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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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Best Manual for a '80 CJ7

Newbie here, just purchased a 1980 CJ7 and want to get the Service manual ordered. After searching I am now confused, I am going to be doing a frame off restore.......eventually I want to play with it a little first. So I thought I woudl ask your opinions on the best manual or manuals to order?

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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:31 PM   #2
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Really depends on what you're going to do with the Jeep... and your budget. There are so many options, you really have to, no "get" to pick based on the build plan.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:36 PM   #3
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if you can find the FSM for the 80 CJ, you'd have a fine manual.. Haines and Chiltons aren't worth the paper they are printed on.. I have the 84-86 FSM manual for the CJ, but not the 80's model.. I've made numerous copies on DVD for other forum members, and its a really good manual.. you might try google for 1980 Jeep CJ FSM and see what comes up.. reword if nothing looks right..
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Unread 05-21-2013, 05:01 PM   #4
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Oops... wrong manual
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Unread 05-21-2013, 06:46 PM   #5
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Chiltons is fine. If you need more than that the info can be found on the net.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 06:53 PM   #6
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Chiltons is fine. If you need more than that the info can be found on the net.
chiltons sucks.. you follow a wire on their schematic, it magically goes into a rectangle box, they don't tell you what, where, or why it went.. or how it comes back out.. the FSM doesn't leave you hanging.. same with the HAYNES..
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Unread 05-21-2013, 06:59 PM   #7
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if you can find the FSM for the 80 CJ, you'd have a fine manual.. Haines and Chiltons aren't worth the paper they are printed on.. I have the 84-86 FSM manual for the CJ, but not the 80's model.. I've made numerous copies on DVD for other forum members, and its a really good manual.. you might try google for 1980 Jeep CJ FSM and see what comes up.. reword if nothing looks right..
I find myself referring to my Haynes manual quite often. It's not as compete at the FSM, but it's quicker for certain info.

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Unread 05-21-2013, 08:37 PM   #8
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chiltons sucks.. you follow a wire on their schematic, it magically goes into a rectangle box, they don't tell you what, where, or why it went.. or how it comes back out.. the FSM doesn't leave you hanging.. same with the HAYNES..
Most CJs have had wiring repairs and the schematic isn't going to help anyway. Test light and multi-meter is more of a help than the schematic. If he's just doing a frame off restore (ie unbolting and rebolting) back together Chiltons is fine. I've rebuilt 2 jeeps (wiring + suspension + engine rebuilds) via Chiltons and before the internet.

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Unread 05-22-2013, 09:15 AM   #9
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Wow,

Thank you all for the insight, the electrical I am not so worried about although knowing how it should be is always nice, I have plenty of electrical and electronic skills and am very comfortable with multimeters. Mainly wanted to get the specifications, and exploded diagrams of all the parts. I will look for a copy of the FSM manual. Thanks for helping out a complete noob, I did not expect such a quick and complete responses. I will keep you all posted and I am going to try and do my best to keep an up to date build dialog on this. I will post a link to my build site when i get started. Will get some Before shots this weekend and the fun will begin!
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Unread 05-22-2013, 03:21 PM   #10
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Guys thanks again - Found this set on Ebay and awaiting its arrival.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/400411680448...84.m1497.l2649
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Guys thanks again - Found this set on Ebay and awaiting its arrival.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/400411680448...84.m1497.l2649
I'd like to know what you think of that when it arrives.

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Unread 05-23-2013, 05:27 AM   #12
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bobert0670, Bought the same 1980 jeep tech sevice manual off Ebay 4 years ago when I started my frame off resto. At least for me it was money well spent. I still refer to it often. That manual and this site gave me the info I needed to be able to do my entire project by myself.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:54 AM   #13
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bobert0670, Bought the same 1980 jeep tech sevice manual off Ebay 4 years ago when I started my frame off resto. At least for me it was money well spent. I still refer to it often. That manual and this site gave me the info I needed to be able to do my entire project by myself.
That is great to hear. I have already found LOTS of great info on this site too. Although i wish they had a better way to manage the information than having to search all the posts. It woudl be nice if they had a section where specific topics for things could be listed. I see they have it but they don't seem to put anything in there. Anyway, I have created a website for tracking my project, not that i think anyone cares, mostly for my friends and family, and to host pics for use on this site. I will try to put direct links and info there as well for anyone who may stumble across it.


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I'd like to know what you think of that when it arrives.

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Will let you know my opinions when I get the manuals.
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Unread 05-28-2013, 06:55 PM   #14
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FWIW, I have the '82 Tech Service Manual and the '84-'86 Factory Service Manual in pdf format.
I posted links for them here awhile back, so you should be able to search for them in the forum.
Not '82, but basic info is good and the price is right.

Found it: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/do...-link-1423347/
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Unread 06-15-2013, 07:18 PM   #15
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I'd like to know what you think of that when it arrives.

Thanks
Just bumping to find out if this was a good purchase.
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