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post #1 of 25 Old 03-06-2019, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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1985 CJ7 Renegade rebuild

Hey guys, just bought a 1985 CJ7 Renegade for $450 bucks. I've taken the seats out pressure washed out all the leaves and junk from sitting under a tree for the last three years without a top. So as you have probably imagined the rust is.... "pretty bad". I have watched a lot of videos on youtube about replacing panels and using 18Ga metal to fix rust spots. Kinda wanted to post on here and see what you guys opinion on if i spend the time do you think I can save the tub.
Part two, I put a new battery in the Jeep cut out the fuel line and used a 5 gallon jug with a hand pump to get clean fuel to the carb. Good news is the jeep turns over just fine. Bad news on the other hand it will not start or even act like it wants too. I am going to mess with the carb some more to make sure it is getting fuel. My next step after that is to mess with the distributor and see if the issue lies there.

I'm posting a link to my Youtube video of the jeep project. Now I have never made a You tube video before so don't judge too hard

Thanks Christian

p.s. Too see video you will have to look up 1985 Jeep CJ7 Renegade. Its light blue

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post #2 of 25 Old 03-06-2019, 05:32 PM
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I've taken the seats out pressure washed out all the leaves and junk from sitting under a tree for the last three years without a top. So as you have probably imagined the rust is.... "pretty bad". I have watched a lot of videos on youtube about replacing panels and using 18Ga metal to fix rust spots. Kinda wanted to post on here and see what you guys opinion on if i spend the time do you think I can save the tub.
Pictures on the rust please. most parts should be available, however sometimes it's just not worth the time to do the work and the $$$ for patch panels.
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I feel like with some work you may be able to save the tub. Kind of depends what it looks like as you dismantle and remove it from the frame. Looks like its going to be a fun project!

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I'd like to see some pictures as well

its a rusty one

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/90-yj-frame-swap-build-up-1434246/
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I guess im just a retard but I am having trouble posting pictures. I was able to post them to my garage I believe

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Thanks Christian

p.s. Too see video you will have to look up 1985 Jeep CJ7 Renegade. Its light blue
There is a like 5 light blue 1985 Jeep CJ7 videos on youtube.

Is it this one?



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It breaks my heart to see that someone let that happen to a CJ7. And let it sit under a tree for 3 years with no top! Ok i am going to cry a little now.

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post #8 of 25 Old 03-07-2019, 09:13 AM
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It used to be a very nice looking CJ. Itís hard to believe they didnít put a top or a at least a tarp over it.

If you decide to try and save that tub, I suggest checking out/ getting panels from Classic Enterprises.
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I just went through this with mine. It was running and driving when I bought it, and the frame and axles, and running gear were in excellent shape. The tub, however, was not. I replaced both front floor pans, three small patches on top of the rear fenderwells, and filled in probably a 100 other holes and thin places. The PO had patched the front floor pans once and behind the passenger seat already.. The floor pan patches were terrible and made from what appeared to be the hood of another vehicle. Not to mention the fact that it looked they used a stick welder to burn it all in.

I have never done floor pans or body work before, but it turned out pretty good when I finished. Just remember, tack welds are your friend. Trying to run a bead will burn right through the the pans. I used the pans from quadratec, and didn't have any issues with them. I seam sealed it today, and will be priming and then rhinolining tomorrow and Saturday. You will never notice that it was patched after that (unless you look under it of course.
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Please Pictures on the rust.
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Unless you just want to spend countless hours repairing rust you can always go with a new tub.

https://willysoverland.com/repli-tubs

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It used to be a very nice looking CJ. Itís hard to believe they didnít put a top or a at least a tarp over it.

If you decide to try and save that tub, I suggest checking out/ getting panels from Classic Enterprises.
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I think you did well, despite the rust, it looks like it has good bones. I think if you have a shop/garage in which you can work on the Jeep, you will not regret pulling the body off the frame. That way you can thoroughly assess your rust removal/repair needs, and if you need to do any brake/fuel line, or suspension/drivetrain work, it will be so much easier.
I prefer stock looks, so IMO, the side bars, although practical/handy at times, and afford protection, detract too much from the stock appearance. It's your "blank canvas" so whatever makes you happy regarding performance/looks, is what you should do. As you disassemble, take lots of photos, you'll rely on them later. I hope your fiance will be willing to lend you a hand, there will be times when you'll need additional help. Good luck
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Hey guys sorry I haven't replied sooner to yall's comments. I forgot my laptop at the fire house. I defiantly plan on taking the body off and doing my body work while it is separated from the frame. I was worried about finding the Rear Floor Riser. I was thinking about manufacturing one myself, but I know my limits and know that it would be above my skill level. Thanks to OrangeCJ-5 I was able to find a newly manufactured replacement for $145 or so on Classic Enterprises.

In saying that, My question is for you guys (one of many in the future). With getting the Classic Enterprise Rear Floor Riser, should I risk getting the Quadratec floor panels because they are a little cheaper. Or should I just save the money and stick with the same company. I only work for the county fire department so I want to do things right but also want to not spend extra if you know what I mean.

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I’m not afraid to do mechanical work since I did that for a living for a while but I don’t do body work. I used the body supports and panels from Classic. The shop told me how nice they fit with little to no mods. I believe Classic now has whole floor pans minus the trans tunnel hump. The parts were close if not exactly the same gauge/thickness as OEM.
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