I recently got lucky and fulfilled a dream, I picked up a Jeep CJ7 at auction. I was surprised my wife was down for it but once again proving how awesome she is she told me to go for it. I am still going to post book reviews but I am also going to chronicle what I do to the Jeep as well.
I learned how to work on cars from my Dad when I was a teenager and it has been at least 25 years since I owned a car with a carburetor. I love this Jeep already because it has not a single computer in it. 1981 was the last model year Jeep built that everything on the vehicle is mechanical, which means that I can do almost everything to the Jeep in my driveway. I have found a couple of pretty good websites already for both advice and parts. It urns out there is a pretty good aftermarket for Jeeps and parts are not stupid expensive if you are trying to keep an old Jeep running and reasonably close to OEM. The best sites I have found so far are below.
Tom “OlJeep” Collins: This site has scans of factory service manuals for most models of Jeep still on the road.
Jeep-CJ.com: This is a forum page where you can post your questions and give advice to a pretty big and very friendly community of Jeep CJ owners. they have already been very helpful to me.
Parts and Mods:
Morris 4X4 Center: This site has just about everything you need to build a CJ7 minus the VIN number. They have a great staff, reasonable prices, and they ship very fast.
Quadratec: These folks also sell Jeep parts but they tend to be a little bit pricier although they have a pretty extensive selection of aftermarket, upgrade parts available that i have not found elsewhere.
I want to keep my CJ as authentic as possible and part of that was cleaning up the ashtray and trying to get it to stop squealing every time I open it. Mine was pretty rusty and the paint was scratched so I took it off and treated the mounting bracket with some rust removal stuff, lubed up the bearings, and repainted the front of the ashtray with some flat black spray paint. I used white lithium grease on the bearings because white lithium is my go to grease since the can of moly grease I “acquired” in the army was finally emptied last year. The rust remover stuff I … More after the Jump…