Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Hard to have more fun on four wheels than with a Jeep CJ-7, especially one as dialed-in and ready to go as this 1984 CJ. With a bright red paint job and a venerable 258 inline-six engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission, it likely hasn't seen as much as a gravel road, let alone serious off-roading, but it's ready, willing, and able to tackle just about anything you throw at it.
We're finally getting to the point where these CJs are legitimate collector's items, but you'll probably discover that very few are preserved/restored to this level (only 57,186 believed actual miles!), without a bunch of obnoxious aesthetic changes and a massive lift that makes them virtually undrivable. It was repainted not long ago to a solid driver-quality level and still has a great glossy shine atop very good bodywork that suggests this Jeep has always been loved while it's spent its entire life in sunny Louisiana. The CJ's shape is unmistakable, especially with the full-size hard doors and full black hard top in place (soft bikini top also included with the sale), and with that very bright red paint job, oversized flares atop the original fenders, and off-setting lower-body decal kit in place, it looks awesome. Thanks to good workmanship throughout, it feels tight and fits together quite well, and while a lot of these CJs led hard lives, this one has obviously been taking it easy since it left the original dealership. Heck, some Jeep guys might scoff at how bright and shiny this one is, but with that tough bed-lined hardtop, heavy-duty tubular bumper with a mounted Warn winch in the center, tow hitch mounted to the heavy-duty rear bumper, step bars, and original swing-away spare tire (reportedly never taken off since it left the factory), I don't think anyone will question its off-road credentials.
The interior is the familiar low-maintenance Jeep stuff that you've come to expect. The high-back black buckets are rear bench are durable vinyl pieces, covered with a material that wears like iron and you can just hose it off after a day playing in the mud. The floors are covered in thick black carpeting, a sign of sophisticated refinement that's rather rare for a Jeep of this vintage, and they're further protected with heavy-duty rubber mats, while the matching back seat looks like it's rarely been used. The dash features a crack-free pad up top, all original knobs and handles on its face, a correct oversized speedometer with built in temperature and fuel gauges, and a rare factory A/C unit underneath that's still blowing cold air into the cabin today. Entertainment comes from the JVC AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit inside the factory slot, a locking center console that splits the front buckets adds a bit of security, and the thick-rimmed, 3-spoke steering wheel is original to this CJ, mounted atop a factory tilt column that gives the driver a lot more room behind the wheel. Overhead there's a robust 4-point roll cage as well as a full black hard top, and the paint-matched hard doors are lined with matching black vinyl.
The venerable 258 cubic inch inline-6 (aka the 4.2L) standing by underneath the hood is one of the most reliable powertrains ever to be built, and off-roaders and weekend-warriors alike have trusted it to carry them through any situation for decades. By all accounts it's the original block, and starts up easily thanks to low original miles, a stock-style 2-barrel carburetor and snorkeled air cleaner, all of which have worked together beautifully for almost 40 years. The well-maintained straight-6 pairs with a highly desirable 4-speed manual transmission that extracts maximum performance from its output, and even though it's not a burner off the line, it's plenty peppy with a great torque curve in every gear. 4-wheel drive agility is easily activated in this cockpit - its lever sits within easy reach of the driver and shifts into all of its options with ease. In keeping with Jeep's intention to arm the model with good road manners on asphalt and more rugged terrain alike, the featured power steering makes for easy navigation, while front disc brakes provide low-effort, fade-resistant stopping ability. This sharp looking classic rides on a fresh set of 15-inch bullet-hole chrome wheels outfitted with new 33x12.5x15 BFGoodrich T/A white-letter off-road tires.
Ready for the daily grind and/or weekend dirt? You'd better believe it. Not many CJs are presented and ready to go at this dialed-in level, so when you find one this nice, don't hesitate. Call today!
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