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1979 Jeep FSJ Cherokee Chief Wide T


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Specifications

  • Mileage: 7850
  • Tires: Pro Comp
  • Color: Custom
  • Price: 26000
  • Location: Durango, CO

1979 Jeep Cherokee Chief Wide Track 4x4 with low miles. Fully rebuilt and very solid. You won't see many of these rare beasts out driving around, let alone in this nice of condition. I have tried to show the best representation of the Jeep with my pics.

This Jeep was originally a loaded, power equipped, Golden Eagle Edition that's been converted to manual controls so it has manual crank windows, 4x4, door locks, back glass, and lighting. No A/C, but plenty of windows and vents. Heater works excellent. ~7850 miles on a nicely rebuilt AMC V-8 engine. Sorry I don't know how many miles on body/chassis but a very thorough restore has been done so it feels and drives tight. Bushings and suspension all in very good condition. Drivetrain components are either new or rebuilt. There is no rear seat so the back end is spacious and wide open to either camp out/sleep in or haul stuff. Holes are in metal floor if you want to add seat though. Skid plate on fuel tank.

I have owned and driven this Jeep for a few years now and I can tell you it drives very nicely, the steering is tight and turns very sharply for tight spots, and is very stable due to the wide-track front axle. Larger tires can more easily be mounted to these wider axles without a lift. This classic has not been abused in anyway and I have taken care of it the best I can. I had the 4 barrel carburetor reworked for better performance and the timing adjusted for higher altitude, a better fuel regulator valve with gauge installed for better fuel management, and a Putnam Class III receiver hitch mounted. I do want to mention a slight ding in the passenger side panel (see pic) about the size of a pencil eraser that chipped the paint a bit and some tint on the rear glass that got scratched due to a trim retainer that won't stay seated and keeps popping out of place. Can't really see missing tint from the outside at all but wanted to point those out.

This rare classic 4x4 has had a lot of work done and almost all of the common problems with old Jeeps have been resolved. I doubt you'll be able to build anything close to this for what I'm asking. This thing is a beast. It's a metal, heavy duty, V-8 powered vintage 4x4 with a bark. Many people comment how cool it sounds.

Accompanying this vehicle will be a color photo catalog showing detailed pics of the Jeeps restoration, all of the receipts of the parts installed and work done, a Haynes Service Manual, and some extra small parts for it, as well as a full sized spare wheel.

You can easily tell a lot of love has been given to restoring and maintaining this Jeep into what you see today. It's definitely a head-turner and receives lots of compliments and I have enjoyed driving it.

Listed below are many of the items (but not all) that were replaced or rebuilt during restoration:

*Low miles on Rebuilt AMC 304 V8 (bored .040 over) w/Edelbrock Cam and Intake by Sperry Engines. Have the build sheet.
*New Paint and Body work- was a rust free body from Arizona. Metal fender flares, not plastic.
*Body Color is Bordeaux Metallic and really beautiful in the sun.
*Originally Rare Golden Eagle Edition
*HEI Distributor
*Rebuilt Automatic Turbo 400 3 speed Transmission
*Rebuilt Borg Warner Transfer Case-Part Time 4x4
*New Warn Front Lock Outs
*Dana Axles-Wide Track
*New windshield and seals (no cracks)
*New Jeep steering wheel
*New Tires (Pro Comp brand 31x10. 5x15) that are pretty quiet on highway. Lots of tread left.
*New Summit Racing black powder-coated wheels
*New dual exhaust, sounds great
*New fuel tank
*New shocks and brakes
*New Dolphin brand instrument gauges
*New mechanical fuel pump and a New electric fuel pump (backup)
*New weather-stripping
*New dash wiring
*New steering stabilizer
*New black carpet throughout
*New tint installed on all but driver and passenger side door windows
*New classic looking AM/FM stereo with Aux hookup for iPod or music device, Two 6x9 speakers
*New Putnam 2 inch Class III receiver hitch (Made in USA)
*New fuel pressure regulator and Summit fuel pressure gauge
*New hoses and belts
*New wipers