1976 Jeep CJ-7 Has a V8 Heart and Many Off-Roading Mods, Costs Less Than a New Wrangler

The original Jeep Wrangler dates back to 1986 when the YJ entered production. However, the model can trace its roots back to the CJ series, which first came out in the early '40s. And if you have a soft spot for nicely done CJs, then this CJ-7 is probably what the doctor ordered – if you are into off-roaders, obviously.
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Photo: Garage Kept Motors
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A 1976 model, which places it in the first year of assembly, this Jeep CJ-7 has received extensive modifications to the point where it is ready to go rock climbing. It features many goodies that will come in handy once the road gets rough, including leaf springs, steel bumpers, additional lights, and a roll cage above the passenger compartment.

It rides on new wheels wrapped in fat tires, has a blue finish on the outside, a fiberglass body, and a very basic cockpit that looks rather shiny for an old-timer. The classic dashboard that features multiple gauges, a simple three-spoke steering wheel, and four individual bucket seats complete with harnesses are other highlights of this old-timer. There is almost no storage behind them, so you may want to pack lightly for that weekend getaway. But then again, this is not the type of ride normally suitable for long drives.

The odometer reads nearly 20,000 miles (~32,200 km), and chances are they were achieved after the restoration. The classic 4x4 features a 5.7-liter V8 engine under the hood working in concert with an automatic transmission, and anyone who's into CJs can tell you that the only V8 available for the CJ-7 back in the day was a 5.0-liter unit. It was also offered with a pair of straight-fours, two straight-sixes, and an Isuzu-sourced diesel with four cylinders. Three-, four-, and five-speed manual transmissions and a three-speed automatic delivered the thrust to the wheels.

A quick look at the underbody reveals that the chassis is in almost perfect condition, so the only things it needs are gas in the tank and a skilled driver maneuvering it on arduous tracks. If you want to be the person holding the wheel of this Jeep CJ-7, then you will have to check out the Garage Kept Motors ad here. The listing reveals more pictures of this classic Jeep and the asking price, which is $29,900. That kind of money can get you a new Compass or a Renegade; as for the latest generation Wrangler, interested parties will have to pay at least $31,895, excluding destination, options, and dealer fees.

Does it sound like a good deal? Probably yes to the right buyer, and we think this 47-year-old Jeep CJ-7 won't remain on the used car market for a long period of time. The question is, are you its next owner?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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