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post #1 of 9 Old 09-26-2013, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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1980 CJ7 buying tips...HELP.

I'm looking at buying a 1980 CJ7, 258 4 speed, Fiberglass body, full soft top with doors, and half doors. It looks to be in great shape (judging by the photos) The guy is asking $7000. That seems to be about average retail. I've never owned a jeep....and this is a new hobby for me. Any suggestions/advice about this model would be great.

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-26-2013, 12:41 PM
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Can you work on it yourself? If not a CJ is not for you probably. Mechanics get expensive. That being said $7k is fairly high for a CJ. Without pics its hard to tell but $7k can buy a pretty nice CJ.
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-26-2013, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Like I said, this will be my first Jeep. With that being said....I'm somewhat mechanically inclined. I've worked on 4 wheelers and motorcycles most of my life, and have quite a few tools. I figured buying a jeep would be a bit of a learning curve...but I'm up for the challenge. Here's a link to the jeep, with a few pics....(hope the link works)

http://morgantown.craigslist.org/cto/4022006743.html
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-26-2013, 01:24 PM
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Nice looking CJ. If you have some mechanical knowledge and are willing to learn Id go for a CJ. Look at comparable CJs in your area for prices. Everyone will have a different price.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-26-2013, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I've looked at a couple different ones. They all seem to be between $7000 - $9000. It just helps to have opinions of guys who already have/know about these things.
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-26-2013, 01:35 PM
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Honestly I wouldnt pay $7 for any CJ unless its 100% original and in pretty good shape. Id say a decent price for a CJ will be between 3-6k with 6 being the high end. It varies by location but thats my 2 cents
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-26-2013, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah. Until I actually get a good look at it in person, I won't really know. The pictures look good, but it could be a whole different story once I get there and see it.
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-26-2013, 03:03 PM
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im not real big on fiberglass bodies, there too much like dune buggy to me, but if it was rusted enough to need a new body then make sure the frame is good. Fiberglass jeep I myself would value no more than $2500
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-27-2013, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
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I'm definitely going to check the frame, thanks for the heads up.
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