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post #1 of 33 Old 05-11-2021, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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I'm from Oklahoma and just bought my first Jeep. I'm 38, so I guess it was a long time coming. I got this from a friend, the rear diff, trans, transfer case, hubs, and front diff were all gone through and rebuilt by Blumenthal's here in OK,since he bought it in 2013. He also put new 1" lift body mounts and new polyurethane bushings for the suspension. New exhaust, new radiator.

He included the hard top, hard doors, soft top, soft doors, bikini top, and a 2009 cherokee 4.0 motor he had bought to do a swap.

Interior in good shape I think, minus the dash pad, tires ok, no dry rot. New windsheild.

Frame looks good, has some solid repair/boxing done near the rear of the frame.

Body I would say is rough, there's some rust, bondo, and patches.

258 fires right up and it drives well, but shows LOW oil pressure. Like 5-20lbs. Hence the other motor.

$2500 bought it. What are thoughts? Poor photos from last night in the dark, and one on the way to work.

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post #2 of 33 Old 05-11-2021, 11:44 AM
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Sounds like it’s a great buy for 2500 if everything you mentioned was done correctly and is in good shape


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I'm confident the work was done well. We've been good friends 30+ years and I can remember him getting the work done. He put a winch on the ceiling of his shop to pull the tub and replace the body mounts. Blumenthal's is a respected shop. I forgot to mention he had put a new gas tank in it too.

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Congrats! There are tons of VERY SMART folks here on the forum, and these are easy vehicles to work on - especially with some good advice. Don't be a stranger - whatever you decide to fix, upgrade, swap out, etc, etc.....someone on this forum has done it and can help. When you have a sec, fill out your profile - it will help people answer your questions as they come up. And upload more pics of your new machine. Congrats again - and welcome to the CJ world! Best vehicles on the road IMHO
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post #5 of 33 Old 05-11-2021, 03:18 PM
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$2 500 for a running and driving CJ7 with a HT and doors is a good deal, and rare these days. Add all that work on top, and you've done very well as a starting point.

Congrats, and welcome to JF!

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Well, I just completed the simplest oil change in my life. Went with 15-40 rotella and some zinc additive. Noted the NAPA filter on it was about 3" longer than the mobil 1 filter I replaced it with.

5qts filled it right up to the full line. Drove it around town about 20min and oil pressure seems to have improved a good bit. No more ticking at idle, and the oil pressure stays above 5 at idle, makes it about 40 under load and holds about 20 going 40 in 4th.

So I'm pretty tickled with that!
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I've got my boys helping me with a light cleaning....
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post #8 of 33 Old 05-11-2021, 04:15 PM
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Looks like you are about 2 hours of scrubbing and 6 rattle cans of paint away from a pretty good summer!

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You could even use something like Castrol High Mileage 20w-50 and use a zinc additive.

https://www.lucasoilcenter.com/shop/...-oil-additive/

If that is carpet on the floor, you might want to remove it and clean it with something like Castrol Super Clean. It can do wonders.
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Its not carpet thankfully. Just a textured rubber floor mat. Not sure how I want to tackle that yet. I probably wont rattle can it. Plan is to drive it like it is, and just enjoy the heck out of it. I feel like i did well, especially after the oil change made the difference that it did.

My next usual step is plugs, wires, coil, distributor cap and rotor. Anything else I should pay particular attention to?
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Good looking CJ for the money, enjoy your new purchase.
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post #12 of 33 Old 05-11-2021, 08:13 PM
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I think you did well...nice pics. Congratulations.
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Thanks! Obviously I thought it was a good deal or I wouldn't have bought it. But not having anything to do with Jeeps before I knew the good people here could reassure me. I'll get the ignition parts replaced soon, is there anything I should definitely NOT do to it?
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Do not try to remove any piece of hardware without soaking it for days with some sort of penetrating oil. Corrosion is the worlds best locktite, so plan on soaking the bolts before trying to break torque on anything. Broken bolts in blind nuts is something you want to avoid.

Your new Jeep looks mostly original for an old CJ-7...Congrats!
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Difs< tcase flush coolant inspect rad. Dont want any of those dry or old. Hoses if it has a heater core the normal stuff any old vehicle needs looked at.

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