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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Ok, its going to go down in the PUB section, here is the link...

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...42#post3606142
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Hi5 there Marco, you're the man! Your Jeep is what most Jeeps would love to aspire to someday!

    If you want a mini rod or bar bender, watch this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPYY1x6f07M

    You might just like its simplicity!

    8)

    EDIT> Oops realised I posted this in the wrong section, please excuse me, it was meant for your tube bender rig posting.
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    So 4 years have passed since I last updated my antique thread...

    a lot has happened.

    1. I'm still married... happily..., my boys are growing up fast, almost too fast...
    2. Sold office, sold house, and moved to a secure area, only to have a cat burglar visit when least expected....
    3. Lost some lifelong friends, for reasons still unknown, makes on realize who true friends are...
    4. Came damn close to losing my business thanks to the corona fiasco, but hey, here I still are..
    5. Lost MIL to cancer early February 2021
    6. Lost FIL 2 months back when he became a SA Gauteng murder statistic thanks to this place being what it is, law wise...
    7. Got vaccinated..

    8. Oh yes, finally completed my half doors... Made hinge plates out of 3mm stainless, machined the hinge stubs out of 16mm stainless round stock, made a mess of the stainless welding, but I did not burn the house down... yet...

    Landed up stone chipping the entire doors as there was just now way I was going to get them as flat as I would have liked, no matter how much body filler I threw at them..
    I have cut panels for the inner door padding, tomorrow I will purchase some black vinyl and do some upholstery..

    Now all I have to do is drive her a little....
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcochezzi View Post
    So 4 years have passed since I last updated my antique thread...

    ....you are 2 months to early .... today in Gauteng does not feel like summer


    ......i get the feeling another big project is in the planning for the CJ7....

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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    I still think the CJ 7 is the best looking Jeep ever made. And thanks for updating the thread.
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Quote Originally Posted by BlindBeggar View Post
    ....you are 2 months to early .... today in Gauteng does not feel like summer


    ......i get the feeling another big project is in the planning for the CJ7....
    Damn right its cold...

    Blind the only thing in the wings for the 7 is coil conversion upfront, but I am currently suffering from procrastination fever, the last 6 months have been somewhat difficult and I need a quick direct slap on the back of the head to force some direction....
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Quote Originally Posted by Gootka View Post
    I still think the CJ 7 is the best looking Jeep ever made. And thanks for updating the thread.
    You're welcome, I tend to agree with your sentiment, but I am obviously biased...!!
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcochezzi View Post
    So 4 years have passed since I last updated my antique thread...

    a lot has happened.

    1. I'm still married... happily..., my boys are growing up fast, almost too fast...
    2. Sold office, sold house, and moved to a secure area, only to have a cat burglar visit when least expected....
    3. Lost some lifelong friends, for reasons still unknown, makes on realize who true friends are...
    4. Came damn close to losing my business thanks to the corona fiasco, but hey, here I still are..
    5. Lost MIL to cancer early February 2021
    6. Lost FIL 2 months back when he became a SA Gauteng murder statistic thanks to this place being what it is, law wise...
    7. Got vaccinated..

    8. Oh yes, finally completed my half doors... Made hinge plates out of 3mm stainless, machined the hinge stubs out of 16mm stainless round stock, made a mess of the stainless welding, but I did not burn the house down... yet...

    Landed up stone chipping the entire doors as there was just now way I was going to get them as flat as I would have liked, no matter how much body filler I threw at them..
    I have cut panels for the inner door padding, tomorrow I will purchase some black vinyl and do some upholstery..

    Now all I have to do is drive her a little....

    Here is mine, in nam we can drive it all year
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Quote Originally Posted by hein100 View Post
    Here is mine, in nam we can drive it all year
    Lovely, one day I am going to tow mine all the way there just to play in the sand, must do it...
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    So in order to make the door cards, I made a quick template out of some card and then after confirming fit was ok I had to figure out how to transcribe the door clip holes to the template which had me a little baffled for some time, the holes are not flat on the door panel but a little recessed, so not an easy to do with a press of the finger to mark the template as one would if making a gasket (as example)...

    Best solution once the brain had re-engaged was to machine a little 'pointer' out of aluminium, the back end having a little section that would fit into the door clip hole, the front end being the point..

    I stuck the top of the door card to the door panel with masking tape in order to secure it, and then simply positioned the pointer into each hole and pressed on the board template from the front, marking the position of each hole accurately..

    Once marked, it was then a simple matter of punching the hole in the card..
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    These old jeeps have these weird offset doorcard clips, I made my way to ProAuto rubber in the east rand as they have a ton of options available, was able to find these weird steel clips that fit the bill perfectly, you can see in the pic below how they fit into the door card itself..
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    An all the clips in place, vinyl on, not great, I battled with the tight radii..
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Panel done, not great, but for now will do, I have enough vinyl left over to do this properly, a 2nd time...

    Interestingly both doors have one clip on the top which will simply not locate, probably the recess is just too deep for the length of the replacement clips, need to figure out what to do to fix that little issue..
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    My 7 is an early 7, the original doors have the extended handles unlike the recessed handles as in hein100's, the doors I cut up to make the half doors were the same vintage..

    Technically there is no need for the external handles as one would use the grab handle from the inside to open the door, and in fact I had welded the original door handle holes shut, but in retrospect I cannot help but think that putting the outside handles back in place is the correct thing to do, gives the doors a more ' balanced look'

    Your opinions in this regard please gents...
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    I'd leave them off personally
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Quote Originally Posted by Quiksilver View Post
    I'd leave them off personally

    ...i agree, they will only serve as hooks ......

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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Mine also has similar half doors, but the rattling got to me. Eventually decided to take them off.

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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    My opinion is the Jeep has stood so long, the push-rods have rusted to the cam followers..........
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    Default Re: Its summer, time to start tearing my 7 apart, again..

    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    My opinion is the Jeep has stood so long, the push-rods have rusted to the cam followers..........
    Not quite rusted yet Jelo, did drive her yesterday, to Sandton - 100% genuine...

    Handles did go on after-all, had a simple itch to drill holes that needed to be satisfied..

    Now there is fresh oil under her now from a spot I have not seen before, so I guess I will be examining her undercarriage properly come the weekend, looks like a leak around the dipstick, common problem with these old buggers...... possibly even the tappet cover gaskets but they are fairly new..

    Sprayed down the offending area with some Prepsol, will wipe down and investigate propely later.

    Doors don't rattle at all, make great elbow rests when tackling Sandton City parkade speedbumps...
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