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post #1 of 4 Old 02-09-2019, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Good mechanic in the Katy area

Hey guys,

I'm working on importing my dad's old CJ7 from Mexico and would like to get it into shape for driving around town. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good shop I could use in the Katy area?

There's no plans for any modding on this one, but I do need a mechanic that knows enough about old jeeps; it's been sitting in storage for over 5 years and I don't know much about what's already been done to it. I know the drive train was modified to accommodate an AMC 304 V8, so there's quite a bit non-stock under the hood.

I might be looking to install a 3 point seat-belt by having the shoulder strap bolt added to the stock roll bar. Does anyone know a good shop that would be able to drill and weld this in the area?


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post #2 of 4 Old 02-10-2019, 07:10 AM
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Not sure on a local mechanic, but the AMC 304/401 were standard options. It may be original. I have owned several CJ5s and they are a pretty straight forward vehicle.
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I think it was already an option for the 81 CJ7, but it's obvious from the way the engine is mounted on mine that it is not from factory on this one. I also remember some talk about it at home back when the mod was done, but I was too young back then to pay any attention.
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are you just needing to have it freshened up since it was stored or is there an actual issue with it? The reason I ask is because the AMC 304 is an easy motor to work on and parts are readily available. Unlike the modern mess of electronics, there really isn't much to worry about. If you are just freshening it up you can easily do it over a weekend.

1. Drain/ Refill fuel
2. Change Oil
3. Clean Carb
4. Rebuild Ignition (plugs/wires/coil/rotor/distro cap)
5. Change Air filter

As for the rest of the drive line pretty much a drain and fill should be good.
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