CLEAN CARFAX, SOUTHERN CJ7, 304 V8 SWAP, 4-SPEED, LONGTUBE HEADERS, LIFT, 4X4!!
You may have noticed a trend on the Streetside Classics website: Jeeps are red hot. We can't seem to keep vehicles like this 1984 Jeep CJ7 in stock. Is it a newfound interest in off-roading adventures? The back-to-basics fun of a vintage CJ? Or is it that this Jeep CJ7 represents the ideal blend of daily-driver utility with go-anywhere functionality, all at an affordable price? Can it be all three?
This Jeep isn't trying too hard to be something it's not. From the basic CJ box shape to the tasteful black and white color scheme, it has a no-nonsense look that's a big part of the Jeep's appeal. The white paint is neither new nor old and deteriorated, but does have a semi-gloss look that actually works rather well on a vehicle designed to brush up against rough stuff now and then. The bodywork is in good order with none of the usual trouble spots showing any signs of going south and it's kind of refreshing to see a CJ7 that isn't festooned with decals and stripes. Instead, it has heavy-duty tubular bumpers front and rear, plus a set of matching tubular steps on the side, all of which give it a tough look that's entirely appropriate. Add in the rubber fender flares and a black mesh screen over the grille and you have a Jeep that gets the basics exactly right without resorting to questionable modifications.
You already know Jeep interiors are basic, but that's just the way enthusiasts like it. High-back black vinyl buckets are supportive enough for knocking around in the rough stuff and offer durability and hose-it-off utility. A locking center console means you have at least one place to stow your gear where nobody can get it at and black carpets offer a modicum of civility in an otherwise pretty bare-knuckle experience. The back seat has been jettisoned, which is OK because you can now take all your gear with you just about anywhere and the CJ does include a bikini top to keep the sun from cooking you while you have fun. The original speedometer is joined by a variety of white-faced instruments for monitoring the engine and a 4-speed manual gearbox means that it's a blast to drive. It's in need of a radio, so you can find your favorite setup and slip it into the dash pretty easily, a different kind of weekend fun.
AMC's torquey 304 cubic inch V8 is a good powerplant for the CJ. Thanks to a 2-barrel carburetor, it's still rather thrifty and makes the kind of torque that you need for off-roading. A chrome air cleaner is the lone bit of dress-up in the otherwise functional engine bay, but you can see that there's lots of recent maintenance, including a full tune-up that includes cap and rotor, plus, and wires. Long-tube headers help with the aforementioned torque curve and there are new mufflers that sound mellow, so you won't get a headache out on the trail listening to it all day. The 4-speed transmission spins a 2-speed transfer case and factory axles, which sit on a mild suspension lift to give it a great Jeep stance. That lift also helps with the rolling stock, which consists of shiny aluminum wheels and positively giant 33x12.50-15 off-road tires.
Fun to drive no matter what's under the tires, the Jeep CJ7 is still a perennial favorite for Jeepers around the world. Call today!
- Four Wheel Drive
- Front Disc Brakes
- Manual Convertible Top
- Power Steering
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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