The undisputed king of go-anywhere survivability has to be the Jeep
CJ7, and with collectors discovering that these are seriously fun
machines, Jeeps like this 1984 CJ7 won't be this affordable for too
much longer. We're already seeing it here, where it's getting
harder and harder to keep good Jeeps in stock.
The Renegade was the top-of-the-line CJ, a package that gave the utilitarian Jeep a look-at-me makeover that's probably the off-road equivalent of the Trans Am screaming chicken hood decal. With a variety of off-road-ready upgrades, this one looks as rough and rugged as John Wayne in a gun belt. The dark blue paint is only a few years old and still looks good, but not so perfect you'd be afraid to head into the brush with it. There's also a bright red, orange, and yellow stripe running down the center of the hood, which matches the RENEGADE lettering on the sides, so it's hard not to get noticed when you're driving this 4x4. Goodies include a chrome front bumper, new fender flares, and color-matched tubular steps for climbing aboard. The net effect is that this is a hardcore backpack that you can drive anywhere.
This one sticks to the original setup, but the condition of the floors and dashboard suggest that this Jeep has led a good life and hasn't been abused or neglected. High-back bucket seats are still comfortable enough for bouncing around off-road, and the floor has been protected with cool plastic liner, a smart upgrade and probably one that makes a lot of sense in a vehicle designed to play in the mud. All the original gauges are fully functional, and while this one isn't long on options and upgrades, it gets the basics right, with a fat steering wheel, 4-speed manual transmission, and a chrome grab bar for the passenger (believe me, if you're doing it right, you're gonna need it). The back seat is neatly finished in matching black vinyl and the padding on the roll bar is neatly fitted, so it's clean and orderly. This jeep also includes a bikini top, offering some minimal protection from the rain and sun, a good idea if you're going to spend a lot of time outdoors.
AMC's 258 cubic inch inline-six still runs beautifully and should continue to do so for many years if you take care of it properly. Torquey and robust, this is the engine you want pulling through the worst slop Mother Nature can throw at you. Virtually bulletproof, it also has the low-end torque you need and gentle throttle tip-in on the rebuilt carburetor makes it easy to feel your way through the slippery stuff. The 4-speed manual feeds the stock 2-speed transfer case and seriously beefy axles at both ends, with the front end being fitted with locking hubs. Tall gears and low range give it rock-crawling stability, but thanks to the oversized tires, it can cruise relatively easily at highway speeds in high range. The suspension also features stock springs and ride height, so it's has exactly the right attitude and functionality without being tall and tippy on the streets. Attractive 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels look flashy and wear giant 33x12.50x15 off-road tires.
With chiseled good looks and plenty of performance, this awesome CJ is a lot of fun, both on and off road. Call today!