6 Little-known Facts about the Jeep CJ-7
- The CJ-7 as well as the rest of the CJ series of Jeeps can trace their roots back to the famous Willys Jeep used by the Allies in World War II. In fact, the CJ series was intended to be the public version of the military Jeep - the initials CJ stand for Civilian Jeep.
- The introduction of the CJ-7 in 1976 coincided with the 200th anniversary of American Independence as well as the 35th birthday of the Jeep.
- The Jeep CJ-7 is basically a longer version of the 1954 CJ-5, which in turn is a version of the Korean War-era M38 Jeep. The CJ-7 featured a longer wheelbase with 10 inches added behind the front seats to provide space for the automatic transmission system. Flatter doors, a stepped-out chassis and road springs and dampers mounted closely to the outside of the body also differentiated the CJ-7 from the CJ-5. In turn, the CJ-7 itself was later used as basis for the CJ-8 Scrambler, a 2-door pickup truck produced between 1981 and 1984, and the Jeep Wrangler SUV.
- In the classic Dukes of Hazzard TV series, the character Daisy Duke drove a white 1980 CJ-7 named Dixie. The Jeep was introduced on the mid-second season of the series and was characterized by its trademark Golden Eagle emblem and the name Dixie affixed on the sides of the hood. The CJ-7 was later replaced by the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon in the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard film.
- There have been diesel-powered versions produced for the CJ-7, but these were not made available in the US and were meant for export. The diesel CJ-7s were manufactured in Ohio in between 1980 and 1982 and were fitted with an Isuzu Diesel C240 engine, a Trenec 4-speed manual transmission, and 4.1 ratio narrow track axles.
- The main feature of the CJ-7 that distinguished it from previous CJ-series Jeeps is its Quadra-Trac four-wheel chain drive transmission system. The QuadraTrac system had a differential that shifted torque between the front and rear that can be locked in a vacuum, enabling the CJ-7 to operate in high range and optimum traction in virtually any driving situation without requiring any input from the driver.