I am Jeep stupid. I just bought an '86 and have no idea what I really have. They told me it is a CJ7. Are all jeeps in this year range CJ's (with the exception of Cherokee's etc..)? Mine had a 6 banger in it and I don't even know what size or make of engine it is. Its in really good shape and I only paid 1k for it.
Any help or education would be great.'
Odds are it is a CJ 7 (CJ5's stopped production in 81' or 83'). In 86' the 6 cyl should be the 258 (good torque and run forever IMO). The rear end could be either a Model 20 (round) or Dana 44 (better than the 20). Front will be a Dana 30. Transfer case- Dana 300. $1,000 doesn't sound too bad. Take a close look at the frame, especially near the back from about the door back to the rear spring hanger. They are notorious for rusting through.
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You sound like your in over your head....I tell ya what, I'll save ya the headache, and take that CJ off your hands for $200 more than you paid.....
No, but seriously, sounds like you got a steal if it isn't rusted out!
You got a CJ-7...and a great deal.
Good luck to ya, welcome to the all encompassing world of Jeeps (the real ones).
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First of all....you should probably get a magazine....such as JP Magazine. You can pick up a lot of information about things to do to make your jeep more trailworthy...and also it tells about places to go, etc. It's a pretty decent magazine that's dedicated to jeeps.