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post #1 of 249 Old 06-25-2011, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Got myself a '86 CJ7 two years ago. In the mean time it's slowly transformed from stock into to a capable offroader. Thought it was nice to show some pics......

First at the day of purchase.







It's not in a very bad shape, but still need some TLC. The CJ was originaly first licencend in Germany, but later on sold to someone in the Netherlands. The air here is quit humid and salt, so the rustmonster is fed daily......



PO did put a Weber carb on, and did a very lousy "nutter".



Showing of......

I'll put on more pics weekly!

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post #2 of 249 Old 06-25-2011, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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First, pulled the crapy valve cover.....



....replaced it by a metal one.



Next, fabricated a solid winch bumper.



Had it sand blasted, heat sinked and powdercoated twice.




Then the finishing touch on the "nutter". I took out all of the wiring.



Made a new wiring harness.....



....and re organized the vacuum.



Put on a new breather cap and new fuel filter, also changed the oil and oil filter, and put a couple of 31" BFG MT's on. Now it was reliable enough for normal use.

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Shortly before our summer holiday I ran into a YJ family rollbar.



Thought I'dd swap it quickly, but that went a bit differently.....





Had to do some serious sheetmetal work. All assembly areas from the original rollbar were completely eaten by the rustmonster.





Repainted the back, in and outside. At the same time fitted safety belts in the rear for the kids.



Sold the the hardtop and bought a new softtop. Made some brackets on the hinges for the hi-jack.



Ready for holiday......







After holiday had some conversations with my wife about further upgrades. She likes the Jeep, and driving it, so there where no major issues from her side......
But one thing...... the Jeep must be garage kept, I have to compromise, otherwishe it won't fitt the garage anymore.

To start, I bought a set of new 33/10,5" BFG KMII tires.






Next week more.......
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post #4 of 249 Old 06-25-2011, 03:34 PM
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Nice call on the KM2's. I just put the same set on my 86 and they look great on the stock rims.

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post #5 of 249 Old 06-25-2011, 03:40 PM
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You've done a really nice - clean job...congratulations.

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Great work and pretty country! Keep the pics coming.

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Nice call on the KM2's. I just put the same set on my 86 and they look great on the stock rims.
They not only look great, they perform great as well..... way better than the MT's. On the road I'll do 30PSI, and will airdown till 12 PSI, never been pushed of the rims (till now).


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You've done a really nice - clean job...congratulations.
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Great work and pretty country! Keep the pics coming.
I will...... just have to sort out way to many pics.
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Also bought this.....



.....and a 2'5" RubiconExpress YJ liftkit. New bushings, Stainless +4" brake hoses and 1" BL.



Figured that with this spring layout, it's best of both worlds. First, and not totally unimportant, it still fits my garage. Second, 2,5" instead of 2" front leafs, and with new shockmounts it will flex approximatly 25".

The HEI worked perfectly, improved the reaction on the gaspedal very much, MPG improved also Only thing, because its way bigger than the original distributor, i had to make a new oil dipstick tube.





Again, I could cut more wire's out of the enginebay. It cleaned-up nicely. Only thing i had left is the electric heating element on the intake, underneath the carb. Together with the relais an sensor. Think that in cold weather it will make a little difference.

Started on the front ......



While the axle lay on the ground, I noticed something strange on the left brake.



One of the bolts that keeps the brake assembly on the outer knuckle came out, and pushed the brake assemby to the outside. Inner brake pad was completely gone. Luckily it did not broke the brake hose bolt, leaving me stranded somewhere.



Took the old shock towers of the chassis, found a ugly dot of dirt and rust.
These are not comming back on!

Wire wheeled the front of the chassis and axle, and put some primer on.



Had some shackles laser cut at the company where I work. Did not like the factory style replacement ones, and don't want higher ones for I did not like the look of them.



Made new spring pads myself, a bit beefier than the stock ones.....

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Hey Dutch... your work is excellent. Nice job on the fabbed pieces, and very nice on the dizzy upgrade. The axle looks great and I've never seen primer that color before! Keep going, man!

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Yup, I like the look of it......




Got the axle painted, checked the gears, wheelbearings and so on, filled up with fresh oil and new steering damper.



Cut of the swaybar brackets, so i can place them on the new springplates.



Underneath it will look like this. When everyting is bolted up, I will cut the u-bolts flat with the underside of the springplates.



Ready to put it back again....






I'm not very happy with the angle of the shackles. Later on I will move the upper spring bushing one hole further to the front, maybe switch to YJ bushings. Now i've bend the shackels a bit, they run from 2,5" to 2".



That's it for now..... next time pictures of the rear.....
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I'll bet that gets some real looks rolling down Dutch streets!

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Got the rear axle next to it...



......and found this underneath the CJ. :




I was about to stop with it, and part it out. But started again the week after.

Cut off the rear crossmember and chassis.




Made a new crosmember.






Found some rectangular tube for replacement chassis. Made them just like the original, only about 1" higher. I could not find the right size tube, so I had to made a second (higher) crossmember as well......




Measuring takes a lot of time.....




.... decided to do the left side the same as the right side.



Prefabricated the whole thing.



Welded in place, and coverd the welds with a fishplate. That will do for the next years or so....





Found the springpads on the rear axle eaten by the rustmonster



Cut them off also, wire wheeled the axle.





Painted, checked, filled and ready for new springpads.

More next time, seeya!
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post #13 of 249 Old 07-06-2011, 03:44 PM
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Great work !
I would read up on that HEI.
If it's a Chinese unit, I wouldn't run it until I replaced the gears with a matched set from MSD or Bulltear.
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Excellent job Dutch. I like the way you find a problem and come up with a better than new fix. Keep it up.

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I bet you're glad you didn't part it out!!! Great work and substantial frame pieces.

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