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
05-22-2009 05:27 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.
05-22-2009 11:01 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.
05-26-2009 01:45 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
05-26-2009 02:35 PM
I would recommend to replace the body lift, with a 1" or stock spacers.
05-26-2009 02:44 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