1981 Jeep CJ-7 Laredo. The Jeep officially has 179,340 miles, but most of the parts of the Jeep have been upgraded, rebuilt, or replaced. Power steering and brakes. Automatic transmission.


AMC 401 V8 - rebuilt, installed at 127,250 miles
- professionally rebuilt long block kit
- Edelbrock Performer cam and intake
- Holley 650 carburetor (electric choke, vaccuum secondaries)
- Mallory electronic distributor
- Jacobs Electronics ignition
- Milodon deep sump oil pan (8 quarts)
- K&N air filter
- BlackJack headers (also have stock exhaust manifolds)
AMC Turbo 400 automatic transmission with a deep pan - Built by TCI Transmission, installed at 128,385 miles
B&M Megashifter
Dana 300 transfer case (rebuilt at 128,385 miles)
Currie Enterprises Twin-Stick transfer case shifter
4.10 gears - installed at 100,899 miles
Rear Trac-Loc (limited slip) - installed at 100,899 miles
Relengthened, balanced driveshafts
4" Trailmaster lift
2" body lift
35x12.50R15 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires - installed at 145,240 miles (third to half tread left)
15x8 American Racing Outlaw II wheels - installed at 163,011 miles
Pierce 9000 lb winch with 200 ft of cable - winch mount made by local fab shop
120 amp Lestek alternator
Hand throttle for winching
Axle trusses
New front wheel bearings installed ~ 160,000 miles
New rear wheel axle/wheel bearings installed at 149,214 miles
4-point roll cage with padding
Acme Northstar hardtop, doors, factory tinted windows
Auxiliary heater
23 gallon gas tank
4-core radiator
Lee Manufacturing heavy duty power steering box - installed at 154,125 miles
Currie steering box brace
AVM hubs
One piece rear axles
Frame-mounted rear tire carrier
Trailer hitch
Grant steering wheel

The Jeep was my daily transportation from 1985 to 1992. Since 1996 the Jeep has spent most of the time sitting in a garage. I drive/start it occasionally to circulate the fluids. I have planned to repair or replace the body but I have never gotten around to it. It's one of those "one of these days" projects whose day has never came. I have since started riding motorcycles, so if the weather is nice enough to take the top off the Jeep then it's nice enough to ride the bike. The Jeep doesn't have much purpose for me anymore. The winch does come in handy sometimes for chores around the house.

The drivetrain is in great shape. The Jeep starts right up. I keep a battery tender on it. It has aftermarket bucket seats, storage compartments on the rear fenderwells, a center console, extra Autometer guages (voltage, water temperature, oil pressure, oil temperature, tach). There is also an auxiliary heater mounted under the center console.

The negative part of the Jeep is the body. The driver and passenger floor boards are pretty rusted out, as well as around the roll bar supports and the wheelwell seams. Typical Jeep CJ rust. I put diamond plate on the rear and sides to strengthen the rusted out areas. I mounted the gas cap on the side which helps it fill faster. The paint is chalky. The front of the right front fender is dimpled from hitting a deer. The hood has some surface rust on it. One of the tires has a slow leak and will go flat in a couple months.

The engine was built with reliable, low rpm, high torque-type parts fitting of a four wheel drive. It wasn't built to be a hot rod. The carburetor was installed out-of-the-box and runs well. It runs rich when cold or at wide open throttle, but I don't know much about adjusting carbs and haven't had the time to mess with it.

I have new carpet in a box that I never installed, and a bug shield that isn't pictured. The Jeep has speakers installed, but no radio. The headlight switch died, so I replaced it with a 3-way toggle switch. The defroster controls work, but the vent flap doesn't. Also included is an Acme Northstar double-walled hardtop with doors.

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