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Hey guys! I went ahead and bought an '86 CJ7 for around $5k. now obviously, a CJ7 for $5k isn't going to be in the best of shape, and that's exactly what I was looking for, but I still need some help. For working on it, I'm not really sure where to start if that makes sense. Here are some issues I noticed immediately upon driving it: Steering "wanders" Brake only activates with a substantial amount of force No seatbelts All of the gauges are messed up/not accurate Seat is stuck too far back, making it difficult to drive Now my issue is that I really don't know where to start with this. Any ideas would be helpful! Remember, I'm a total noob so I need to start small. Thanks, Ben!!
 

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Well this leaves a lot of room for suggestions. A couple questions. Is this going to be a daily driver? Do you have room to store for a while while its built? Are you planning to just fix major items or full resto?

If you are just looking to get it going fixing the major things, I'd start with the brakes and steering. Jack up one front wheel at a time and shake it back and forth as well as up and down. Check for bad tie rod ends, drag link, ball joints and wheel bearings. A helper is good to have while doing this. Good idea to also check spring bushings. If drum brakes, pull drum, check lining and drum for wear and adjust/replace as needed. I assume the front is disc brakes so other than checking for worn hoses/leaks, there is no adjustment to those other than checking pads and rotor to make sure they aren't worn.

Seat belts can be picked up at local parts stores fairly cheap.

The seat probably has a broken rod/spring/what ever connected to the lever for adjustment. If you look under it you can probably see what needs to move to allow you to move the seat up.

Gauges - well, a lot of older Jeeps don't have working gauges. Check the wiring for any blown fuses loose connections and make sure all grounds are good. Bad grounds can cause problems.

That's about it off the top of my head for the issues you mentioned
 
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