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Unread 06-04-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Buying a CJ7 Tub...

So I'm new to the forum and new to my first Jeep, a 1984 CJ7. It has been sitting for approximately 6 six years, I fixed this lady's garage and she gave me the jeep behind the door; not a bad deal for a few hours of work. It has a Chevy 305 V8 engine in it with a tranny to go with it, both under 1,000 miles on the engine and tranny. Here's the kicker, rust all over the tub. I need a new tub, the chassis is in great shape. I put in new oil, a new oil filter, new spark plugs, and hooked up a separate fuel line and started the engine with a different battery, the engine hasn't missed a beat. If there's anyone looking to sell a good tub with little to no rot and you're not too far from Long Island let me know I'm interested!

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Unread 06-04-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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Unread 06-04-2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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Go over the frame again looking especially carefully at any pivot points such as where the shackles attach, shock towers, and the body mounts. If the tub has rust chances are so does the frame. There are LOTS of nooks and crannies where mud can get trapped and feed rust.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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if you get another tub, make sure you get the title for it too. the vin numbers have to match,
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Unread 06-04-2013, 05:26 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! I appreciate all the advice and links! I kept hearing about the title but didn't quite understand what it is. Is it just identification of the tub to make sure it is compatible with the frame? Also I am trying to keep it a full CJ7 restoration
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Unread 06-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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if you get another tub, make sure you get the title for it too. the vin numbers have to match,
This isn't true. Just get a receipt, and make sure you take the vin plate off your old tub. An inspection station can re attach the vin plate to the new tub. They use special rivets, so police can tell if vins have been switched. Just make sure your documented. People swap tubs all the time. And if you buy a brand new one, they don't come with titles.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 05:31 AM   #7
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.....They use special rivets, so police can tell if vins have been switched....
I did not know this. Makes sense, though...

Good to know!
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Unread 06-05-2013, 05:48 AM   #8
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.... They use special rivets, so police can tell if vins have been switched ....
Better known as "rosette" rivets which are illegal to own or purchase.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 06:23 AM   #9
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I got my complete chassis from a CJ7 that was being parted out, and when I bought the frame, I also got the vin tag that came off the firewall of the tub that was scrapped, as well as the title. So essentially I rebuilt a CJ that was parted out. My tub is off an '87 wrangler that was scrapped, and it still has the vin tag attached. I do need to get the old tag put on soon since I'm about ready to hit the road with mine. I was told by a state trooper to, under any circumstances, not try to reattach the vin tag yourself. If they see anything other than the rosette rivets, they assume it was stolen! If anything, just carry it in your glovebox with the registration.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 09:26 PM   #10
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Better known as "rosette" rivets which are illegal to own or purchase.
I have bought them for years when doing restorations.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 10:19 PM   #11
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Humm, I didn't know this either. I used normal rivets on my swapped tub.

Guess I'll have to sort this out.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 11:28 PM   #12
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From what Ive seen, The windshield VIN uses the rosette rivets (not painted over) and the firewall plates use standard rivets with the plate/rivets painted body color.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 05:02 AM   #13
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Either way, I doubt rivet 'style' will ever be noticed unless they have a reason to start digging.

As long as your vin plate and paperwork all match, I would imagine you'd be fine in most instances.

But that's just my way of thinking....
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