So not long ago I came across A very clean (for Ohio and the rust belt) 1985 CJ7.There is barely any rust on the body , none on frame, and it ran ok-ish and over all just needed some TLC.
Honestly the PO(s) did their part in cobbling together solutions that were, well, way under par, even for a lazy man. The man the owned it before did do a good bit of body work (owned body shop) and apparently fixed the majority of the mechanical issues. After talking with him at length, I do believe it was the owner before him that caused the messes.
Here is the Jeep on Day1:
I believe the reason the body and frame are so solid are because the jeep spent the majority of its life, not running....The story I got was that this thing sat in a barn most of the time due to mechanical problems, yay for getting it super cheap.
Originally I was just going to tweak little things here and there and drive it until i had time to start a full restore. But per typical me I decided my life wasn't complicated enough, New baby, just started my masters, just start teaching CAD classes at the local Community college all on top of my full time job, but hey, why not throw another task in there. SOOO I started ripping the jeep apart, mainly because the more of the PO F-ups I tried to fix, the deeper I got and did I mention I'm a perfectionist.... So more pics.
went to this:
then this: (Current state + me being an idiot)
Last night I pulled the gas tank, fuel and brake lines as well as exhaust...
My plan for tonight is to pressure wash 29 years of leaking oil/grease residue from the remainder of the frame and components and pull it back in the garage for the rest of the tear down. i was able to acquire a new BEEFY cross member and some POR15 with semi-gloss topcoat and metal cleaner. Should be a fun weekend of grinding/cleaning and painting.
PO awesomeness :
Fuel Return line..........WTF
More PO awesomeness to come...I have other pics of the rats nest of a wiring harness and idiot-version nutter by-pass.
PO awesomeness: "spray on bedliner" paint job......luckily they did a ****ty job and its sands off really easy. PS they even painted over the factory pin striping..........and most anything and everything except for the seats in the interior.
Looks like a solid base for a restore despite PO's attempts to make it otherwise. It appears the tub and body parts are in decent shape. I would try and make do with original body parts if possible. For example, I replaced one front fender with an after market one and there is a difference.
Oh, and I like the "Febreze" Apple and Spice when I'm feeling a bit froggy.
Yea I am for sure trying to reuse every factory part I can. My dad can fix the dents in the fenders, probably won't be perfect, but they'll better than they are now. The only rust spots on the tub are where the fender wells and floor meets right behind the driver and passenger seats. There is also a small spot of bondo right under the jeep stamping on the driver-side, all else seems to all metal (fingers crossed) We will see once i get out the wire brush and sanding disk..
Also. Anyone know what these two connections are. PO had them Unconnected.
These two are part of the same wire, the plug on the right is/was just zip-tied right up by the clutch linkage as you can see and the other end was laying up in the engine bay...I haven't exactly tried to lay out my new wiring harness to see the match.
Second, the connection is on a pink wire coming from the fuel sending unit, this was also just zip-tied to a vent hose and laying there unconnected to anything.
Hey John, thanks for input. I am unsure what an AM Fuel Gauge is or how to decipher if the jeep has one. Here is a pic for reference. The pink wire is attached on the one as shown in the picture, however not on the other end as shown in the previous pic. I know it wasn't hooked up to the wiring harness running through the body, but this doesn't mean there isn't a hook up for it present on this jeep, to be fair I didn't spend much time looking during the tear down. Ill check it over tomorrow.
Looks like a good base for a rebuild, must have been cheap.
Have a look under the rol bar mounts behind the seats, the factory did not paint BEFORE installing the roll bar so you get moisture in the crevice and rust. This is a safety critical part of the tub and most have been wedled / plated in this area.
LOL, thanks for the support and humor. I am headed out to the garage to get working on the jeep. My goal is to have the frame 100 percent done by the time xmas break is over.
Has anyone applied POR15 in the cold? The temps have dropped pretty dramatically (in the teens at night and 30's during the day) here in the past week, I don't imagine it will get much warmer for the remainder of the winter with the exception of the odd warm day here and there...im nearly finished wiring brushing, grinding and welding on the rear section of the frame.
I decided to the do the frame in sections, rear first (including spring and axles, etc.) and front second, mainly due to limited space.
Got a little bit done over the weekend. I was able to get the rear section of the frame cleaned up, including removing the beat up old rear cross-member and replacing with a beefier after market one from a user on the jeep-cj forum. I think I will be able to finish the front section of the frame this week/weekend.
I did have one question in regards to redoing the springs. There is only surface rust, in other words no structural damage do to rust on the stock leaf springs. Due to fund over the holidays I decided I would just take apart the springs, sandblast, get the powder-coated and re-assemble. Is powder-caoting the prefered method or would paint suffice. Long term I plan to use these spring in my SOA unless I have the funds to switch over to YJ springs. After doing a search it seems that most just wire-wheel the spring leafs, paint and reassemble.
Titan, thanks for the compliments, it's been a slow to, no help so far with the exception of my brother coming over and helping me remove the tub. I try and do something on the jeep everyday.
Today, I removed the transmission and transfer as, front driveshaft and the rear axle assembly, except for the parking brake lines and brake line. One question, how do I remove the parking brake lines from the bracket just back from the equalizer. Sorry that might a dumb question.
On another note. This is directed to those of you who have restored/restomod their jeeps (Matt/Keith/etc.). I am on a pretty tight budget. The the additional of a new family member and the associated expenses what would suggest are the most important thing to address during the restore process. The jeep ran and drove and 4x4 worked so it's mainly a clean things up and fix as necessary but what did you all find to be the "must do's" if you will?
Got a few new toys shown below, still haven't brought the tig up due to space, but I hope to sort that soon.