Mr. Ron Spraggins and his 1986 CJ-7 is our showcase of the week. This beast has been completely overhauled and refitted with a ZO6-LS6 Corvette engine pushing 475 hp. This is a Mad Jeep!
I’M JUST FINISHING A FRAME UP RESTORATION ON MY ORIGINAL 1986 CJ7 JEEP, THE LAST OF THE REAL JEEPS, LOL. I BOUGHT THE CJ NEW IN 1986, PUT 0VER 200K MILES ON THE ORIGINAL 6. I WAS GETTING TIRED OF THE “RICE BURNING SUV’S” SMOKING ME WHEN GOING UP THE MOUNTAIN PASSES, ON THE INTERSTATE, ETC. & TO UPSET ME MORE, THEY WERE GETTING BETTER GAS MILEAGE.
WHEN I FOUND OUT IT WAS $3,000 TO OVERHAUL THE OLD 6, I STARTED LOOKING AT A NEWER JEEP. IT WAS GOING TO BE IN THE $30K RANGE FOR A NEW RUBICON TYPE & STILL BASICALLY STOCK, SO HENCE THE Z06- LS6 CORVETTE CRATE ENGINE.
IT WILL LITERALLY BLOW OFF MOST PORSCHES, VETS, STREET RACERS, and ETC. FOR SOME DISTANCE (In a straight line). I ALSO OWN A 1997-993 PORSCHE C4 CABRIOLET AND IT WILL SMOKE IT UNTIL 100 MPH! PLUS IT WILL PERFORM WITH THE BEST OF THE OFF ROAD RIGS, EXCEPT FOR TRAILERED ROCK CRAWLERS.
THE JEEP HAS BEEN TO OVER 20 HIGH LAKES (10-13,000 FEET) IN THE MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO AND OVER MANY OF THE “FEARED” TRAILS. WITH OVER 400 LBS OF TORQUE, IT WILL CRAWL UP STEEP TERRAIN WITH EASE. I ALSO GET 22 MPG AT 70 MPH.
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