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Unread 09-21-2009, 09:09 PM   #1
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Summertime CJ build

So this all started last winter when I bought my first Jeep an 86 CJ 7. It seemed to be in pretty good condition, just needed a little TLC. Through out the winter I got her running pretty good. Fixed some vaccum leaks, new intake manifold gasket, new Webber carb, Juicebox ignition, some lighting issues and she was running pretty good.





My plan was simple, when the weather warmed up I would do a little body work, put some tube fenders on the front and throw some fresh paint on it. Next year I planned on fixing up the interior. So in early May I ordered a DIY tube fender kit from Whiterhino Fab White Rhino Fabrication's Online Store

Seemed like a really good deal for $175. I also ordered their inner fender kit for $125. My fenders didn't show up until July, but I had plenty to keep me busy. While I was waiting for my fenders I started pulling the corner garurds, rocker gaurds and such off the jeep to prep it for paint. Well suprise, suprise there was rust and lots of it.




Some examples.

I didn't know how to weld so I didn't want to try and tackle replacing body panels. I planned on learning to weld during the tube fender portion of the project but replacing body panels ugh.

I borrowed a buddy's Lincoln wire feed and did my best at patching some of the holes by welding in some sheet metal. Some of the damage I repaired with fiberglass. This part of the project took me several weeks, we had a lot of rain during June and kinda put a damper on the project.

While repairing the body I pulled back some carpet inside to prevent it from catching fire while welding some of my patches. Guess what I found, more suprises. Yep the floor was in worse shape than the body. The front seatbelts were hardly hanging in there by rust. I discovered the rear seat and belts were attached to a piece of plywood that was attached to the fender wells by two rusted sheet metal screws. nothing else.



What was left of the inner fenders after I removed roll bar.


So at this point I decided to go ahead and get myself a welder. I picked up a Lincoln 140 wire feed. I also finally got my tube fenders so I could start on them. I picked up some sheet metal to fix the floor and went to town learning how to fab floor boards and weld.



rear inner fender





I was pretty happy with the way things were turning out considering this was the first time I had ever done anything like this. I started on the DIY fenders, it was pretty straight forward, everything was pre-cut I just had to do some trimming and welding.

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Unread 09-21-2009, 09:11 PM   #2
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Inner fenders welded on:





Once I got the fenders cleaned and prepped I pulled the windshield off to get it ready for primer, Suprise more rust! The bottom of the winshield was rusted out, so had to wait for new one from Quadratec. I went ahead and ordered new windshield gasket and cowl seal while I was at it. Figured it would be nice to not have a waterfall pouring down the dash and onto the stereo like it did last winter.



I also ordered some Smittybilt rocker gaurds, full corner gaurds, primer and paint. While waiting on parts I decided to re-finish all of the trim peices in black as well as re-paint the frame and bumpers.



By this time my wife was getting a little irritated with the jeep project. Everytime I came in the house after working on it she would ask "So what do you need to buy for it now"? It was now late July and we had not done many family activities, I was bit by the jeep bug and was a bit obsessed with getting this project done.

By August I received all of my parts accept the full corner gaurds which apparently are back ordered until October.

I hauled the jeep and parts to my buddies house where we were going to use his garage to paint it. We did final sanding and threw some primer on it. My buddy Chris helped out a lot through the project, he spent a lot of time behind the sander.





Next step, Paint!! The one thing I actually planned on doing all along. The paint I ordered came in a two stage kit. It had everything you needed minus the spray gun of course for $200. Never painted an automobile before, so like welding this was going to be a learning experience.

I was pretty happy with the results for a first timer. The paint job wasn't perfect or my body work, come to find out after getting some nice shiny paint on there. Hey, I didn't want a barbie jeep. If I did I would have taken it to a professional.

Just rolled out of the garage.




My jeep will be used for hunting, camping and 4 wheelin. I just wanted it to look better than it did and that I did accomplish. Not only does it look better it is also much safer, I now know if I get in a wreck my seat will stay attached to the floor and not send me off into the wild blue.

So over the next couple of weeks I ordered some U-Pol bedliner, 4 point harness and a carpet kit. The U-Pol was a slick little kit. I ordered the clear so I could mix in some of my base color, so it would somewhat match. I also sprayed the top rails where my kids are always climbing on and the front entry. I also installed the carpet kit which I know seems like a waste because I just sprayed it with U-Pol. I like how carpet dampens road noise and keeps it warmer in the winter.







So I pretty much got everything done now. I also intalled a set of rear TJ flairs for now until I get some rear tube flairs to go with my corner gaurds which will hopefully be here soon. Next summer I will try and get some new seats and maybe start on making a full cage.





I will try and get some more pics soon. Now I started on building a rear bumper and swingout tire carrier. I will post more progress pics soon.

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Unread 09-21-2009, 09:36 PM   #3
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Excellent work and very nice CJ
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Unread 09-21-2009, 11:16 PM   #4
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Thanks, it was a lot of work but also fun.
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Unread 09-22-2009, 08:20 AM   #5
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nice tube fenders, I guess that is what I need to do is just jump in, welding etc. looks good!
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Unread 09-22-2009, 08:26 AM   #6
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Yep, just go for it. I learned a lot on this project, plus did I mention it was fun.
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Unread 09-22-2009, 08:55 AM   #7
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Here are some pics of my progress with the rear bumper / tire carrier.






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Unread 09-22-2009, 12:37 PM   #8
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That Jeep bug can really be a bad thing. Nice work. Your welding skills will improve with time, but it looks like you've got the hang of it.
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Unread 09-22-2009, 01:14 PM   #9
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what gauge of sheet metal did you use for the floor boards? looks good!
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Unread 09-22-2009, 09:41 PM   #10
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I used 18ga for the floors, and yes my welding has definately improved since day one. Welding that thin stuff is pretty tough, just gotta go slow.
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Unread 09-22-2009, 09:50 PM   #11
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Got some more welding done today on the bumper.



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Unread 09-22-2009, 11:59 PM   #12
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in that 1st post second picture it says moe on the frame is that in reference to the band?
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Unread 09-23-2009, 07:11 AM   #13
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Nice job on your CJ!
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Unread 09-23-2009, 09:44 AM   #14
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MOE was the PO's nick name I guess. Thanks for the kind words.
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Unread 09-23-2009, 10:04 AM   #15
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I'm curious - where did you get your carpet? Do you know the manufacturer? Are you happy with it?

You do nice work. Thanks for posting your project.
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