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Josh's 1985 CJ7 Restoration

45598 Views 345 Replies 41 Participants Last post by  John Strenk
Hey guys! I am sure you have seen me around here on a few threads but I normally just do a lot of reading on here. I love seeing all of the stuff people are doing with their Jeeps. If I can't figure it out by myself, from the FSM or my Grandfather, I come here. With that said, since I am doing a complete restoration, I figured I can document what I have done now and continue to document. I would like to look back on it some day and I would really like to contribute some help to us CJ folks.

I bought this CJ7 in 2018 that I found on Facebook market place. It was local and the best looking one on Facebook. $2,600 and it was mine! It had issues but I knew it from the start and was willing to fix it. Hard top and pre 1981 hard doors were included along with a box of parts and little trim stuff. It also didn't run when I bought it but I knew what it needed.

About the Jeep:
258 with a T5 transmission and a dana 300, AMC 20 rear axle and a Dana 30 in the front. Pretty much a base Jeep but I am not sure if it had a package on it due to it being repainted a few times. LOTS of rust! Had the nutter bypass done and the cooling system was re-routed... not sure why someone would do that but I guess it got them by. Here are some pictures before the carnage started!

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Yikes, sorry for the pictures being rotated... I haven't had that issue a picture do that before
Open the photos with a photo editor on your PC and even if they appear oriented correctly save them. That will keep them properly oriented. You also can use the Preview Post feature to check them.

By the way nice work on the tachometer.
 

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This is a tough question and one in my mind there is no right answer. The flat sided CJ body is one conducive to the hammer and dolly method of removing dents. That's what I'd do and follow up with spot filler. Get rid of the obvious and ignore the not so obvious defects. The majority of folks won't notice them anyway. I have a friend who spent a ton getting his CJ5's body and black paint perfect. The first time he drove it in the woods he scratched his paint. He spent days rubbing and polishing and then wouldn't drive it again.

A Jeep should be driven and not admired.
 
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