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post #1 of 6 Old 09-14-2012, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions on this 80 CJ7

I am a newbie to Jeeps and really want a CJ7. I found this one online and wanted opinions. The guy said it is a straight 6 and 4 speed. Is the straight six the 258? Also which transmission might this be for that year? Any thoughts on the price?

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/cto/3214447947.html

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-14-2012, 05:59 AM
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yes 258

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-14-2012, 07:22 AM
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That's a damn good looking CJ. If it's as clean as it appears, I'd jump on it before someone else does... now that you've broadcast the ad nationally ;-) Seriously though, if the rust has been removed properly (cut out, new metal welded in) and it's not loaded with Bondo, hidden rust, etc., it could really be a great Jeep.

I'd have guessed that to be a T-150 3-speed in that Jeep from the factory. Otherwise, it should be a T-176 - an option in 1980.

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-14-2012, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. I wanted to get some opinions from people on here with experience.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-14-2012, 08:18 AM
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Looks like a nice CJ, but the devil is in the details. Make sure you crawl under it and check for rust in the frame, particularly in the rear sections. If you find a rusty frame, be prepared for a lot of work. Rust under forward roll bar mounts is also very common and a PITA to fix. Rusty floorboards is also frequent. Check the engine and trans for leaks. All CJ's like to mark their territory in some way, but you want to make sure there's nothing major happening. I also would check for prior owner stupidity - some of the backyard fixes I've seen are really unbelievable - and unsafe.

Having said this, if the underside checks out as well as the shiny parts, that price is pretty good.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-14-2012, 09:10 AM
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Good chance an 80 258 is an SR4 tranny. If reverse is left and up , its an SR4. If reverse is Right and down, its probably a T176.
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