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Unread 02-07-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Just Another 83 CJ7 Build Thread

Hi All, I am relatively new to the forum although I have contributed to a few post in recent months. I must say, this is an incredible forum and I am proud to be a part of it. I am the proud new owner of an 83 CJ7. I stumbled across it on Florida Craigslist a couple of months ago and I had to have it. I paid $2500 for it and to me, it was worth every penny. It needs EVERYTHING, BUT, the frame is 100% straight and rust free, it already has a Chevy 350 conversion and SM465, it has 4 brand new BFG 32x11.50x15 all terrains and it runs and drives awesome. Safety is another issue altogether. The roll bar was ready to fly off because the rear wheel tubs were so badly rotted and it was a crap shoot whether you were going to get a face full of rotted windshield or knocked unconscious by the roll bar. Needless to say, I only drove it for a week before it came apart. It needed a complete cowl, Hood, Fenders, Both wheel tubs and supports, rear seat floor pans, bottoms of the A and B pillars to be rebuilt and a whole lot of 16 gauge sheet metal patches Here are some pics of the work in progress so far. Sorry I'm not very good at working and taking photos so the documentation is not as thorough as I would have liked. This is the first time I am trying to post pics so I hope this works.

This is the day I bought her.







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Unread 02-07-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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Welcome! These things are like kids and dogs...even the ugly ones look pretty to the "parents." I like the engine/trans combo....keep us posted!!

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Unread 02-07-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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Some progress photos.


















rear floor sections repaired and primed with chassis saver


New wheel tubs installed and primed with chassis saver

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Unread 02-07-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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That tub was looking rough in the first few photos but you have it looking pretty good now. Keep it up.
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Unread 02-07-2012, 07:33 PM   #5
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Wow! I thought this might be another dreamer thread, but you are rockin this! Looks like some expert work there. Great job!
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Unread 02-07-2012, 07:41 PM   #6
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wow you do some great sheet metal work
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Unread 02-07-2012, 08:08 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I've been at it every weekend and some weekdays after work for about two months now. The wife is truly an angel about me spending every weekend with my mistress. lol Its progressing nicely. The tub is straight as an arrow now. Hours and hours of block sanding in preparation for Black paint. Black shows EVERYTHING so it has to be perfect. Next is the removal of the tub in about two weeks to start on the frame. I kept the body on the frame during the metal work to help hold its dimensions and not twist when I removed the bulk of the sheet metal. It worked, the whole body squares up nicely. I will continue to post progress photos as long as I remember to take them. Although this isn't my first jeep, it is my first jeep restoration. I'm no pro by any means, it's just a hobby. I'm having a lot of fun with it. Someone once told me "it's just metal, you can always weld it back". Translation, don't be afraid of it, just go for it and it will all come together. I tell my wife it's "Therapy". lol
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Unread 02-07-2012, 08:22 PM   #8
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Looks great and I think you did good on the initial purchase
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Unread 02-07-2012, 09:51 PM   #9
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You're doing a great job so far
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Unread 02-07-2012, 10:11 PM   #10
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Way to go! Keep after it. You seem to have the confidence that is necessary to get it done. I am envious of that confidence. I am always worried on my build because i am afraid to mess something up.
I look forward to following your project.
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Unread 02-07-2012, 10:24 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by inovermyhead2 View Post
"it's just metal, you can always weld it back". Translation, don't be afraid of it, just go for it and it will all come together. I tell my wife it's "Therapy". lol
I like that motto. I am such a perfectionist that I'd never start anything because I'd be afraid of screwing things up. That's why I ended up finding a CJ with a fiberglass tub, so that I wouldn't have to worry about welding the tub. Now I'm seeing some glass work that needs to be done before I paint it (yes, I'm actually going to tackle painting it, despite my fears and my expectations of wanting a good paint job). I guess I can take your mentality to the glass and just tell myself that "it's just glass, I can always re-glass it".

Nice work, btw! It really looked rough at first. You definitely are turning it into gold.
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Unread 02-08-2012, 05:48 AM   #12
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The encouragement is invaluable, thank you. There have been a lot of moments where I was ready to throw in the towel. I cant help but feel the hard part is done at this point though. For some reason I think the frame is going to be easy. I'm sure i'll get a dose of reality soon enough.
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Unread 02-08-2012, 06:37 PM   #13
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Can anyone tell from my pics how much lift I have? The shackles are Con-Ferr engineering and the tire size is 32x11.50x15. best I can measure, I have about 4 1/2 inches from the mounting pad on the spring to the spring eyes if I drew a line across from one spring eye to the other and measure down.
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Unread 02-08-2012, 07:20 PM   #14
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Others may be better capable of telling you, but mine is a Skyjacker 4" lift, and yours is about the same height as mine by the looks of it.
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Unread 02-08-2012, 09:41 PM   #15
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I was thinking maybe 4" but I didn't know if maybe there was actually a way to measure. Thanks for the reply johnsom5
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