Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: 35*3'15"N 83*12'8"W
Starting Point and seats?
Post #1! I am no stranger to forums, but this is my first post here. There will be MANY more I'm sure. I have used the search tool, to unsatisfactory result, sooooo....
I am doing my first CJ restoration- and I am super psyched! My Dad is a big hot rodder, but I am somewhat of a late bloomer (I'm 35 now) and I was off doing "other things" while he did the car thing. I got hold of an 84 CJ7 with MOSTLY good parts. The frame is in awesome shape, as is the hood, dash, window frame, front fenders (one is a little weepy), and driveline. The motor is the 4cyl with the 4 spd man. I will probably swap that next year. The suspension is a little suspect, but I am going to redo all of that in the spring. The entire tub is SHOT!! I can see as much pavement as steel when I move my mats. I am picking up a 79 tub today that is SWEET and CHEAP!
My "Master Plan" is to drive it this winter as is while I resto the tub, the other parts piece by piece, and in the spring do a total frame off. However, as I am a total cherry, I have no idea what the heck I am doing. I am competent withe the metal work, the paint, and the "doo-dads", but when I crack open the hood- i almost pass out. I want to do most, if not all, of the work myself.
I am open to any and all suggestions, tips, and comments from those of you whom have done it before. I will save the seat question for another time. Thanks everybody! I will keep up as my schedule allows.