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Unread 04-09-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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mvigo's '85 CJ7 resto/build saga

Very slowly, and I mean S-L-O-W-L-Y, am I starting to document upgrades/repairs and, eventually, maybe 1 day, a full frame off. All of the upgrades/repairs will be done with the idea that if/when I get to the frame off, the upgrades/repairs make the frame off restoration more efficient.

My hope is that you the reader might help ME correct any mistakes I might make as I discuss any upgrades/repairs and/or my thought process helps YOU with a decision or thought process that you are having a tough time with.

JeepForum has been a fantastic resource for me since I joined and I have many of you to thank; whether you know it or not (Jim1611, Ken4444, 243, Coiz, JeepHammer, Exposed, MoC, ASteve, Skerr, SonicR1, Keith460, boomvader, Mike Romain, John Strenk, cshutchinson, FatMan to name a few). A couple of you I have met, a handful of you I converse with via phone/email, a few I have bought/sold/traded parts from/to/with and a whole bunch of you I admire from afar for the skills you have. As creepy as this sounds I may not have met or talked to you but I feel like I know you. The internet will be big one day, trust me!

A quick history. In 1997, I bought a 1985 CJ7 from the 2nd owner...bone stock, a hardtop that had never been off, a few goodies (winch, CB radio, tow bar) and only 32k original miles. She was originally sold off the lot in Billings, MT and I bought her from my Uncle's hunting pal in Truckee, CA. I searched for 3 years before I found her and it was worth the wait. She came with the I-6, T-5, Dana 300, AMC 20, Dana 30, 3.08 gears with 31" Bridgestone Mud Duellers. I drove it that way for 6 years until I had finally made up my mind what exactly I wanted out of her. Here is a picture after I first brought her home:

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Unread 04-09-2012, 11:37 PM   #2
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In 2003, I began the transformation to a more dependable, daily driver that could also get me to the trail or hunting spot and back. MOPAR fuel injection, Rubicon Express Extreme Duty 2.5" lift, 1" body lift, 3.73 gears, Detroit Truetrac front and rear, 1 piece axles in rear, 32" Cooper STT's, Crabtree shackle hangers, Teraflex 4:1 low gear set, CV rear drive shaft, Tuffy console and rear cargo trunk, Max-Bilt fuel skid plate (http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ne...-tank-1067793/), on board air (http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/vi...-pics-1071181/), dual battery setup, Superwinch EPi 9.0 w/synthetic rope, Warn bumpers and rock sliders, Hurst shifter, Line-X'd inside of tub, headlight relay upgrade, upgraded winch and starter motor wiring, Blazer motor heater upgrade, waterproofed axles/hubs, Corbeau Moab seats. Some of these mods I did myself with the help of all of you and others I outsourced to a mechanic friend who shares a love of Jeeps. Here is how she sits now:
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Unread 04-09-2012, 11:56 PM   #3
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All of the upgrades/repairs I have done thus far have met my expectations. I truly have a very capable CJ that has yielded loads of fun with my family. I can get to and from work, to and from any hunting spot, I have run the Fordyce Trail at the 2010 Sierra Trek and each summer I go into the Rubicon via Lake Tahoe for a picnic with my kids and a few other families. I take care of her but I don't baby her, she does get used. My oldest daughter is about to get her license and loves to drive her, so I plan on installing a roll cage, upgrading the braking since the M/C is crapping out, modifying my Warn rear tire carrier to accomodate a Hi-Lift jack, taking care of minor, cosmetic rust spots and rattle can painting the hood. As I go through this initial list of upgrades/repairs please feel free to comment as you see fit and especially if you think there is a better way. I hope I can take pictures and document like some of you. Here are 2 threads I started awhile back documenting a few upgrades/add ons:

Viair OBA system:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/vi...-pics-1071181/

Max-Bilt 20 gal fuel tank skid plate:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ne...-tank-1067793/

Thanks for looking...
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Unread 04-10-2012, 04:18 AM   #4
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First *in* and great story

I thought your daughter would be about 17 and figured she would always have the soft spot for CJ's like I had for VW's
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Unread 04-10-2012, 05:48 AM   #5
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You have a tremendous start! I'm staring at rust and leaks in the garage right now. I'm in, and looking forward to LOTS of pictures!
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Unread 04-10-2012, 06:42 AM   #6
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Subscribed, but forget the resto, I just want the list of what you have already done so I can mimic. looks great.
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Unread 04-10-2012, 08:38 AM   #7
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Great story and a good lookin' Jeep as is. I'll be keeping an eye on your progress. What color paint is that? It almost looks like slate blue but I didn't think they still offered that in 1985.
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Unread 04-10-2012, 08:57 AM   #8
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Great story and a good lookin' Jeep as is. I'll be keeping an eye on your progress. What color paint is that? It almost looks like slate blue but I didn't think they still offered that in 1985.
Great question. I have searched for the paint code on the firewall and can't find it. In the coming weeks when I upgrade my brakes I hope to have an easier time finding that tag. The hood has oxidized to the point where I don't want it to degrade any further to bare metal so one of the 1st things I plan on doing for now is to rattle can the hood to match the rest of the body as best I can. If there are suggestions out there on how to do it, I am all ears.
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Unread 04-10-2012, 09:07 AM   #9
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First *in* and great story

I thought your daughter would be about 17 and figured she would always have the soft spot for CJ's like I had for VW's
she gets her license next month...the 1st car I drove was a '68 VW Bug. Drove the heck out of that for 10 years...

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Subscribed, but forget the resto, I just want the list of what you have already done so I can mimic. looks great.
The list is in my sig, my profile and I did my best to list it in the 2nd post. If you want the full details, ping me, and I will be happy to send them to you. Unless you or others think it is worth listing on a post here.
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I'll be following along! Your Jeep is the reason Slate Blue Metalic is on my short list of colors when I get ready for paint.

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This may help if it's an original paint color. It could be ice blue metallic 4C or adriatic blue pearl metallic 4L.
http://www.paintscratch.com/touch_up...er-Models.html


It's close to slate blue. What I like about slate blue is that it's hue changes based on the light available and it even looks good when dirty. Here's an old pic but it shows some different hues from front to side.
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Unread 04-10-2012, 09:47 AM   #12
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This may help if it's an original paint color. It could be ice blue metallic 4C or adriatic blue pearl metallic 4L.
It is the original color...I will get this question of the paint code answered shortly! At some point, when I do go through the full resto and repaint, I will definately be keeping the same, original color. Locally, I am the only blue CJ in the area and that is how people recognize me...
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In on page one of your thread!

I too, have always enjoyed seeing the upgrades you make to your clean '7!

Cannot get enough of these daily driven CJ's!


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Unread 04-10-2012, 11:10 AM   #14
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Man hows a guy supposed to be first on a build thread when you stay up half the night!!

I'll be subscribing and watching. We want action shots of the wheeling trips too buddy, something those of us with ours tore in pieces dream of . I love that picture of when you first bought it too Mike! Just think of all the great memories you've got and those yet to be made.
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Looks better in person!!! Especially when trying to keep up with it!!! Glad you started a thread! Let me know when you start working on it, maybe I'll zip over for a couple hours!

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