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post #1 of 113 Old 08-17-2007, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Some pics of my CJ in restoration

Well, I figure a lot of you have seen my status updates in my Sig about my 80 CJ5 resto, and I'm finally going to post some pics.

For some background, I got the Jeep in March for $1,500. It was a restoration that had just been stopped. Had an original, and in bad shape CJ seat for the passenger an an unsecured plastic racing seat for the driver. No gauges or anything else interior. Their was no wiring harness other than what had been built at home to make the jeep run on a common electrical type 3 position switch. Their were all kinds of un-needed holes in the Jeep, and the engine just barely ran and was chunked after I tore it down. Now, on to the current pics.

There is the frame as she sits today, going to run the brake and fuel lines today.



There is my interior and fire wall. All the green and pink looking is fiberglass patch on one side, then fiberglass filler to level and get rid of the holes (fiberglass body). Look at all the useless holes that the PO put in.

Anyone want to guess whats in this box?


The harnesses cost almost as much as the seats. Got the seats from a semi-local seller on E-bay, but they had free shipping.

My one-pieces waiting patiently on me to get the gear I need

Think I have enough small parts waiting for when the body goes on?


80 CJ5 in the process of a frame up resto
96% complete.
The little stuff will kill me.
On the back burner for college.
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post #2 of 113 Old 08-17-2007, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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The only actual frame rust that I had to correct other than replacing the rear brake line cross member.

My YJ spring conversion, very well-made kit.

My tires, got those in the original CJ purchase, the only drive-line component that isnt being touched.

Completely re-done steering system, with a nice fat Skyjacker tie-rod.

My AX15, just waiting fo the drive-line to go in.
Will update the thread as I get more done, being 17 leads to not having tons of cash to work. But, what do you guys think so far? Opinions and suggestions are all appreciated. I'll even take a little criticism.

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post #3 of 113 Old 08-17-2007, 03:52 PM
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Looks good. The only thing that would concern me is with that weld being a straight line across the top it may crack in time. Someone correct me if I am wrong but with a straight line like that it is much more prone to cracking. I hope I am worng and again I like what you have done. Very nice.

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Thanks, and yea I would normally worry about the weld too. However, my friend helping me is my welder, and I've seen nothing he has done before fail. Very skilled welder.

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How do you know how to do all this at 17?
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How do you know how to do all this at 17?
I have a little help. My buddy helping me has rebuilt a lot of stuff on his 78 CJ7, and his father has done quite a bit of stuff too. We haven't run into anything quite yet that we couldn't do. Surprised? Plus, I kind of want to open a Jeep restoration business as a career, so I'm learning just as much as I can.

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Thats super cool man!! I wanted a CJ at 17 and just 2 days ago (at 27) picked up my 1984 CJ7 Good Luck with the Restoration
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Thats super cool man!! I wanted a CJ at 17 and just 2 days ago (at 27) picked up my 1984 CJ7 Good Luck with the Restoration
I was only 16 when I picked it up, but thanks. Shes quite a money pit, but I love it.

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post #9 of 113 Old 08-17-2007, 07:54 PM
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Looking good, great progress.

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Wow, that's looking good. You will definitely be happy when you're done!

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Yeah looks great so far. You really have to keep us updated on all you are do with it. I would love to see the final product.

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Wow, that's looking good. You will definitely be happy when you're done!
I have begun to wonder IF I'll ever be done. I wanted the Jeep done by June, then it got bumped to August, then October, then December, and now I'm just hoping to have it done by the end of this Winter.

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Hehe that's something that I dealt with. I was expecting to have all the body work done in one weekend. Well, 2 months later she was in the paint shop. With a project like that, you just have to learn that it's going to take time. There's two things that I learned: it's going to take longer than you think, no matter what; and you should take your time and do it right rather than rushing, or you will end up doing it over again and taking even more time. Ask me how I learned that...

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I have begun to wonder IF I'll ever be done. I wanted the Jeep done by June, then it got bumped to August, then October, then December, and now I'm just hoping to have it done by the end of this Winter.
don't feel bad my Jeep is still sitting at my brother's house... right where it was when I bought it from him looking good so far

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Well it looks like you are off to a good start, keep us updated.
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