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post #1 of 5 Old 10-08-2001, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Question Looking for a CJ. Advice needed.

I am looking for a CJ.

What are some things to look for as far as engine and transmission go. What are some options, models, and years to avoid?

I hoping to find a model from the 80's. It would mostly be used around town with the occasional off road excursion.

Thanks in advance for all the help.


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Sloth, most of my experience is with cj7's, but this should go for others. The inline 6 is one of the best engines available. Good torque and takes lots of punishment. Check for oil in the crankcase. Most people never add oil and you will be driving along when one or all your gears will go (from exp.). check for oil leaks from rear main. This is to get you started. Good luck.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-12-2001, 09:17 PM
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Just say no is absolutely right. If I were shopping today I would be looking for the following:

CJ-7 from the mid-80's; or any CJ with Wide-Track axles, 1-piece
258 engine
nv4500 or T-19/18 setup
no rust

If you are going after something to off-road I would go after a Jeep that is setup already, if possible. Other nice things to find while shopping are:

fuel infection


78 CJ-5 - 401 with Holley Projection
T-18 with 6.32 1st gear+D300
D30 frt Model 20 rear
4" Lift and Locked; 33X12.5 on 15x10

78 Wag Ltd - 360
400 Trans+Quadra-Trac with MM O/D kit
D44's frt and rear
2.5" AAL's for lift: 30.5x9.5 on stock Aluminum

79 J20 - 360
T-18 with 6.32 1st gear+D20
D44HD frt D60 rear
3" RCLift Blocks for rear; 31.50x10.50 on 16x8
8400# weight truck

80 Chero - 360 with Holley Projection
727 Trans+ 208
D44 frt Model 20 rear
4" Lift; 35x12.5 on 15x10
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-16-2001, 09:42 AM
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I would also sitck with a mid-80s CJ-7 (in fact, I did!). In terms of finding a stock, or near-stock unit, ie. one that has not yet been built up, a few rare '86 CJ-7s came with a Dana 44 rear axle - this is good. You can tell because the AMC model 20 is round, the Dana is not.

Most of the stock trannies, T-4, T-5, and the other 4 speeds (forgot the #s) are not very strong, but unless you add a powerfull motor and tires over about 33", a well rebuilt tranny is OK, as you said you will only go off-road occasionally.

I would likely never buy a jeep with a 4-banger, even though these are decent 4-cylinder engines, the 6 wins hands-down. Like others have said, fuel injection does wonders (I have the MOPAR kit).

Just watch out for home-made crap and conversions. If you do not know what you are doing (you didn't say) it can be hard to tell if that Chevy 350 and other swapped-in stuff was done right. But, stock CJ's are dissapearing faster than Taliban idiots.

Good luck, and feel free to scan Ebay for a "feel" of what is (supposedly) out there.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-18-2001, 10:56 AM
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check out www.austinjeeps.com The only sell mint CJ's. They primarily deal in CJ7 but they have a few 5's as well. I like to go out there every couple days and look around. it's like walking through a candy store!

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