paint too... but here it doen't work even with one week treatment...

Same things with methyl chloryle (much harder): the primer doesn't go away...



That's why I sandblasted the whole tub...(4 days of HARD and WET work) ...






See at the circle it's seems to have a treament under the primer, like a anti rust ... Do you know what it is ?

Here is the result of the different anti rust/paint remover bathes...(For the others pieces the paint remover bath work very fine)





here's the tub after treatment



And the frame (without rust too)

Before:



After anti rust/paint remover bathes: (you can see in the background the differents bathes)



And with liquid zinc sprayed and powder coated paint



The end of 1st episode...

Regards,

Gilles

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Unread 03-09-2011, 05:27 AM   #2
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Nice job, I look forward to the next episode
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Unread 03-09-2011, 05:36 AM   #3
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Very nice work! Just WOW...

What engine came with your Laredo?
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Unread 03-09-2011, 06:13 AM   #4
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Nice job, I look forward to the next episode
Thanks!

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Very nice work! Just WOW...
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What engine came with your Laredo?
Please don't laught...

Since Renault owns Jeep (like it does now with Nissan) between '82-'86: It's a Renault Diesel J8S 2.1L NOT supercharged with ... 60 HP

The torque is quite the same of the AMC 150 cui...

However there is some good news:
- ~34 mpg ... and diesel is cheaper than gas in France
- It is quite indestructible many of them are over 500000 miles without any trouble...
- his weakness is well known and very easy to fix...
- And it's easy (in FRANCE) to find pieces...
- impossible to get a fine: max speed 65mph (and over 55 mph it's,I think, irresponsible with a CJ)

This Diesel LAREDO version have some FRENCH/EUROPEAN options (Or less option should I say):

-No tachometer (even in option... Not REALLY important with Diesel engine )
-No Clock (even in option: it's well known: we're ALWAYS in strike: no need time )
-No Air Conditionning (even in option: and with a 60HP engine, you know what I mean )
- European mirrors
- Turns lights and parking lights on the front fender
- Special Tail lights...
- 2 seats only...

The price was quite the double (because of taxes) than regular price in US... : In France : It was a LUXURY car... in the '80...

And it's still the case nowdays: JK RUBICON UNLIMITED will cost: ~+$50.000 (always with 200HP Diesel engine (no gas option)) in France ...

in US it will cost ~-$30.000...

But I rather like my CJ...

And ...sorry, again for my bad English...

Regards,

Gilles
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Unread 03-09-2011, 06:38 AM   #5
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sweet job,wish I had access to a bath and sandblaster.....what tranny and transfercase is in it,I want to put a diesel in mine and a peugoet that will "drop" in would be sweet
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Unread 03-09-2011, 06:47 AM   #6
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sweet job,wish I had access to a bath and sandblaster.....what tranny and transfercase is in it,I want to put a diesel in mine and a peugoet that will "drop" in would be sweet
Hello,

The tranny is the BW T-5 NWC and the transfercase the is well known DANA 300 quite indestructible too...

Putting a Peugeot Engine is more difficult (because of the bellhousing) than Supercharged Renault J8S with 90HP... But be carefull : only some supercharged J8S will fit...

>>> HERE <<< Some pics of supercharged J8S in a CJ7 and other possibilities...


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Unread 03-09-2011, 07:22 AM   #7
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The sheet metal and frame look brand new! Excellent job so far, this will be a fun thread to watch!
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Unread 03-09-2011, 08:03 AM   #8
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The sheet metal and frame look brand new! Excellent job so far, this will be a fun thread to watch!
Hello,

The front and rear axle, bracket seat underwent the same treatment

Before the AMC 20:
(that's my very little garage where I do the complete restoration... )



after the baths treatment:









Zinc sprayed and powder coated :



the rebuilding is on the way >>> HERE <<<

Same thing with the DANA 30:

Before (A little bit rusty ? don't you ?):









after baths:





After zinc sprayed and powder coated:



Completely rebuild with SSBC brakes: everything is NEW but: DANA 30 housing, knuckles, Warn hubs, and differential cage...

A part of the rebuilding is >>> HERE <<< (I've done a post with the complete restoration... but it's in French... at this time)



Look at the JEEP 4x sticker ... It's better ( I think ) than Collins Brothers one





Here the Collins Brothers one: it looks GREAT...



But mine one:
You can't see on the pics... but mine has a aluminium background and better definition... as OEM






End of #2 episode...

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Unread 03-09-2011, 08:25 AM   #9
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Excellent work! Your English is just fine! Look forward to the rest of the build!
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Unread 03-09-2011, 08:28 AM   #10
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Wow! Great work! Wish I had a tank to dip in like that one!
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Unread 03-09-2011, 08:40 AM   #11
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Wow! Great work! Wish I had a tank to dip in like that one!
Hello,

Thanks!

It's not expensive (in France) less than sandblasting: it goes everywhere (instead sandblasting) and it's remove/stop rust...

Be carefull it's NOT permanent rustproof ... you need to quickly put a more permanent rust shield like zing spray, powder coat, or paint and so on...

Regards,

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Unread 03-09-2011, 09:09 AM   #12
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looks great frenchy! very impressive work!
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Unread 03-09-2011, 09:46 AM   #13
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That is one cool cj...Diesel to boot. Looks like your doing excellent work. I love detail...Can't wait to see the finished result..
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Unread 03-09-2011, 09:59 AM   #15
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Hello Gilles, great great job!! Very compliments!

Greetings from Italy!
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