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Unread 02-04-2010, 05:21 PM   #1
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Cherokee Guy Q's About 85' CJ 7

So ever since I can remember I've wanted a CJ, my late father owned a CJ-5 and CJ-7 and I've always just loved them.

So the intro's done, here's the facts:

I'm 19 and in college.

I own a 2000 XJ, it's my daily.

I also have a very cancer ridden 1985 FSJ Wagoneer with a good 360 in it.

I've got about 2500 extra dollars that I won't be missing anytime soon.

And here we go: I found a 1985 CJ-7 for sale at a stealership. The owner is asking 2950 for it. It has the 4.2L in it with a 5-speed tranny. Miles over 100,000. Frame looks good from what I can tell, no rust on it, body is clean too except for under the rear tailgate, it's starting to develop some bubbles.

It's got some 15 inch D-Windows on it with a full size spare, poison spyder rocker guards, tube bumper in the rear, and custom steel bumper on the front end with two mini-stinger looking things on it.

The only down side that I can see that definitely stands out is that it does not come with doors and only has a bikini top. I live on the Coastal Bend of South Texas and spring is coming up which I don't think would be too bad of a problem to me.

So there is my story, and here is my question, are there any other things that I should look for on the Jeep that could signify that it is junk? Should I just invest in my XJ, (nothing wrong with it)? I don't know I really want it what do you guys think is it a good deal?

Here are two crappy pics of it that I managed to snap with my phone.





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Unread 02-04-2010, 05:50 PM   #2
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bump.......
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Unread 02-04-2010, 05:52 PM   #3
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not a bad price, you need to drive it and see if there are any steering issues. I put 160,000 on my 258 before rebuild.
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Offer them 1500 for it. You can always go up. Check frame for cracks under driver seat and around steering box. Have a compression check done on the engine.
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Unread 02-04-2010, 06:07 PM   #5
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Steering box and frame cracks, allright I'm writing that one down.
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If it will idle then somebody has rebuilt the carb if it has a Carter BBD. A good question is what carb is on it.
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Bring a fridge magnet to run over the body to see if it is steal or Bondo

From the pics it looks like a good deal, of course don't pay the asking price

If it drives and runs out good, I would probably start around $1800, Good Luck
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Unread 02-05-2010, 09:47 AM   #8
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Thanks for the advice guys, hopefully I can get the CJ! Some plans already are to use it on a statewide camping trip this summer, just my girlfriend, the weather, and me.
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Having owned a CJ through college myself (and also being an XJ owner), I would skip it, invest in the XJ since it is the vehicle you currently depend on, and wait until you get out of school and are in a better position before increasing your vehicle load.
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Having owned a CJ through college myself (and also being an XJ owner), I would skip it, invest in the XJ since it is the vehicle you currently depend on, and wait until you get out of school and are in a better position before increasing your vehicle load.
I'm starting to lean more towards this approach as the days go on...
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Unread 02-08-2010, 05:51 AM   #11
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This is just one man's opinion.. but if it were me, knowing what I need to do to keep my CJ up and running on a daily basis.. and I was in school, I would never try and do both.

A CJ is more of a project or a hobby than it is a vehicle. If I didn't have a regular DD I probably would have gotten too annoyed and fed up with making sure the CJ is going to run every morning, and given up on it.

They're fun to drive (when they're running), fun to work on, and the likes.. but they take time and patience.

I'd recommend finish your schooling, put the money aside somewhere, save some more (you'll need it, trust me..) -- and then when you have more free time, then get your CJ.
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