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post #1 of 10 Old 07-22-2021, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thought it was time I showed my project. I bought a 1985 CJ7 in February that was disassembled and "ready to paint". I've restored and painted cars for years. I had a IH Commanche back in 73 and did some very mild offroad, mostly just camping and such. I decided I would like a good Jeep to get back up into the mountains of Colorado again. I cant really hike anymore so this is a good way to get up there.


I'll start today with initial photos and add more later. Engine is AMC 304, has been raised @2". Chassis was mostly refreshed when I got it.

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-22-2021, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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I started with painting all the body panels. I have a small paint booth that helps a lot. The hood and front fenders are replacements so they were in decent shape to begin with. Color is Grabber Orange.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-22-2021, 05:50 PM
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Very nice! Do keep us posted!

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"Grinders and Paint Make You The Welder You Ain't!" -- from a t-shirt
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-22-2021, 09:47 PM
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nice paint setup!!!!

BagusJeep lives in Bali with far too many 4x4s:
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1984 CJ7 258ci - Puthijeep
1981 J20 258ci - Gladys
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-23-2021, 06:48 AM
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I initially thought this thread was going to be about coolers.

I'll be following this one.

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-23-2021, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Now the "fun" began as I started working on the tub. The Seller was/is a first class crook straight up. He had "repaired" several rusty areas by tack welding a small panel directly over the gaping rust holes. no attempt at all to hammer flat, de-rust, remove rust in any way at all. after tack welding the panels he slathered bondo on both sides and then painted everything with gray primer. Note, the 6 main rust areas that you could easily put your fist or two thru were the 4 roll bar points and the bottom of the A piller - nothing important?


I had to remove 100% of the so called body work he did. I could blow the primer off with an air gun, so the entire inside was sanded to metal.


I'll leave the pictures to show the work done. I also put in new rocker patch panels as he just siliconed cheap diamond plate over everything.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-23-2021, 10:58 AM
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Or a camping trip gone bad :/
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I initially thought this thread was going to be about coolers.

I'll be following this one.

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post #8 of 10 Old 07-23-2021, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Here is where I am currently. Since the vehicle came in boxes and I also cut out all the wires going to the ECU I have been left figuring out just exactly what wire is needed for gauges/lights. Realized today that I had no foot dimmer switch and thus no headlights. Volt gauge tested bad. Oil pressure sensor bad. Horrible grounds everywhere so I have added several. Headlight switch bad - replaced this morning. Front parking lights, new, one had a bad bulb and a poor socket. I can finally see the light at end of tunnel and then attach dash to tug. I have driven around my yard a few times. Need to put in radiator fan and shroud.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-23-2021, 07:11 PM
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Wow, that's impressive! I feel your pain. I learned a trick on removing bondo ... heat gun and putty knife. Worked wonderfully, and didn't make a cloudy mess. Took probably 10 pounds of bondo off mine.

The project is looking really good! Are you going to rebuild the harness from scratch, or get a "plug n play" from someone?

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-24-2021, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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Wire harness - I cut off 80% and threw away. I only need one wire for HEI disti and wires for temp and oil P senders.


Of course I kept the charging circuit and headlights harnesses.
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