1981 Jeep CJ-7
Lifted and Restored
1981 Jeep CJ-7
- Southern Jeep
- Restored Paint and Body
- SBC 350 V8
- 2 Inch Lift
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“1981 Jeep CJ-7 Renegade Is A Vintage SUV Dream Machine” – Motorious website, August 2021
Motorious noted: “This is the kind of Jeep any Jeep collector would love to bring home! The CJ-7 Jeep replaced the long wheelbase CJ-6, a low-production Jeep, in 1976. The shorter wheelbase meant that the CJ-7 was naturally going to be a better player off-road, but it was also developed to be a Jeep with more widespread appeal than the CJ-6. This generation Jeep was designed with a more driver-friendly approach....”
Or as a Jeep magazine ad announcing the CJ-7 put it: “Everything you always wanted in a CJ, and more! Now there's extra room behind the rear passenger seat. Lift the easy-opening hatch and load 'er up with camping gear or cargo.”
Offered here is a 1981 Jeep CJ-7 in bright blue over tan, freshly restored and re-powered. The original odometer reads 133,689 miles, under 3,345 miles per-year on average. Included in the recent work was the installation of a 2-inch lift kit.
The Jeep's exterior bright blue paint is uniformly glossy with even application across all body panels. There is no body damage at all. The attention to detail in the professional respray shows in the details. Notice, for example, where hinges are screwed into the body, the screw heads were not painted. That's because the hinges and other trim pieces were properly removed from the body and painted separately. By all means, check out the quality of all the paintwork by viewing close-up photos in the accompanying gallery. Black bumpers are in place front and rear (with tow pin), black fender-flare trim is mounted in all four locations, and a black roll bar is mounted above the rear seats. The windshield and all lighting lenses are clear and undamaged. Aftermarket styled-steel wheels are mounted with Cooper® Discoverer STT off-road tires.
Inside, matching tan-vinyl upholstery covers the two high-back front buckets and the rear bench seat. Interior body sheetmetal—cabin sides, tailgate, and flooring—has been treated with bed-coating spray; this adds protection well beyond that given to metal when the Jeep was originally manufactured. Jeep-branded rubber floor mats are in place up front; seat belts are mounted in all four positions. The original, Jeep-and-AMC-branded sport steering wheel with brushed-metal trim remains mounted. Stock instrumentation and controls are mounted on the painted dash, and a Bluetooth®-capable media player replaces the factory radio. Three added Jegs® instruments are mounted below the dash to monitor engine water temperature, oil pressure, and fuel available. A B&M® t-bar shifter for the automatic transmission is mounted on the floor adjacent to the 4-wheel-drive transfer-case selector lever.
Under the hood, the 350-cubic-inch small-block Chevrolet powerplant glistens under a chrome air-cleaner cover, chrome valve covers, and shiny intake manifold. The perfectly ordered and very clean engine bay includes correctly routed hoses and wiring. Viewed from below, the CJ-7's chassis is similarly clean, complete, and undamaged. Lower-body metal surfaces have also been protected with the bed-coating spray. The full-length dual exhaust system, lift kit, and its attendant suspension components are all high points. There is no rust.
The Jeep's factory identification tag remains mounted.
While the more than 125 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '81 Jeep CJ-7 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
“Jeep wrote the book on four-wheel drive,” as period magazine ads for the CJ-7 put it. Of course, that didn't mean there weren't chapters to be added to that book in the years to come. This lovely blue CJ-7 proves it.