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Unread 03-09-2011, 10:20 AM   #16
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Je ne parle pas beaucoup de francais, mais c'est un Jeep très beau!

How did those baths work again? I tried the same with my tub, but the paint wouldn't come off.
Great project, please post more pictures!

Greetings from the Netherlands

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Unread 03-09-2011, 10:41 AM   #17
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Thanks guyz for your replies !!

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Je ne parle pas beaucoup de francais, mais c'est un Jeep très beau!

How did those baths work again? I tried the same with my tub, but the paint wouldn't come off.
Great project, please post more pictures!

Greetings from the Netherlands

Hello, neighbor

Thanks!

For baths:

It's different baths of hot NaOH (+40 °C (+104 °F)) with different pH...
At the end to stop rust there is a bath of 'gluconate?' don't know the right word in english...

To my knowledge there is no special thing to do before painting...

Many people in my region do it without any issues...

This baths work ONLY with steel... with not aluminium at all... it would dissolve it...

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Unread 03-09-2011, 12:13 PM   #18
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nice project, keep it up
my first cj was also a 2.1 renault diesel
Had it for 7 years and then bought a 4.2 cj
drove it once from belgium to the south of france and back...
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Unread 03-09-2011, 02:46 PM   #19
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Wow! Amazing work, can't believe how clean your parts are!

Originally from Austria, dad had a 1976 CJ 7 renegade with a smaller 6 cylinder. I am sure by now it is just a pile of rust! Glad to see you keeping up the Jeep heritage for us in Europe!
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Unread 03-10-2011, 01:06 AM   #20
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Hello,

Interior time...

first I've replaced the interior cardboard of the doors...

Some details of the OLD one...





close up : it seem's that my CJ was in the first one who migrate to Europe
See the stamp MAY1982... The beginning of the import in France of CJ7 by Renault was June 1982...



here the new ones (home made of course)





I was here...



and old one and new one together...



Steering wheel leather...

it was VERY tired with hole and so on...







So we remove it... (the 4 pieces of leather)



and (one of my buddies) replace it with a one piece of leather... (as you can see it's a dark brown ... not black... but with the apropriate (black) dyeing everything will be right...



some details...





back to the steering wheel..







some details...



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Unread 03-10-2011, 01:07 AM   #21
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Seat Time...

it was a little tired...




So we remove it



And 20 hours later it was replaced with leather



some details...everything is hand made NOT stamped





Same cover with the interior door panel (I don't like the NEW interior panel sell by morris4x4)





Central dashboard

It was destroyed..



So we've replaced it with leather (thanks again to my buddy)



here's the final result...



And some closeup...







and the masterpiece...





Central console...

It was tired broken and not the good color now...

And I don't like new central console. I rather like OEM...

So I've fixed it...





And I "stick" with neoprene leather (same as the seat) on it...



And the interior is lined with whool same as the seat...

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Unread 03-10-2011, 01:08 AM   #22
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Directional Switch Lever now...

It was rusted... and I like OEM style... so I cleaned,sandblasted it and

I chromate it again in a business of my region (it was a test for the whole chrome parts )

Again, I'd rather like rechrome every chrome parts than buy new one...Which (I my mind) have NOT the same quality...

Before:



after



It was missing the dashpad... mine was with WRONG color (tan) now...

I'm looking for a OEM black used one... It's pretty difficult to find one in Europe in good shape...

BUT for Chrismas Day... here it is!!



And I buy a BLACK Bestop sport bar cover...



I think now I've a real LAREDO deLuxe finition...

End #3 episode...

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Unread 03-10-2011, 08:00 AM   #23
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I really admire your ingenuity, Gilles. The difficulty you have finding parts makes for some very creative approaches to your restoration. We can't wait to see the final product!
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Unread 03-10-2011, 08:18 AM   #24
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Your friend that did the work on the interior is an artist!! That's fantastic looking craftsmanship.
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Unread 03-10-2011, 11:34 AM   #25
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Gillies, keep up the great work. Looking forward to seeing the end result.

I had no idea that any CJ7 came from the factory with a diesel in Europe or the US.

Good Luck...........
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Unread 03-11-2011, 07:23 PM   #26
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WOW looking good keep it up.
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Unread 03-11-2011, 07:35 PM   #27
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Your restoration is looking good. My Dad has the exact Jeep you have but with the 4.2L engine. Keep up the good work. I can't wait to see the finished product.
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Unread 03-11-2011, 08:01 PM   #28
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those seats and door panels are so cool! how do the redone seats compare in price to a new set?
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Unread 03-12-2011, 12:30 AM   #29
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Thanks Guyz for all your replies...



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those seats and door panels are so cool! how do the redone seats compare in price to a new set?
Hello

Since I pay ONLY material for the seats (~$200) it's cheaper... But
IF you pay the handwork... (20 hours of work) it's not the same...

But It's GOOD raw material instead "plastic" for a new set...

For the dashboard panel it's the same: 20 bucks of leather... and 2 days
of work... If I pay the handwork it was around ~$180...

The interior, it's the ONLY things I'll do NOT in OEM (it's the well known French touch ) ... everything else will be as from factory... and I'll use ONLY OEM pieces...

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Unread 03-12-2011, 08:21 AM   #30
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Gilles,

Very nicely done...the few times I have been to Europe I always watch out for Jeeps and it is rare that I actually see one, especially as nice as yours will be...
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