I just bought a CJ7, 1979 Automatic V8 5.0 Litre..
There is an amazingly long winded story about how i bought it in december and how i managed to drive it for the first time yesterday (19th of May 2003) which I wont bore you with suffice to say the car has stood idle for 6 months without moving an inch or even having the motor turned.
However, I must tell you I live in Ibiza, a small island off the spanish coast, there are maybe 4 or 5 CJ7's here maximum, and there is only one with spanish plates, mine. Normally most of you reading this pick up tips from friends, at car meets and what not, I am completely stranded in that respect so I really need your help.
Yesterday I drove the car for the first time, and its amazing how all the things you never noticed on the test drive suddenly start screaming at you. So please bear with me, i will list some of the faults I have noticed so far, and maybe you can shed some light on who what when and why.. the Haynes manual I have has proved to be more than useless in helping me, so I am all ears..
Ok, firstly, jumped in car, turned key and nada, battery dead, recharged battery turned key in ignition and vroom
we have liftoff ).
Turned out of car dealers yard and.. first thing, indicators.. they work, just. As in any slower and you would think i was pushing the on off button once every ten seconds, pitifully slow, the mechanic of the garage who I bumped into later said its because the front bulbs are to strong, should be 15w not 20w, I think the rheostat timer has gone faulty.. opions..?
Next, driving along with a huge grin on my face and I look at fuel gauge and think wow, thats nice of them, they filled the tank up (was showing full) but when I took it on the test drive 6 months earlier I remember we put 10Litres in as it was empty, No sooner had this thought flashed through my mind when BOOM! Needle shoots to less than empty, with knocking knees I dribbled the car to the nearest gas station and drew up in a state of near panic.. (pushing the jeep didnt sound like an easy option). I then proceeded to fill the car up, went to the pay desk and said I would like, um I dont know, first time to fill it, so just let her rip. let her rip they did, it managed to take 32Litres only before full. So does anyone know correct fuel tank size in Litres, and comments on Fuel Gauge.
Next, I also noticed that the temperature gauge also is playing funny buggers, I start the car, i drive less than 100Metres and it goes from cold to over maximum in that time, yet car seems fine, again on test drive six months earlier I drove it further and temperature remained steady.. Now for some reason i just have to drive out of my driveway and its showing past maximum temp, is this a faulty electrical, or thermostat siezed (car has been stood still for 6 months) comments please.. Im not smiling when i think of what may be wrong with it, exhaust gases clean and no mayonaise in the oil filler cap, oil pressure fine as well..
Missing belt. I looked at the motor yesterday and apart from kicking myself stupid for not noticing it earlier, I realised that I am a belt short. Where the Power steering pump is, it has a two grooved belt pulleys, one is connected and runs off to the left hand side of the engine, and the other goes to an object just to the right and lower of the power steering pump pulley, what is that component? Again the Haynes manual doesnt mention it, or have a photo of it, and I would like to know what it is for very obvious reasons...
Auto shift indicator, I dont know about this, and the technical manual doesnt mention it, but when i turn the lights on, the display to show the gears lights up, but when I change gear nothing happens (as in I see the gears, but i had thought that the light would move to show you what gear you were in, is there a seperate light to indicate what gear I am in, or do you just guess and the light is just there to show you the order:?
Well I have a whole more heap of stuff to numerous to list, and nothing you can help me with, such as exhaust looks like swiss cheese in parts, a little rust around front window which I should be able to sort easy enough, and a few odds and sodds like half the dash lights not working, and some of the push pull buttons come off, oh, how do those things come off and go back on? is there a small locking screw on nut ?
Also I have a horrible suspicion front drive shafts need changing (clunking when turning slowly left or right sharply) and thats about it. I am still a very happy owner, but I would be very gratefull if any of you reading this can cast your eyes over this and give me any help you can, or any other invaluable tips I should take into consideration, ps, getting parts here is a nightmare both for cost and time, so please bear that in mind before suggesting i remove the engine )) where possible I would like to remove and repair exisitng components as much as possible.
Oh and here are the photos of the car sat in the dealers yard.