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Unread 03-25-2015, 07:14 PM   #1
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Body off restoration or not

I recently purchased a 79 cj5 silver Anniversary edition in great shape. The paint is faded but the body is in excellent condition, original windshield frame is rust free. Should I do a body off restoration ? My plans are to keep it and pass it down to my jeep lovin sons.

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Unread 03-25-2015, 07:20 PM   #2
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I recently purchased a 79 cj5 silver Anniversary edition in great shape. The paint is faded but the body is in excellent condition, original windshield frame is rust free. Should I do a body off restoration ? My plans are to keep it and pass it down to my jeep lovin sons.
Congrats on the purchase. Are you sure the body is rust free? How about under the roll bar mounts?

If the body needs extensive work such as new sheet metal, then it's much easier to repair when it's off the Jeep.
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Unread 03-25-2015, 07:25 PM   #3
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Under the roll bar mounts and at the rocker panel, near the Jeep logo, are the first places that rust on a CJ.

If they are good, and there's no visible rust on the frame, then there's no need to do a frame off, unless you want a garage queen.

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Unread 03-25-2015, 07:34 PM   #4
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How old are your sons? Are they able to help out in the garage yet?

If its in good shape cruise and enjoy it. Do some digging as others have mentioned and you'll find some rust. Once you get the body off thats when the fun begins because you get a good view of how bad everything looks under there
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Unread 03-26-2015, 07:49 PM   #5
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My sons are 24 and 19 . Both have tj's. This jeep has been garaged most of its life, so the rust is minimal. It was purchased a few miles from my home at Hinkles jeep in Pickens SC.
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Unread 03-27-2015, 05:11 AM   #6
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if that's the case I'd take it to a good paint guy and have him freshen up the original paint with a good buffing. You'd be amazed at how good a good paint guy can make original paint look.
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Unread 03-27-2015, 05:19 AM   #7
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I wouldn't recommend going down that rabbit hole just yet. Keep it as clean as possible, tend to any surface rust, and practice good maintenance. Keep it as close to stock as you can stand. Trust me, once you start modifying, you will always be modifying...
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Unread 03-27-2015, 06:16 AM   #8
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If the paint finish is overall good but just lacks luster, certainly try to work with what you've got instead of repainting it.

$200 spent on sandpaper (1500, 2000, 2500 grits), some professional cutting and buffing compounds (such as 3M Perfect It), and a dual action buffer is money well spent if you can make the original paint shine.
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Unread 03-27-2015, 06:22 AM   #9
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I think that engine is missing part of the power steering pump bracket, no?

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Unread 03-27-2015, 07:04 AM   #10
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I think that engine is missing part of the power steering pump bracket, no?

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You would be correct sir.
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Unread 03-27-2015, 08:55 AM   #11
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I have two CJ projects underway, with a third on its way.

My '74 CJ-6 went the body off route, while the '85 CJ-7 is only getting the body on treatment. I would argue that I chose the correct route for each of the CJs based on their condition at the time. The CJ-6 was rust free, but had bad hat channels.....interestingly enough. The floors were perfect, but the hat channel rusted away at the front body mount. The CJ-7 was a lucky unmodified find last summer, and I'm gonna fix that one up for my son. The body is in good shape, with only a couple bubbles on the paint. It's going to kill me to know that I didn't address the underside "while I had the chance" but here is the rub:

Only do the body off if: 1) It NEEDS it, 2) You have the time, skill AND money!!! My CJ-7 was acquired last summer, and I should have it done by the end of this summer. The CJ-6 body off restomod is still not on the road, and it's been 6 years. I didn't have the skill to pull it off, but I do have a couple of guys who have been IMMEASURABLY helpful on the project, essentially doing all of the hard work for me, on their time (the are mechanics by trade). THey have saved me tons in labor costs, but they also have a life, as well as many other customer's projects in the queue. I have no doubt in my mind that the CJ-6 is going to be stellar when complete (Based on what I could afford, I still need to upgrade the axles), but I don't know when that will be. Meanwhile, this "quick and dirty" CJ-7 is a current driver, and all of the mods have been with minimal downtime.

Body off builds are awesome and without a doubt the best choice....just be sure to keep the fire burning, money flowing and keep digging til you're at the other end of the tunnel.
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Unread 03-27-2015, 09:01 AM   #12
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I have a silver anniversary too. They're pretty rare. Mine was passed on to me by my dad. But when I got it, it was badly rusted. I've never had the money to do a restoration so I replaced the body with fiberglass and kept the original color. Restored I've seen them for sale for like 30k. Don't know if that a realistic price though. I guess your choice depends on what you it will be used for. You're not going to want to offroad with a restored CJ. More pics would be good.
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Unread 03-27-2015, 09:40 AM   #13
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There are a couple of guys with Silver '5s over on the Scrambler board. You might post your question up over there if looking for more info on them.

I agree, keep the original paint if it is at all decent, and unless you have rot I'd leave the body in place.
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Unread 03-27-2015, 10:12 AM   #14
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Thread needs more pictures.
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Unread 03-27-2015, 07:28 PM   #15
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I think that engine is missing part of the power steering pump bracket, no?

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Since that pic was taken we replaced the broken bracket and the missing front bracket.
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