Originally Posted by ScroungerLee
Nice bushing set, it looks almost like someone handed you an envelope of cash for new toys! Are you going to do all the bushings now?
They all went up on the shelf for now. I'll use them up as I take things apart here and there. I'll probably start with the suspension. I plan on ordering a 2.5 inch lift (part number TM3625-20012) from 4WD.com. I really do need new leaf springs, and new shocks, and new U bolts, so for $389, I might as well get the whole kit, and get the minimal lift that I want to use 32 inch tires. I've decided this will be my ONLY modification over stock.
For the body mounts, I'm going to try to raise the tub just enough to swap them out, and change out all the brake lines at the same time. The more I think about it, and after putting some miles on it already, I don't think I want to do a ground up restoration on it. It really doesn't need it. I believe I can fix the bad and turn it back into a beautiful CJ without turning it into a pile of parts first! I really like the idea of having an "all original", and rebuilding it I believe takes that away.
So, what I'm looking at now is:
Fix all the body rot (in progress now)
Strip off black paint, repaint red (original color)
Fix and replace worn mechanical parts (brake lines, transfer case)
Raptor line inside of tub (tinted red)
Replace worn seals and gaskets on doors and hard top
Replace or repair windshield frame
Replace rear crossmember and gas tank skid plate
Re-chrome or paint original wagon wheels
Replace all bushings
Replace worn leaf springs with 2.5 inch lift springs
That's it! That should keep me busy for the winter...