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post #1 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Slowly restoring my 1983 CJ7

Have had it for about a month, just slowly throwing time and money at it. One of the previous owners had some ugly long almost shag orange carpet in it that they completely glued down. It was a hell of a job removing all the fuzz left over with an air sander. It's amazing what a lot of sanding and a little bit of paint does, getting it ready for a Raptor Lining now. The next step is to fabricate some Door Surrounds for when I have my bikini top, windjammer and Duster combo on. What else should I do to it? Plan on getting it an exterior paint job later on.

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post #2 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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My summer build that needs the Surrounds made for.
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post #3 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 03:35 PM
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I remember seeing that one for sale somewhere, on the forums, CL, or eBay?

Great score, looks like it's all in great shape
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Thanks, I was an avid craigslister for 2 months before I found this one. The whole underside is lined and there is very little body rust which is surface that I've been sanding out and repainting.
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post #5 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 05:14 PM
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2nd order of business: replacing the seats with original Laredos I'd search for a few months, then resort to these on a stock platform: George's seat covers on eBay You wouldn't be disappointed.
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post #6 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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I'm kind of in between doing a complete restore, more so getting it cleaned up and looking as nice as it runs. Planning on keeping this.

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post #7 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 09:41 PM
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Thats a pretty close to all there Laredo. Personally I never would have rhino lined the interior. I also would not touch the paint since the original stickers are still there and it looks to be in really good condition.
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post #8 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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The inside was terrible, it had shag carpeting basically and it was completely glued down. There wasn't any clean paint after I ripped it out. The whole underside was moldy from not having all the plugs. Otherwise I most likely would if left it, lining it is just cleaning it up and making it durable like I want it.

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post #9 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 10:06 PM
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Thats a pretty close to all there Laredo. Personally I never would have rhino lined the interior. I also would not touch the paint since the original stickers are still there and it looks to be in really good condition.
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This.

I would've only pulled the 'shag' carpet and cleaned up the inside of the tub. Then install a NOS/OEM carpet kit.

There are not many Laredo's this solid/complete out there.

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post #10 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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I'll take that into consideration, that black paint is just primer so far. I'm in the process of ordering liner. I don't really like carpet all that much in general. Like I said before it's not a jeep I plan to sell, just tailoring it to my liking. The outside paint needs some touch up, the picture didn't show any of the wear on it.

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post #11 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 10:53 PM
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Yes, I agree with not putting any kind of liner inside. From the first pictures there's already surface rust there on the driver's floorboard.. I would have used some other kind of treatment to remove it such as "etch and prep" until it was all gone then a good quality implement paint. The bedliner paint will trap moisture and then kiss those pretty decent floorboards goodbye.

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post #12 of 24 Old 07-16-2013, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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The rust you see on the driver floorboard is actually some body filler. I thought it was rust at first as well but then I started to sand some of it and it wasn't rust at all. The rest of the yellowish crap throughout the pictures is that glue I mentioned before that was laid down by one of the previous owners. Also, the primer is supposed to stop and prevent anymore rusting and the liner is as well. I haven't read anywhere or heard anything bad about a Rhino Lining or Raptor Lining causing any problems with rust, even if there is a bit of moisture you still need the secondary factor to create and spread rust... Oxygen is needed in order for it to oxidize. I have taken the steps to stop/kill most if not all of the rust I've seen, so like anything it just takes some maintenance over time to keep it clean. From all of the people I've heard from lining a jeep or truck bed hasn't been a bad experience for them and it gives it better durability.

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post #13 of 24 Old 07-17-2013, 12:07 AM
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FWIW I rhino lined my jeep from tailgate to firewall 18 years ago.... never had issue with rust anywhere. Even had it along gulf coast for a few years. Have to be diligent about cleanliness.
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post #14 of 24 Old 07-17-2013, 02:02 AM
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Nice car and Nice COLOR

One question... the moulded body side are they black (painted/anodised) or Chrome... ?
mine from '82 are black (painted/anodised) ... It seems to be the same for the '83 LAREDO model don't you ?







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post #15 of 24 Old 07-17-2013, 06:13 AM
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Gil - it's my understanding those side panels came in polished aluminum or painted black. Mine were polished, but I recently prepped and painted them black because I liked it better. The OP will clarify what he has, I'm sure.
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