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post #1 of 7 Old 05-11-2002, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question Looking at buying a CJ7, I would like your advice!

I'm looking at a 1978 CJ7, here is what the add says:

1978 JEEP CJ-7. Fiberglass body, new 258 6 cyl., 33 tires, new susp. lift, lots of SS, aftermarket bucket seats, nice Jeep. $6,500.

I know that it has a 3 speed (T-150 I think) and I assume it has a model 20 transfer case. The jeep looks sharp, I don't think that $6500 is a steal, but with all the new parts and the fact that it has no rust, I think it is an ok deal. What do you think? I'm looking for any advice, is the Trans and TC ok? What do you think of the deal? I know some people don't like fiber glass, but I don't mind, what should I look for in the fiber glass to make sure I don't have any problems. Thanks in advance!

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I'm new to the Jeep world too. I recently bought a '77 CJ7. It is in great shape with no rust on the original body. It came with a hardtop. The motor is a 304 with 69000 original miles. Tranny is an auto with a quadratrac 4wd. I paid $6800 for mine.
I looked at some with glass bodies, the only problem I have heard about some of them is the windshield frames sometimes do not fit right. Don't ahve to worry about rust either.
You might want to check into the "new" motor. If it has been rebuilt, make sure it was done right. Otherwise, to me it doesn't sound too bad. But, like I said, I'm new to the game as well.
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Dam, I guess I got a good deal on my jeep too!

I bought an 85 CJ-7 with 2,000 miles on a rebuilt 304,3-speed(sucks)trans., and Dana 20 T.C.
only surface rust here and there, Got Hard Top, Full Doors, Soft Top, Bikini Top.Bran new wheels with 33's mounted on them, all bushings in front end replaced for $2800.00

And I've been *****in cause I need to put a new steering gearbox on.

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1985 CJ7 304,3-speed,Dana 20,3.5"shackle lift.
Will be replaced with a 351Windsor and a 4-speed.
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My younger brother just bought a 1985 soft-top with 258, model 20 rear, stock rims with small tires (never lifted or modified, etc.), 44k original miles (documented, because it does seem unreal), original paint, and the only rust being a little around the windshield hinges. For this he talked the asking price down from $6500 to an even $6000. I know prices vary around the country, but maybe this will give you something for comparison because it really wasn't a bad deal for our area--jeeps fetch a premium near the beach.

Currently an '86 CJ-7 and a '77 CJ-7 Golden Eagle---#4 and 5 following a '01 Sahara, '90 Sahara, and '85 CJ-7....
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Well, stop talking to us and give it a test ride!! (Jeep shopping is SO much fun!! )
Take your time with the test ride, go on the freeway and rough back-roads. Shift through all the gears and into and out of 4WD.

Inquire at how they got to the asking price. Also ask a detailed history (how long they've had it, type of usage, etc.) Get underneath and check the frame for cracks, major rust, the obvious. Verify that the "new" doesn't mean "rebuilt". I can't imagine why someone wouldn't like fibergalss, but that's just my personal thought!! Price does sound high though. That's worth as much as a local '94 Wrangler! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />

Bring a pen and pad and jot notes of how it went (including VIN) and let us know so we can advise from there. Enjoy the process!
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The major complaint i've heard concerning fiberglass tubs is weak spots.
particularly where the brake master cylinder and clutch/brake pedals mount.
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Both of these sites offer Jeeps for sale. My advice would be to find a Jeep that comes from the South West to ensure it has a very good body. rust is the primary concern with older Jeeps.

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too nice to be true!!!
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