I'm going to buy a Jeep cj7, what should I check before my purchase?
I have found a 1977 Cj 7 seems to be in great shape, it had a fiberglass tub swap. The 258ci i6 engine was rebuilt ten years ago and has 25,000km on it. Its been in a barn sitting for a few months aswell, Can anyone tell me what to look for when I take this bad boy out?
Chances are the original ignition system has been changed out. This would be a GOOD thing! The original for this year was made by Prestolite. Ask. If you're told it's orginal or a Prestolite, you will be spending some money out to change it. If you hear it has an HEI or perhaps a Ford or Motorcraft or an MSD, those are all good to hear.
Rust is your worst enemy. It attacks the frame EVERYWHERE. Look carefully around the body mounts and spring and shock mounts.
If anything spins or twists, look at where it comes out of the housing for it. Shiny oil means it's leaking NOW. If it's dirty and greasy it's still leaking; just not as fast and may be acceptable.
There shouldn't be oil or greas or "wet spots" on the back sides of the wheel drums. That means either a brake fluid or wheel bearing leak.
The Jeep is going to be 36 years old. Things are going to break; some, it seems, just by looking at them. This is normal even for a Chevy or a Ford or a Cadillac. Prepare to spend money on repairs.
I'd rather be lost on the trails than found at home!
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To me, the fact that it's got a fiberglass body indicates that's it's led a hard life. Most likely it was rusted beyond repair, or wrecked. I'd check the frame, suspension, and all other metal parts closely. A little paint can hide a multitude of problems underneath.
Make sure the engine hasn't been warmed up before you get there, you want to cold start it to make sure the carb is functioning properly. Obviously, take it for a spin, and pay close attention to how it handles, idles, accelerates, and brakes. Run thru all the gears, including 4H and 4L with the hubs engaged.
I'd also pull a few plugs. They often give clues to the condition of the engine, and the tuning.