1979 Jeep CJ7 Renegade purchased in 1999, unused and garage stored since then. Twenty three years later it has been made street-able. The Texas title is clear on current Antique registration and easily transferred. Antique license plate will stay with owner.
Shows 69,500 or so miles on original speedometer-total is likely 169,500.
Original hood, front grille & lights, rear tailgate.
Less than 400 miles on NEW steel tub & TDK chassis.
REBUILT 304 V8 motor with Melling oil pump-City Motor Supply Dallas.
REBUILT 3-speed transmission- Wade Transmission & Gear-Dallas
Original driveline with new u-joints front and rear. Moser Engineering one-piece rear axles. Factory 3:54 gear ratios front & rear.
Rides on Rancho leaf springs and shocks which give a 3-4 inch lift and a pretty ‘stiff’ ride.
Factory power steering and power brakes-disc brake front, drums in rear.
Steel tube headers with dual side exhaust.
The NEW items on this vehicle are an extensive list-all of which may not be listed here but will include the following below:
Windshield frame and glass
Dash panel in gloss powder coat, cutouts for tachometer and clock. No radio or speaker cutouts
Windshield wiper pivots, connector joints, wiper arms and blades.
All steel center locking console with radio compartment-no radio installed.
Front fenders & clearance lights front and rear
Front seats-Rugged Ridge, in Tan fabric. Original passenger tilt forward mount and new driver moveable mount
Rear seat-Rugged Ridge, matching Tan, Fold & Tumble still in box, not mounted or photographed.
Aluminum 3 row radiator.
Holley 500 cfm carburetor, manual choke (no choke cable)
Engine timing and water pump housing, water pump with new Melling oil pump
Brake and fuel lines front to rear-from In-Line Tube
Fuel tank, filler cap, float/sending unit.
Bestop bikini top.
Stainless steel fasteners.
Rubber body mount cushions, reinforced metal inserts by brazed joints and coated in aluminum brushed-on silver enamel.
Urethane spring and anti-sway bar bushings.
Much more not listed.
Wheels are 10 inch x15’s with new Cooper Discoverer 31×10.50 tires on rear. Fronts are older Goodyear Wranglers same size.
Full size spare tire and wheel-chrome center not black as those on the vehicle-not photographed. No spare tire mount installed.
All instruments are working except tachometer and the new clock that ran for 3 months.
Fully functional original heater assembly.
Some features not often found on CJ’s are the custom front and rear bumpers and roll bar installed, described below:
The front bumper is 3-1/2 inch heavy wall steel tube with welded closed ends. The rear bumper is of one-piece 3 inch channel-iron, miter corners and welded with diamond plate upper top plate. Class II receiver included.
Roll bar is 3 inch tubing front and rear. It has been securely mounted to the double wall area in front where the door hinges are reinforced. An 1/8 inch plate was fabricated to support the front tube bottom with a diagonal brace and bolted to tub bottom and the double wall door column area. The rear portion is secured with a fabricated piece that bolts to the tub with 9 fasteners each side, The roll bar was not removeable originally but is now.
Additional information regarding the TDK chassis-The build quality and strength are far superior to AMC’s frames in weight, wall thickness and strength of the front and rear crossmembers. The weld quality is impressive.
Information on the replacement steel tub-they lack reinforcement is some places that AMC had on their original tubs. The rear flange that bolts to the frame was too simple and lacking in strength-this was ‘boxed in’ across the rear with a piece welded on to stiffen that portion. Another stiffener was welded to the underside of the bed area side to side. Another was removed from the original tub but was not installed and is available.
On the firewall where the brake booster/steering column/pedal assembly bolts to-was single thickness and would have been weak too. The original 1/8 inch plate was retained from the original tub and secured to the firewall for added strength to this area. Body caulking was applied to the back side like the original was. The original data plate/VIN plate is riveted on this stiffener as well.
These tubs come in black primer without seam sealing or caulking. All seams have been sealed and painted, Additional black Hot Rod lacquer primer has been applied.
The extruded aluminum rocker molding is present and all factory fasteners secure them. Lots of CJ’s don’t have these.
Many CJ’s don’t have rear clearance lamps at the rear of the tub-see photos
Included is a 2 inch 3-ring binder will almost all receipts (didn’t get one on the tub) plus information sheets and some 1999 photos of the Jeep as purchased.
Factory owners manual in good condition, 1979 Jeep OEM ‘Technical Service Manual’ with failed binding but all there, covers Cherokees, CJ’s & Wagoneer’s. Additionally a Haynes service manual for 1949-1986 Jeeps.
Driving is sort of tractor like. Pulls strong from low revs, short shifting is normal and revs have been kept low for break-in. Most corners are taken in second gear, some from top gear. The break-in oil was changed at 260 miles with Castrol 20W50. It runs cool with the 3 row radiator, gauge needle just touching the green band-left side. Oil pressure runs around 42 psi at street speed up to 60 psi.
Photo of speedometer is running with cold engine.
Air horns in engine bay have been removed and dual tone horns added 5-22-2022. (air pump drew too many amps for relay).
At last is the reason for selling. The CJ was bought in 1999 when I was aged 50 and 23 years later finds me having no use for it after all that’s been done. There’s a 2017 Wrangler Rubicon here as a daily driver plus 4 more projects to get gone to please a worried wife.
Shipping is buyer arranged. Location is 75240 north side of Dallas. Assistance to load on a carrier will be provided.
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A cold start video was posted 5-24-22. See YouTube-search “79 CJ7 Cold Start 4-24-2022”
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Location: Dallas, Texas, United States