Wow what a story. Moving all over the place. Nice CJ8. Would be a shame to spend all that time and to sell it. Not even really getting to enjoy the fruits of your labor. I have buddies who restore, spend all their time working on projects only to sell later on. I get too attached to projects that I spend alot of time on. That being said we each have our own priorities. Your loss will be someones gain!
what may be the final update for the next... oh.. three years..
thanks to the incredible generosity of another forum member (John, forum name "1980cj7"), my 8 is now in secure storage close to our home in Colorado... drove it on to the tow dolly and got her strapped down:
and delivered her to her new long-term "temporary" home in the John's hands..
As my family and I continue our preparations for a move to Germany (which is a pretty massive undertaking) I'm reminded on a daily basis of what a blessing it's been to have John's generous support... having the 8 taken care of is a huge load off of our shoulders.
Last week I charged the battery and pulled her out of the garage to rotate the tires, circulate the fluids, and give her a wash as she'd grown a layer of dust.... and because I was hoping seeing her do something other than protect a pile of cardboard stored under her parking spot in the garage might ignite some motivation to get back to work. Last night I started pulling parts out of the storage bins that I'd kept in the bed, and everything I held or saw made me think, "add that to the list, add that to the list, add that to the list....", except that there was no list. So I started another one:
Safety first... time to reinstall my seat belts. The truck came with a very random collection of washers and bolts holding the 3-point belts in. I fished them out of the ziploc bag tonight and found at least three bolts that appear to be factory-like items, so I ran them under my bench wire-wheel.
I'm looking for a link/source to (a) the correct hardware and (b) the bushing-gasket sets that go between the roll bar and the half-cab. I found this thread from 2016 but neither the Monroe shock install kit number nor the eBay seller seem to be current.
I believe member BRKLYNZ28 was making the seal that attaches to the roll bar. Send him a message and see if he still has any. I have seen some shock replacement bushings at the auto parts store in the “Fix It” section.