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Project "Leftie" - part #1
 
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(07.16.13) I have always wanted to drive on the other side of the road and it might just be happening in a few weeks. I picked up this 1985 Laredo for a trade item towads a vehicle that I have wanted. A Right Hand Drive or RHD Jeep CJ7. This one is a British Export Model that made its way back to the states.
 
 
I kept this page private initially because I didn't want to jinx it if the deal fell through. Basically I picked up the 1985 CJ7 Maroon Laredo and traded it for the Export CJ7 and some cash.

cb (07.16.13)

 
 
(07.22.13) I took some more pictures of the work I was doing on the Laredo to get it in shape to bring to New Jersey to trade for the Export CJ7. I am hoping to pull this all off on 07.27.13 and have the new Jeep home here that day. It will be the #5 Jeep in the stable and the 4th one that currently runs ;)

cb (07.22.13)
 
 
(08.03.13) I haven't had the proper time to put together a page for this Jeep as things kind of happened quickly and I didn't have time to do it in the right order, but when things happened, I wanted to capture them as they were happening.

So, let's take a step back and take a look at the ad and the pictures that drew me to this project in the first place.

Jeep cj7 83 right hand drive 4x4 5 sp british export

THIS IS REGISTERED AND TITLED IN NJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES LEGAL TO DRIVE HERE!!!!!!!I HAVE A 1983 JEEP CJ7 BRITISH EXPORT RIGHT HAND DRIVE T5 TRANSMISSION, REBUILT 360 MOTOR, needs some rust repair in body, has 33x12.5x15 mickey thompsons on it. the lift is the orignal stance from the factory as this jeep was exported to britain then exported back. have clean nj title just replaced the 2 piece axles with 1 piece axles. new alum 3 core radiator. use as everyday driver. over 4G spent on motor alone BRITISH EXPORT RHD CJ7 ONE OF A COUPLE IN THE US SEE ENGINE OPTIONS BELOW. STILL HAS ALL EUROPEAN LIGHTS NEW PAINLESS WIRING HARNESS INSTALLED. FUEL GUAGE WORKS DRIVE IT ANYWHERE.

NEEDS FUEL PUMP

prograde rebuilt 1979 AMC 360ci V8 5.9L that has approximately 10,650 (12.27.12)
Upgrades are :
Toe cam
Edelbrock aluminum air intake
Edelbrock 4 barrel carb 600 cfm
Disributor mounted DUI performance ignition system
3 core aluminum radiator
Custom dual exhaust
Headers
New PAINLESS WIRING HARNESS INSTALLED.
hydraulic CLUTCH
does not include soft top and soft door they were sold
INCLUDES black HARDTOP AND HARD DOORS
ORIGINAL COLOR IS Sherwood Green Metallic RARE COLOR(1C PAINT CODE) AND NUTMEG INTERIOR 9 GREY SOFT TOP AND DOOR DO NOT COME WITH JEEP

THIS JEEP HAS BALLS NO QUESTION

WILL ADD MORE PICTURES

DIDN'T WANT TO SELL BUT I'M DISABLED AND HAVING A HARD TIME SHIFTING ANYMORE SELL OR TRADE MAKE ME AN OFFER FIRST PERSON THAT SEE'S IT WILL BUY IT IT THIS IS AN ORIGINAL SHERWOOD GREEN RENEGADE HAVE ORIGINAL PICS WHILE IN ENGLAND

$3500 firm price 973-***-****
 
 
I looked at all the pictures and talked to the seller on the phone quite a bit. It helped that I had someone I knew and trusted talk to me about it as well as he had seen it. So a big plan was put together to get to CT to see the in-laws with the kids and wife, then I would continue on to New Jersey to swap Jeeps and then travel onto another house and swap parts and eventually return back to CT and pick up the kids/wife and then come back to NH.

Swap Jeeps? Yes, that is what I said. In the pictures, you can see a 1985 Jeep CJ-7 Laredo. In the ad, the seller mentioned that he was disabled, having a hard time shifting and wanted an automatic CJ7. I had found one in Maine, but it wasn't in that good of shape and then this Laredo popped up in Massachusetts, so I went and bought it, trailered it home, got it running, loaded it on the trailer and then brought it down to New Jersey to swap it out with the Export RHD CJ7. Following all of this? Good, cause there is more!
 
 
I have returned back to NH and the Jeep sits at the back of the garage and I am trying to work on it little by little while also trying to finish up the Orange Jeep as well. I didn't expect to have a new project so soon. I will get it running like a top before you know it, just trying to run down a fuel problem at the moment.

That is about it for now. I hope to get the wheels/tires off and sandblast and paint white and get soem 31" tires on there to make it more stock appearing... it will be my first one ;)

cb (08.03.13)
 
 
 
(08.06.13) I have been doing a few odds and ends on the RHD Jeep. First off, I found the "before" picture of the 1985 Jeep CJ7 Laredo on the trailer headed for her new home in New Jersey. I then tackled the steering wheel, as I wanted a CJ one in there. I took it all apart also for a new lock cylinder as the old one was broken and only had one key, this was cheap insurance against leaving the key in the ACC position and draining the battery.

I went through the plugs and wires... 2 plugs were in bad shape... turns out the wires to those 2 plugs were either burned or broken. I have a new set of wires on order and a new set of plugs went in with the correct gap. I then finished up the steering wheel install, put the bikini top rail in place and now have to get some footman loops to secure the back of it. All in all, things are coming along. The rims/tires will be separated, the rims stripped and done up in white, then new rubber in 31x10.5x15 to make it fit a bit better and then the carb will be rebuilt and finally, intall the new wires, a new steering column bezel and a rearview mirror. Once that is all done, fix the driver side floor and some other holes and get it registered/inspected so I can enjoy it this summer! Oh, I also put in the rear seat and I have to get to the passenger side seat belt. I also took off the death hooks in the front of the Jeep for the hi-lift jack... lost a good pair of shorts on them.

cb (08.06.13)
 
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