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post #1 of 45 Old 11-27-2019, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Finally made the time to run up to the panhandle and pick up ‘Old Blue’ over the break. I had posted my first post a few months ago introducing myself and asking for a few pointers. Well the time has finally come and I’ll be taking her back to my shop in Tampa this weekend to start the deconstruction. Old Blue is a 1977 CJ 7 and has been in my family since the early 90’s. My dad bought her to use for getting around in the woods where we hunted. She has not run since he passed away 9 years ago and has been sitting at our farm in in NW Florida ever since.

My plan of action is to start tearing her down and organizing parts. All I know so far is the year and the engine. She has a AMC 304 with automatic transmission. Not sure of the axles or other parts of the drivetrain yet. As I get her stripped down I’ll get all the specifics.

I plan on pulling the engine first and placing on an engine stand that I can transport to my home garage. That way I can spend the evenings stripping it down to the block. I have started looking into rebuild kits but haven’t done enough research yet. I want to break it down myself and then take it to a professional to rebuild it.

Most of the body is not salvageable. I am going to be on the hunt for a good tub, but I won’t need that for awhile. If I can find a good second hand one that requires minimal body work, I will jump on it, otherwise I may spend the money on a new tub. The hood, grill, windshield and dash all appear to be salvageable.

The frame is in overall good shape. This Jeep has been in the south it’s entire life so no damage from salt or anything like that. Once I get it stripped down to the frame I plan on taking it to be sand blasted and powder coated. I plan on replacing both bumpers so I’ll have some cutting and grinding to do as they are both welded on.

Really looking forward to getting into this project. It will take me some time as I have a lot of other things going on in life but hope to have it back on the road by next summer, we’ll see. Any advice is always greatly appreciated. More to come!

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post #2 of 45 Old 11-28-2019, 11:58 AM
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I’m glad your are willing to take the time to restore your fathers old Jeep.

Based in what it needs I would be surprised if you have it back on the road next summer. If you do, more power to you!

Take a million pictures of every part from every angle before you take it apart.

Bag and tag every part, including the hardware.

Don’t throw anything away until the restoration is final.

Good luck, I’ll be following this thread.

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post #3 of 45 Old 11-28-2019, 12:23 PM
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That Jeep has a lot of potential although I've heard that Quadratrac is problematic.

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post #4 of 45 Old 11-28-2019, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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I’m glad your are willing to take the time to restore your fathers old Jeep.



Based in what it needs I would be surprised if you have it back on the road next summer. If you do, more power to you!



Take a million pictures of every part from every angle before you take it apart.



Bag and tag every part, including the hardware.



Don’t throw anything away until the restoration is final.



Good luck, I’ll be following this thread.


Axhammer, appreciate the input. Yes I’m being a little over optimistic with my timeline, but I have to give myself a goal right? Once summer comes it’s almost unbearable to work in my uninsulated warehouse so I know progress will slow when the heat comes back.

I am going to make it happen though one way or another. This is the vehicle I learned to drive on when I was a kid. Lots of good memories there so to restore it means a lot to me. Deconstruction will begin next week and I’ll start posting pics.
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I’m glad your are willing to take the time to restore your fathers old Jeep.



Based in what it needs I would be surprised if you have it back on the road next summer. If you do, more power to you!



Take a million pictures of every part from every angle before you take it apart.



Bag and tag every part, including the hardware.



Don’t throw anything away until the restoration is final.



Good luck, I’ll be following this thread.


Axhammer, appreciate the input. Yes I’m being a little over optimistic with my timeline, but I have to give myself a goal right? Once summer comes it’s almost unbearable to work in my uninsulated warehouse so I know progress will slow when the heat comes back.

I am going to make it happen though one way or another. This is the vehicle I learned to drive on when I was a kid. Lots of good memories there so to restore it means a lot to me. Deconstruction will begin next week and I’ll start posting pics.
Automatic and a v8 cool set up.. I dont know know much about the quadratrac but I think its neat.

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Yea I don’t know a lot about the quadratrac either, just did some reading on it a couple years ago when I first started dreaming about this build. All I know is that there were zero issues with it for over 30 years. It will be rebuilt like everything else so I’m sure it will be fine.
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If you have any troubles finding parts for your project, there is a father/son business in Pinetown NC that has everything. They might not have it in stock today, but they will eventually have it or get it.They are reasonable priced too, so I’d definitely recommend them to anyone looking for CJ parts.

I know it’s far from your location but it might be worth it to make one trip and come back with a truck load of parts. You can call and give them a list of what you need, and then go get the parts after they have them.
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Good on Ya for wanting to bring your Father's CJ7 back to life. Post lots of pics of your progress. We will be watching!

Good Luck...........

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Yea I don’t know a lot about the quadratrac either, just did some reading on it a couple years ago when I first started dreaming about this build. All I know is that there were zero issues with it for over 30 years. It will be rebuilt like everything else so I’m sure it will be fine.
I just read that the old jeep quadratracs are getting harder to come by . I think it would be worth saving this one if you can even if you decide to swap in a dana 300

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Good on Ya for wanting to bring your Father's CJ7 back to life. Post lots of pics of your progress. We will be watching!

Good Luck...........
Good on Ya, spend some time down under?

And I agree, perfect project to bring the jeep back to life,
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post #12 of 45 Old 11-30-2019, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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If you have any troubles finding parts for your project, there is a father/son business in Pinetown NC that has everything. They might not have it in stock today, but they will eventually have it or get it.They are reasonable priced too, so I’d definitely recommend them to anyone looking for CJ parts.



I know it’s far from your location but it might be worth it to make one trip and come back with a truck load of parts. You can call and give them a list of what you need, and then go get the parts after they have them.


Awesome, thank you for the lead. NC is not that far, I’m always up for a road trip!
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You will find manuals at this site helpful if not required:

https://oljeep.com/edge_77_tsm.html

Good luck,

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You will find manuals at this site helpful if not required:

https://oljeep.com/edge_77_tsm.html

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Wow, thank you for this! Super helpful
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Some great family history in that cj, take your time and enjoy the build.

I love the rifle rest for a center console!
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