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Unread 10-27-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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Good jeep? 1988 YJ

Found this on cl. It says it has a Chevy 305/5.0 V8. Worth buying?
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Unread 10-27-2010, 05:51 PM   #2
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Wonder what kinda axles are under it... That would be the deal breaker/maker for me.
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Unread 10-27-2010, 06:30 PM   #3
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it looks good for me i would just check for rust and listen to how the engine runs. like the OP said the axles could be a deal breaker. for me i wouldn't worry about them too much
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Unread 10-27-2010, 06:47 PM   #4
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If it's a stock axle then at least it not a c clip. It may break but the wheels stay on.
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Unread 10-27-2010, 06:59 PM   #5
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Engine bay looks clean...looks like whoever did that engine swap did a nice job judging from that small CL pic anyway. For that price, seems like a good deal to me. ...unless there is bad rust on the frame. Looks like a pretty good start to would could be a really nice build.
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Unread 10-27-2010, 07:13 PM   #6
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I may go look at it on Sunday. Can anyone tell me if its a 5 speed or whatever? I'm not to sure on the older YJ specs. Thanks.
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Unread 10-27-2010, 07:15 PM   #7
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most likely isnt the stock transmission in there
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Unread 10-27-2010, 07:20 PM   #8
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If the frame isnt rusted Id say go for it. engine, body looks good and hopefully the custom driveshafts can handle the power. You can spend the same for a stocker
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Unread 10-27-2010, 07:28 PM   #9
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Yeah man, don't know if you have any money to put into it after purchase or how handy you are with fabrication. But another $2500 in upgrades (lift, tires, rear axle, recovery bumpers) and you'd have yourself an impressive Jeep on the cheap!
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Unread 10-27-2010, 07:34 PM   #10
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My plan is new lift (4 inches), new wheels and tires (35's), maybe new axles if I can have someone help me with them, bumpers, winch, and little things. I figure buy it for cheap and have money for extras.
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Unread 10-27-2010, 09:09 PM   #11
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take a battery... from the pictures it doesn't have one haha
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Unread 10-28-2010, 02:55 PM   #12
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What do you guy's think is better? The one originally posted or this one?

95 Jeep Wrangler 4x4..LIFTED.stick

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Unread 10-28-2010, 03:22 PM   #13
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It has the 2.5L. I'd hold out for a 4.0 or the other jeep with the v8.
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Unread 10-28-2010, 03:31 PM   #14
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I'd go for the first one, it looks nicely done and the 2nd one doesn't look so great, and it's already been beat up offroad. Plus I wouldn't trust a lincoln locked D35 especially on 33's.
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Unread 10-28-2010, 03:39 PM   #15
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Here is MY take. Not everyone will agree, but will probably feel the same on some points.

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What do you guy's think is better? The one originally posted or this one?

95 Jeep Wrangler 4x4..LIFTED.stick

It has some nice additions, but it only has a Four Cylinder. I say that it is not worth over $4000.00. The anemic power of the little 2.5L will put you into a desire of wanting more power.




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Found this on cl. It says it has a Chevy 305/5.0 V8. Worth buying?
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To me, this is a better choice. It is ONLY a 5.0L, which the torque isn't that much more than a HO 4.0L. All of the hard work, the conversion, has already been done for you for less than you would to pay to do it otherwise. The axle shafts have been addressed, so the axles will live a little longer, as long as you don't hammer down on the throttle.

Remeber, this is just my worth.

Good luck!
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