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post #1 of 3 Old 06-27-2005, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking at a 79 CJ 7 with a 304 in it with a 3 speed. I dont thin the engine is origanal? They said it came out of a Javalin? where these the same motors? What should I look for on the frame and axles? I plan on tearing it all down and putting about 6 to 8 grand in it. The guy wants 800 bucks. I know I am only buying the drivetrain, I just dont know what to look for. is this engine not being factory really bad? Thanks

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-27-2005, 09:41 PM
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I wouldn't worry about the engine not being original. Jeeps get all kinds of transplanted powerplants.
Check the frame around the steering box for cracks and around the spring hangers too.
The rear crossmember is a common rot spot, but those aren't too bad to replace.
Broken body mounts.

Unless its a total rusted out pos, you can't complain about $800 for a V8 cj.

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Javalins had the same motor. I would look close at the frame. Everything else can be replaced fairly cheaply and easily. In addition to the above mentioned areas pay specific attention to the forward rear hangers where the frame dips and rises again. That is where the factory drain holes are. They get plugged and rot from the inside out. Mine was almost perfect on the outside of the framerail but nearly nonexistent on the inside. The hanger itself masked the ammount of rot.
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