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celticthor 05-22-2009 04:06 PM

Looking To Get a '79 CJ-7
I am a long time Jeep owner ('77 FJ Chief, '98 XJ Rockcrawler) but I have always wanted a CJ. I have a opportunity to trade my 1998 Chevy K3500 dually for a rust free (really, I am also a aircooled VW owner so I know how to find rust) '79 CJ-7 running a 9" lift and 35" tires. I don't have a need for a huge dually (all I haul is my 35lb dog)

I am just wondering what issues I need to look for


jgano23 05-22-2009 04:27 PM

the biggest thing to worry about is rust. if it is rust free, you are off to a very good start. i would also make sure that the frame is straight and in good shape.

4Jeepn 05-22-2009 10:01 PM

why does it have 9" of lift for 35's? What kind of lift. Also the 79 would be a narrow track, which means the tires will tuck in side the body. I like the wider axles which where early 80's versions.

celticthor 05-26-2009 12:45 PM

According to the owner it has a 4" skyjacker lift, 3" body lift and a 2" shackle lift. I am going to go do the trade today, I drove it on Friday and the only issue that I would need to correct is buying a longer clutch rod since the owner just welded another rod to it and it sometimes catches when I push the clutch in

4Jeepn 05-26-2009 01:35 PM

I would recommend to replace the body lift, with a 1" or stock spacers.

celticthor 05-26-2009 01:44 PM

The 1st thing I am going to do is remove the body lift, since after checking it again it doesn't look like I will have any issues running 35's without it

celticthor 05-27-2009 10:25 AM

Did the trade, here are some pics of it

1BLKJP 05-28-2009 12:34 AM

Does definitely look clean.

4Jeepn 05-28-2009 09:45 PM

Looks like an early production 79, as I think I see the roll bar bolts along the rear sides.

Bignuke 06-03-2009 09:51 PM

Looks great. Get that 3" body lift off !! get a 1" would look great.

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