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Unread 11-15-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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New Dude, new CJ

Hey all,

Just picked up my first CJ7 the other night. Had a CJ5 years and years ago but got married and had kids so the jeep went. Always wanted to get back in one.

It is a 1978 CJ7, Fiberglass tub, mild lift, brand new tires, newer soft top, Interior is in good shape, Frame has 2 small rust areas in back, motor seems to run decent does have an exhaust leak though. 150k miles. Seller did throw in quite a few new parts for the front end as it has a lot of play in the steering.

I would eventually like to get some hard doors and a hard top for it. I am wondering if this is a pain in the neck with a fiberglass body?

If any tips out there for a first time CJ7 owner or the 258 motor please throw em my way!

Here she is on the way home.

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Unread 11-15-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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Awesome. Congrats, man.
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Unread 11-15-2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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Looks nice, and there is a ton you can do to the 258 to make it run at its best, depending on what has already been done to it.

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Unread 11-18-2013, 06:00 AM   #4
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Well I know for sure needs a new exhaust manifold. I knew there was a leak when I bought it but had to laugh when I actually saw how bad it was.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 11:40 AM   #5
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Nice looking CJ. Welcome to the forum! We'd love to see more photos.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 11:58 AM   #6
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Congrats. What kind of driving do you have in mind for it?
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Unread 11-18-2013, 01:37 PM   #7
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I am planning on just bombing it around town and taking the family for sunday rides around the country. May try to pull it down south to the land between the lakes in KY for some off roading as well.

I am not trying to drop a a ton of money into it would just like to have a stong running reliable jeep to roll around in!

I have talked to a few places and think I am going to pull the trigger on a hardtop and doors.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 02:15 PM   #8
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Welcome to the Zoo!

that's a nice looking Jeep. the 258 is an engine that is vastly underrated. For our sized vehicle, it has PLENTY of torque and is almost bomb proof!

Your wheels if you don't already know, are American Racing Outlaw IIs. they're still in production.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 02:22 PM   #9
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On a CJ-Those are never cracks. Post-production 'drains' is all.
You will see that 'drain' in your wallet now...........
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Unread 11-18-2013, 02:31 PM   #10
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Yeah your not lying about draining the wallet. I called around to find a new manifold and some places were asking like $300+! I did see some online for $150ish. Would like to find a used one in decent shape if possible.

Thanks for the info on the rims I thought they looked like American Racing but the guy I bought it off of wasn't sure. The center caps do say Optima but that could just be something someone slapped on it.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 03:48 PM   #11
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Always had a thing for inline 6s. They also create good rust protection when the rear main seals leak lol. I find them reliable, decent mpgs for what they are in stock form and good low end torque. I been driving mine daily after an RR of the 258 and have no issues since the rebuild. I had to rebuild mine because it was driven overheated for a long time and it was seized when I picked it up. That was the decision point of keeping my 258.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 04:13 PM   #12
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jeep-258-4-2...0325e9&vxp=mtr

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Unread 11-18-2013, 05:08 PM   #13
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Yeah your not lying about draining the wallet. I called around to find a new manifold and some places were asking like $300+! I did see some online for $150ish. Would like to find a used one in decent shape if possible.
My exhaust manifold was in bad shape, and I wanted to switch to a 2 BBL carb. I picked up both manifolds for $40 from a local parts dealer.

Don't know if he does shipping or not. Give him a call, he's an easy guy to work with.
http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/pts/4154553271.html

Nice CJ BTW...
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Unread 11-18-2013, 06:24 PM   #14
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Good looking Cj, the chrome grill always looks good on a 70s Jeep.

The 258 is long lived if you change oil and filters regularly and the cooling system is in good shape and for really long life that the EGR valve is operational. It does not rev very hard so the bores tend to last and it is well balanced being an I6.

Weak points are vacuum leaks (it is 30+ years old and rubber does not last), timing chains that stretch after 20 years of use, ignition system (it works, often fails but can be fixed or replaced cheaply), carbs (30 years old and worn, plenty of choices) and a lack of top end horsepower. Good point is low end torque to pull you out of a hole and reliability.

If you give it a good service and change a few of the old parts they run fine. I find an oil additive is useful for cleaning the inside and making sure the lifters do not stick.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 08:22 PM   #15
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and a 20$ carter bbd rebuild kit goes a long way. Trust me
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