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:
with black soft top
Full hard doors
Manual 5-speed transmission
Straight 6 engine
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!