Hi!! I have an 86 cj7 that is in bad need of repairs, even though it is still drivable and runs decent. here is the current status: the inside floor panels, front and back are rusted out in several places, some pretty goodsize holes. the frame is rusty and has one small rust through spot that I can see. the transmission was rebuilt about 8,ooomiles ago. the 4 wheel drive works great!! I also have the dana 44 rear. I am just curious about what point I should decide to scrap it(part out) or make it a project? The engine (258) goes through oil like crazy, so a rebuild there is needed, also. I have never undertaken a project this big. the only mechanic type stuff I have done is replace major parts like trannies, engines, etc. and basic maint. The only tools I have are basic hand tools. I have never done any welding. If I figured right,I should have about $3,000 in the next 2 years to work on it. Here is what I would like to do: wrangler tub swap, used frame, have the engine rebuilt.
I also would like to get new 33" tires (currently 31's) but I would probably have to make a gear swap(I am not sure of my ratios
..dana 44, auto trans), and I know that is money I could spend on the other things the jeep actually needs. plus the lift needed to clear 33's is more money(the jeep is currently at stock height). On the dream list is a fuel injected 5.0 ford motor with an adapter for my tranny. What do you guys think? I am open to any opinions and suggestions, so let me have it, good or bad!!! thanks for the input, Ben
The jeep see mostly street use, and when I wheel, it is mud and snow.
86 CJ7 258, weber carb, rusty but trusty!!