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Unread 02-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Buy a cj7

Hey everybody I'm going through the process of buying a 1983 CJ7! I just moved to Hawaii and I could think of a better vehicle to have. I'm posting pics, lets me know what you think. I already know its needs some body work

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Unread 02-24-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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looks great to me,

its got rear side mirrors, the steps are still in place and not bashed up, (most are gone or bashed up by this time) these are for short girls to get in, hey short girls like to ride in jeeps too.

1st. check the brakes

change all the fluids, give it a good tuneup, check the steering joints, spring hangers, drive shaft u-joints,

be sure the radio plays good and that the top comes off,

man you are good to go,

be sure the tires are not old and rotten, many times on these low miles driven vehicles, the tires can look good, but be old and subject to blowouts at highway speeds. be sure to check the tire date code, someone will show you how to check this, if you do not know how!!!


you did good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Unread 02-24-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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Looks like a good starting point. What do CJ's go for in Hawaii?
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Unread 02-24-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
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stop! dont drive it.

there arent any surfboard racks on it! i have seen some racks that integrate with the spare tire mount that are for short boards. your "gun's" have to strap up top. if your "haole" dont make it nice, keep it kind of "ratty" so it will more likely stay where you last left it!. it is the perfect island vehicle, make it reliable and put most of your upgrades into hidden theft deterrents that disable the ignition. im not hacking on the islands, but nice cars dont last, between tourists from iowa and locals you wont have a fender without a dent or a knob left on the dash. enjoy paradise!
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Unread 02-24-2013, 08:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses! First thing I gotta do Is get a new battery. I tried charging it and no luck. I jumped it and I can drive around but once i turn it off! It won't start again. I also think the ground on the starter by the battery is loose. Radio plays! But it's cassette. I don't have my Metallica cassettes anymore, oops. Tires are good! Mickey thompsons with more than 80%. Drive estate is new he claims. Rear axle is a solid axle he said also. It's the 4.2 which I hear is solid engine idk.
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Unread 02-24-2013, 08:26 PM   #6
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Looks like a good starting point. What do CJ's go for in Hawaii?
I'm spending 2G
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Unread 02-25-2013, 08:40 AM   #7
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What island are you on? The 258 is a great engine. Seven main bearings for six cylinders means it's pretty bulletproof.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #8
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looks great to me,

its got rear side mirrors, the steps are still in place and not bashed up, (most are gone or bashed up by this time) these are for short girls to get in, hey short girls like to ride in jeeps too.

1st. check the brakes
including the fluid in the master cylinder....looks like you have a leak on the front reservoir
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Unread 02-25-2013, 11:38 AM   #9
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I'm on Oahu! You here?


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What island are you on? The 258 is a great engine. Seven main bearings for six cylinders means it's pretty bulletproof.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 11:49 AM   #10
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Good call. I see that now. I'm more worried about it starting without a jump. Hopefully new battery does the trick


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including the fluid in the master cylinder....looks like you have a leak on the front reservoir
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Unread 02-25-2013, 11:57 AM   #11
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I'm on Oahu! You here?
Nope, I'm in a land locked state. Looking for a vacation property on Maui or Kauai though if we can ever decide which island we like better.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 12:05 PM   #12
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I spent some time there in paradise...bought my CJ from a Navy captain.

Good luck with your new Jeep!

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Unread 02-25-2013, 06:24 PM   #13
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Someone help me! What is this? It looks like a relay that runs to the starter and the positive terminal on the battery, but it's loose and seems like it's preventing my jeep from starting.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 06:44 PM   #14
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Its the starter solenoid. They run about $18.00 from your local parts store.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 06:47 PM   #15
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Where is that oil on the floor coming from? Make sure you take a look at your valve cover gasket. They tend to go and the symptoms present like a bad rear main seal.
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