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Unread 06-23-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
frank c
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1981 CJ5 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: northwest arizona
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Restore/Rebuild/Upgrade 81 CJ5 "Ol Nellybell"

Update, a little progress on this restoration for my prospecting rig.
Just got the waterpump painted and installed, engines still sittin on the stand cause money just isnt flowing here or I'd have had the whole engine together an installed by now.
Just finished cleaning and painting the enging compartment,and chassis, and set my new Captains Chairs in but they're not mounted yet might make whole new mount bases for them and save the original ones in the garage closet.
It'll be nice to have armrests especially for the passenger.
Gas tanks all cleaned an painted just got the new sendingunit/pickup delivered yesterday so I can install that and reinstall the tank with all new hoses.
Lots of "little things" to go yet, before engine is complete but hopefully I'll get some cash flowin soon and be able to continue.
I am sort of changing my mind on repainting the whole outside of Nellybelle. I'm thinking I'll just compound the oxidation off and shine it up a little even though the paints gone in some areas and the factory primer is showing thru. I'm just wanting to get all the mechanicals redone and updated and not so worried about the exterior LOOK at this point.
Pulled the rear drums while I was doing the chassis and inspected/cleaned/adjusted the rear brakes. Next I'll pull the fronts an see what the disks look like.
Chassis was solid as a rock and most of the factory paint was still intact so cleanin and painting it should let it last quite a bit longer NO SUBSTITUTES for a desert rat vehicle they just don't rot away like stuff does in other parts of the country.
Have to clean up an paint the rear tire mount an bumper plate next.
The CHEAP to do stuff (cleaning an painting)keeps me busy in between buyin parts an installing them.
Oh well maybe next update I'll have engine installed with the MSD CDI and all the rest of the upgrades I'm doin to post a pictue of.
The thing I'm most looking foward to is the new seats, aaahhhh comfort off road with the Captains Chairs fer sure.

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