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Unread 08-14-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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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?

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Unread 08-14-2013, 01:51 PM   #2
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A couple of things up front...

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.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 01:54 PM   #3
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How good of a mechanic are you?
Mice LOVE to eat the insulation on wires........
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Unread 08-14-2013, 02:24 PM   #4
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Thank you for the info, I'm decent with older motors not much of an electrical guy tho.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 02:45 PM   #5
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Get a copy of the REAL Factory Service Manual(FSM)and I don't mean Haynes etc.
The REAL FSM has full wiring diagrams, etc.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 02:57 PM   #6
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Get a copy of the REAL Factory Service Manual(FSM)and I don't mean Haynes etc.
The REAL FSM has full wiring diagrams, etc.
LG

You really should put this in your signature, LG, so you don't have to keep posting it.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 02:59 PM   #7
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Sweet looking CJ! They already covered most everything except po " fixes" look for things that don't look right. They probably aren't.
Good luck!

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Unread 08-14-2013, 03:03 PM   #8
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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.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes.

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Unread 08-14-2013, 03:06 PM   #9
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You really should put this in your signature, LG, so you don't have to keep posting it.

Doesn't change the fact.......
Fact's are stubborn things.......
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O.P, do you have to pass any kind of SMOG testing like we do here in the states?
IF YES, have it tested/passed BEFORE handing over any $$$$
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