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post #1 of 10 Old 12-14-2019, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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1986 CJ-7 Laredo rebuild: the Phoenix

Hi All. This is is the rebuild thread of my 1986 Laredo. I purchased it here in Long Island a few years ago, and last year decided to do a yj tub swap because the cj tub was so rusted that it would have been a huge effort to fix it. Basically everything from the firewall back would have had to be replaced with new panels. So, I purchased a 1993 yj tub still on the frame. It had been wrecked in the front but after inspection it seemed like the tub was ok (it wasn't). Last year I prepped the yj tub by fixing a few rust spots, etc (more than expected). This past April I started the swap, which is when I found out how bad the rust really was on the frame and other components like suspension and brakes. When my hammer went through the frame I decided to replace the frame with one I found in North Carolina. This led to basically a complete, frame-up, bolt-by-bolt replacement or restoration of nearly everything. I just drove it down the road yesterday for the first time since April. Looks I have a radiator leak so waiting for a new one arriving tomorrow, and need to get the lights working properly, then I will take it to get inspected. I'll be adding pictures, starting from the beginning, to tell the complete story. Enjoy!!!

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-14-2019, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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This is the day I bought it for $3200.
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and a few more pics on the day I bought it...
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-14-2019, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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I did a few modifications over the first couple of years... mostly putting on the original chrome wheels, new tires, and painted it (spray can rustoleum satin black)...was looking pretty good, but underneath there was more rust than I could have imagined.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-14-2019, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Here's what I found when I took off all the panels.... Of course I knew it was rusted, but this surprised me. This is when I started to consider a YJ tub swap....
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-14-2019, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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So I went and bought this YJ, frame+tub plus a few other things, e.g., brake booster, power steering gear, windshield, etc. for $500. And, upon closer inspection, discovered quite a bit of rust. I was basically just too anxious to buy one after searching for several months, but the price was good and I hope to make up some of the $$ by selling the extra parts.
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I did a lot of work on the YJ tub last summer (2018) getting it ready. I've lost some of the pictures, unfortunately. But, bought my first welder, took it apart, and started grinding, cutting, and patching. Also included are some pics from this summer where I put on Herculiner on the underside, and cut out the top of the firewall/dash from the CJ so I can use the heater, and I patched in the gas tank hole. Anyways, lots of work not shown. Note, I don't have a shop either! Only this April did I pick up a HF shelter.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-14-2019, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, spring is here, time to swap the tub. I'm sure that will go fast (I said to myself as I started)....
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-15-2019, 06:57 AM
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Something tells me it didn't go fast at all. It never really does.

its a rusty one

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post #10 of 10 Old 12-15-2019, 09:37 AM
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Great project. Looking forward to seeing where it goes.

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