OK, I need some advice. I have a 1983 CJ7 that I bought in December. The owner before me had the T-5 rebuilt along with a new clutch, shackles, water pump, altenator, and starter. He also repainted the jeep dark brown. Not a bad job but there are some very small areas that are beginning to peel. He also herculined the whole inside. He also herculined the gage plate, the glove box, the grab handle and GET THIS he herculined the rear quarter panels and about 4 inches up along the sides. Now I have replaced the engine (had a blown 4 and 6 cyclinder, I have already been asked why I didn't just rebuild but I had a very good friend who was able to get a Jasper cheaper than it would have cost to rebuild) with a jasper 258. I have no idea how bad the floor boards are but after having it up on a lift my local 4X4 mech stated it all looked pretty damn good. I paid $1800 for it so I don't feel bad. I also put in power steering. It has 31's on it which I will replace with new wheels and 31's. The problem is , I hate the look of having the herculiner on the outside body. My long term goal is to repaint it but I will not do that for at least a year or two so I was thinking about getting some armor plating and putting it over the herculiner. What do you think. Overall the jeep is in great shape. Everything in it works, including all the gages,lights and the 4X4. I replaced the engine at 143,000. When we pulled the old one out we tore it down and came to the conclusion that it was not an abused engine so it gives me some comfort to know that this jeep wasn't ragged out. The frame is straight and the top hardware is in great shape. Now that the mechanical condition of the jeep is good I am trying to do some cosmetic stuff to it. I have seen other jeeps with the steel armor plating on it and it looks good. Any advice would be mucho appreciated. I am not new to jeeps, only I have had a couple of yj's and decided I liked the CJ's better so now I got one...besides my wife DIGS cj's and big tires...hell, am i lucky or what. even my 2 year old loves the jeep. Sorry for rambling...Thanks in advance for all suggestions.
83 CJ7 w/remanufactured jasper 258 I6 w/t-5, Weber carb, new exhaust, PS, PB, 2 1/2" Lift, 31" BFG's, herculined interior and s**t brown paint job (for now) "in to deep..but thats when it starts getting fun"
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