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Unread 05-26-2010, 03:40 PM   #1
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Almost finished 1980 CJ-7 (Picture heavy )

I know I've posted this in the past ( a picture here and there. But it's running and almost complete now. It's a 1980 cj-7 that I found in a garage from Texas,was only on the road for 9 years and put into a corner of a garage and it sat there for 19 years not moving with only 64,400 original miles. Here are the item that I did to it. I did all of this to the jeep only because I had a good base to work from. I paid $3,000 for the Jeep last year.
1980 CJ-7 Laredo
Registered in Texas from 1980 - 1990 ( 10 ) years
Stored from 1990 -2009 ( 19 ) years
Never driven off -road
Original 64,600 miles
Currently Registered in Connecticut
Emission exempt
New Parts:
1) Rebuilt Cylinder Head
2) New Push rods
3) New Head Gasket
4) Rebuilt Carburetor
5) Refurbished Radiator
6) New Thermostat and Alum Housing
7) Engine Flushed and new antifreeze
8) Refurbished all universal joints with synthetic Mobil 1 grease
9) New front and rear Transfer Case oil seals
10) New Heater core
11) Refurbished Heater box
12) New fuel lines
13) New fuel pump
14) New Vacuum lines
15) New Polyurethane gas tank
16) New in tank sending unit
17) New Brass float to replace cheap plastic one on sending unit
18) New brake calipers ( 4 )
19) New brake pads
20) Brake lines flushed and Silicone brake fluid installed
21) New interior glove box ( plastic)
22) New Alpine CD/MP-3 Stereo head
23) New 400 Watt 3X9 speakers
24) New Custom speaker Box to hold new speakers
25) New Smitty built Console Stereo Vault ( lockable )
26) New front winch ( not installed )
27) New Chrome Valve cover
28) Cleaned and flushed all gear boxes & ,transfer case and transmission and filled with Amsoil synthetic gear oil
29) New remote 12volt emergency cutoff switch located in drivers compartment
30) New spark plugs
31) New plug wires
32) New electronic control Module
33) New Accel High output coil
34) New Windshield
35) New Roll bar mounted fire extinguisher and holder
36) Under coated complete chassis
37) Herculined complete interior
38) New Heater blower motor Chevy upgrade ( 3 times more power )
39) New Best-top Bikini top and Header brackets
40) New signal side light's and lenses ( 4 )
41) New Battery tray and Battery
42) New Clutch Cross Shaft
43) New Clutch linkage
44) New Custom jeep all weather cover
45) New Hoist-A-Top ( Hand crank & Electric ) for hard top
46) New ( not rebuilt ) Water Pump
47) New Master Brake Cylinder
47) New Cooper STT tires

Runs great ,so quite I can't even hear it with the hood down. Now that I got it running good I am gutting the inside to herculine it.


This is what it looked like sitting for 22 years.
Below is what it looks like today, last picture is with the interior out and ready to herculine the inside.














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Unread 05-26-2010, 03:46 PM   #2
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Man that thing is looking good man!

Only thing I noticed is that the fuel filter return line should be physically above the line to the carb... this will help with fuel draining back to the tank so you don't have to sit and crank it after it's sat overnight.
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Unread 05-26-2010, 04:24 PM   #3
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I think I would keep that thing original and skip out on the Herculiner. I know there might be alot of fans of bedliners but I would prefer just paint. Once that stuff is applied there basically is no going back as I have heard that stuff is a "bear" to remove also not to mention it will collect dust/dirt in the texture and possibly fade?
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Unread 05-26-2010, 04:35 PM   #4
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I really like the color! Great job.
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Unread 05-26-2010, 06:07 PM   #5
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Nice clean survivor! Also nice L48 corvette...75??
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Unread 05-26-2010, 07:24 PM   #6
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Really nice Jeep
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Unread 05-26-2010, 07:38 PM   #7
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Jealous

I hope my identical black 1981 CJ-7 Laredo looks that nice someday!
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Nice clean survivor! Also nice L48 corvette...75??
Doesn't have to be a 75. 68-82 used that badge on the hood. I see something that resembles a round nose badge so a 74-76?

And that 7 is nice
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Unread 05-26-2010, 07:45 PM   #9
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Beautiful Jeep!

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Unread 05-26-2010, 09:01 PM   #10
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Thanks for the kind words guys. I just buffed the paint out.
Hybrid jeep , thanks for the filter help,that may be why its hard to start sometimes after sitting. And for the Vette fans: 1976 original except for the Hooker Header sidepipes with STS Baffles.
This was the project that I just completed prior to doing the jeep. 1200 hours last year. I have about 300 hours into the jeep so far. The jeep was in such good shape that there is not much to do to her now. Guess I should start looking for another project. 1st I need to get rid of something,wife keeps tell me to thin out my herd!!!! With the jeep , I now have " two " 4x4 's




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Unread 05-26-2010, 10:07 PM   #11
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They're BOTH beautiful! I love the sidepipes on the Vette, and I really like the Jeep seats/interior. Damn fine work.
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Unread 05-26-2010, 10:27 PM   #12
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Skerr, I can't take credit for the condition of the CJ .I didn't do anything to the interior or the outside of the jeep other than buff the paint out,everything else is as it was after sitting for 22 years. Hard to beleive it that the interior looked like that after sitting for so long. When I first opened the door it actually smelled like a new car and I have had people mention that it smells new. When I first saw it sitting in the corner with 1990 Texas plates on it I fell in love with it. Can you beleive that the factory air actually works after sitting for 22 years!!!
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Skerr, I can't take credit for the condition of the CJ .I didn't do anything to the interior or the outside of the jeep other than buff the paint out,everything else is as it was after sitting for 22 years. Hard to beleive it that the interior looked like that after sitting for so long. When I first opened the door it actually smelled like a new car and I have had people mention that it smells new. When I first saw it sitting in the corner with 1990 Texas plates on it I fell in love with it. Can you beleive that the factory air actually works after sitting for 22 years!!!
I have never had the pleasure of that kind of a find, but I've heard about them over the years. My best friend's dad got a 54 Vette that sat in the garage for 100 years! He got it for $560. He says all he did was change the oil, add fresh gas, put on new tires, and new battery, and drove it onto the trailer.
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Thanks for the kind words guys. I just buffed the paint out.
Hybrid jeep , thanks for the filter help,that may be why its hard to start sometimes after sitting. And for the Vette fans: 1976 original except for the Hooker Header sidepipes with STS Baffles.
This was the project that I just completed prior to doing the jeep. 1200 hours last year. I have about 300 hours into the jeep so far. The jeep was in such good shape that there is not much to do to her now. Guess I should start looking for another project. 1st I need to get rid of something,wife keeps tell me to thin out my herd!!!! With the jeep , I now have " two " 4x4 's





I am a Vette fanatic BTW I know pretty much anything about em. My Mom's 75 has a Luggage Rack on hers as well, and she has the L48 too. They (Mom n Dad) painted theirs the 72 Steel Cities Gray. I am gonna buy Mom some Hooker sidepipes for hers for X Mas I like the 76s exept for the steering wheel change they did after 75. And lemme tell ya that Vette is drop dead gorgeous
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My best friend's dad got a 54 Vette that sat in the garage for 100 years!
They made Vettes in 1854?
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