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post #1 of 16 Old 06-12-2013, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Should I build or buy?

I've recently sold my car so I could eliminate payments, thus be able to afford something I have wanted for a long time, in just a few months.

I've decided I really wanted to go with a Jeep Wrangler TJ and am seriously considering building it. I've priced out every component, and while it would be far cheaper to build one than buy one, it would take a lot longer to build it.

If you want me to delve on anything to give y'all more info, I can.

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-13-2013, 09:44 AM
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If you build it and wheel it you may want another car for your DD. Just some food for thought.
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-13-2013, 09:50 AM
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Build one! You'll respect it more, and you'll learn how to fix it.

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Build, but if you dd it every day, it can get difficult trying to find downtime to install mods. I've run into trouble several times when I run over the time I allotted to install something.

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Building it is half the fun! Literally. Plus you will know your jeep a lot better.

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Building it is half the fun! Literally. Plus you will know your jeep a lot better.
Building it is all the fun! Wheeling it is just to test your building skills.

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post #7 of 16 Old 06-13-2013, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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DD isn't going to be an issue since I also have a motorcycle and drive that almost everyday to work. The jeep will be both for the occasional drive-to-work vehicle and beach destroyer.

Can anyone throw me some legitimate and trust worthy links on places to buy the majority or some parts for this build? I will need to know of a good place to buy the frame + fiberglass, etc.

I might do a GM conversion to start -- ONLY because I already have a 350 and turbo transmission at home from a truck I use to own.
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-13-2013, 01:21 PM
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Theres so many people hurtin now day's you should buy already built its cheaper on the wallet
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DD isn't going to be an issue since I also have a motorcycle and drive that almost everyday to work. The jeep will be both for the occasional drive-to-work vehicle and beach destroyer.

Can anyone throw me some legitimate and trust worthy links on places to buy the majority or some parts for this build? I will need to know of a good place to buy the frame + fiberglass, etc.

I might do a GM conversion to start -- ONLY because I already have a 350 and turbo transmission at home from a truck I use to own.
Why do you need frame + fiberglass? Are you planning on making a fiberglass body or what? I think most of us were under the assumption you were buying a stock TJ and modding it yourself.
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Wait, what?

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post #11 of 16 Old 06-13-2013, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, this was an example, I apologize. I had written that very poorly.

I'd like to build it basically from the ground up, if cost permits, so while a fiberglass body would be nice, but I could go in either direction. I do not want to buy one and mod it, I definitely want to do a full build; like a kit car I guess.

Go to the junk yard, buy all the parts, go home and build it. Yes, of course, I know it's much more difficult than just "glue a to b", so I am prepared for the difficulty level. If I buy one, I'm looking at about $10,000 or less from what I've seen online, so if I go that route, it won't be that expensive either. I just like building things.
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I would shy away from fiberglass especially if you are going to use it. If I were you I would look for a rust free frame/body and pick it up. Sounds like you would like to replace the engine so no worries about how it runs at the moment. Perhaps you could find one with a blown engine but a decent frame and body and pick it up cheap? (although that does not happen often with TJs with the 4.0 it is almost bullet proof)
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You're right, it's very difficult to find one with a blown 4.0 in the TJ's. I'd be willing to broaden my scope and go for a YJ (or heck, even older if rust isn't present) but I really just don't like the new body styles.

Any ideas on how much would be a "don't pay more than this" for a jeep in the body styles I mentioned if it good condition and basically only need a new engine and/or transmission? I'm new to Jeep's so I don't know at all. All I know are bikes and Honda's. lol
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-13-2013, 02:01 PM
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You can pick up a YJ fairly cheap needing a new engine/tranny.... rust free frame and body 1500-2k probably. In a TJ it is going to be more and good luck finding one with a blown engine.
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post #15 of 16 Old 06-13-2013, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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That's not bad at all. I think I'll check into that. I'll follow up to this post once I get the first bits of my new ride.

Thanks!
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