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post #1 of 25 Old 03-16-2009, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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New 1985 CJ7

I recently stumbled upon ownership of a 1985 CJ7 with the 258 engine in it when my parents bought a vacation home in northern wisconsin. I already own a 08 JK Unlimited so when i walked in the garage and my parents told me he sold everything on the property it was way better than Christmas ever was. The question I have is other than doing a basic tune up, new plugs, plug wires, air filter and oil change etc.. are there any other basic things i should check out on the jeep. It has 170,000 miles on it but seems to run fine, the manual transmission isnt quite as crisp as the manual on my 08 but it was way better than i expected when i first drove it. Also, what oil weight would you recommend for an engine of this age, keeping in mind that while the CJ is stored in a garage it is not heated and temperatures in the winter are frequently sub zero? If anyone has any insight or recommendations i would greatly appreciate it.

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post #2 of 25 Old 03-16-2009, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Also does anyone know the wiper blade length of a 85 cj7?
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post #3 of 25 Old 03-16-2009, 04:35 PM
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post #4 of 25 Old 03-16-2009, 04:42 PM
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Wiper blades are 11 inches long. You can get them at any 4WD place that sells Jeep stuff.

I would also change all the fluids in the axles, the tranny and transfer case. That could
possibly make it shift better, as you don't know what the hell is in there now.

Also, change the antifreeze. You don't know how long the Jeep has sat around, so
that could be bad also.

For oil, you can run 10W-30 or 10W-40. Thats what is recommened in the service manual for
temperatures that go down to 0 degrees F. Below that, and it recommends either 5W-20
or 5W-30.

Also, go to your local Pepboys or any other online car place, and pick up a Haynes
manual for it. It costs about 20 bucks or so, and will help you with all the routine
maintainence you need to perform on the Jeep, as well as tell you all the requirements
for the fluid viscosities and what not.

And, as mentioned before, where are the pictures of this miracle Christmas in March Jeep?????

Jim
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post #5 of 25 Old 03-16-2009, 06:18 PM
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Strange, I know, for a fact, that I have read this before... About a year ago, on JU. Interesting that it would be posted here as if it were new...
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post #6 of 25 Old 03-16-2009, 07:20 PM
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Deja view?

Enjoy!

...a well prepped, well driven, vehicle should do well in any terrain, including the highway.

Carburetors became obsolete during the last century... do what ever it takes to get fuel injection...It makes bigger grins off road.
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post #7 of 25 Old 03-17-2009, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Here are some pictures i, i can take more detailed ones of the cj this weekend and post them.
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post #8 of 25 Old 03-17-2009, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Nevermind, apparently i need more posts before i can post pictures.
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post #9 of 25 Old 03-17-2009, 10:20 AM
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use a free, hosted site like photobucket, and just post the link...

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Here are two pics that i have with my 08 unlimited. i will get more pics this weekend to post.

http://s613.photobucket.com/albums/t...t=IMG_3239.jpg

http://s613.photobucket.com/albums/t...t=IMG_3241.jpg
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post #11 of 25 Old 03-17-2009, 02:38 PM
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1985 CJ7 Project
Phase One : 5.3L Vortec/4L60E, Moser axles for AMC20, Twin Stick'd Dana300 - Completed
Phase Two: Bedliner, Rollcage, Seats, BESRK Rear Bumper w/ tire swing, Soft Top, and a few other goodies - Mostly Complete
Phase Three: Waggy 44 front, Scout D44 Rear, 4.56's, ARB's (F/R) SOA with YJ Springs, 35x12.50x15 BFG MT - Not Even Close to beginning

Also a mostly rust-free 1970 Scout 800A That I'll get to start working on someday...

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Chrome won't get you home...BUT Rattle Can Black may just get you back"
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post #12 of 25 Old 03-17-2009, 02:40 PM
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Oh yeah and SWEET CHRISTMAS PRESENT!!! I wish I could open a garage to find that with my name on it!

1985 CJ7 Project
Phase One : 5.3L Vortec/4L60E, Moser axles for AMC20, Twin Stick'd Dana300 - Completed
Phase Two: Bedliner, Rollcage, Seats, BESRK Rear Bumper w/ tire swing, Soft Top, and a few other goodies - Mostly Complete
Phase Three: Waggy 44 front, Scout D44 Rear, 4.56's, ARB's (F/R) SOA with YJ Springs, 35x12.50x15 BFG MT - Not Even Close to beginning

Also a mostly rust-free 1970 Scout 800A That I'll get to start working on someday...

Quote:
Chrome won't get you home...BUT Rattle Can Black may just get you back"
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post #13 of 25 Old 03-17-2009, 02:55 PM
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The front tires are worn out, you need to sell it to ME!

'85 CJ7, BDS 4" lift, 1" Body lift, 33x12.5, Shrockworks Sliders, 304 V8 with RV cam., T-176, D300, Dana 30, AMC 20.
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post #14 of 25 Old 03-17-2009, 03:47 PM
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If the front tires are worn, he surely couldn't sell it to someone like that. However I would take it off your hands and wouldn't charge you to haul it off he he.

1987 wrangler, 258 I-6, 5-speed.
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post #15 of 25 Old 03-17-2009, 03:58 PM
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Man What a Barn Fresh Find

Sounds like the country song Private Ryans

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