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post #1 of 86 Old 04-30-2009, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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The New Project!

I just got my first jeep. Its a 1979 CJ7 that a family friend had drove for awhile and then just parked it and never drove it again. It was sittin there 15 years...yes 15 years lol...before i thought about tring to get it. I bought it for 1,000 bucks it only has 62k miles on it. I figured the jeep would be an awesome project for me to do anything i wanted to with it. It needs a good bit of work but what wouldnt after sittin for awhile. I have been workin on it when im not at work and have got alittle done. I have gutted the inside and replaced the hoses, battery, cleaned oil pan and new gasket, air filter, and started to change plugs and plug wires but ran into a problem. I have to take headers off to get to the plugs but the header bolts were touching the pipes so i had to destroy the headers to get the bolts off. So now i have to get new headers. Im plannin on sandblasting it in the next few days once i find a blaster. I plan on doing everything by myself and with the help of some friends and my dad. Unless ofcourse i run into something i have no idea about. Ill post some pics of it the way i got it for yall to see. Just let me no if you guys have any tips or anything that could help me out.

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post #2 of 86 Old 04-30-2009, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 86 Old 04-30-2009, 06:32 PM
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post #4 of 86 Old 04-30-2009, 06:33 PM
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Nice Cj and good luck with it.

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post #5 of 86 Old 04-30-2009, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the click free. And thanks for the luck i think ill need it lol.
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post #6 of 86 Old 04-30-2009, 06:59 PM
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Looks to be in pretty good shape for sitting that long, I'm going to guess you live in Texas or AZ since You can't see any major rust on the tub. Looks like a teal for 1K and the low milage on the engine Definitely need to go throgh all seals ( motor, axles. trans and tc) before you run it Welcome to the forum and good luck

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post #7 of 86 Old 04-30-2009, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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I live in Alabama...thank god for the lack of salt water here :-) lol
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post #8 of 86 Old 04-30-2009, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Ok..so i'v been thinkin about it all day and have been really thinkin about pulling the motor and axles and sanding the hardtop and paintin it. How much trouble would taken everything apart for sandblasting be? Or would i be better off just payin extra for a sandblaster to worry about that. I'd really rather save money but idk if it is worth trouble.
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post #9 of 86 Old 04-30-2009, 08:30 PM
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If you get too ambitious and take everything apart yourself, which is by far the most economical way to do it, there's the very real chance you'll run out of interest and energy before you get it drivable. I'd suggest having someone knowledgable go over the brakes and steering to make sure it is safe. Then you can get a manual from Chilton or Haynes and do all the fluids yourself. This much and getting a battery and all the other usual bits you'll need will be enough of a challenge for most. Then you can have a driver and plan what you do next instead of looking at a pile-o-parts your mom will make you sell to some hawk here.
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1)How soon you do you want it on the road?

2) How much do you want to invest?

3) What is your skill set to DIY or are a good student to listen to what the experts on this Forun tell you (NOT ME)

4) Do you have a second job?

5) Do you have a second job?


Use the search to check out what you are thinking about to get a better idea of what you looking at doing.
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post #11 of 86 Old 04-30-2009, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Im not planning on taking every little peice apart just alot of the big stuff and fix each big peice at a time so i dont have aton of parts everywhere. Im pretty ready to get it done so i doubt i would get burned out. I have a friend that is pretty knowledgeable with jeeps and he is going to help me out. And im a firefighter so i work 24hrs and off 48 so i have plenty of time to work on it.
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Hey pointblank, what part of Alabama you living in? Judging by that can sitting on the hood, you've already found out the best thing that will help carry you through the rebuilding process...

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post #13 of 86 Old 05-01-2009, 12:18 PM
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Ok..so i'v been thinkin about it all day and have been really thinkin about pulling the motor and axles and sanding the hardtop and paintin it. How much trouble would taken everything apart for sandblasting be? Or would i be better off just payin extra for a sandblaster to worry about that. I'd really rather save money but idk if it is worth trouble.
The part about taking everything apart led me to believe you were going to go whole hog on the-tear down.
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post #14 of 86 Old 05-01-2009, 03:15 PM
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Im not planning on taking every little peice apart just alot of the big stuff and fix each big peice at a time so i dont have aton of parts everywhere. Im pretty ready to get it done so i doubt i would get burned out. I have a friend that is pretty knowledgeable with jeeps and he is going to help me out. And im a firefighter so i work 24hrs and off 48 so i have plenty of time to work on it.
Big parts have lot,s of little parts inside them

It,s better to be stuck , Than to have chickened out and went home
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post #15 of 86 Old 05-02-2009, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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I ended up not listening (like normal lol) and dug right in..i gotta say i got pretty far now i have to get the heads re-done and the carb and i will be good to go. im lookin for an engine stand so i can get it out and sandblast the frame, tub, and axles. I have pics i will post tomorrow morning for anyone who wants to see them. And Bama i live right outside of Huntsville and yea i have to have a few cold ones to get me going lol.
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