Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Crystal Lake, Illinois
Hi All! I have Vin number woes. What Jeep is mine??
I just bought last month a '77 CJ7 with a 304 V8. I know the past owner, and he only had it a few months. The Jeep became too independable for him to use as a daily driver. It has a VIN number on the title, but nothing on the Jeep, except for a partial number (8 numbers, from what I can make out) on the rusty frame. My Jeep has been redone before, and the VIN plate is missing, along with all the other appropriate stickers and plates. I tried to decode the VIN number on the title, and the number points to a 6 cylinder CJ5, with a manual trans. My CJ is a CJ7 with a 304V8, and automatic transmission. I dont have the Quadratrac transfer case, I have a Dana 300 mated to the automatic trans. Is my Jeep newer than a '77? Dana 300's were from '80 and newer. I joined this forum to get answers, and tap into a great resource, and have some fun with fellow Jeep lovers. I tried those online VIN number searches, and they only research back to '81, when the VIN numbers changed to 17 characters, from 13, which what my tile has.
I want to make this Jeep right, if I can. I have my Jeep taken apart right now, and about to remove the rusted out tub. Any suggestions on what to do next in straightening out this VIN number delema? I know Jeeps change hands over and over, and being able to simply build your own Jeep is what makes them so great.
1977 Jeep CJ7 Renegade, 304 V8, Torque Flite 999 automatic, Dana 300, AMC 20, Dana 30 front, 30" X 9.50" tires, building it back to stock..
A new work in progress, and a new lease on life...
Last edited by skidplate77; 03-22-2008 at 12:36 PM.