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Unread 09-25-2011, 08:16 PM   #1
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CJ-7 Upgrade / Restoration / Build CJ7

Well, here we go again. I have purchased this 1984 Jeep CJ-7 and will be documenting it's updating right here, and at the link below, for you to watch and comment on.

http://www.leverfamilysite.com/1984_Jeep_CJ-7_Root.htm

The most important tool to this upgrade has just been purchased The Factory service manual

These are the first pictures taken when the Jeep arrived at it's new home. I am the third owner.

The last owner purchased the vehicle in March 2,1986 after graduating from college and drove his bride of 25 years away from the wedding in it on March 22nd of the same year. It had about 8,000 miles on it when Mike purchased the vehicle. It now has 87,111 miles on the clock.

It is pretty much stock although there have been some modifications.

The current to do list consists of; new steering gear box, new tie rod ends, new heater core, new springs and shocks (Jeep leans to the left just a little), Get under it with a wire wheel on a grinder and then under coat with 3M Body Schutz, prepare and paint front radiator grill, front windshield frame, both hard top doors, remove or hide the MSD box, stock plug wires, remove the KC driving lights and wiring, remove all the stainless braid covering off the hoses, replace all the yellow vacuum hose with black rubber, repair or remove the catalectic converter air tube. Fix the fuel gauge, knob on the dash, new speakers for the radio (driver's side does not work). New stock radio.

This is the current list and I have only had the Jeep 24 hours.

Other thoughts and stock wheels, small body lift, Less aggressive tires.

Mike put up this slide show to help sell the Jeep. I'm not sure how long it will remain up but I will keep the link here until he pulls it

http://s1138.photobucket.com/albums/...view=slideshow


My first question, as all speciality cars have good better and best, part suppliers, and I have not rebuilt a Jeep before, who is the best/largerest vendor of CJ-7 parts (first purchase will be heater core, power steering gear box, tie rod ends).

In closing, this will be my daily driver.



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Unread 09-25-2011, 08:34 PM   #2
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Very nice find! Please do yourself a favor and do not remove the MSD ignition. There are quite a few Cj Jeep vendors out there and everybody here has their own favorite. I do most of my business for new parts with morris4x4.com. Ebay and Craigslist is also a good source for parts too.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 08:51 PM   #3
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Very nice find! Please do yourself a favor and do not remove the MSD ignition. There are quite a few Cj Jeep vendors out there and everybody here has their own favorite. I do most of my business for new parts with morris4x4.com. Ebay and Craigslist is also a good source for parts too.
Reasons?

If it stays, I will hide it under the dash and route wires through the factory loom.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 09:02 PM   #4
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All CJs tend to exhibit the gangsta lean to the left. It appears to be a factory thing. It looks like the only way to correct it is to add a shim between the spring and the axel on the right rear.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 10:31 PM   #5
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All CJs tend to exhibit the gangsta lean to the left. It appears to be a factory thing. It looks like the only way to correct it is to add a shim between the spring and the axel on the right rear.
Ok,

If I look at the front shakles, the left one seems to have more of an angle to it than the right. To me that would seem to indicate that the left spring is flater, causing the lower part of the shakle to move away from the Jeep. I have not made a decision here yet as I do not know if I will lift it or not (if I do it will be a very small lift, I am leaning towards a body lift instead)

First step is to get rid of the dangerous play in the steering gear box (almost a quarter turn in the steering colum before any movement in the pitman arm), and to replace the heater core which is leaking like a sieve.

I'll order those on Monday.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 10:47 PM   #6
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Whole Jeep looks great Glenn!! Will be following along. Steering may be a combination of things besides just the steering box. The bell coupler for the intermediate shaft wears and adds a lot of slop. I changed my shaft out for one with u-joints on both ends and it improved steering greatly.

Love the '69 Olds.

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Unread 09-25-2011, 11:11 PM   #7
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Whole Jeep looks great Glenn!! Will be following along. Steering may be a combination of things besides just the steering box. The bell coupler for the intermediate shaft wears and adds a lot of slop. I changed my shaft out for one with u-joints on both ends and it improved steering greatly.

Love the '69 Olds.

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I believe most of the slop is in the box. If I turn the shaft with my hand, it turns almost a 1/4 turn before the pitman arm starts to move. Once it does I can see play in the ball/socket joint on the drag link / pitman arm connection. I'm going to replace all the tie rod ends, drag link ends while I'm there. I will check the rag joint (bell coupler???).
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Unread 09-26-2011, 12:08 AM   #8
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Here is another question that has occurred to me.

Is there such a thing as a high output heater core?

I cam across this thread on this forum on the rebuild of the heater box.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cj...-heavy-975999/

and it is excellent. My question is on the heater core itself.

In the service Jeeps that went north of the Arctic Circle were equipped with heater enhancements. I am just wondering if anything like that made it into the civilian Jeeps?

It gets cold here in Rochester and I have heard that the heat is ok for the driverís feet in the CJs but not much else.
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Unread 09-26-2011, 11:30 AM   #9
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Very nice find! Please do yourself a favor and do not remove the MSD ignition. There are quite a few Cj Jeep vendors out there and everybody here has their own favorite. I do most of my business for new parts with morris4x4.com. Ebay and Craigslist is also a good source for parts too.
Well I did a Google on Jeep parts and they (morris4x4.com) came up first. I like the break out diagrams they have. I will give them a try.
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Unread 09-26-2011, 12:42 PM   #10
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Ok, just got of the phone and ordered the following parts;

5354934HD HD Steering Shaft
5363231 Power Steering Gear Box
5363661 Pressure hose
5363662 Return hose
5356104 Pitman Arm
8134350K Pitman arm to steering knuckle kit
8134295K Knuckle to Knuckle kit

All parts dropped shipped from Crown

Should arrive here Wednesday, will give me time to paint them up.

This weekend is the last weekend of racing so I should get to installing the parts next week.

I am also looking for a complete heater box to restore so that I can pull the old one out of the Jeep and install the new on in one day.
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Unread 09-26-2011, 03:17 PM   #11
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Reasons?

If it stays, I will hide it under the dash and route wires through the factory loom.
The reason I said to keep the MSD was because a CDI ignition is way better than any stock Jeep ignition. Take a look at JeepHammers "Teamrush" ignition upgrade. If there was only one thing I would not keep stock, it would be the ignition system. You can buy an extension wire for your MSD box and hide it under your dash with no problem.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/i-...nitive-669495/


As far as the heater box enhancement, I do not know of any heater core upgrades for CJ's, only the Blazer blower motor upgrade which works great in my CJ. I can hardly handle the heat when it's on high speed. But then again...I live in Georgia.

Oh yea, one last thing that I forgot to tell you. When you order online at morris4x4.com, enter "forum9" at checkout and you will receive 10% off your order.
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Unread 09-26-2011, 03:27 PM   #12
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The reason I said to keep the MSD was because a CDI ignition is way better than any stock Jeep ignition. Take a look at JeepHammers "Teamrush" ignition upgrade. If there was only one thing I would not keep stock, it would be the ignition system. You can buy an extension wire for your MSD box and hide it under your dash with no problem.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/i-...nitive-669495/


As far as the heater box enhancement, I do not know of any heater core upgrades for CJ's, only the Blazer blower motor upgrade which works great in my CJ. I can hardly handle the heat when it's on high speed. But then again...I live in Georgia.

Oh yea, one last thing that I forgot to tell you. When you order online at morris4x4.com, enter "forum9" at checkout and you will receive 10% off your order.
Next time on the code, oh well live and learn. When I do the heater restoration and pull the dash I will move the MSD box.
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Unread 09-26-2011, 04:30 PM   #13
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To add, no matter who you order from try and get quality, aftermarket replacement parts. Crown and omix-ada are two of the worst known offenders for supplying inferior parts. I can't speak to the quality of their steering components but there have many threads about the quality (or lack thereof) of their gauges, switches, windshield frames, dash pieces..........
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To add, no matter who you order from try and get quality, aftermarket replacement parts. Crown and omix-ada are two of the worst known offenders for supplying inferior parts. I can't speak to the quality of their steering components but there have many threads about the quality (or lack thereof) of their gauges, switches, windshield frames, dash pieces..........
My research says you are correct on the gauges, switches, windshield frames, dash pieces,,, but

it seems there are a number of people on this forum that have used their steering stuff and are happy with it.

What vendors produce quality parts? Crown was not the cheapest, not looking for cheap.
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Unread 09-26-2011, 05:13 PM   #15
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Nice looking jeep!
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