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post #76 of 98 Old 05-23-2013, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, brother. Found a guy south of San Antonio selling a used fiberglass body for $750... Come to find out its a CJ5 and not a CJ7. I have a hard time fitting on a 5, otherwise I'd be all over that.

Now that the rear end is done, I'm going to do a drum brake job, then start working my way forward, new seals on transfer case, transmission and oil pan. Once I get to the front I will pull off the front and and start replacing steering parts.

Question for the masses. Is it worth the money to replace the gas tank or just use the one I pulled off?

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post #77 of 98 Old 06-16-2013, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Picked up this 84 CJ7 today to complete my 78. Tub is almost rust free, dash components are in great shape and it has a few extras here and there that I could use. I'll sell what I don't use and should make my money back no problem.
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post #78 of 98 Old 06-19-2013, 10:53 AM
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damn not bad! good find man!

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post #79 of 98 Old 06-20-2013, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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So if I have the body of an 84 CJ7 and the frame/engine of a 78 CJ7, what year do I tell people it is.
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post #80 of 98 Old 06-20-2013, 11:49 AM
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You could always use the vin plate off the 78 on the 84 body and sell the vin and title for the 84 for a couple hundred dollars. Then you'd have matching frame and body numbers on your 78 CJ7 and a couple hundred bucks for more parts.

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post #81 of 98 Old 06-20-2013, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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So put the 84 vin on the 78 body and sell it like that? The 78 body is pretty mangled.
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post #82 of 98 Old 06-20-2013, 01:22 PM
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You can just part out the 84 piece by piece. I've seen people sell the vin plate and title by them selves. Works good for someone with a frame and no title and using a fiberglass body or someone building with aftermarket frame and body. Somebody could use it and its worth the money to them.

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post #83 of 98 Old 06-20-2013, 01:34 PM
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Guess what I'm trying to say is you don't want to mislead or misrepresent by putting the 84 vin on the 78 body. The vin and title have value all there own.

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post #84 of 98 Old 06-20-2013, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Guess what I'm trying to say is you don't want to mislead or misrepresent by putting the 84 vin on the 78 body. The vin and title have value all there own.
Ah, I didn't realize the vin plate and title would work like that, but it makes sense. Thank you for the advice.
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post #85 of 98 Old 06-26-2013, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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So much happening right now. I selling a lot of the parts from the 84 I bought to clear out my garage.

I'll finish painting the frame this week and then work on the front axle and steering.

In the next month I hope to clean up the new body, patch a couple small holes, and bed line the inside and undercarriage.

Once that's done, I'll get the exhaust back on, run new brake lines, and then I should be ready for the body.

Finding this donor was the best approach to getting this thing on the road sooner rather than later.

I'll keep y'all posted.
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post #86 of 98 Old 10-28-2013, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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So its been a week shy of a year ive had the CJ in my possession...

And I FINALLY got the money rounded up to order brake lines, body mounts, tranny sway bushings, shocks, and tires.

Now that all these parts are on their way, I can get some work done.

Seal the undercarriage of the donor tub with bedliner and covered the shifter hole with a shifter plate I found online (body was a manual, my jeep is automatic).

Im hoping to get the rear brakes, exhaust and gas tank put together by next week and I can finally put the body back on.

Went with 35" BFG M/T, 1" daystar lift, and daystar bushings.
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post #87 of 98 Old 11-15-2013, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys and gals.

Got to talking about my SOA lift that was installed before I bought the Jeep. I DO NOT plan on doing any offroading with this Jeep; its going to be a street queen

With that being said, is a traction bar going to be necessary? Can I get away without one if Im just running around town and taking the Jeep on road trips to the beach?



I am making some ground that im pretty happy about. Bent brake lines myself for the rear drum brakes, new rubber, new gas tank and sending unit, got the undercarriage of the body sanded down and ready to be sealed and coated. Once I get the gas tank back on and the exhaust reinstalled, ill be able to get the body back on... And its only taken 1 year. LOL.


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post #88 of 98 Old 01-11-2014, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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So after so discussion and thought, I've made a handful of decisions with the Jeep. I've patched all the holes with fiberglass and bondo and sealed the entire underside with bedcoating.

I'm pretty close to being able to putting the body back on, then I can tweak the engine.

I'm drunk... But pretty excited to get to it tomorrow.
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post #89 of 98 Old 01-19-2014, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Dash is ready

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Everything from the engine back is done



Next:
Body on and out of the way
Spin the jeep around
Work on the from axle, brakes, and steering components.
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post #90 of 98 Old 01-21-2014, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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81 inches to the top of the roll bar. God damn monster!
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