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Unread 12-09-2011, 06:10 PM   #1
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Dan's Downunder '84 CJ7 Build

Here we go with another restoration thread. I've got a 1984 CJ7. The plan is to do a frame up restoration. I started the teardown last easter and have been slowly making progress. The plan was to restore it to an original condition with a few upgrades. I was hoping to go to MPI as a minimum and started looking into the aftermarket kits. After I found out how expensive that could get for the good but marginal gains I thought I could get a donor from a wrecker for a lot less cash. After hourts of web searching I decided the early 90's head and MPI was the way to go. Here in Australia that meant an XJ. I had the Jeep in bits and no donor. I though I had time to wait for the right one to come along as I was only working on the chassis right now and wouldn't get to the engine until 2012. In about July one saturday morning I was playing around on ebay and found a dodgy looking '93 YJ (they are not common here). I was estatic. My wife didn't really like riding in the jeep without doors on and wasn't really keen on the kids in the back with only the lap belts. Here I'd found, the engine, the transmission (I was looking for an upgrade of the T5), the 1/2 doors and the family style roll bar for the back seats and it was only a hour drive away! I am now having dreams of a stroker!! Well that afternoon I had another Jeep.

Over the course of the next few months I ordered quite a few new parts for the suspension (OME 2.5" YJ springs and shackles) and had the diffs rebuilt and painted. I got the frame and all the parts for it sandblasted. I painted the frame with POR15 system and had the frame parts powdercoated.

I've started the re-assembly process now and have the frame pretty much back together. I'm waiting for some new spindle bearings and seals and I'll have the old girl back on her feet again. That pretty much gets you up date to where I am today.

Here's a few pictures of what it looked like before I took it to pieces and the YJ donor. as well as how it sits today.

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Unread 12-09-2011, 06:37 PM   #2
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Nice job so far.Nice garage to work in.I'm jealous.Good luck with project will be following your progress
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Unread 12-09-2011, 06:44 PM   #3
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Hey Dan! Looking good, Bro. The Renegade is what you started with?? Heck of a nice Jeep! I'm jealous...
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Unread 12-29-2011, 03:20 PM   #4
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I've been chipping away the last few weeks and got it to rolling chassis stage.

I've had a few troubles getting parts shipped but in the end it's come out nicely. The swaybar I used is the original but I used YJ links to accomodate the lift. The rear brakes got a new slave and everything else was re-installed (the shoes were almost new). On the front I had to get new spindle bearings and all new seals (the PO must've installed hub bearings recently as they were like new). The rotors and pads are new and the calipers rebuilt. I had the brake fella make me some new hoses up at the same time so I had them lengthened a bit to adjust for the 2.5" lift.

I've had time to work on it this week so yesterday I got it rolling on it's wheels again!

After I put the steering box back in the tie-rod was at a horrible angle. I've decided to see how it rides with all the weight back on and decide what to do then. I may decide to swap in the YJ steering box which has a bit of a dropped arm on it.

Next I'm onto the brake lines when I am moving the to proportioning valve to the right side to suit the right hand drive.

My helpers got the first ride in the new Jeep!
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Unread 12-29-2011, 03:26 PM   #5
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Nice work, Dan. Your place is very neat and trim, and your kids are awesome! What is the little grain bin with the PVC? Sorry... nosy neighbor and all that!
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Unread 12-29-2011, 04:11 PM   #6
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Thanks, here in Victoria Australia we are very water conscious and have to save as much as we can. It is an 8000L water tank that catches the rain from the shed for watering the yard and the pvc is the overflow to the undergound drain pipe. The smaller pvc is the level gauge.
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Unread 12-29-2011, 04:28 PM   #7
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Great start on your project! I could be wrong but it looks like your front spring shackles are backwards. Are they tow shackles?
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Unread 12-30-2011, 02:12 AM   #8
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Those are the shackles from Old Man Emu. They prevent the shackle from inverting on a full extension of the spring. I like them becasue of the greaseable pins.
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Unread 12-30-2011, 02:17 AM   #9
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Thanks, here in Victoria Australia we are very water conscious and have to save as much as we can. It is an 8000L water tank that catches the rain from the shed for watering the yard and the pvc is the overflow to the undergound drain pipe. The smaller pvc is the level gauge.
If we keep on with our drought I may have to consider something like that myself! Thanks. It's interesting to see how the other side of the world lives!
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Unread 12-30-2011, 06:35 AM   #10
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Those are the shackles from Old Man Emu. They prevent the shackle from inverting on a full extension of the spring. I like them becasue of the greaseable pins.
I learn something new everyday. Thanks for posting the pics. I had only heard about the OME kits and never saw one installed.
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Unread 12-30-2011, 06:43 AM   #11
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Nice Jeep! I'll be keeping my eye on this build.
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Unread 01-10-2012, 05:20 AM   #12
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Got a bit of time to work out in the shed tonight. For the brakes I've decided to change the proportioning valve to the right hand side (right hand drive). It almost seemed like it was designed to be over that side as there is a matching set of holes on the right side. I used a home made nutsert tool for the bolts (more handy tips from lurking on this site).

I thought I'd get into the tube bending gradually so I started with the back right side.
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Dan nice work, how ever I suspect it maybe a phoney baloney Jeep since the steering wheel is on the wrong side Mate!
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This will be interesting to watch since it's got the driver controls on the wrong... er, I mean other side of the Jeep! Nice job so far.
Those clear plastic tubes on your brake lines. I assume they are to replace the wrapped wire guards that were on there? I would seal up the ends of the tubing or water / mud will get in there and lay and rust your lines out prematurely. Just a suggestion.
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Dan nice work, how ever I suspect it maybe a phoney baloney Jeep since the steering wheel is on the wrong side Mate!
A Jeeps a Jeep no matter what side the driver sits!
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