I recently bought an 85 CJ-7. I admittedly know little about these Jeeps. I'm having a radiator issue that I'd like someone to look at. Also have some other possible issues I'd like to have addressed. Does anyone have any shops they recommend in the BR area that know how to work on Jeeps?
as far as the radiator, bring it to a radiator shop. You may have more luck pulling it and dropping it off. what other issues are you having? There are a few 4x4 shops here but they are more lift kit installers than repairs.
I ended up taking it to Jefferson Car Care and it turns out the water pump was the actual culprit. No other real issues other than the oil pressure gauge needle jumps around a bit. I'm hoping it's just an issue with the gauge, but it could be a major underlying issue. Not sure how best to approach it. Any advice would be appreciated!
The original oil pressure gauges are notorious for failure. Go to a local parts place and get you a mechanical unit. You will have to buy a line kit as well. Disconnect your sending unit from your engine and hook your hose to your new gauge up temporally you see if it is getting the proper pressure. If everything checks out, install the new gauge. If not, you may need a new oil pump or something else could be wrong.
Oh yeah... I remember that oil gauge issue now that you mention it. Needle jumping up and down... changed the sending unit (expensive little sucker), changed the gauge, happened again and I went with a mechanical gauge. Don't waste a penny trying to fix the stock gauge.
Yep that is Searchers... He had a few old Jeeps at his display at a Jeep run function I attended, and it was informative to talk to him. He was very energetic and seemed a very nice fellow.
He admitted he subs out moderate to serious engine work, and prefers what lsukevinc mentioned....maybe fab work, etc. Don't quote me, but I thought he mentioned he's owned a whole bunch of Jeeps over time.