I have been looking for a decent later model (82-86) CJ 7 for my son. he is a sophmore in college, and is wanting a daily driver. It took me a couple months, but I finally found this for $4500. It has the 258 I6, a 4 inch lift with BFG 33's, the rockers and hard top are aftermarket, and the engine was rebuilt (not sure when).
Some rot in a couple spots under the windshield and at the windshield seal.
A little bit of rust in the driver floorboard.
One small rust hole and a some rust in the passenger floorboard.
Rear axle is welded.
Tear in the side of the drivers seat.
Carpet is mildewed
Tires have dry rot
center console removed (missing) and gun rack installed
It is a Laredo with original seats, mostly stock and intact
Factory AC (does not work)
Engine runs great
4wd works great
It's an 82 CJ 7
I am looking for some advice about how to bring this up to speed as a daily driver without screwing up a classic jeep. my current plans are to replace the welded carrier and spiders with a stock open dif. Replace the tires with some 33" all terains. The carpet will come out and I am thinking of rhinoliner for the interior floor (after taking care of the rust). I will fix everything I can and replace what I can't.
What do I need to watch out for or be very careful with? I want to make it very functional, and keep it as a stock Laredo as much as possible. Thanks in advance. i will try to get some pictures up soon.
As has already been said....Welcome to the Jeep Forum, tons of good stuff here for you new CJ.
As Eagekeeper stated, "We love pics."
The easiest way to post pictures is to open a free account at photobucket.com and upload your pictures. You can then copy and paste the .img file directly into your posts for all of us to see your rig.
There's a old standing rule here on the forum that "It didn't happen if you don't show a picture of it."
Again......Welcome to the forum. There's a ton of help here to make things easier as you go through your new CJ.
'86 CJ7, 258, Carter BBD, Nutter'ed, TeamRush'ed, T-18, Twin Sticked Dana 300, D30 Frt-Pwr Lok L/S-4.10, AMC 20 Rear-Mosers-Detroit Locker-4.10, 2.5 BDS Lift, 1" Body Lift, 33" Wild Country M/Ts, Black Spoke wheels
'45 CJ2A, L134 Go Devil, T-90 Tranny, Warn O/D, T-18 T-Case, Dana 25 Frt, Dana 41 Rear, 531st CJ made
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We pulled the seats, crappy amp and speakers, about 20 self tapping screws, and a lot of electrical taped wiring with questionable purpose.
We took the hard top off and used the shop vac to remove about 20 pounds of dirt, sand other accumulations of grime.
The passenger floorboard has a bit more rust than I first thought, but it is not real bad. The frame and all of the body mounts are sound. The rubber body mount bushings are all cracked and a couple bolts are a little bent.
We discovered that the leather steering wheel cover is intact beneath another steering wheel cover. I can't understand why anyone would do that, but I am thankful I suppose.
We took off the rear dif. cover and emptied out the chocolate milk. It looks like the spider gears and carrier will need replaced, but I don't think the axles are welded into the mix. I hope to check them some time this week.
All in all this looks to be a great project. Once we get the rear dif. fixed, some new tires and ALL of the fluids changed we should be on the road. After two days my son is thoroughly addicted and I am wondering how long I will have to wait till I can buy mine.
Thanks again. I will look into the photobucket thing and try to get some pics posted.
I will try to keep the pics up to date as we go. Might have to continue this in the build thread.
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Thanks all. I am happy I found it. If not, it probly would have sat for a couple more years.
It has been repainted.
I got into the rear dif. The spiders are welded to the point that you can barely see them. I am hoping the axles themselves are not welded. I am going to borrow a buddies puller and give em a yank in a day or two.
I may be looking for the whole rear end. It looks like the AMC 20's are getting pretty rare, but I am not sure I can get it all apart without destroying everything. I thought about looking for another jeep as a dedicated traill rig and just swap rear ends, but I am almost certain the wife would not go for that.
I guess we'll see in a few days. I'll try to get some pics up of this also.
let me know about the center section if you need one. My old open one is down in a box in the basement. no ring gear... but it was a 3.54.
1982 CJ-7 2003 4.3 chevy vortec, 4L60E, Clocked Dana 300 35 x 12.5 x 15 KM2 on Cragar 399's. Vanco Brake Booster. Power steering conversion. Warn front and rear bumpers with swing away. Moser 1 piece rears. Rear OX.
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