"Douglas" 1980 Jeep CJ7 : Resurrecting a dated Restomod

“Douglas” 1980 Jeep CJ7 : Resurrecting a dated Restomod

A repeat customer in Texas picked up his finished Series IIA Land Rover and at the same time dropped off his beloved 1980 Jeep CJ7 for a thorough rebuild. This custom Chevy powered jeep was cutting-edge back in 1999 with one of the first fuel-injected “LS” swaps completed into a Jeep at the time.

This CJ had been well-used and then left outdoors for a number of years : We planned a complete cosmetic restoration and a thorough checking over of the mechanicals.

Drivetrain: The Vortec V8 was checked over and given some new gaskets & seals as well as a complete tune-up. We ceramic coated the exhaust system, rebuilt components as needed and re-assembled starting with a powder-coated frame. All new hardware as needed with upgrades to bring this build up to date.

Body: We started with a brand new steel body tub and steel front fenders to replace the fiberglass ones on the truck. the TJ doors and all other original panels were blasted, prepped and epoxy primed. 2020 Jeep Billet Silver was chosen and we carefully prepped & Raptor Lined the interior & exterior floor pans in color matched bedliner for protection and soundproofing. Check the fit& finish on the final product: This is no accident! Lots of adjustments, cutting, welding and shimming to make this body line up like this.

Interior: Going with a retro “Levi Edition” theme, we sourced real denim fabric to upholster the upgraded front & rear seating. Speedhut supplied a sweet set of retro-looking gauges which will give all the pertinent engine info to the driver without cutting additional holes in the stock dash. A Retrosound radio looks stock but houses all modern conveniences like bluetooth connectivity and handsfree phone call capability. Color-matched Tuffy box and center console will round out the interior.


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