For pure off-roading fun, there's still only one Jeep. Vehicles like this industrial-strength 1985 Jeep CJ-7 have been a staple of having fun in the sun, on the trail, and on the road 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. With an electric paint job, a comfortable interior, and a powerful drivetrain featuring a 350 V8 small block mated to an automatic transmission, this is one special Jeep.
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 sweet-looking in Hot Rod Flatz Electron Blue Pearl matte paint (try saying that 5 times fast), its days spent playing in the dirt are probably behind it. It's a unique color, perfect for the eclectic Jeep crowd, yet it's not by any means outlandish or obnoxious. Rep pinstripe 'razor wire' and 'Jeep' emblems add just enough contrast and seem to make the blue finish glow even further, truly giving this CJ a one-of-a-kind curb appeal. With basic factory panels, half-doors, and an original hard top, there aren't a ton of panel gaps to align, but the hood snugs down easily with factory latches, and the drop-down tailgate shows zero signs of rust. A black heavy-duty bumper was fitted up front to cut through any obstacles out on the trail, and it matches the black fender flares, traditional Jeep grille, step bars, oversized mirrors, hard top, and rear bumper for tough black-and-blue color combination that punctuates this Jeep's rough-and-tumble look. And to match the red pinstripe work, the fog lights, tow hooks, and gas cap were painted red to match. The Jeep sits up high off the ground enough to clear most obstacles, and in the rare instance that you do ever get it stuck, a heavy duty hi-lift jack was mounted on the hood.
Inside, it's rugged and basic, with fresh-looking high-back bucket seats and a matching rear bench wrapped in durable vinyl materials that were manufactured to be tough and virtually weather-proof. The tub has been covered with black spray-in bedliner for added protection and insulation from the elements, because this one is all about going out and having fun in the dirt, and the black-and-red floor mats match the Jeeps tri-color scheme. There's a full array of gauges, both factory and aftermarket, all of which are critical when you're out in the wilderness, and a modern Pyle Marine AM/FM/AUX head unit powers a sound system featuring six Kicker marine speakers and a Kicker amplifier that sounds great. In keeping with the exterior colors, the black dash is protected with a dash pad embossed with a red 'Jeep' badge, there's a red grab bar above the glove box, and that's very likely the original Jeep steering wheel (a rare find) mounted atop a tilt column. A B&M shifter in the floor manages the upgraded TH400 automatic transmission below, neatly installed next to the stock shifter for the 2-speed transfer case and a cleverly mounted tachometer that minds the revs. A new locking center console splits the front buckets and adds some storage up front, but if you need more the area behind the seat has decent space as well. The hard top fits neatly atop the Jeep with no interference from the mounted roll bar, and between it and the soft half-doors there's enough protection from the elements to safely call this an all-season hauler.
The swapped-in 350 V8 is a neat fit in the CJ's engine bay, almost as if the same guys designed them both. It's clear that the goal was a performance look, and you can see that cubic dollars were spent here to get everything dialed in and show-off ready. The engine looks quite clean and wears a simple black paint job that works well in the black engine bay, with a set of aluminum M/T valve covers and a matte blue open-element air cleaner adding a little flash up top. An Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor atop an aluminum intake feed the small block, and thanks to lots of recent service it's really running great. There's an awesome power-to-weight ratio and optimal 130PSI compression test on each cylinder, and the resulting performance is very impressive, while the soundtrack provided by the long-tube headers that feed into Flowmaster dual exhaust system is worth the price of admission all by itself. A rebuilt TH400 3-speeed automatic transmission spins 3.55 gears and makes it easy when you're slogging through the rough stuff, and the 2-speed transfer case gives you enough torque to power through just about any obstacle. You'll note that the hardware underneath is in excellent condition, including a professional lift kit, newer shocks, and power steering and power brakes that greatly improve the ride experience. Shiny aluminum wheels look great, especially wrapped in fat 35x12.5-15 off-road radials that finish off the look perfectly.
If you're looking for adventure, this is the Jeep with the looks and the hardware that'll get you there. Call today!