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Unread 02-22-2013, 06:38 AM   #1
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Greetings. This will seem like a very basic question to many, but I really need some guidance and help. I have my 1985 CJ 7 that I bought new when in the service in Germany. It has some rust, runs, but not great. I would love to first get it running well and safe. I was thinking of installing fuel injection as Im tired of the carb issues I've had. I would want to then work the rest of the drivetrain, exhaust, radiator and others..

The next big step would be to get the body to a great place.. Maybe give the tub to someone and have them take it to metal and refinish. So what are you suggestions? I live in Vienna va - if you know of local places or people that could help I would really appreciate your help!

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James



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Unread 02-22-2013, 08:13 AM   #2
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Hi James and welcome to the Forum. My first suggestion is to dive in and do as much work as you can yourself... there's no greater satisfaction than working on your Jeep. Its a great feeling to work on some particular part of your Jeep and then stand back and say to yourself "yeah... I did that and it looks great!" I don't know of any places to check with in VA, but here on the Forum you'll find tons of advice, information and how-to.
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Unread 02-23-2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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Hi James and welcome to the Forum. My first suggestion is to dive in and do as much work as you can yourself... there's no greater satisfaction than working on your Jeep. Its a great feeling to work on some particular part of your Jeep and then stand back and say to yourself "yeah... I did that and it looks great!" I don't know of any places to check with in VA, but here on the Forum you'll find tons of advice, information and how-to.
Thanks! I look forward to seeing back to new! I would be the first to admit that my hands on skills are very lacking. Hopefully some local will chime in and come to my aid if possible. Thanks again
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Unread 02-23-2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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Thanks! I look forward to seeing back to new! I would be the first to admit that my hands on skills are very lacking. Hopefully some local will chime in and come to my aid if possible. Thanks again
James - Don't sell yourself short. I'm disabled and at only 52 I need a cane to get around and it may take a week to do something that another person could do in a couple hours but like Commodore said above, there is no greater pride in doing something yourself. Admittedly, my son does 98.9% of the work on the CJ for me but the 1.01% stems from my ideas and design.

Since you kind of laid out your plans for the body of the CJ, it might be cool for you to do all the disassembly work (including cataloging and photos) and then just send the body out to get it media blasted and painted. That way, someone else is doing the "real heavy lifting" but you'll still have your hand in it. Just my 0.6 cents (adjusted for inflation).

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Unread 02-24-2013, 01:34 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum!


As others have said, I'd do as much of the tear down as you can, so that you know the problematic areas that definitely need attention. That way you can emphasize those needs to whomever (if you decide that route). You definitely don't want to have someone just spray over rust.

I installed the Howell TBI kit a couple of months ago and have no regrets whatsoever. It's night and day difference, especially in cold weather. Good luck to you and with your decisions!
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