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post #1 of 302 Old 12-13-2007, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Project "Vote Utilitarian"

I should have called this build Project "It started out replacing the windshield"!

I used to drive (lol) a mild manored cj-7 with a few dings on the fenders, a couple rust spots, a solid jeep that got me around town and down a few trails when camping or cruising in the woods. She was solid, ran great, and was purchased for 2 grand. It sat in my friends garage 24/7, so I convinced him to sell it. It is my 3rd cj. I never had any plans for it other than to be a nice
2nd vehicle.

One day I decided to replace the windshield. Thats when it started. Maybe it was all the nice projects I have been following lately (Jayhawkclint, Fatman, Molsonice, etc...), Or maybe it was the need to get greasy and drink beers in the driveway. But probably it was the need to not have the CJ as a 2nd vehicle, and have it as my daily driver.

So one day I ordered a windshield and removed the old one because it was rusted out in the bottom. Well, there was more rust than I ever imagined under the hinges. I now believe the windshield to be held in place by paint and rust.

Well from there, I had to do it right. if I fix the body under the hinges, I better fix the rest of the body, then I better replace the fenders, then I better take the tub off and do a full restoration. Its a slippery slope. But I know the end product will be worth it....

It is my first restoration of this magnitude, I look forward to receiving the knowledge and comments of anyone on the forum who is willing to share. Cheers.

What I am starting with.



Gold under dem der hinges! (Looking for a donor tub to saw off cowl line up, I'd like to replace the corner instead of fabing new one. Purchase. ANYONE?? PM me)


Dash. Came with the ultra-rare OEM bottle opener. I believe the previous owner to be a sherrif.


GM 4 cylinder. No plans to swap. SR-4 tranny. Possible swap.
Yup thats POR-15 on the fender. Not sure if I like it yet, has a tendancy to be shiny at first and then fade, and transfer onto clothes when wet.



Dash out. No rats went running, but there was evidence of a nest.
All wires were properly labeled and photographed.
I will remove the heater setup since it has failed, and I live in Florida. No real need for it. Girlfriend will also appreciate legroom.



Ahh, my first of many busted knuckles


Rear corner not bad at first look. But I later found it to be rusted out under the light.


Hmmm... where to go from here?



More pics to follow soon...


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post #2 of 302 Old 12-13-2007, 09:36 PM
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I need one of those OEM bottle openers. You can replace the spot where the heater is with a built in cooler

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1985 CJ-7 with a blown engine.
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post #3 of 302 Old 12-13-2007, 09:50 PM
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how do you take the fenders off/on? Lookin like a fun project so far. good luck with everything
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post #4 of 302 Old 12-13-2007, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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There are a row of bolts on the inside of the fender to the firewall. Then a couple underneath that bolt through to the grill. You can get new fenders online at verious places. Usually made by a company called Omix-Ada. Not same quality as OEM, but come rustless!

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post #5 of 302 Old 12-13-2007, 10:03 PM
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WOOOOHOOOO - another BUILD

AHHH... I LOVE BUILD THREADS

you gonna need that OEM opener? hahahahahah - I gotta add one of them, wait a minute - I have snap tops or twist offs hahahahaha

already suscribed to the thread

Good luck and update often
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post #6 of 302 Old 12-13-2007, 10:29 PM
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We need some bumper stickers like that one!
Maybe with the AMC logo on one end...
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More pics (Just trying to catch up to present stage...everyone loves pics):

Grill bolt was stripped inside. Just spun around. So I lifted the little plate on top of it and got in there.




Starting to clean front bumper and parts of frame with metal wheel and paint stripper. At this stage, I had only planned on cleaning up what was seen. Leave the body on, get new fenders and paint her up.




Cleaned and POR15'd. Nice. Better do it all then, If I am going to do it right.
Didnt use rust killer or metal etcher. Just painted th stuff over sanded surface rust. Should I regret this? Will it be OK or should I strip it down?


At this point I can still push it in and out of the overhang. Brother dropped off his pressure washer.


POR15'd the Firewall. tough to do with everything attached, like wires and brake pannels. Looks good. But I think I will strip it off and do it satin.





THe work area. I should get a nice shot of the underside of that windshield. It acts as a paint tester at the moment.

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Tub is not that bad of shape. Some of you guys have fixed waaaay worse. I shopped for a new tub for a while. Willys Overland would be the way to go new, but figured I'd save a few grand.


So thats whats under there!


1st of many parts to paint.


Reference shot. Send to kin after I pass away so they can finish this job.


ROLL BAR OUT!!!! Screw torx. Worst idea ever. I wound up using a grinder and grinding down the bolts. Took a few hours. Tried the PB Blaster, the torch, the BFH. Time to grind.




Yeah, thats Collard Green. Mr. CJliscious himself. Dont see the resemblance to Cousin Eddie. We are doing a Nutter Bypass to his 7.


More pics to come. Tub Removal coming soon.

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Ahh, my first of many busted knuckles

You mean that's NOT What knuckles are supposed to look like?
I had no idea!

Maybe too many years with ALL mine looking like that is what confused me!
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post #10 of 302 Old 12-15-2007, 08:54 AM
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I don't know........ Are you guys hiding something......

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Build thread is lookin good brother---remember body off/frame up resoration--nice pic of me and the 7--CJLISCIOUS!!!!!!---CG
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post #12 of 302 Old 12-18-2007, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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More Pics.

Finally, Tub is off. two helpers cost my 2 pizzas.
If anyone has yet to lift a Tub, it can be done with 3 people, every thing removed from it. Inc. Windshield. Suprisingly light.




Frame shot. Suprised to see a shiny new gas tank from PO. Odd how the gas guage was never working.


Cleaning bottom of tub.
Here is the thread on what works...
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cleaning-bottom-tub-what-did-you-use-493994/


Started working on the replacement bumper sticker for when done.
I did the original, there are a few other jeeps and trucks around town.Hopefully all done by "election" time.

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Ill be sending those pics to ya asap..I pulled the windsheid brackets off tonight to see what was under it...Ah..ill let you decide..

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cant wait. Not liking the sound of it though. Doesnt sount like a flesh wound.

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pics sent..

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