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Hand-Me-Down 1983 Jeep CJ-7

Alex Links’ CJ-7 has been in the family for decades

"I have loved Jeeps since I was a kid," says 2019 Jp Dirt 'N Drive participant Alex Links. His dad bought this 1983 Jeep CJ-7 Laredo when Alex was 7 years old, and in its early days it was used for family hunting excursions and getting around on the ranch. When Alex went college, he started working on the Jeep to make it more reliable, and now it's LS-powered, rewired, and mostly trustworthy! Alex and his wife, Mikaela, drove from their home in Flagstaff, Arizona, to Farmington, New Mexico, to join us for the 2019 Jp Dirt 'N Drive Presented by Jeep.

There is so much awesome going on with this Jeep, including the nostalgia of its appearance with the subtle chrome accents here and there. The 6-inch top-mounted round KC HiLites over the windshield frame and the 6-inch round Hella lights on the front bumper are proof that what was old is new again. The modern upgrades Alex has made for reliability will ensure that this Jeep will live on for many more decades.

Hard Facts
Vehicle: 1983 Jeep CJ-7 Laredo
Engine: 2001 Chevrolet 4.8L Vortec LR4 V-8
Transmission: AMC TorqueFlite 727 Automatic
Transfer Case: Dana 300
Suspension: 4-inch BDS suspension system and shocks
Axles: Dana 30 with 4.10 gears (front); AMC 20, 4.10 gears, limited slip, and one-piece Superior shafts (rear)
Wheels: 15-inch American Racing
Tires: 33x10.50R15 BFG T/A KO