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Unread 08-16-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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My '82 CJ-7 work in progress

My dad gave my his CJ-7 and I thought it only had a couple of minor issues. Boy was I wrong. I want to make it a regular driver and lots of work is needed for that to occur. But compared to the other CJ projects on this forum it is not really that bad.

I have had it almost 20 months now and am only starting to discuss what I have done here. Unfortunately, not many pics were taken during that time, but if I can help anyone out by posting what I did it would pay back all the help this forum has given me. We'll start with the few pics my dad had when he rebuilt the engine 5 or so years ago. He threw a rod pulling a 20' boat from FL to NC. It has a used (boiled) block and the original crank, but most else is new on the engine. Not sure about the head--might have been machined original.

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Unread 08-16-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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I took possession in December 2009 with it looking like the last pic. But the engine was the cleanest part. When it came to me it had a cracked windshield that leaked badly due to a very rusty frame. It also had a bad oil leak at the front of the engine due to a cracked timing cover. There also seemed to be a leak at the front of the T-5 tranny. The exhaust was leaky and it did not run very smoothly for an engine with less than 10k miles. The body was severely rusted and as I began to work on it and clean it up it became quite the project.

The hood was almost new and the fenders were in pretty good shape. But the tub was bad and I would say 3-4 body mounts were completely gone. I began little things like replacing the ignition lock (it did not need a key to run when I got it). Then I fixed the cracked turn signal cam while I was in the steering column. The more I did the more rust I found...which I sanded, primed and painted--not quite as nicely as 143's rebuild, but semi-gloss rustoleum mostly. Next, I tackled the timing cover. Got a reman part for about $40 which fit good, except for one bolt hole that did not line up on the bottom along the pan. But not really an issue with another bolt hole nearby. the pan had already rusted and pitted pretty badly--not sure why it was like that, but I cleaned it up and painted it. I ended up having to drop the pan again later due to my carelessless putting on the gasket the first time (see pic below). And those one piece gaskets are not cheap.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 07:04 PM   #3
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TireRack just delivered my new wheels/tires

Ordered them Thursday and got them today! 31X10.5's and an all-terrain tread to replace the car 235 car tires my dad had on there. And the +3" diameter should make my speedo accurate now. Can't wait to get all 4 on.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 07:15 PM   #4
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I guess I'm having computer issues... your wheel pics didn't load. It looks like you have a great base to start on, and judging by the old Vette, I would also guess you've "been there, done that" before!? Nice car. Your dad still around? Is he helping/watching? Been fishing around Anna Maria before... good Snook, Trout, and Reds!! Congrats on the build. Keep the pics coming.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 07:28 PM   #5
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Thanks Skerr--Hopefully they will load now--I was probably changing them out when you read this. The sunfire yellow 67 vette is my dad's up in NC--so I don't get to see it much down here in FL. Most of the work I have been doing alone. Although when I dropped the T5 & Dana together, I convinced my wife to help me ease it down! Haven't had time to fish....
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Unread 08-23-2011, 07:36 PM   #6
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Judging by the engine it looks like one of the big jobs is done, now let's see some more pics.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 08:49 PM   #7
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1982 I may have the same jeep as you. I am about to tackle my engine rebuild this weekend. Going to try and get the head off. Last weekend I took off the valve cover and discovered I have a bent rod also.

What do you use to clean up all of the grease in there?
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Unread 09-08-2011, 09:17 PM   #8
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Well carb cleaner and brake cleaner work great but are expensive to use as cleaners. I've found Super Clean brand Cleaner/Degreaser from the local autoparts store to work pretty well. It comes in a purple bottle. But use gloves as it will start you burn your skin pretty quickly.

As I said, my dad did the rebuild a few years back. It runs pretty well, especially with the Motorcraft carb. But the exhaust smells and I do see black smoke sometimes when revved so it seems rich but the carb seems set up fine, has small jets and idle screws are set. It may just be that these all smell that way. Would be nice to take it out without having to shower afterwards. Maybe I should put the cat back on??

I may pull the head one day and take a peek, but not with other priorities ahead of it. I didn't think I had this much to do when I got it, but I have learned the ways of a CJ owner
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Found a few more "Before" pics on my camera--these are from last fall as I panted the dash and W/S frame in November.

The dash has been painted. The cracked windshield replaced and a new frame (painted). The wiring was cleaned up and redone--old connections re-soldered, etc. The frame is my next task--this is the worst part--the front right 18". The left side is about half this bad and the rear right maybe could use a small patch. Rest is good at least from the outside.
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Unread 09-08-2011, 09:32 PM   #10
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Once I have the frame cleaned up, I plan to do a YJ body swap. I picked up a body at the junkyard and it is just waiting to be put on. Needs a hammer here and there, and of course the usual mods to fit the CJ.
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Unread 09-09-2011, 12:04 AM   #11
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1982 I may have the same jeep as you. I am about to tackle my engine rebuild this weekend. Going to try and get the head off. Last weekend I took off the valve cover and discovered I have a bent rod also.

What do you use to clean up all of the grease in there?
Paraffin is a good one, just work it in with a paint brush and it will all come off.

If you want to go all fancy there are engine degreasers available.

the greatest pain is finding somewhere to wash it all down without polluting the drainage system.
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