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post #1 of 106 Old 06-06-2017, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Kovic's The "awe poor jeepy" Refresh/rebuild thread!

This past Friday (June 2nd) was my birthday, and I decided to bite the bullet and start tearing my 1983 Jeep CJ5 down! I bought this jeep sometime in 2007/2008, and i didnt even Plan to! I was on the lookout for something classic, in need of some love. I was mostly looking for early 70s pickups, as my older brothers both had one.

However, when I stumbled on this baby on the side of the road for sale, its spoke to me! Saying "give me your money for the rest of your life" So i got it for a whopping 2300 bucks, came with extra parts, and 3 3 inch thick manuals that have the part numbers for every single nut and bolt on the jeep. She had 89k miles when I got her, and now is sitting at around 110k.

Early on I was fortunate enough for this to just be my summer ride. It got ignored for a year or two during my school days, and then became my daily for the last 4 or so years, with the winters here taking its toll on the body!

My wife and i went on our first dates in the jeep, and she so affectionately named it jeepy, (how original I know).

We purchased a house last year, so I finally have a garage for it! Not the greatest one, but it beats a parking lot! I have been wanting to refresh the Jeep ever since I got it. As of the recent years, the winters have taken its toll, and It was coming of time, I didnt want it to get so far gone that it wasnt worth saving.

This project obviously will take a long time, mostly due to finances, which most will be coming from biolife donations lol, so my blood money.

Here the low down:
1983 jeep CJ5,
258 (rebuilt, around 14 k on motor)
4 speed manual
all original drivetrain, front end, suspension etc. Not a mucked up messed with jeep
My plans:

Keep it stock
Reseal/refresh and paint drivetrain (rebuild if needed, but I have never had major issues)
Take it down to the frame, sandblast and paint.
Reseal engine, paint up nice. Possibly replace bearings, developed a slight noise recently
I think the body is too far gone, so replace.
Stick with the white and black theme, Original paint is midnight blue.
I am on the fence with suspension, not sure If I should keep stock, or go 2.5 lift and slightly larger tires.

Below are some pics from when I first got it(first and last pics, couldnt fix order...), and then some more recent pics, you can see the toll made by these Michigan Winters!

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post #2 of 106 Old 06-06-2017, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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I decided to start taking out the interior, everything came out relatively smooth, only two bolts broke on the roll bar. I pulled the seats, roll bar, center console, seat belts, TAC, and Also MSD ignitions and wiring, and pulled the dash, windshield, hood and took the tailgate off.

I carefully bagged and labeled everything up to this point, even labeled everything on the wiring harness, in case I decide to reuse, I will probably go painless tho.

The more I took it apart, the more I can tell that this things was becoming unsafe, most body mounts are junk, however, fortunately so far, the frame appears to be decent.

I am not sure the next step I will take, but I think i will work on getting the heater assembly out, and possibly draining the coolant, and then un hooking the engine compartment wireing, labeling and then pulling the harness.

When the wife came home she saw and said "awe poor Jeepy." I got to admit, its bitter sweet, knowing it will be a while before we take it for a date to the beach again.

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post #3 of 106 Old 06-06-2017, 08:35 PM
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I also have an '83 CJ5. Looking forward to your restoration thread. God bless.
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Didnt get a whole lot done tonight. Made a dent in the engine compartment wiring unpluggin and labeling, just have to unplug the headlights and signals, removed old ignition, which I left in as backupm the coolant reservoir, and the windshield fluid container, which I had no idea I had, how the heck does that work?

Also tried to remove the light bulbs from the speedometer, but the rubber keeps pulling away, or metal tabs break!

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post #5 of 106 Old 06-08-2017, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Got the rest of the wiring harness out tonight, as well as a couple other odds and ends. I am moving slowly each day and making sure everything is organized labeled and shelved in my basement workshot, I am trying to avoid being over whelmed, which I have a feeling will creep in soon! Although so far, I am amazed at the simplicity of these machines!

Any suggestions on removing fluid before removing brake master cylinder?

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post #6 of 106 Old 06-09-2017, 06:57 AM
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Use a turkey baster to remove brake fluid. Word of caution--buy a new one. Never use anything out of the kitchen if you know what is good for you!

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Use a turkey baster to remove brake fluid. Word of caution--buy a new one. Never use anything out of the kitchen if you know what is good for you!
Or just remeber to put it back and never mention it again!!!!!!!!!
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post #8 of 106 Old 06-09-2017, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Lol! Good Idea! Thanks guys! I wasnt sure if I just undo the bleeder and pump it all thru and make a mess, baster Idea seems much better lol,

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Ended up Just taking it off and then dumping it out lol, I over thought it. Got a lot done today, by far the hardest thing was removing the bottom bolt/bushing on the grill assembles, Just turned and turned. Then I realized the little tab at the bottom bends up easily and i was able to sneak some pliers in there and hold the once welded in tab from spinning as the wife used a 4 foot breaker bar to slowly turn the bolt out!

Pics tomorrow!

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post #10 of 106 Old 06-10-2017, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Progress so far!

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Not too much done today, so dang hot out i had to call it! When ahead and pulled the gas fill out, just cut the hoses to it, way easier.. Then I cut the hoses that go to the two things tucked up in the rear drivers corner of the tub, ill remove those when the tub is off, as well as the drivers side rear brake light, since i cannot get the the cross wires.

After that I removed the back to body mounts, just to see how it would go, had to get interesting with one, which was free spinning, while the other one did me a solid and just snapped off!

It for today,

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Doing lots of similar work on my 79 CJ5, keep up the good work! Subb'd for more!
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More of a quick odds and ends kind of day today, very hot, so didn't want to spend too much time outside. If you have not guessed, obviously im not one of those spoiled individuals with a nice garage with AC, or a nice garage in general. Hopefully my journey with this will be more relate-able to us average folk with typical garage or shop setups, and a rusty CJ. I cannot believe some of the setups people have! And their easy starting point of a rust free CJ! Rant over

So today, just took some things off the body, the tailgate hooks, pulled parking brake cable thru, as well as clutch rod, and speedo cable, got things off the firewall like the brake lines, vent tubes and a ground. Also took the lower door hing off, one side came off easy, the other decided to eat the end of my flat head screwdriver, suggestions would be appreciated!

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You need an impact screwdriver. It's the one you hit with a hammer while turning it the way you want it to drive.
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