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Old 07-14-2012, 03:06 PM   #1
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Wanting to get a CJ

I have wanted to get a CJ for the past two years, and now there is actually the chance that it may happen.

What are some things I should look for in buying the CJ? How is your maintenance? What are the common problems you face?

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-14-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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Well they are at least 26 years old so basically anything can go wrong at that point. The biggest thing to avoid is rust. Drive a couple and see if you can live with the ride it's a little rough! I see your driving a JK so its not going to ride like that one does. Drive a cJ5 and see if you can sit comfortably in it as they are shorter and have smaller door openings than the CJ7 I personally just went from a TJ to a CJ7. There are a lot of others on here that can fill you in year by year as what to look for. I have a 304 V8 in mine and really enjoy the power compared to my 4.0 but the CJ's will have a 4.2 and many like that motor also! 1981 and up have wider axles for more stability but my stock height "narrow trac" does not feel top heavy in the least. 1981 and up started to have 5 speed trannys which is good but I understand they are not a strong as the previous 3 and 4 speeds. So that's just a little food for thought! John

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Old 07-15-2012, 07:33 PM   #3
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Yeah, he mostly summed it up. I have 2 CJ's and on one of them, basically everything EXCEPT the drivetrain is messed up. Got a 6 cylinder + 3 speed hehe had to learn of to drive with only my tranny to slow me down indestructible little thing. Only things we ever did were fix the brakes and swap out for single piece axle shafts
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Oh, other thing. If your a true Jeeper, you shouldnt even really feel the ride difference. (But maybe some thought on suspension seats )
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:36 AM   #5
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Would it be a bad idea to make it a daily driver?
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:43 AM   #6
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I used my old 74 as a DD for almost 15 years and loved it.. wheeled it, drove it home.. I sold it and went Jeepless for a couple of years, I missed the CJ thing so I got another one, an 85. I have put around 30,000 on this one in last 4 yrs. YMMV but if you are diligent with your maintenance you will have a very reliable Jeep. Do it right the first time and you'll be happy.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:21 AM   #7
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1945-1986 covers a lot of ground with Willys, Kaiser, and AMC making CJ different versions. You've gotten some good AMC era advice, so I'll chime in on the 64 Kaiser era I own. Mine is basically a tractor on the highway. It can't be driven like the newer, more strongly powered CJ's. 72 horses, 3 speed transmission, and 5.38 gears are a liability on today's highways, even with a Warn OD. The gas tank is exposed and under your seat, almost everyone does a brake upgrade from the 9" to 11" and steering box upgrades are common. Don't get me wrong, I love that little beast, but to the uninitiated, driving a Jeep from that era will be a shock. 4 shift levers and manually locking hubs can appear intimidating, but it's easy to get the hang of things. I really enjoy it on woodland trails with the knarly old school swampers and it has often gone where newer Rubicons could not, surprising a lot of people.

Now if you get a Dauntless V-6 model, upgrade the brakes and steering, you'll have a great little rig, but it will still lack every modern safety feature. The highway performance is much improved, but will it still require a lot driver vigilance.

Also maintenance is a bit higher on these Jeeps. It seems something is always weeping a bit, if not leaking badly, especially if you wheel it. The closed front knuckles with need to monitored and chassis lubrication is need more frequently and in more places.

Anyway, I really enjoy my '64, but I am working to get a 4 speed V-6 powered '71 on the road. Good luck.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:51 PM   #8
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Would it be a bad idea to make it a daily driver?
I'm using my 79 as a DD but hope to park it this winter to avoid the salt. I also think that interstate highway speeds would get old real fast on daily basis. If that was what I needed I would look towards a 81 and up CJ7 with a 5 speed and a hard top if possible. not that you would have to have these things it would just make the ride home more comfortable after a long day at work. John
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:04 PM   #9
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Not the best daily driver but fun to drive and work on etc. Like others have said watch for rust......especially where you are ( I grew up in your county and nice CJs are tough to find....frame rot, body rot etc.). I like the 1978-1979 CJ 7's and am actually looking for the right one to come along..but I'm picky....and in no hurry. My 67 CJ was essentially a street legal farm implement...stiff ride, slow, Marginally effective brakes but man that thing was indestructible and never, ever broke down....and if it did, a screwdriver, hammer and pair of pliers would get you going again.
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What exactly are the differences between a 78-79 and let's say an 82?
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You might be more likely to find a 4 speed in a 82 rather than a 76-79, but other than that, not to much. There may be an axle difference, i know one of the 197? years switch back to D44 instead of AMC20. What ive seen quite a few people do on CJ's, is when they lift it with new leafs, theyll put in wrangler leafs, they're wider and provide a better ride.

P.S. Im pretty sure AMC stopped putting the 304 V8 (5.0L) in jeep in 1981. So if im right youll be choosing between a 4-banger or in-line 6.
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What exactly are the differences between a 78-79 and let's say an 82?
Off the top of my head, a wider track on the newer ones, a Dana 300 T/C, (a very good thing), better door hardware, I think the switch from GM Hyrdamatics to Mopar Torqueflites happened around then, no more T-18 four speed, I think it got a T-150?. I'm sure there's more, but I think I covered the biggest differences.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:11 PM   #13
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Wow you guys are beyond helpful. Looks like I should be searching for an 82+
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Just remember, after '86 its no longer a CJ
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:06 PM   #15
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There are advantages to staying in the 70's with the CJs. My 76 is not required to have catylitic converters and 74 and back are not required to pass emissions in tennessee.
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I'm, just gonna jump in real quick. Out of curiosity, what's the [average] top speed on a cj7?
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:40 AM   #17
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Mine does the highway fine, but without overdrive it would get old quick with the 2500 to 3000 rpm real fast! maybe a good stereo and ear plugs!
my 2 cents! I have a V8 and 3.54 gears. some have higher(lower number) gears that would drop the rpms.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:38 PM   #18
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I have a 72 CJ-5 for sale. 304 3 Spd. New lift, tires, wheels seats top and doors. Asking 5000 obo. Haysville ks. 316-250-0921
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:02 PM   #19
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Lots of good info said already.

Its not fair to compare cj's to say jk's...just not the same.

My experience is in '76 to '86 which has a huge market of parts available. I also like cj7's over 5's due to length and door opening but that's getting into preference.

Inside the 70's and 80's are a lot of drivetrain changes and options. IMO the best is a mix...which I've pretty much done.

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