Jeep CJ7 Custom Conversion 1982 Body with 2005 5.3L GM Engine

Price: US $40,300.00 Item location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
  • Make: Jeep
  • Model: CJ
  • SubModel: CJ-7
  • Type: Convertible
  • Year: 1982
  • Mileage: 27,500
  • VIN: 1JCBN87EXCT014032
  • Color: Orange
  • Engine size: 2005 5.3L GM
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Air Conditioning
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: 4WD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: 4-Wheel Drive, CD Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1982 Jeep CJ

I bought this restored CJ7 from the original owner in October 2009 with 160,100 miles (VIN #1JCBN87EXCT014032). I added many features listed below, and shipped it to Maui in December of that year. Once on Maui I realized that the original 4 cylinder ‘Iron Duke’ was just not enough power.

I hired Novak ( to perform a complete conversion in May of 2010. This included replacing the old Iron Duke with a GM Generation III Series 5.3L Vortec engine from a 2005 Silverado (VIN #2GCEC13Z871183143); installing a new AX15 Terminator 5 speed manual transmission; and installing a new radiator, fan, A/C system, hoses, wire assembly, drive shafts, and exhaust system. The 5.3L engine had 17,000 miles on it when the Silverado was totaled. Check the Novak link above where there is a video featuring this Jeep conversion.

In total, I have invested just over $43,000 in the Jeep, the conversion and all of the other upgrades.

In July 2013 I shipped the CJ to Long Beach and drove it to where I live in Phoenix.

I love this CJ, but I don’t have room to keep it. I have a 1970 Jeepster Commando that I also did a Novak Conversion on that I am keeping as I can tow my boat on that machine.


· Eaton Detroit Truetrac Rear Locking Differential

· 4” Soft Ride Lift Kit and Sway Bar Bush Kit

· 33” Mickey Thompson Baja Radial MTZ tires (10k miles)

· 15 x 10 Mickey Thompson Chrome Wheels

· Warn 4” Trail Flares

· Heavy Duty Steering Stabilizer

· Rugged Ridge 8500Lb Power Winch

· Dual Tube Stainless Front Winch Bumper

· Stainless Steel Side Steps

· Rock Hard 4x4 Sport Cage (Roll Bar Kit)

· Rock Hard 4x4 Sport Cage Padding Kit

· Bestop Strapless Bikini Top

· Diamond Plate Side plates, rear corner plates, and interior shift cover panel

· Warrior Products Adventure Rack

· Customzed Delta Diamond Plate Aluminum Storage Box

· Two (2) Stainless Steel Jerry Tanks (only used for fresh water, but can be used for gas)

· Hi-Lift Jack with Isolator

· Bullmaster Padlock and OnGuard Akita Cable (to secure the Jerry Cans and Hi Jack to the rear Adventure Rack so they aren’t stolen!)

· Tuffy Maximum Security Storage Trunk (fits space between rear seat and tailgate)

· Tuffy Security Center Console Series II (6.5”)

· Sony CDX-M6OUI Marine CD/IPOD/MP3 Receiver/Player

· Line-X Kustom Bed Liner throughout complete interior

· New Dash Pad

· Retractable Seat belts and brackets

· Sun Visors

· Fully Custom Fitted California Car Cover (newly replaced and never used)