||09-11-2013 11:56 AM
Originally Posted by 2004blacktj
Hey everyone, I was looking to get as much info as I can on the cj renegade. I found one that I would like rebuild. I don't know how many miles it has or if it has rust/rot. (Only got a quick look at it). Right now it's sitting in the woods on my bosses apple farm for god knows how many years. Basically what I want to know is how hard is it to fix rusty patches if it has any, rebuild a transmission, and engine. As well as any tips and information you all have regarding the cj renegade.
( I will try and post a picture of what I would like it to get it looking like in the end )
The Renegades and Laredo's were originally an upgrade packages starting in the early 70's but later turned into just a bunch of dealer applied stickers in later years. Depending on the year, you should expect to see some if not all of the options used in the Renegades which would have included:
- Dash Clock
- Dash Tac
- Dash instrument beauty cover
- Ash tray/Lighter
- Cabin Courtesy lights
- Optional Tilt Driver Seat
- Hood decal - varies by year
- Earlier years had the 304 V8
- H/D cooling option
- Renegade Wheel Package (varies by year)
- IIRC Renegades had Disc Brakes up front instead of drums but I may be wrong on that one.
There may be other items that are tell-tale indicators of a Renegade or Laredo (Laredo's had chrome grill, leather wrapped wheel and grab bar, dash pin-stripping, seat piping, and a few other odds and ends.) and not having the items above does not necessarily mean you DONT have a Renegade as it was a very loosely defined package in later years.
As far a I am aware, there are no VIN or Build Codes for the early CJs that specified it to be any particular package like they do with the newer Wranglers so it is a bit up in the air to really know for sure.
I have a Renegade but when I repainted it, went with different year's decal as I liked it better then my original year's decal and wasn't too concerned that it wasn't the correct one.