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Old 03-16-2011, 07:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I had it for two weeks and got really stuck! it was a258 inline 6, Auto, fulltime 4x4 quadratrac, this was a striped down CJ, metal floors, no radio, no roll bar, skinny suburnite tires. Ialso added a analog Alpine tapedeck, with a huge (at the time ) Pioneer 320 amp, 4 speakers, Stropp roll bar, Goodyear Wranglers sitting on the very first set of Keystone solar 10's ever sold up here. I was 19...
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:24 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:25 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:26 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I drive an 04 wrangler sport with the 4.0 liter straight 6. Its a beast. It rides pretty rough but it will climb over about anything. Nice thing about jeeps is they are made to take a ton of abuse. And if by chance something does break there are tons of parts to be found and they are relatively easy to work on. Just don't expect any sort of gas efficiency.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:33 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I always tell anyone looking at jeeps to check in the corners by the taillights for rust, underneath and behind the front wheels especially... then I remember that most of you guys are in places where a jeep can be expected to not turn into a pile of iron oxide with wheels in <10 years.
I have that problem with mine-by the fender flares and the license plate bracket are getting some pretty nasty surface rust. When I get the money to put on tube fenders, I'm probably going to sand them down and repaint the spots I'm not replacing.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:37 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I love Jeeps, especially CJs.

In the last 25 or so years, I've always owned one or another as a project. For the last couple years I've had a CJ-5 as my daily driver.

On a positive side, Jeep CJs are insanely easy to work on. A very modular design, nothing hidden or streamlined. On a negative, the newer Jeep CJs are 30 years old, and probobly had a very hard life.

As such MAKE SURE you crawl under any jeep you look at. The 76+ CJs had box frames that were notorious for cracking and rotting, especially from the wheels back. They make replacement frame sections, and whole frames as well, but its not a small, or cheap project.

Expect rust, even with a recent restoration. Jeeps originally were not galvanized, and the shape of the body means that water pools everywhere.

For $4000 as a budget? That includes the project vehicle and all the later parts? That should get you a good Jeep. $3000-4000 is the average price for a running CJ in good shape. Then usually 2000-3000 for running but rusty, then 1000-2000 for rusty with problems, and under 1000 for parts vehicle.

I had a similar project. I paid $1400 for my current project. Frame and body were good, though nothing electrical worked. Brakes were shot. Fuel system was shot, along with all the wheel bearings (likely in the water at some point), steering components, wiring, etc. I spent another $1000 to get it road legal, and then another $500 is odd stuff.

Now I drive it everywhere. My wife hates it since it only seats 4, and I have a family of 6. OK, not the best purchase, but its my midlife crisis car. I like Jeeps, nor Corvettes.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:42 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I love Jeeps, especially CJs.

In the last 25 or so years, I've always owned one or another as a project. For the last couple years I've had a CJ-5 as my daily driver.

On a positive side, Jeep CJs are insanely easy to work on. A very modular design, nothing hidden or streamlined. On a negative, the newer Jeep CJs are 30 years old, and probobly had a very hard life.

As such MAKE SURE you crawl under any jeep you look at. The 76+ CJs had box frames that were notorious for cracking and rotting, especially from the wheels back. They make replacement frame sections, and whole frames as well, but its not a small, or cheap project.

Expect rust, even with a recent restoration. Jeeps originally were not galvanized, and the shape of the body means that water pools everywhere.

For $4000 as a budget? That includes the project vehicle and all the later parts? That should get you a good Jeep. $3000-4000 is the average price for a running CJ in good shape. Then usually 2000-3000 for running but rusty, then 1000-2000 for rusty with problems, and under 1000 for parts vehicle.

I had a similar project. I paid $1400 for my current project. Frame and body were good, though nothing electrical worked. Brakes were shot. Fuel system was shot, along with all the wheel bearings (likely in the water at some point), steering components, wiring, etc. I spent another $1000 to get it road legal, and then another $500 is odd stuff.

Now I drive it everywhere. My wife hates it since it only seats 4, and I have a family of 6. OK, not the best purchase, but its my midlife crisis car. I like Jeeps, nor Corvettes.
thanks for the info. the jeep i get will be a project and will only see the woods/mud. it wont be a daily driver. and my $4000 is just what i have saved so far. not my total budget. i have been looking around and there are some really nice CJs around. id love one with a v8! lol
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:00 PM   #28 (permalink)
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id love one with a v8! lol
Fortunetly, the aftermarket for CJs is extremely strong. Every single part is still made either to factory specs, or something.... similar. You could build a brand new Jeep CJ from aftermarket parts... and well... lots of people do.

V8s are always popular. Lots of people use Chevy 350s. Cheap and everywhere, and are popular swaps. So popular that most Jeep catalogs have a section on just SBC parts (ie adapters, engine mounts, wiring, plumbing, etc).

Speaking of catalogs, before you do anything else, go to Quadratec.com, 4wd.com, and JCWhitney. All 3 have Jeep CJ/Wrangler parts catalogs that are huge.... and free.

Or maybe it had an AMC V8? Jeeps had the 304 as a popular option. The great thing about the 304 is its identical (externally) to the 360 and 401 muscle car engines. You could pull a AMC401 from an AMC Javelin, and drop it right into a CJ-7 without fussing with adapters and nonesense. (though a new trans and diffs are probobly a good idea).

AMC V8s are more expensive to build up, simply becuase they are less common. But vastely more cool.

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Old 03-16-2011, 09:01 PM   #29 (permalink)
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got a 99 cherokee with 200+K miles on it and after totalling my car weekend before last I just picked up a 2011 wrangler. If your in the mood for a cherokee that could use a little work and willing to drive to missouri to get it, it's well under the 4,000 mark you were looking at.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:23 PM   #30 (permalink)
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IMO, it's not a Jeep unless it was made by AMC. I know some Jeep guys might disagree, but I'm a diehard AMC guy.
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