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post #1 of 89 Old 12-18-2011, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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New project - 86 CJ7

Well, I've done it again and just picked up a new project... 1986 CJ7. The previous owner had given up and bought another, running and assembled CJ and wanted this gone to make room for it.

Ended up with a 1986 with D44 rear. I've been wanting to build a Jeep myself for a while and secretly hoped for a 86. This one came up and wife approved, and before you know it, it was home in my garage.

Only 1 picture since getting it in my garage, but a quick rundown:
86 CJ7 w/ D44 (and a locker of some sort installed)
258 with T5 and D300 tcase
4" lift (brand unknown) with some new procomp shocks to throw on
Custom front and rear bumpers
92 YJ tub which has already been cut out for flush tails (I would like to go back to stock)
Good soft top and doors
2 rear seats, junk front seats
A couple fenders, decent hood, few windshield frames
A few dashboards
Seller threw in some 33s to put on, as he was moving to 35s on his next Jeep
And a TON of parts, mirrors, tails, drive shafts, hubs, etc...
And most importantly, especially for MA, a very clean frame (and title)

Goal is to get it together and running within 1.5 years. I'm looking for a mostly stock appearing Jeep, maybe drop back to a 2.5" lift. Probably going to restore it to clean but not perfect shape and use it for 5-10 years, and when I have more time and money do all new body and go 100% original.

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post #2 of 89 Old 07-10-2012, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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I have wire-wheeled the entire frame, axles, skid, POR'ed and top-coated it all, installed new 2.5" suspension and hardware, replaced the fuel tank with new.
Before:


During my wire-wheeling cleanup:




Using POR's Metal Ready before painting:


Cleaning up shock mounts and skid:


Looking good:


Progress is being made. My wife snapped this picture the other day, after not having seen "Rubble" herself in months. She had stayed out of the garage.

Since this picture, I've installed almost all of the new SS brake and fuel lines, replaced fuel hoses, filter, and new fuel filler hoses.

I have new rotors, calipers, and full rear drum kit to install soon (had to wait for hub socket to arrive), new OME shocks, and most importantly... changed direction and ordered a new 4wd Deluxe Fiberglass tub with tailgate cutout that is to be delivered today. (I have the 92 YJ body for sale).

I'm at the point of no return, so I decided to do the glass tub and fenders the first time. Here is my thread asking for feedback on fiberglass tubs before I ordered: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/fi...50/index2.html
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And another from the back.

Those are my new 33s off to the right. Turns out they are actually brand new GoodYears that the seller threw in and later delivered since he was going to 35s on his new Jeep.

This garage bay is a tight fit, but space is opening up as things get installed.
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OME shocks are on, difs flushed, yoke seals replaced, and everything is buttoned down.

The tub is undercoated and I am in the middle of cutting out the firewall holes now. Hope to sit the tub on frame by this weekend and start in on the next set of challenges.

I had posted regarding what to do to the tub prior to mounting here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/wh...lling-1402966/ MANY pages of responses, and this essentially became my build thread for installed the body. Worthwhile read if you are going through a similar project.

Appreciate everyone's help with my questions so far.

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Here I am picking up my "new" roll bar. Keeping the windshield bars around in case I change my mind, but removed for now.

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Fenders are on and test fit. Next step is to bolt the tub and under coat the fenders. Things are starting to move along. Can't thank this forum enough for helping with my questions.

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Got my new wheels, mounted the 33"s, and feeling good about the progress.
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Nice

Looks like a lot of work but a ton of fun. Trying to fix up my 86 CJ7. Best of luck to you!
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I had a great Sunday yesterday and got the master cylinder wire wheeled, painted, installed, as well as my new front calipers, rotors, and entire rear drums, cylinders, etc.

Turns out I DO have a locker... and have 2.73 gears.


Next step is to bleed the system and cross it off my list. Still need to do final bolt down of the body, the start connecting dash wiring to try and get this thing to run.
Of course nothing is ever that simple.

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I had a great Sunday yesterday and got the master cylinder wire wheeled, painted, installed, as well as my new front calipers, rotors, and entire rear drums, cylinders, etc.

Next step is to bleed the system and cross it off my list. Still need to do final bolt down of the body, the start connecting dash wiring to try and get this thing to run.
Of course nothing is ever that simple.
Front end is on mostly, need to mount fenders to the grill still. Brakes are in, but wiring is still outstanding. It is starting to get chillier and darker here, so project is slowing down for the winter.

I had a separate post regarding what to use for hardware when reassembling this project. The off the shelf CJ bolt sets won't work due to the thicker tub. Post is here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/wh...s-tub-1390811/

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Looks good so far, and you`re close by. I`m in Weymouth, my dad is in Braintree, has an 84 CJ in blue.
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Looks good so far, and you`re close by. I`m in Weymouth, my dad is in Braintree, has an 84 CJ in blue.
Cool. I may ask a favor some day to compare posts.

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post #12 of 89 Old 10-24-2012, 05:16 AM
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Cool build so far! I just started my 86 cj7 build, so I have a way to go to catch you. The. Frame looks mint though, the por15 really makes it look like new

Check out my Build
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/gregs-86-cj7-build-thread-1421551/
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And the windshield is drilled and mounted. Got 20 minutes of work in before getting things put away in prep of what Hurricane Sandy will give us.

Looks like a Jeep!

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And the windshield is drilled and mounted. Got 20 minutes of work in before getting things put away in prep of what Hurricane Sandy will give us.

Looks like a Jeep!


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And the pic...

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And the pic...
Looks like a GREAT jeep!

Check out my Build
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/gregs-86-cj7-build-thread-1421551/
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