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post #1 of 14 Old 08-03-2021, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Chilton manual or something better?

I have a '47 CJ2A that I've worked on for 35 years with a Chilton manual. My son and I just inherited a '83 CJ7 from my brother that needs a LOT of love. What is best manual for this thing?
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-03-2021, 06:58 AM
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The factory Technical Service Manual is light years better than Chiltons.

They are available on the internet for free download, but I no longer have a link for the '83 TSM.

I'm sure someone will chime in with it.

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The link Bob provided is a good one. Unfortunately it doesn't have the '83-'86 TSM.

It does have the '82 TSM, however, which will be fine for most things. But it may lack some of the emission system information for '83.

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I think the biggest difference would be if his has the 'California' emission vs 48 state emissions.


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WOW! Looks like I came to the right place!
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-03-2021, 08:57 AM
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It does have the '82 TSM, however, which will be fine for most things. But it may lack some of the emission system information for '83.

Good luck,

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The emission stuff is probably the same as 88-89 YJ, so look for one of those too.

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I find the Haynes to be much better than either of the Chiltons I have. The factory service manual though is much better than either. The Jeep rebuilders manual by Moses Ludel is much better than both but limited to what it covers.

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Haynes also has better schematics when you can read them.


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Over the years across many makes and models the PRINTED TCM's have always served me well. The ones on DVD's are a pITA though.

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Over the years across many makes and models the PRINTED TCM's have always served me well. The ones on DVD's are a pITA though.
Unfortunately the printed ones are a dying (dead?) breed.

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Chilton's merged with (I think) Haynes somewhere in the 90's, changed their format and their offerings fell off.

I use an early Chiltons ISBN 0-8019-7675-8 which covers CJ's 1945-87. It has a lot of information such as VIN decoders, wiring diagrams, etc... Unfortunately, it is in tatters and in need of replacement.

I also have a nice collection of Chilton shop manuals that I use in conjunction with the model specific manuals. The shop manuals have excellent sections on differentials, charging systems, transmissions, etc. They are also nice if you think you will be working with multiple vehicles of that era.

All of these manuals can be had on e bay, Amazon (price), and other outlets.
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post #14 of 14 Old 08-04-2021, 12:42 PM
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Ah the good old days when one service manual could span many years....

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