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post #1 of 14 Old 02-01-2013, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at buying this ZJ to fix up

Hey guys I was wondering what you think of the damage on this ZJ. The guy is trying to sell it for 700, but if I get him down to like 300 then I currently plan on buying it.

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From Craigslist ad: It has 197,304 miles on it and still runs good. Was involved in an accident with a concrete post at a slow speed and suffered damage to the right front fender and bumper as you can see in the pictures, but other than that the body of the vehicle is in great shape, as with the interior. Windshield also has a slight crack and the ceiling is drooping down, but from age of vehicle. Brakes and rotors have been recently replaced as with a new water pump. A/C does not work either. Has a CD player installed also.
So do you guys think this is a good deal? Do you think I could pretty easily put on a fender and bumper from a junkyard after straightening out the bent areas?

Thanks a lot!


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post #2 of 14 Old 02-01-2013, 02:36 PM
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Not worth it. Front rebar has to be removed and a new one welded on for a proper fix, that fender is all mangled. That wasn't a low speed collision. You can't fix that by slapping a few parts on.
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You really don't want to be messing with the front crossmember.

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Alright, thanks guys

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If he were going at a slow speed he wouldn't have hit that concrete post, and it wouldn't have looked like an IED hit it. Good price, but not it.

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300 would be a good parts jeep
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300 would be a good parts jeep
Well I don't have a ZJ right now, just a WJ, so I was hoping this could be fixed up and be made into a good trail rig, but I will keep looking.

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post #8 of 14 Old 02-01-2013, 05:00 PM
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If anything, you could use it as a donor vehicle for a non-mangled ZJ. I wouldn't want to mess with anything with mangled unibody though. Not to mention, it would probably be cheaper to buy a ZJ already built up a bit because you're going to be spending $1000's to $10,000's to build a ZJ trail rig yourself. Just my 2 cents.

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Hey guys I was wondering what you think of the damage on this ZJ. The guy is trying to sell it for 700, but if I get him down to like 300 then I currently plan on buying it.



So do you guys think this is a good deal? Do you think I could pretty easily put on a fender and bumper from a junkyard after straightening out the bent areas?

Thanks a lot!


My sister got drunk a few years back and decided it was a good idea to park her jeep into a brick wall. It looked worse than your future buy. My old man rebuilt it and drives it to this day. It can be done but its a LOT of wok. I agree, if you have the means get it for parts.

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Not to mention, it would probably be cheaper to buy a ZJ already built up a bit because you're going to be spending $1000's to $10,000's to build a ZJ trail rig yourself. Just my 2 cents.
i strongly disagree with the statement i underlined. JMO, but i would never buy a lifted/off-road built up vehicle. better to get one thats virgin, that way you know its most likely been taken care of and not driven to hell and back.


to the OP: looks like an excellent parts truck if you could get it for 3-400. if you bought another ZJ in better shape body wise, you could take what you want off the first one, then part out the rest of it. probably make a decent amount of money

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i strongly disagree with the statement i underlined. JMO, but i would never buy a lifted/off-road built up vehicle. better to get one thats virgin, that way you know its most likely been taken care of and not driven to hell and back.


to the OP: looks like an excellent parts truck if you could get it for 3-400. if you bought another ZJ in better shape body wise, you could take what you want off the first one, then part out the rest of it. probably make a decent amount of money
Definitely agree with all of this... how can you say "built not bought" without building it yourself? Anyway, I've been emailing back and forth with the seller and he says he won't got below 600 so I'm gonna pass on this one. Luckily there is a good supply of ZJ's that show up on craigslist


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You're not interested in building your WJ? Or you want to keep it DD?
My WJ is my DD so yeah I'm pretty content with my budget boost and 32's right now... but I'm sure I'll eventually cave and lift her some more haha

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Did the front axle/steering/suspension get mangled at all it is it just the body?

Front cross member looks fine. Good lines for a front bob. If its gonna be a trail rig.
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Did the front axle/steering/suspension get mangled at all it is it just the body?

Front cross member looks fine. Good lines for a front bob. If its gonna be a trail rig.
axle, suspension, and steering are all fine, he said that I could drive it home

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post #14 of 14 Old 02-02-2013, 02:30 PM
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Do you weld?

Cut off the bent corner piece up to where the hole in the front member is. You'll have clean open access to the 'rail' to weld plate to.

If you run new wire for the battery you can relocate it further back (need to fab up a tray mount obviously) and then if you look at the wheel well there's an obvious crease line where the two pieces meet. Ideal place to dovetail the nose. Pretty much what I'll be doing. Mines still my dd so the build is going slow but I've got it nearly all prepped.
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