Another Jeep CJ7 Build
Hello everyone. I enjoy keeping up with all the different builds on the forum and thought others might enjoy mine. Nothing fancy or spectacular here. My goal is to restore my jeep to as close to factory original as possible. I am not a mechanic or a welder, but I am pretty handy. So here goes...
Searched Florida for about two months. I was looking for an original, unmolested CJ7 with a solid frame. I finnally gave up. They seem hard to find around here and were too expensive.
Got one on ebay for $2,000.00, but I had to drive to Louisiana to get it. Probably paid too much, but it was just what I was looking for.
Spent about a month taking it apart. I wish I had been a little better organized, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Engine only had 72,000 miles on it and ran great. No smoke or any other issues.
With the exception of the rear crossmember and the back four frame to body mounts, the frame was in great shape. 90% of the paint still and no rot.
Replaced the rear crossmember
And the back four frame to body mounts. That was a monumental task. I was very careful to put them back on in the same place. I used the ones from 4wd hardware. They seem alot stronger than the ones that were there originally.
Spent the next several weekends removing the paint with aircraft remover and sandpaper.
More posts to follow.
Looking good so far.
BTW: $2K for a running CJ with some rust (as apposed to mostly rust) with only 72,000 on the ticker - I think you did really well on that part alone.
Keep us posted!
Well after I got all the paint and rust of the frame, and welded everything up, I painted the frame with several coats of Rustbullet. Then I sprayed two coats of Dupont Nason 2K.
Then I replaced the springs and shocks wither Superlift Superride 1" lift springs and shocks. New heavy duty shackles with a 1/2" lift.
Replaced the gas tank too.
New bearings, seels, rotors, brake calipers, all new brake hardware, polyurethane bushings etc.
I wanted original chrome wagon wheels but couldn't find any. So I found that Cragar makes identical wagon wheels, found some mint center caps on ebay.
Bought all new exhaust parts from Autozone.
Nice job. Keep up the work and keep us posted.
very nice. nice attention to detail. looks what I will be doing tomorrow... reassembly.
Question, what is on that yellow sticker?
Where in Louisiana you find that?
That's a great looking CJ. I too just recently bought a CJ7, my first Jeep ever and didn't know what to look for as far as price comps or rust, anything. I've just always liked the CJ. Just looking at the pics of yours, I now know that I definitely spent too much. Mine looks good on the outside and interior is new, but the undercarriage and tub have some rust issues that I didn't find until after the money jeep swap. I also found that I have carb issues. But hopefully with that carb I get from you, I can at least get that taken care of. I'll just have to wait a little longer to restore mine totally. Money these days, just doesn't grow on trees, at least for me it doesn't.
It's looking great man... I'm a little jealous lol
Awesome job man. Its gonna be good lookin' when you get er done. Are you buying a new tub or just fixing/resuing old tub? Keep the pics coming:cheers2:
Thanks for the kind words everyone.
The yellow sticker on the frame came with the lift kit. Just some info about the kit. Figure won't be able to see it, if there is a future owner he'll have a reference for the rebuild 25 years from now.
Picked up the jeep in Covington, LA.....I forgot to mention before, my friend and I drove his H2....wow what a gas guzzler. Did a lot of this (ouch!):
The tub that came on the jeep is probably salvageable, but outside my skill level. Found an original '86 CJ7 tub, no rust. Apparently after AMC's demise, some "86 tubs were galvanized. This is one of them. Found it right here on the forum. Paid $600.00, what a steal. Oh, by the way, drove to New Orleans to get it.
You are doing a realy good job! That seems like a steal on that tub-pending no bondo suprises.
Keep up the good work! And, just curious, are you really doing that all outside or do you just roll it out for pics? Either way it looks great I was just wondering.
Probably all outside eh? Its a sunny 85degrees all year long here in Florida!
Maybe you're the luckiest guy on here. I'll bet working outside makes you pick up and put away your tools when you're done! I'm a garage dweller and very guilty of what I call F.S.S.
I call it flat surface syndrome. If there's something flat in the garage it's a perfect spot for that.... instead of putting it away.
Been chugging along, but I am getting close. I replaced the cylinder head, lifters, rods etc. for good measure (with the help of my uncle):
Finished installing new stainless brake and fuel lines, then installed new exhaust and intake manifold, along with a new carb:
Dang. Certainly aren't afraid to dive right in, are you? Lookin' great! Keep up the good work!
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