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post #1 of 115 Old 05-04-2015, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Full restoration of 1986 CJ-7 starts right NOW

Hi folks! Newbie here. I'm about to venture down the road of a full frame-off restoration of a 1986 CJ-7. I'm not doing the work myself (I know, boring!) but am going to track the process start to finish. I'll be working with Pete at Toy Box Jeeps in Holly Hill, Florida. Planning to post the progress in this thread over the course of the next 8-10 months!

I couldn't be more excited. I'm a 29-year-old female that's had a passion for Jeeps since I was 14. It actually dates as far back to my dad and my uncle. My grandfather purchased CJ-5s for each of them when they were seniors in high school. To carry on that tradition, my dad did the same for my sister - a Wrangler Sport. I followed three years later, also with a Wrangler Sport. My brother was two years behind me and he scored a Rubicon.

I drove my '04 Sport for 7 years. It did me well and I babied it like no other. In 2010, I traded her in for a 2011 JK. Loved and babied that Jeep, too! When I purchased my first home two years ago I found that 2-door JKs weren't totally conducive to homeownership and made the sad decision to trade it in for a new Grand Cherokee. Since that day I've sorely missed my top down, doors off summers...especially living near Cape Cod.

A friend of mine recently posted a picture of what looked to be a brand new Scrambler. I inquired about it and found out that it belongs to a buddy of his and he "had it built." I contacted the place that did the work and spent days researching them and bugging them with questions. This morning I've decided to go forth and place my order.

I know there can be large debate over what it means to have a CJ that's gotten a "full restoration", but here's what I'll end up driving away:

1986 CJ-7
Red with black soft top
Full hard doors
Manual 5-speed transmission
Straight 6 engine
Optima battery
Black interior with stainless steel accessories
32" wheels on a 1.5" body lift
Black stainless steel mirrors
Tilt steering wheel
Spray-on bedliner inside and out
Chrome stainless steel hinges
Custom side steps similar to a discontinued side step that Warn manufactured
AM/FM bluetooth-ready CD player with Tuffy lockbox
Tires and lift similar to: http://www.toyboxjeeps.com/images/re...s/Jeep_048.jpg
Matching wheel and tire mounted on back

I plan to keep as much of the Jeep as close to stock as I can. I made my deposit today; over the next few weeks they locate my Jeep, set me up online, and I watch it get un-built and re-built. You can check their website for past Jeeps completed and Jeeps currently under construction. It's kind of mind-blowing what kind of work they turn out. For someone like me with no mechanical experience, this is a dream. The owner has been phenomenal to work with; I plan to fly down mid-build and check it out.

Thanks for reading, everyone. I will keep you updated!

UPDATE: Lots of pics starting on page 6

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post #2 of 115 Old 05-04-2015, 07:08 PM
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I understand the passion and the anticipation ,my 79 has been in the shop for the last year and is supposed to be started on this week, that is unless I get bumped again
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I understand the passion and the anticipation ,my 79 has been in the shop for the last year and is supposed to be started on this week, that is unless I get bumped again
I'm slated for an April 28th, 2016 delivery but am mentally preparing myself juuuuuust in case it's late.
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how about some pics?

My 84 CJ7 build, lots of photos in progress
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ne...apart-2904938/
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how about some pics?
They are actively seeking out my '86 as we speak. I will post pics as soon as they find her! Will also post pics of the build throughout. Stay tuned.
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A little curious of what this is costing...

I call it a distributor, not a dizzy.
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A little curious of what this is costing...
PM me and I'll be happy to share!
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A little curious of what this is costing...
If I was to guess, you'd be looking at near the cost of buying a current brand new one.

I totally understand the passion, but doing as much of the work as possible myself is way more rewarding then paying off someone else to do it. I love being able to say that I have literally touched every nut and bolt, know every nook and cranny and got to agonize over the decision of every single part on her.
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post #9 of 115 Old 05-05-2015, 09:38 AM
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Good luck

We're waiting for tons of pics.

Regards,

Gilles

FULL DANA 30 REBUILD->http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cj7-dana-30-full-rebuilt-setup-part-i-1121189
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If I was to guess, you'd be looking at near the cost of buying a current brand new one.

I totally understand the passion, but doing as much of the work as possible myself is way more rewarding then paying off someone else to do it. I love being able to say that I have literally touched every nut and bolt, know every nook and cranny and got to agonize over the decision of every single part on her.
I get the pride thing. Unfortunately, I've never touched an engine..I just have a passion for Jeeps. I've driven a TJ, I've driven a JK, I currently drive a WK2, and am looking so forward to my first CJ.
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They are actively seeking out my '86 as we speak. I will post pics as soon as they find her! Will also post pics of the build throughout. Stay tuned.
Wait, so you don't even have a vehicle to start with yet? Am I reading that correctly?
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So, you order up a CJ like ordering a pizza, and they find the rig and build it for you at a fixed price?

How do they give you a price before they find the vehicle? It seems their cost would vary wildly depending on the condition of the CJ they find, no?

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Wait, so you don't even have a vehicle to start with yet? Am I reading that correctly?
Correct. Check their website here:

http://www.toyboxjeeps.com

They do it both ways: they'll restore a Jeep you already own or you can specify what year and model you want and they'll seek one out to restore for you. I asked for a 1986 CJ-7, so Pete (the owner) lets his spotters know and within 4 weeks they typically have it on hand and start the restoration process.
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So, you order up a CJ like ordering a pizza, and they find the rig and build it for you at a fixed price?

How do they give you a price before they find the vehicle? It seems their cost would vary wildly depending on the condition of the CJ they find, no?

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They have a base price..and it's on the higher end. That's likely to cover any kind of repairs they *might* have to do. But you can add "upgrades" like a winch system, bigger tires, wider stance, higher lift, etc. I think something like this is probably very foreign to folks who are used to doing all the work themselves. Pete's been doing this for 20 years out of the same shop and business seems to be very good, so I'm pumped for the finished product.
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If I was to guess, you'd be looking at near the cost of buying a current brand new one.
You do realize they discontinued making Jeeps in 1986 right?

The end of a defining era.... JEEP R.I.P. 1941-1986
My frame off Re-Build: (the 4 year saga....)
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/30...e-off-1280850/
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