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
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!!!
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!
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.