"Half Learned - Half Paid" Thread of the 80 CJ7
I am submitting a post to show off the results of the hard work and patience that has become an project a year or so in the making. I would say i am about 80% done (with the big thing being the engine swap to be finished this winter). I don't really have any mechanical experience, but I do have patience and the like to research and read as much as possible before I attempt to work on my jeep. I am lucky and proud to say that most of what I have picked up has been as a result of reading past threads and getting educated and thought out responses from members.
So to answer my "Half Learned - Half Paid" Title? Well, I also know my limits beings that I borrow garage space and have to drive a couple of hours to work on the jeep. I took the interior apart, rewired the dash, put a stereo and speakers, two security boxes, new bucket seats, painted the tire carrier and rear bumper, stripped and rhino lined the interior, reworked to Hard top Acme Fiberglass Doors, got on the Rally Top, and a few other odds and ends.
As for the "Half Paid" I feel like a General Contractor most of the time.
I had a shop in Jersey do the tub off work along with the fuel, brake lines, shocks, etc
I had the frame shipped from the Midwest (Jeremy from Throttle Down Kustoms - Does awesome work! And yes it's galvanized!)
As we speak the engine from a 1986 Chevy 3/4 ton pickup is being stripped down and put together by another shop in Jersey.
Hopefully within the next few weeks, the Iron Duke 151, SR-4, Dana 300, with 4.10 gears and about 95 HP will be replaced with a new 350 V8 / T400 Trans / NP 208 Transfer Case!! I will put some photos in the next post.