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blackhawk_TJ 08-04-2011 10:58 PM

Project Shadow ( 83 CJ7 build)
so ive been blessed with a a good kind blessed soul that started to part out some of his 83 cj7.he had a heart attack while working on the cj.
he decided to put it up on craigslist for free yes for free. i sent him an e-mail and didnt get a response for about 3 days. he called me up yesterday while i was fishing and said he would give me everything he had. i flipped out and was so excited. a forum friend lent me a flat bed trailer. i went over to day and expected just a rolling frame and tub but he had everything!!!! sadly the load was too much for the blackhawk_tj so my buddy who helped me load the cj7 hooked up his chevy and towed her home. we had every look giving to us going across town. from wtf to thats amazing we even had a jk owner lady go crazy waving and i yelled look at my new baby and she flipped out and yelled i love your cj and it was good. so i got my project for free its going to get alot of love from me behold my new baby 1983 jeep cj7 :) enjoy

andreafahy01 08-04-2011 11:01 PM

This is going to be cool to follow, keep us posted!

Drakea94 08-04-2011 11:08 PM

Subscribed !!

Bear94 08-04-2011 11:45 PM

What drake said...

blackhawk_TJ 08-05-2011 06:09 AM

thx ya going to start taking her off the trailer now

andreafahy01 08-05-2011 07:13 AM

You're off to an early start I see!

jgano23 08-05-2011 07:45 AM

it is a cj7, it's no wonder he had a heart attack :D. looks like you have a nice project ahead of you. take it from someone with experience, you will love to hate this thing.

tjwrangler65 08-05-2011 08:25 AM

your tj in the back was to the tire haha

blackhawk_TJ 08-05-2011 02:59 PM

yeah its going to be a P.I.T.A. but im going to love every problem i run into ! :) drea: yeah had to my friend needed his trailer to got move his truck before the county towed it. ( 4dr cj7 custom). tjwrangler65: i had to move the trailor out of the tight area so that the chevy can tow it home. new update now part 1

blackhawk_TJ 08-05-2011 03:24 PM

pt 1 update.

got up early and started to unload the cj and parts off the trailer. i emptyed the tub then took the tranny and extra axles off the trailer.

blackhawk_TJ 08-05-2011 03:28 PM

then i got my dads truck and moved the trailor behind the stables so we can just push the cj in to the stall

blackhawk_TJ 08-05-2011 03:31 PM

i started sanding (before) passenger rear wheel well in this picture its on the left
since i had a blown out tire my neighbor lent me one of his tires off his 1500 ram (99) that he had lying around the shed :)
it brings me back to a kid looks like a hotwheels rim XD

Bawkbird 08-05-2011 03:35 PM

subscribed as well! Looks like it'll be a fun build.

blackhawk_TJ 08-05-2011 05:06 PM

thank you bawkbird ive been scrubbing some more with the wire brush its coming together :)

blackhawk_TJ 08-05-2011 07:40 PM

update part 2
so i continued sanding cleaning up the floors or whats left of them found more holes. im going to end up cutting and welding instead of fiberglass. :/

sanded most of it and started the driver floor
found a tag

125YJ 08-05-2011 08:20 PM

Yikes a Swiss cheese tub of rust, your welder is gonna have a nice amount of hours put on it.:thumb:

But good luck, I would love to have that as a project.:dance:

blackhawk_TJ 08-05-2011 08:52 PM

any recommendations arc mig etc?

Dempsey 08-05-2011 10:05 PM


Originally Posted by blackhawk_TJ
any recommendations arc mig etc?

Welding up rust is best with a mig welder. Needs to be turned to a low setting. I suggest cutting out past the bad and replace as needed with good.

Stitch around to keep the heat low to reduce warping. It takes time and a lot of practice. You get n a hurry you will regret it.

Cj7otr 08-05-2011 11:18 PM

Looks good! I'd love to start from the ground up on a CJ7. I've built and rebuilt just about everything on my CJ, but doing it all from a frame off style rebuild would be ideal. Can't wait to watch the progress!

blackhawk_TJ 08-06-2011 08:47 AM

thank you. it has bbeen fun sanding and finding all the bad. mt friend is going to lend me a mig but i have to take it to the shop. my whole family has had jeeps except for my sister
mom cj7 dad cj5 then my mom got the tj n handed it down to me n now i have a cj7 :) she got memories. cant wait to start today

andreafahy01 08-06-2011 08:52 AM

Get another good day in! As for me, I plan to be lazy, crawl into the hot tub and do a lot of nothing in particular all day long

blackhawk_TJ 08-06-2011 09:15 AM


Originally Posted by andreafahy (Post 1444550)
Get another good day in! As for me, I plan to be lazy, crawl into the hot tub and do a lot of nothing in particular all day long

i wish my hot tub worked its like a cold a$$ jacuzzi! im makin pancakes to start off the day rite :)

andreafahy01 08-06-2011 10:19 AM

haha, well that stinks. Breakfast might have been a good idea today cause now we're cranky

blackhawk_TJ 08-06-2011 10:24 AM

hahe nice bet greg is gonna get a ear full for not cookin you something XD well off to work on the cj update commin soon

toshpate 08-06-2011 01:23 PM jealous. i have got to get rebel to the house and get to working on her. maybe next paycheck.. hell it will be 150 in gas to go get her

toshpate 08-06-2011 01:24 PM


blackhawk_TJ 08-06-2011 07:44 PM


Originally Posted by toshpate (Post 1445217) jealous. i have got to get rebel to the house and get to working on her. maybe next paycheck.. hell it will be 150 in gas to go get her

where is it? in reality my cj cost 35 bucks in gas XP but i love him yes his name is shadow :dance: he's a pain in the a$$ though but its fun got a new update for you guys got to grind and sand some more today

blackhawk_TJ 08-06-2011 07:49 PM

so today a friend and i ( same friend the one that crashed his tj owner of Project Resurrection ) worked on the cj. we worked on the body some found some really weak rust which came off with a small amount of effort. then removed the tub and worked on the rear end of the frame. i well have to cut and weld the floors and fiber glass the sides. here are the pictures... enjoy

blackhawk_TJ 08-06-2011 07:55 PM

here's the rest from today i had waves of rain ( pretty hard rain) start coming my way again. so i packed up and put everything away and covered the tub. heres what the tub looks like so far behold my box of swiss cheese. the tub is on a trailer and straped down so if i wanted i can move it when ever.

blackhawk_TJ 08-06-2011 07:57 PM

that was the end of day 2 of having my cj :)

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