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Unread 05-11-2003, 06:42 PM   #1
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need suggestion on restoring 82 cj7

Ok. I'm doing a complete, frame restortion on a 82 cj7. This will be my first restortion project. I've had a jeep before. Yes, I'm scared out of my mind. That I'm going to screw something up. I've taken alot of pictures just in case to help me. I plan to start with the axles and work my way up from there. I wanted to know; anything I need to watch out for or any simple mods to help the jeep. Is there anything I need to be aware of. I plan to use it as a daily driver and to play in the mud, nothing seriuos. I want to use a one peice on amc 20 and a 4" lift for right now....Thanks

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Unread 05-12-2003, 03:56 AM   #2
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All I can say is this, when your enthusiasm turns to frustration, walk away for a bit and come back to it a little while later, you are bound to do something stupid that will end up hurting you and your jeep dreams.

I started my restoration all gung ho in August. I stripped her down and started rebuilding and then winter hit in the north east and I ran low on funds. I waited out the winter stock piling parts whenever I could. Spring came and I started the work again, but it is and always was raining, not to mention it snowed a few more times.

I am not getting there with the restoration, but there have been many many things that have gotten in the way of it and it makes it tough to see the final result when there are so many obstacles.

So, keep a positive attitude, have plenty of space to work on it, make sure you have all the tools that you will need and always remember that the jobs you think that are going to be quick will take the longest, and the ones that you are scared out of your mind about will and usually to end up taking less time then you have anticipated.

Just my $.02

cb

Here is where I am at after 150+ hours and more then 6 grand.

http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/cb4158/vw...c=ph%26.view=t

NOTE: The 5 grand that I have spent is not all on there yet. All the lines, the gas tank, brake parts, front end parts, some more engine parts and the rest of the steering need to go on yet.
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Unread 05-12-2003, 08:51 AM   #3
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Looks good so far cb. What are you running in there?
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Unread 05-12-2003, 01:35 PM   #4
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sit down and think what all you want to do to it take pic like you have as you go along what you planed will changed lol and just keep on working on it i have been working on mine for ten years now have funds no funds lol the way it goes i have between 5 and 8 grand in to mine and not done yet plan on showing it when done pic of my engine http://amcforum.net/images/Members/fuzz401/ about 3500 in it already and still not done
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Unread 05-12-2003, 04:25 PM   #5
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I got a 304 in there and I still need to clean up the block. It is blue, but it has a bunch of crap on it so you can't see the blue.

It is going to run 35's when I am done, the old 33's are on there. They have some rust on them and being that one of them is cracked it is time to get new ones.

The body is a whole nother issue and soon I will have to tackle it. Should be this summer some time. Conversion from manual brakes and steering is underway as well.

So as I said before, don't get discouraged, it is a long road ahead.

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Unread 05-12-2003, 06:41 PM   #6
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It took me 3 years to take my 82 down to the frame and build it back up again.
Its back on the road now but they are NEVER done. Thats the great thing about building a JEEP.
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Unread 05-16-2003, 09:49 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help guys. I just keep going at it.
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