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.
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, or here, and thanks for the help.