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post #1 of 10 Old 06-22-2002, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! I've just (today) decided to have a mid-life crisis, so I went out and bought a 1983 CJ-7. Since I'm totally new to this, I thought this might be a great place to find out from those with more experience what I should do or not do, have or not have, know or not know, etc., before I take this thing out into the dirt. Please keep in mind... I'm a total novice. I'm not sure I even speak Jeep-ese yet, so please be gentle with me. All I really know for sure is that it's a 6-cylinder with 5-speed. Thanks!

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-22-2002, 06:34 PM
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CJ7taxi, it sounds like you have a fine ride there. Tell us what shape it's in, what it is equipped with, etc.

Read the threads here for a few days. Lots of questions will be answered for you.

Get a "handle" and put it in your sig so we know what to call you.

Tell us what you like, ie, rockcrawling, mudding, hills, etc.

Jp magazine is the best (IMO) for Jeepers.

Get a good Jeep manual. It will be your best friend. Get an older (pre-86) Chilton's or a Haynes. The new Chilton's are sh*tty.

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post #3 of 10 Old 06-22-2002, 08:47 PM
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Just thought I'd sneak on over from the TJ forum to welcome a lifelong friend of mine to the world of Jeep!

Im pretty new myself, but have been learning quickly...

Looks like he's got a beauty though...83' CJ, about a 2" raise, from the pic, it looks like BFG 31's...beautiful yellow paint job (hence CJtaxi) rust and low miles, runs good...
Hell, Im jealous, and Ive got a brand new 02...

Welcome, I totally look forward to getting dirty with you...

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-23-2002, 12:14 AM
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Welcome to the both of you, CJ7taxi, and JeepGal. The stuff listed below are good for starters.

tools, lots of them
shop manuel
High Lift jack
small shovel
tow strap
full size spare tire
tire pressure guage
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-23-2002, 07:53 AM
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Welcome to the forum CJ7taxi & Jeepgal - Looks like you're both from Socal - there's a bunch of us from San Diego, L.A. and Riverside area that get together for wheelin' and Jeepfests. Here is a collage of our group:

<a href="" target="_blank">Dehesa</a>

I remember how happy I was when I got my 1979 CJ - nearly 30k later I'm still thinking of my next mod!

Another good source of info:

<a href="" target="_blank">Jeepaholics</a>
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-23-2002, 05:48 PM
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Get ever thing that Postal CJ-8 said plus a first aid kit, a cell phone a CB radio is a plus and you'll need to put some were on your jeep to attach those tow straps to(tow hooks).Also duct tape and bailing wire.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-23-2002, 10:26 PM
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Hey Mark. Sounds like an epic midlife crisis if you're buyin' a Jeep! (makes me look forward to mine ). How about snapping a few Jeep fotos and posting them for us to see?

BoggyBottom had a great call on getting an older Chilton's manual. I scored a copyright 1987 at a swap meet for 7 bucks and it was still in the celophane wrapper. Next time I'll go back and buy the other 3 Jeep books for other needy Jeep folks. I also benefit from having 4 or 5 other Jeep manuals from various publishers. Kinda like a pie--you get a different angle slice of the same thing. So in the meantime, grab a Haynes repair manual at your local AutoZone or equivalent and start reading. Spend a couple fun hours looking under and around your Jeep for as many serial numbers to parts that you can find. Write 'em down--you'll eventually need 'em!

So you're from Aliso Viejo? I used to live in Irvine and dated a girl off Aliso Parkway (Innsbruck apts?) near La Paz. Of course I did frequent Temeclua wine country (props to JeepGal). Currently livin' it up in the midwest with nooooo emmissions crap. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
Welcome to the board!
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-24-2002, 09:45 PM
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Ditto on the welcomes. CJ7Taxi - Did you purchase your jeep from a private party or a dealer? My first suggestion is to make sure everything is in working order and make any necessary repairs first. i.e. brakes, steering, tires, overheating, oil leaks etc. If you purchased it from a reputable dealer, you may not have to worry about most of this stuff. On mine I first focused on a new drivers seat, ignition lock, lighting and turn signals, gas gauge, seat belt and temp sender. Now I'm gona fix the oil leak by replacing the plastic valve cover with an aluminum one. Then I've got to replace a couple of smog related items and rebuild the stock carburator that I got from eBay. Next year I need it to pass smog. Then its time to customize it to taste. I'm gona lift mine with a 4" suspension lift, put 31" BFG (BF Goodrich) Mudder tires, and re-gear the diffs. I plan much more but have to keep in mind that this stuff costs plenty of dough. In fact, from what I've been reading on these BB's, a Jeep is probably more costly and addictive that a boat. I know a guy that's got $10K into his CJ and about all you can really see is that it's lifted, has nice rims and tires, nice seats, and a nice soft top. The rest of his money is in making it strong and reliable.

Keep reading these threads and you'll pick up a lot of lingo. It took me a while but it was fun learning. Also, look around on the web and you find a lot of 4WD places to shop. You can order catalogs for your wish list and pleasure reading. I'm hooked on the catalogs and browsing the web for Jeep stuff.

Have fun

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post #9 of 10 Old 06-25-2002, 07:38 PM
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Oh yeah, I forgot to add that a midlife crisis is cool when you decide that Jeeps are your gig, NOT HARLEYS!!! Those darn bikes will make you broke in a hurry. Grats on the nice rig and welcome to the forum.

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-25-2002, 08:16 PM
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Harleys or Jeeps - sorta seems like the same addiction to me!
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