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post #1 of 6 Old 04-07-2007, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Just bought a '83 CJ 7 and need some help

Great forum and friendly people. Wish I came across this when I had my other Jeeps, but this 'new' one needs the most work. (Dislcaimer: This Jeep will be my first 'fixer-upper'. My other Jeeps were YJ's and TJ's and I just bought and added parts to them. This is my first CJ and I love it.)

It is a 1983 CJ-7. It has been repainted so I don' know the original color. Missing a dashboard, and the inside of the engine compartment looks like #*it! It is a 4.2L, that was rebuilt and only has 34,000 miles on it. It has a host of newer stuff added by the previous owner: alt, brake booster, brake lines, exhaust, fuel pump, Optima battery, Bestop tops/doors/Bikini, 31" MTs, Rhino Lined tub, lock box and a host of decent chrome to cheap polished metal all over. I put in a rear bench and cleaned it up so far.

I have a leather wrapped grab bar for the pass side as a spare. (Cheap polished metal shiny one in it's place now.) Anyway, this is leading me to believe it may have been a Laredo model???? I don't know, and don't know why I think that.

Anyway, I have a ton of wires disconnected inside the engine bay. It did run before I moved to Ut and ran good. Now, I think I may be having fuel delivery problems: cracked or kinked lines, no choke; manual or auto installed (Florida Jeep), rich fuel smell, and dark smoke upon initial start up. (Going to have my new and awesome neighbor help with that.)

My questions besides what possible model it could be is: can any of you guys with a 4.2L send me some engine compartment pictures? Anything would be appreciated. I am looking at either making it dependable enough for light trails with my family to possibly making it a hard core rig. (I really want a new Rubicon - Don't flame me. They are awesome stock rigs!)

The way I see it, with what I already paid for the CJ, and what it will cost to make it an awesome rig, be it light trails to thick mud-holes, to some slick rock in Moab, I could save a lot of money by fixing this one up vs. buying a new one.

I have some pics if interested.

I am upgrading my acct here so I can support the forum, and post pics.

Send pics to sgtjeep@gmail.com, or here, and thanks for the help.

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While anything could be ordered, a leather wheel and grab bar, along with a stock chrome front grill, ussually went with the Laredo package. So should a tach and clock, often a 5-speed, and a 20-gal plastic tank. Orginal seats would have had shiney seats with accent stripes.

Anyway, from the pic she looks real nice. Hope you get her runnign again soon. The altitude could be a factor, but start from the beginning and go from there. Check all of the usual stuff. If need be, describe exactly whats going on with it here, and you will get good advice.

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...a tilt-steering column was also in the Laredo..
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-07-2007, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by dirttrack
...a tilt-steering column was also in the Laredo..
Nope, not all of them had one. The Laredo packaged varied over the years it was produced.

sgt jeep - PM'd you some info.

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-07-2007, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Yep, I do have a tach and clock. No tilt wheel. (May have had the steering column replaced. No telling.)

I was reading JayhawkClint's buildup here and that got me in the spirit again. I was seriosuly considering selling the CJ and putting the money towards a new Rubi, but, I remembered what I liked about this CJ the first time I saw it, and am probably going to keep it and fix her up.

And since I moved to Utah (2nd time living here) I know I will wheel the heck out of it.

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