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Unread 10-24-2007, 08:53 PM   #1
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78 CJ7 Restoration advice

Hey folks i just bought a fairly nice 78 CJ7 (off of craigslist!) and im kind of new to the restoration game. it runs fine, the only problems arent glaring, like electricity issues in the dash (spedometer craps out at about 50, fuel and temp gauges dont work, radio and windshield wipers dont work).

i was wondering if apart from these issues, if there is anything in particular i need to have checked/worked on due to its age.

also, it has a 3 spd manual tranny with a 304 V8, so its pretty much like driving a tractor. id like to eventually put maybe a 4 or 5 spd in it, but am in the dark as to time/money/necessity of such a project. PLEASE HELP!

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Unread 10-24-2007, 08:54 PM   #2
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Yeesh, over 50 with a 3 speed!?!

The steering is a normal problem with these things. I would check on the tie rods, ball joints, etc to make sure everything is OK. There is always something to fix on a CJ, no matter how nice or "complete" it is...
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Unread 10-25-2007, 05:37 AM   #3
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Did the same with a 79 304 cj7 which I still have.
Do the front end first, tie rods, steering etc. Make it safe.
Mine runs 65 with a 3 speed without taching out.
Who needs a speedo on a jeep anyway, that can wait.
Temp guage is important in FLA, so fix that and check the cooling system out.
Then pick your repairs/replacements one at a time. its a hobby so its going to take a while, mines a work in progress, that I can drive when I want to.
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Unread 10-25-2007, 05:44 AM   #4
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The speedometer would not be electric. It should be cable driven. Remove the cable from the back of the speedometer and squirt some oil inside it. The cable likely needs lubrication and WD 40 will dry out too quick I think.
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Unread 10-25-2007, 09:27 PM   #5
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ok since the instrument cluster is in such bad shape does that mean the odometer is crap too? it seems to work fine since ive had it, but the mileage on it is pretty far-fetched, so im not sure if i can trust it at all or not.
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