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Unread 05-18-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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my '76 CJ-7 build...

Hey everybody, I've used the site to search for answers now and then, so figured it's about time to post up the progress i've made on the CJ...


Here's what I started with, bought it intending to leave it as it was, but I should have known better:



Picked up a "new" frame w/a 304 eventually...



not pretty, but ran really nice...



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Unread 05-18-2009, 02:14 PM   #2
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OK, now that i know how to post the pics right, here goes!

1st thing i did was dress up the engine and painted the block the same orange that the body will eventually be:








Then went shopping some more:

new shoes:



new steering wheel (had to color match the letters too):



some new nerf bars fitted before i started the frame cleanup:




Got the boys involved in the build, all new brakes all around:








Frame/axles/springs all blasted/epoxied and partially re-assembled:








And then the engine went back home again:




More parts blasted and epoxied including the disc brake conversion parts:



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Unread 05-18-2009, 02:15 PM   #3
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Front suspension back in place:






Disc brakes installed :




More color key action w/ the new lock outs:




Still some lines to run and a few other things, but it's a roller:






NOW onto the body, it's glass, so no rust to deal with, but damn I wish they could make these things straight! Way too much work to make it "right":



tooooo many issues w/ the firewall, gonna shave a lot of those extra holes and make it smooth like the rest:



the first of the mud work...




Went back and put the new gas tank in...



the rattle can aluminum paint looks way better than i would have expected, i just didn't trust the coating that came on it to keep it rust free




Body is in prime finally...




Trimmed the filler hole to fit the square style filler, maybe i'll actually be able to pump gas at a normal pace now!




And lastly for now, the body has been trial fitted to be sure i have enough tire clearance...








It's back on horses and with a little luck the tub will see paint within the next couple weeks, the goal is to drive it this summer and still have a ways to go on it...
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Unread 05-18-2009, 02:28 PM   #4
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Looking good for sure.

How were you able to post more than 10 picture links in one post? Or post pictures at all without having 50 posts? Maybe the JF rules have changed.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 02:31 PM   #5
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thanks!

it limited me to 20 pic links within a post, that was the only error message i got so i just split it in two...
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Unread 05-18-2009, 03:44 PM   #6
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Can't wait to see the Orange... it isn't going to be Omaha by any chance is it? It was a factory color in 76 and is what my 5 is...

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Unread 05-18-2009, 03:48 PM   #7
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it's technically not a mixed color at all, just pure chromabase orange tint only... and now the tint is discontinued, so hopefully i have enough to finish it!
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Unread 05-18-2009, 04:03 PM   #8
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When you sanded out the fiberglass tub to remove the factory ripples, did you skim the tub with a filler, then sand smooth? I have to do this to mine, and am unsure of how to proceed.

BTW, you're doing a great job!

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Unread 05-18-2009, 05:24 PM   #9
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i blocked the paint/primer/gelcoat that was already on the body first with 36 to minimize the filler, then skimmed it and re-blocked w/ 36 before it hardened completely (makes it a little easier to block out when it's softer, but timing is everything...). then i re-skimmed it with a very thin coat to fill the 36 scratches and let it harden and blocked w/ 80. found a few low spots and redid them w/ the 80 again. more fun than i should be allowed to have!
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Unread 05-18-2009, 05:32 PM   #10
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What kind of wheels and tires are those?
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Unread 05-18-2009, 06:00 PM   #11
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the tires are 33x14.50 interco super swamper ssr's and the rims are 15x12 eagle 058's... they give it a wide track look kinda.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 06:11 PM   #12
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looking great man. And i love the banner in the background!
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Unread 05-18-2009, 06:14 PM   #13
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My friend, that is going to be one nice CJ!! I was all proud because I sprayed my grill today after a month of body prep and my 'poor man's' build seems pretty weak now - damn you!

You're doing it 1st class!
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Unread 05-18-2009, 06:46 PM   #14
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i blocked the paint/primer/gelcoat that was already on the body first with 36 to minimize the filler, then skimmed it and re-blocked w/ 36 before it hardened completely (makes it a little easier to block out when it's softer, but timing is everything...). then i re-skimmed it with a very thin coat to fill the 36 scratches and let it harden and blocked w/ 80. found a few low spots and redid them w/ the 80 again. more fun than i should be allowed to have!
What product did you use to skim it with?

After you were finished with the 80 grit, did you use progressively finer grits?

Thanks.

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Unread 05-18-2009, 07:26 PM   #15
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I used evercoat's rage gold filler, after 80, i prime (i used ppg this time, but dupont primer is about the same to me) and blocked again w/ 120. on some projects i go right for 180 on the first prime, but i plan on keeping this, so 120, it's currently waiting to get blocked w/ 180, and then i'll reprime it, and either block or d/a it w/ 320, kinda depends on how it looks after the 180... if i block w/ 320, i'll wetsand w/ 400 before paint for sure, but again since i plan on keeping it i might wetsand it even if i just use a d/a w/ the 320...

hope that helps!
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