Need CJ7 body & frame restoration advice, combining 2 CJ-7s into 1
So this is my first rodeo and need some help. I'm looking to leverage on the vast experience base here as I've not done a restoration before. Here's what I've got going on:
I recently bought an '84 CJ7 after years of wanting to get back into one (my stepdad had a 77 CJ7 V8, loved it, asked him never to sell it....he sold it). So I bought one that I found that has a nice frame and decent driveline. Previous guy did an engine swap to a V6, which i will not be sticking with.
Well after about 2 rides (doors and top OFF) I got my roommate infected with the bug and he went off and bought the scrambler he's been wanting for years...also an '84.
Then about a week later (that's last week), we found a guy wanting to part out his '82 CJ7. It's a kludge but had a number of things we both wanted to pull. We've spent about 2 days taking it apart, and just last night made a lot of progress.
So, I've got a good frame on my driving CJ, but a shot body (the tub is just terrible underneath). The body is off the parts Jeep and I'm going to use it as it is pretty good. So here's the main question:
-What should I do to that body (tub, fenders, hood, grill) i pulled? There's light surface rust underneath, one small area of bubbling paint so i assume it's a surface rust issue (feels firm when pressed). I mean, the body is off and almost completely disassembled, so i'm thinking of media blasting, coating, painting. But what's are the steps, what materials to use for coating, is it a do-it-yourself job or take it to a body shop sort of job? What should I not do?
I appreciate any advice from folks who have gone down this road (I'll be asking about mechanical issues later on in this thread...concentrating on preparing the body at this point). Thanks and i'll put up a few pictures when i can.
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