Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
For pure off-roading fun, there's still only one Jeep. Vehicles like this industrial-strength 1985 Jeep CJ7 have been a staple of having fun in the mud 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.
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 in black matte Rhino Liner bedliner material, it'll last practically forever no matter what you do with it. With basic factory panels, full doors, and an original hard top, there aren't a ton of panel gaps to align, but the hood snugs down easily with those old-style latches, and the drop-down tailgate shows zero signs of rust. A heavy-duty tubular bumper was fitted up front to cut through any obstacles out on the trail, with a Badlands Winch mounted on it in case you ever get stuck, and the traditional Jeep grille nestled between those fat fenders is a trademark that dates back to World War II. Rubber fender flares coated in bedliner cover the oversized tires and keep the mudslinging to a minimum, and you'll probably want to lower the windshield for the full-frontal experience. All the trim has been blacked out, so it definitely has a hardcore vibe, but if you like your Jeeps low maintenance that only need a hosing-off once in a while, this one totally nails it.
Inside, it's rugged and basic, with high-back bucket seats and a matching rear bench wrapped in durable vinyl material that features orange piping for a little added flash. The floor has been covered with more spray-in bedliner material for the same reasons as the exterior, because this one is all about going out and having fun in the dirt. There's a full array of gauges, both factory and aftermarket, all of which are critical when you're out in the wilderness (note: the factory tachometer to the right of the steering wheel indicates this Jeep was likely born as a top-of-the-line Laredo spec vehicle), and a modern AM/FM/Aux head unit powers the aftermarket 6x9 speakers in the rear that sound great. A Grant GT steering wheel continues the blacked-out theme and adds a sporty touch inside, as does the Hurst T-handle shifter that manages the 5-speed manual below and it's matching partner atop the lever for the 2-speed transfer case, which is the core of any Jeep's off-road abilities. A 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 and is dressed with a durable vinyl mat on the flooring. There's a basic bikini top to go with the full hardtop and doors, which provides plenty of protection from the elements and makes this CJ an all-season hauler.
Power comes from AMC's durable and torquey 258 cubic inch inline-six, which was definitely the powerplant you want in your CJ, and this particular 4.2L straight six was rebuilt just over 6k miles ago so it's barely getting warmed up. It isn't designed for all-out speed, but it's plenty snappy around town and for off-roading what you really want is a smooth flow of power (which this engine delivers), good low-speed torque (in spades), and bulletproof reliability (check). Other than a custom air intake set-up and a HEI ignition, the engine bay hasn't been modified and remains nicely maintained, showing new stuff like am upgraded valve cover and long-tube headers. Underneath, the suspension has been professionally upgraded with a 4-inch Pro Comp suspension lift, a 1-inch body lift, and new and rebuilt components everywhere you look (including a recently rebuilt front and rear suspension, axles, and differentials), while the aforementioned 5-speed manual transmission was rebuilt not long as well (approximately 60k miles ago) - all of which make this CJ highly maneuverable in the brush and on the street. Big 35x12.5x15 Goodyear Wrangler off-road radials on custom black alloy wheels look properly sinister and allow it to go just about anywhere, finishing off the tough-guy look perfectly.
If you're looking for adventure, this is the Jeep with the hardware that'll get you there. Call today!
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