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post #1 of 17 Old 10-18-2021, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Good evening guys, girls and everyone else in between. My wife and I are from South Louisiana and are first time Jeep owners.

We found a 1986 CJ-7 in Cream White/Beige (seen in avatar) in South Central Louisiana that we pulled the trigger on. It’s got a 4 speed mated to the 4.2 I6.

Went ahead and named her Christine because the last 4 numbers on the VIN is 4666 (use the last 3).

At first I wasn’t too sure on how I’d feel being a Jeep owner but after taking it on a few trips, I’m kind of sold. Ok, a lot sold.

Does have its quirks and it’s needs which I’m sure anyone here that has a similar Jeep or more Jeep mechanicing skills than me can answer.

Wife wants to keep it all original, which as it stands is all numbers matching.

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post #2 of 17 Old 10-18-2021, 07:26 PM
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Welcome to JF Rileyjr16 and wife/family
Make sure to fill out your profile with as much information you have, and be sure to keep your initial posts short/sweet/often, until you have posted enough times so you can post pics. We all love pics, of anything and everything, but they are the most help when you have questions.

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Good evening guys, girls and everyone else in between. My wife and I are from South Louisiana and are first time Jeep owners.

We found a 1986 CJ-7 in Cream White/Beige (seen in avatar) in South Central Louisiana that we pulled the trigger on. Itís got a 4 speed mated to the 4.2 I6.

Went ahead and named her Christine because the last 4 numbers on the VIN is 4666 (use the last 3).

At first I wasnít too sure on how Iíd feel being a Jeep owner but after taking it on a few trips, Iím kind of sold. Ok, a lot sold.

Does have its quirks and itís needs which Iím sure anyone here that has a similar Jeep or more Jeep mechanicing skills than me can answer.

Wife wants to keep it all original, which as it stands is all numbers matching.
Welcome.

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Welcome to JF Rileyjr16 and wife/family <img src="https://www.jeepforum.com/ubb/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" />
Make sure to fill out your profile with as much information you have, and be sure to keep your initial posts short/sweet/often, until you have posted enough times so you can post pics. We all love pics, of anything and everything, but they are the most help when you have questions.
Still trying to figure that out but on this IPhone but pretty sure it’ll be a little easier on my work computer.


Also, some more info,

Current, active LEO
United States Navy vet

Wife is a teacher.

Been a part of forums before and they’ve come and gone in popularity.
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-18-2021, 10:54 PM
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good luck with the new jeep
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post #6 of 17 Old 10-19-2021, 12:20 AM
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Welcome aboard! You're in the RIGHT place for your new addiction, lol.

Once settled in, you may want to start off by upgrading your grounding cables and locations. That seems to be a major issue with these Jeeps. It's not a major deal and does not alter your ALL ORIGINAL Jeep. My CJ is ALL ORIGINAL as well but definitely did that with zero regrets. Once you're well grounded, you can decide from there on what you want to improve and/or add!
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-19-2021, 07:20 AM
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First and foremost, thanks for your service to our great country.

Welcome to the forum. We're a motley crew, but we don't bite often, and there is a wealth of CJ knowledge here.

We all look forward to seeing pics of your new family member.

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Yes thank you, and your wife, for your service.

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Let's all try to honor our Veteran's by having a Green porch light this November. It's very special for Veterans Day. They signify support for our veterans while they are overseas.
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post #10 of 17 Old 10-19-2021, 03:32 PM
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Still trying to figure that out but on this IPhone but pretty sure itíll be a little easier on my work computer.


Also, some more info,

Current, active LEO
United States Navy vet

Wife is a teacher.

Been a part of forums before and theyíve come and gone in popularity.
From one current LEO to another; welcome, we are glad that your here. These guys and gals are a well spring of knowledge! It sounds like yours is a clone of mine to include color. Can't wait to see pics. (retired Army too)!

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post #12 of 17 Old 10-20-2021, 09:04 AM
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-20-2021, 09:38 AM
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Welcome! I'm a retired GI and spent time in both the Air Force and Army. Jeeps are a lot more fun when your Boss Lady enjoys them too.

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post #14 of 17 Old 10-20-2021, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome aboard! You're in the RIGHT place for your new addiction, lol.

Once settled in, you may want to start off by upgrading your grounding cables and locations. That seems to be a major issue with these Jeeps. It's not a major deal and does not alter your ALL ORIGINAL Jeep. My CJ is ALL ORIGINAL as well but definitely did that with zero regrets. Once you're well grounded, you can decide from there on what you want to improve and/or add!
Thanks! This is something we’re going to start working on as soon as we get time.

Blinkers will no longer work, and parking lights will light up, day and night when the brakes are pressed. So it’s old fashioned turn signals for now.

Going to start making the list of everything it needs here soon. One thing I’ve been wanting to find is an OE knob for the 4x4 and for the shifter.

Also did recently find a nice 3/4” long crack in the top of the radiator so that’ll have to be replaced when the time comes but it’s driveable as long as it’s not for any kind of super long distance and just keep an eye on the fluid level and temperature gauge.

I’ll even try to get the wife to join the forum lol.
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Welcome! I'm a retired GI and spent time in both the Air Force and Army. Jeeps are a lot more fun when your Boss Lady enjoys them too.
Not only does she enjoy it, but she can drive it too. Our 9 year old thinks it’s the coolest stepping on the tire and into the backseat. Our 2 year old only wants to get in and out through the “window” (through the B post and C post) from her car seat.
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