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Unread 09-08-2013, 05:34 PM   #1
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Mattastic's 1983 CJ7 restomod

Love this forum. I decided it was time to fix my CJ.

I got rid of this:


To pay for the build on this:


I have had this since my senior year in high school. This was my pride and joy and my ticket to being less introverted.

I drove it through college until it was too run down and I was too broke to fix it.

But I have loved Jeeps since I was little.


I just wanted to stop in and say hello. I will document the build here, which will be a total learning experience for me. But I am getting a lot of ideas on the directions I want to go.

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Unread 09-08-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
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Welcome,

I look forward to following your build.

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Unread 09-09-2013, 08:11 AM   #3
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So after reading multiple threads including the one that is 127 pages long (I am stuck on an oil rig and have free time) I learned that I need a plan and what I want to do with the Jeep. The Jeep will be a weekend cruiser for the beach and ranch. So here is the plan:
o Remove body and get rust repaired
o Bedliner body and Frame
o Change Oil pan and check to see if engine is usable
o Battery
o Install lift and repair shackle mounts
o Drain and replace axle, tranny, and transfer case fluids
o Paint axles
o Steering box and shaft
o New Windshield and frame
o New brake lines
o New Brakes
o New radiator
o New carburetor
o Rewire Jeep
o New fenders
o Bedline wheels
o New Tires
o New valve cover

I have also identified some tools and equipment I need:
Grinder, 4 jack stands, floor jack, torque wrench

My experience is limited but I am pretty handy...and I am really excited to get started. I wish Wednesday would come so that I can get started tearing the carpet out (PO from 12 years ago put indoor/outdoor carpet to cover what I believe was a bad patch job) and disassembling the body and dash.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 02:55 PM   #4
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Holy leaning shackles Batman!!! Lol.... going to be a good project, look forward to watching the progress. Nice to see I'm not the only one far away and waiting to get back just to rip stuff apart. Welcome back to the Jeep world =)
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Unread 09-12-2013, 07:21 PM   #5
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Ya, I wonder if that is part of the reason it is handling so bad.

So here is a little history. I got the Jeep in 1999. I put it in storage in 2005-2006. The PO had "done" everything himself. I found this out when I got under the dash to do some wiring and found green wires spliced into speaker wire that was then spliced into orange wires...etc. He put the Moser 1 piece axles in the rear. He also put indoor/outdoor carpet all through it and glued it down with ALOT of glue (part of what I am dealing with now.)
Before I started, we went to the store and I saw this. Hopefully it is not prophetic.

Today I started breaking her down. And come to find out it must have had a "restoration" in the past. There isn't a lot of rust, so I am pretty happy. The frame appears to be pretty rust free.

Here is what it looked like a couple months after I bought it and took off the hard top

Here is where we are.



All the brown stuff is dirty glue! He used glue and caulk of all colors
Here is the worst of the body rust


The seats are goners except maybe the back seat. I am going to ditch the fenders for flat tube fenders and I plan to bedline the body with either a flat dark earth color or a desert sand color.
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Unread 09-12-2013, 07:32 PM   #6
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Subscribed! I bet you find more rust under those rocker guards. I don't know that I would bother with bedliner on the frame. If you are going to strip it I would use a quality epoxy primer and top coat. Looks like a good project!
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Unread 09-12-2013, 07:41 PM   #7
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I plan on using POR15 and their topcoat on the frame. Yes, I can already tell there is more rust under the rocker guards, but there is a lot less rust than I thought and that makes me happy!
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Unread 09-28-2013, 11:03 AM   #8
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I work out on an oil rig so finding time is somewhat hard. I finally got some time and continued stripping the interior so I can take the body off. The PO made it really difficult. His choice of bolts for the seat brackets was less than ideal and it took me nearly an hour to remove the driver's seat bracket. Once I got some more of the carpet out I found that the body has been patched before...with fiberglass. Not too pleased with that. Next up is to remove the dash and the items attached to the firewall!
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Unread 09-28-2013, 11:05 AM   #9
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Oh yeah, if anyone in Corpus Christi wants to come and hang out..let me know. I will have beer!
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Unread 09-29-2013, 06:26 PM   #10
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Some pics. As I was stripping the carpet out, I found some house wiring! Still trying to decide what to do with the tub. If I can find a nice tub for a decent price, I might replace because of all the fiberglass I have found in the floor pan area.






Anyone looking for CJ fenders in decent shape? Only some minor damage from when I hit one of those big blue mailboxes.
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Unread 09-30-2013, 06:35 AM   #11
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After spending far to long massaging 30 year old sheet metal I would have been money and time ahead buying a tub, fenders and a windshield frame. Don't underestimate the cost of wire wheels, flap discs, body filler, welding wire, gas and all the other junk needed to make it right and TIME.

Looks like the salty sea breeze women love for their skin did your CJ no favors
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Unread 09-30-2013, 11:32 AM   #12
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I was just going to say something similar. My tub didn't look quite as bad as yours (from what I can see anyways) and I spent just about every weekend working on it and I still invested a year's worth of time. And that didn't include filling, sanding, or painting. So if you can find a tub that needs less work I'd go that direction, since your time is limited. And you WILL underestimate your time (money too, but that goes without saying. Just ask... well, any of us!) Good luck.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 02:43 PM   #13
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Well...I found a used CJ tub in fairly decent shape about 4 hours away for $300. If it is still there at the end of the month, I am going to go pick it up.
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