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post #1 of 63 Old 03-01-2020, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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What were your must haves when you bought your CJ?

You see so many different CJs running around with so many different styles. Iím curious what the must haves were for you when you threw the cash/check out on the table. Anything that made you sway that way?

Me:
1) 258, Manual
2) Hard top w/o the soft top buttons
3) No crazy lift and close to stock
4) Tilt steering wheel (leg size doesnít like the non-tilt action)

Nice to haves:
1) Carpet
2) all-stock accessories
3) Certainly no rust

I wasnít too particular on color or anything and if I hit on those 7 items I was in business. I think I was shaped from my first CJ. My brother had a Scrambler and got me into Jeeps, where I then got my CJ7, molding the above opinions.


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post #2 of 63 Old 03-01-2020, 12:40 PM
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My must have was POWER STEERING . Gotta have it in a cj. And the 258 .

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It kinda depends on where you live.

Here is California....hard top? Naw.....

Stock.....well, you start out that way.....but, once you start to rock crawl....stock goes out the window...............


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Title/vin, frame and grill. 103" wheelbase.

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Hardtop and manual tranny everything else is modifications.

85 CJ - Renegade; 85 CJ - Base; 86 CJ - Laredo
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Original seats, 9 out of 10 CJs have after market seats these days. And of course 258 manual.
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1983 California from the dealer in Los Angeles. 258, 5 speed, AM/FM radio. Soft top. Power steering. Rear seat. Denim blue.
Drove off for under 10K. It's cost me twice as much to rebuild it so far. Wouldn't change a thing.
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I wanted something that could compete with my X wifeís ability to bleed me of all my cash flow. At first I thought I might need 2 CJís but it turns out one is sufficient.


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CJ-5, converted to a SBC with a 4spd, lifted on 31 or 33s and of course least amount of rust as possible.
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In my neck of the woods finding rust free jeeps is impossible so as little as possible is my number 1. Then as original as possible (bolt on mods can be removed) factory motor as long as it's not a 4 banger and manual transmission.


A plus to have would be a top, winch, spare tire carrier and properly upgraded axles. Power breaks and steering.


Deal breakers would be any bed liner or carpet inside. Anything welded to the frame. Massive tires/lift.
Automatic transmission.
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The list started shortly after driving it off the lot in 82. Then 9 months later I got orders to spend a year in Okinawa. At that point all I had were wish books, ya know, Four Wheeler and Off-Road magazines, Dick Cepek, Ariz. Desert Rat, and Giant Off Road catalogs. So my list continued to grow. One of the things I got for Christmas that year was an auxiliary light kit from Cepek and I didn't ever install it till 5 years ago during my restomod.
But anyhow the first thing on it was and add-a-leaf kit and steering stabilizer, then it was new wheels and Armstrong Tru Tracs. Bumpers and a winch was always on it but winches were always pricing until the next century created the $299 price point. Lockers were always on it, along with lower gears, neither of which happened till the 90's. During my restomod 30+ years later I was then able to check off most of my list.

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It had to run well enough to get home. Any thing else was gravy.
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It had to run well enough to get home. Any thing else was gravy.
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Except.......
Found my CJ poking out from under a pile of debris in the rear of a large shop in 84. As a previous owner of an IH scout and two Nissan Patrols, I was thrilled to get my first CJ.


February in Oregon and a trip cross country to Ft. Campbell Ky necessitated a roof. A new OEM soft top from Paul Philips AMC Jeep and I was on my way.
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The only "must have" I had was it had to be my Father's Jeep. Any other CJ wouldn't do..

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