Awesome Red 1980 Jeep CJ7
This body-off restoration, completed in 2012, is what happens when you buy a $22k CJ7 and use it as the starting point for your own no-limits build. Complete with a rebuilt 401 V8, fresh paint, and a killer period-correct Pack Mule trailer, this is the CJ for those who are ready for something more than just a mud toy. If that sounds like your scene, take a minute and get to know this killer 1980 Jeep. This ’80 CJ7 takes its legendary traits and covers them in an eye-popping coat Porsche Guards Red that contrast perfectly with the long list of black and chrome accessories found across the vehicle. The paintwork presents well, casting even reflections from nearly any point on the body tub. The paintwork is continued onto a 1979 Pack Mule trailer included in the sale, which has been finished to the same high standards as the Jeep itself. Lift the hood and you’ll find classic Jeep power in the form of an AMC 401 cubic inch V8 borrowed from a Wagoneer of the same era. These engines made somewhere in the neighborhood of 215 hp and 320 lb. ft. of torque in stock form, but this one has received a number of upgrades including a Holley Street Avenger carburetor, Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, Edelbrock headers, and a MSD ignition system. Turn the key and the engine fires to life, settling into a mellow idle. Behind the engine, a three-speed automatic transmission takes care of shifting duties, while a Dana 300 transfer case divides the 401’s power between a Dana 30 front axle and an AMC 20 rear. Around the drivetrain, updated leaf springs and a set of Fox Racing shocks add up to a total of four inches of lift. That lift helps accommodate a set of aluminum Mickey Thompson wheels wrapped in tall 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires. Even the trailer has leaf springs and 31’s! Power steering and power brakes make the CJ surprisingly easy to operate. Open up the doors and you’ll find a great example of the utilitarian interiors Jeeps are known for. The configuration is based around two high-back bucket seats and a small bench seat, all wrapped in waterproof Bestop seat covers. A lockable center console has been added but the nearly everything else is pure Jeep design. This CJ started its restoration nicer than most and ended up a head-turning show-worthy stunner equally as capable off-road as it is in the show field.
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