My Cj-7 is under construction

Spazbyt

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This 1986 CJ-7 was my first car back in 2000. I drove it all through high school but when I went to college I needed a better commuter car and emissions testing here in MO made it difficult to pass at the time. So it sat collecting dust in the garage for almost 10 years when me and my father finally decided to get historical plates for it and started cleaning it up. IMG_0317.jpg jeep_014.jpg We pulled the motor and removed all the vacuum emission control crap and installed a webber 2 barrel carb. Later we added a D.U.I. distributor and that really brought this 258 to life. After putting the motor back in we started to notice a squeak in the front end of the motor that would get worse the warmer the motor got. We assumed that after sitting for 10 years we must have spun a main barring. At that point our moral was crushed because we had assumed the motor was in relatively good shape. So after sitting for a few more years we decided to get the motor rebuilt. Finally after a full rebuild we got the motor back in for the second time. Only problem is that it was still squeaking! Turned out one of the bolts on the crank pulley was slightly long and when the motor would come up to temperature the bolt would start making contact with the timing chain cover... Well at least the motor has a fresh rebuild now. :rolleyes: 2011-01-16_12-31-54_803 (2018_02_13 23_25_39 UTC).jpg 20171017_181159 (2018_02_13 23_25_39 UTC).jpg
The jeep was rusting just sitting in a dry garage so we had plenty of body work to do. We also did a spray in bed liner. The hard doors and top would have needed a lot of work and since the jeep would be a Sunday driver now we decide to ditch them. 20170523_192646 (2018_02_13 23_25_39 UTC).jpg
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Original paint on the dash and the seats are original.
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Woo-hoo! So stoked you started this thread! I too started out driving my dad's Jeep in high school. We plan to keep that TJ forever. Now that I have the JK too I'd love a CJ-7 some day. Looking forward to following the build.
 

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I worked on getting new Bestop seats in over the weekend. As much as it sucked to get rid of the OEM seats the vinyl was basically disintegrating and the driver seat was starting to look pretty shabby. 20221022_120945_-_Copy[1].jpg

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Unfortunately one of the seat's head rest crushed down. I put it out in the sun hoping it would bounce back but it appears it was smooshed down for quite some time. Lucky I have a replacement on the way and it should be hear in time for the weekend.
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Spazbyt

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The cheap auto zone braided line and hose clamp covers have been something I have been meaning to replace for a long time now. I'm currently working on switching all the fuel lines in the engine bay to AN fittings. 20221218_135327.jpg
I'm not sure if I need the pressure regulator being that I only need 4 psi but I wanted to replace the fuel filter and I needed a way to get the fuel back to the tank.

Pro Tip: if you have a Old 258 with the split fuel filter make sure the return to tank outlet if above the outlet to the carburetor. If not you'll have hard starts, ask me how I know.
 
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