After a 6 or 7 month absense I am finally back on the CJ7. Took an early retirement in May and thought I was going to go back to the Jeep but my son took up race car driving (Driver Education days actually, it's not real racing) and that totally consumed my summer. It took us all summer to sort out this car and by the end it was doing pretty good.
Here is a pic of the car at Lime Rock Race Park in Ct. We also did Thompson CT, Loudon NH, New Jersey Motor Park and Watkins Glen. It is really a lot of fun.
Had to get a trailer for it.
The only incident all summer was when he got to close the edge of the pavement once and hit a pothole. A pothole in a race track! Thank you Loudon.
And now he sold the car to buy another. The new one is set up to race, is very nice mechanically, super fast, but looks like crap. That one will get a paint job this winter. So that was the summer, racing is over and back to the Jeep.
I picked up this junker out of Vermont. Total junk except it has a fiberglass body and that's what I was looking for. New those are about $4K plus and I got this one reasonable. It had been sitting for years in the woods.
Had to pressure wash the green slime off of it and I was unable to remove a single bolt with wrenches. Well maybe a few. Used a 4.5" cut off wheel and a grinder for disassembly.
This makes the 4th CJ that gave it's life for this project.
The only usable part besides the body are these aluminum trim pieces.
And I just had to set it on the chassis to see what's what. Having built the chassis I had no idea what it would look like with a body on it.
Hmmm. That's taller than I thought it would be.
The test fit wasn't a waste of time though. I quickly realized that none of the body mounting holes lined up. They had the body mounted 1" off center in the rear. Going to have to fill lots of holes and re-drill. Also there is rust damage on the firewall. Hard to believe right? This looks to be an old Shell Valley body. They used a metal plate sandwhiched in the firewall by the steering and brake booster. Water got in and the metal plate is all expanded from rust. Lots of work to be done on this body. But I can clearly see the weak spots and will improve the design as I go. I also have a tailgate for it so that will be a major mod to get that installed as it has a straight back without the cut-out.
This will keep me busy for a while.