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Unread 04-27-2009, 10:20 PM   #1
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85 Cj7 Restoration Project

Pulled this Cj7 out of the barn after 15 years. It is in pretty good shape minus all the rot. Plan to do a frame up restoration with my dad.

Basic Specs:
-1985 Cj7
-Mostly original
-4.2L 258 with about 125k miles
-original carter carb
-5 spd

Goals:
-Complete frame up restoration
-Spend as little money as possible by doing all the work ourselves (when possible)

Here is what it looked like when we took it our of the barn, pulled out the mice nest, and hosed it down:










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Unread 04-27-2009, 10:34 PM   #2
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Very nice looking 7 there man! Looks like she's in good shape

I dream of the day when i will own my own CJ
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Unread 04-27-2009, 10:34 PM   #3
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We got it running alright (pretty good actually) after we replaced the rotten gas tank, added new fuel and filter, replaced broken vacuum lines, and set the idles. Man did the PO screw up the vacuum lines, what a job mapping those all out! We also were getting poor performance before we realized we had grounded the high altitude jumper wire.

It doesn't look too bad at first glance but it has A LOT of rot. Before taking the body off the chassis we decided to sure up the tub and do some rot removal. We didn't start taking pictures right away but these are from pretty early on.

The windshield post was rotted most of the way through, so we cut it out and fabbed our own to match the original.






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Unread 04-27-2009, 10:43 PM   #4
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Once we started rot picking there was no going back! Drivers side floor was rotted pretty bad (has a full rollbar, and the mounts rotted out where they attached to the floor). Same thing with the drivers side floor, rot city. There was a moment we thought about buying a tub... until we saw the price, lol.

Here you can see some of the floor work, repaired seatbeld structure/brace, and wheel well work. The drivers side door wouldnt even close, the jams were so rotted out the whole side wall would shake when you slammed it.

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Unread 04-27-2009, 10:55 PM   #5
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The rocker panels had rot holes. The rear quarter panel had been dented and filed with bondo. The driverside floor had rotted up the side and *almost* ate up the jeep stamp. We almost werent able to save it. After asking ourselves wether we should cut our losses and just fill the holes we went for it... drilled out the spot welds and cute out the dead material. We traced the holes onto cardboard and transfered the markings to the sheet metal.

After cutting out the sheet metal all the contours were made using a hammer and dolly block.



Tacked up the rear panel...




Cut out and tacked up the rocker....


Saved the jeep logo... a close one





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Unread 04-27-2009, 11:06 PM   #6
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What kind of rust proofer do you guys suggest that wont interfere with the welds? We hit a few spots with rustoleum (in the never to be seen again areas) but it seems to hinder the welding process.
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Unread 04-29-2009, 09:01 PM   #7
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fixed up the drivers rear body mount a bit..


Hung the corner panel (We had to buy this part b/c we don't have a roller)... 26 bucks... not bad at all
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Unread 04-29-2009, 09:04 PM   #8
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Working the passengers side...




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Unread 04-29-2009, 10:39 PM   #9
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you are a fine craftsman sir.
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Unread 04-30-2009, 12:29 PM   #10
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What kind of rust proofer do you guys suggest that wont interfere with the welds? We hit a few spots with rustoleum (in the never to be seen again areas) but it seems to hinder the welding process.
I've had good luck with weld through primer. Most welding jobbers keep this stuff on hand. Nice fab work. JC
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Unread 04-30-2009, 01:51 PM   #11
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Lookin good!

I just did the same thing to my 85... replaced all the same panels. I cut and welded in 16ga steel.
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Unread 04-30-2009, 05:29 PM   #12
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Thanks guys! Maybe one of you CJ vets can help me out with something... The drivers side door has some rot in the window frame. Know if/where i can buy just a replacement window frame? Looks like a tough repair job. Anyone have any photos of their own window repair?
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I have to do the same to my '85. Any pointers?
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Unread 02-11-2010, 11:47 AM   #14
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How did you make the rolled edge inside the wheel well?
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Unread 02-11-2010, 11:59 AM   #15
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wow is all i can say. your panels look amazing awesome work
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