View Full Version : My 1st CJ restoration build.

10-25-2010, 09:01 PM
Well, thought I would start a thread on the "Bringing back to life!" of my CJ7. For those of you that have not read my posting in the Introductions section.. my name is Chris. I recently purchased my first Cj, albeit my 13th Jeep. Found her sitting in the non-drivers at a public auction. What I could tell, damage consists of mainly front body and suspension. Rust free, straight frame, 350 Chevy installed already with an aluminum radiator. Guessing about 8" of lift with 33x14.50x15's.

Plans include finding original sheetmetal to replace damaged items, frame off repaint of the body and frame. Replace the interior with newer original Jeep items. Replace the broken leafs, shackles, and front axle.

Here are some photos of me bringing her home to start everyone off with. And as I stated in my original post, I would love to talk to the person who used to own this Jeep to get a little history on it.. so if it looks familiar to anyone, please let me know.




10-26-2010, 07:32 PM
OK... removed hood, both fenders..


Bent windshield frame removed, as well as bent shackles and broken leafs...



Stripped out and sold the used seats, and still trying to sell the Bestop console..


10-26-2010, 07:52 PM
Nice. Looking forward to this.

10-26-2010, 08:51 PM
It's good to see you breathing new life into this CJ7 rather than allowing it to be parted out. I'm all for fixing them rather than killing them. Please keep this thread going with frequent updates!

10-26-2010, 10:52 PM
I'm definitely keepin my eye on this one! Good Luck!

10-27-2010, 09:18 AM
Thanks for the interest in this build up. I am glad that I won the auction as well. Word is that the 350 is built strong and everyone else bidding on it had plans on scrapping the Jeep and keeping the engine. FYI... got her fired up today...WOW. She sounds loud, fast and nasty!!

10-27-2010, 10:04 AM
Going to move this thread to the "old Jeep restoration" area. Can't wait to see this come together.

10-27-2010, 12:27 PM
I really miss my '7....yours looks great! I just wish sheetmetal could've stayed this nice back east in the "rust belt." My '7 had bondo nearly an inch thick in both the front fenders, and holes in the floorboards big enough to toss a cat through...lol.


10-28-2010, 10:15 PM
Picked up a replacement Dana 30 and will be getting that all cleaned up and painted while I am awaiting the arrival of the new Superlift 4" leafs for the front. Also purchased interior for it out of Illinois. That should be showing up hopefully by Monday. Will post photos of those items when they arrive!

Locked & Loaded
10-29-2010, 04:59 AM
What condition are the old seats? Who makes them?

10-29-2010, 05:41 AM
Old seats were besttop... already sold them... New seats are out of a '91 Wrangler Renegade. Cloth and Red!

10-29-2010, 11:17 AM
I'll be watching this one also. Looks like you have a great platform to work with as long as the frame is straight. Mind if I ask how much you were able to get this for at auction?

10-29-2010, 05:20 PM
Frame looks great. No bends or twists. I paid $1500 for it.

10-29-2010, 08:23 PM
Check for any cracks/bending in the cross members where they meet the frame rails, or anything like that. It might not have bends or twists, but one side might be an 1/4" further forward than the other which can make alignments a bish and tire wear horrible. Ever see a Ford truck going down the road that looks like it's driving a little sideways? That's why.

10-29-2010, 09:10 PM
I appreciate the input and I will check that out. I just got all the body mounts undone and ready to lift up the body and will double check all of them.

10-30-2010, 08:13 AM
this is a great thread on a rebuild,,,,,,, i'll be lookin forward to learning as ya post!! thx!

11-01-2010, 07:11 PM
Ok... spent a little time in the garage.. old broken axle is ready to come out...


Here is the recent purchase.. Dana 30 waiting to be cleaned and painted...


Received my replacement seats and console... set the front seats inside to see how they will look.


Seats are in fabulous shape for being out of a '91 Renegade.. just need to clean the dust off them!


11-01-2010, 08:10 PM
looking good will be following your progress best of luck on the build

11-06-2010, 06:03 AM
Picked up a nice Red complete steering column with red leather steering wheel yesterday from the pick a part out of a Wagoneer. Complete column so now I can put the auto shifter back onto the column and get rid of the B&M floor shifter...

11-07-2010, 05:56 PM
Keep up the good work! Lookin forward to what it's gonna look like when its done

03-02-2011, 02:55 PM
Any news on progeress?