Well I've managed to get some work done this weekend. I have owned this '76 CJ-7 for about a year now and finally started on the restoration this summer. I called 8 Home Depot's in in the area, and all of the Ace Hardware's I could find, and the only Tru Value store, and no one has Hammerite. I got a quart of the stuff from Hamilton Marine, but at the price ($18 + $16 to ship) I don't really want to order any more of it that way. I sandblasted my skidplate today and Hammerited it. I did some sandblasting and wire brusing on the frame and got it 3/4 primered with Rustoleum heavy rust primer. I wanted to use Hammerite except for the aforementioned reasons.
The engine is pretty much done, new water pump, t-stat, TeamRush ignition w/ MSD coil. Engine paint is GM Corporate Blue. The manifolds are sandblasted and hi-temp painted. I think I'm going to have them re-surfaced since I only want them to go on one time.
I got the bed ripped out of the tub (forgot to take pics of it though). I got a few cheap replacement panels from quadratec. hopefully I'll start welding on the tub tomorrow. Its kind of bazaar. the tub has a line all the way across it about in the middle of the floorpans where someone welded 2 tubs together.. but it seemed to fit fine when it was on the frame, so I'm not too worried about that.
The next thing to tackle is the rear frame repair. I have some pics that show how the rear shackle hanger buckled. It looks like just some 3/16" C-Channel will be sufficient to fix it. .any advice would be appreciated though!
Pictures as of 2 weeks ago:
83 CJ-7 and 76 CJ-7 with stuff