READY FOR OFFROADING WITH RHINO LINING PAINT! SMOOTH RUNNING INLINE 6, NEW SEATS
For pure off-roading fun, there's still only one Jeep. Vehicles like this industrial-strength 1982 Jeep CJ7 have been a staple of having fun in the mud for decades, and even with all of today's technology and performance, they're still the vehicle to beat when the trail truly turns against you.
Finding an all-steel CJ that hasn't been bashed to death on the rocks or eaten alive by the tinworm is no easy task, yet this heavy-duty Jeep shows off its original bodywork with pride. Sure, it's probably been off-roading a few times in its life, but nobody has abused this Jeep, and now that it's covered in Rhino Liner bedliner material, it'll last practically forever no matter what you do with it. With basic panels and half doors, there aren't really any panel gaps to align, but the hood snugs down easily with those old-style latches, and the drop-down tailgate shows zero signs of rust. Simple bumpers have been fitted so as to be both light and effective, and the traditional Jeep grille nestled between those fat fenders is a trademark that dates back to World War II. Rubber fender flares cover the oversized tires and keep the mudslinging to a minimum, and you'll probably want to lower the windshield for the full frontal experience. All the trim has been blacked out, so it definitely has a hardcore vibe, but if you like your Jeeps low maintenance, this one totally nails it.
Inside, it's rugged and basic, with new high-back bucket seats designed to be cleaned with a hose. The floor has been covered with more spray-in bedliner material for the same reason, because this one is all about going out and having fun in the dirt. There's a full array of gauges, which are critical when you're out in the wilderness, an AM/FM/CD stereo system, and a full back seat for a pair of guests to ride along. The lever on the floor manages the 2-speed transfer case, which is the core of any Jeep's off-road abilities, and there's a column-shifted automatic to go with it. There's a basic bikini top to go with the half doors, which provides a modicum of protection from the elements, but if that bothers you, well, a Jeep probably isn't your thing.
Power comes from AMC's durable and torquey 258 cubic inch inline-six, which was definitely the powerplant you want in your CJ. It isn't designed for all-out speed, but it's plenty snappy around town and for off-roading, what you really want is a smooth flow of power (which this engine delivers), good low-speed torque (in spades), and bulletproof reliability (check). It hasn't been modified and remains nicely maintained, showing new stuff like a rebuilt carburetor and recent radiator. Underneath, it's pretty original with the aforementioned 3-speed automatic transmission, 2-speed transfer case, and an AMC 20 rear axle and a Dana 30 up front, all of which make this CJ highly maneuverable in the brush. There's some surface scale that looks far worse than it is, and if you need a truck designed to get muddy, you don't want a trailer queen, right? Big 265/70/15 Cooper off-road radials on custom black alloy wheels look properly sinister and allow it to go just about anywhere.
If you're looking for adventure, this is the Jeep that'll get you there. Call today!
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