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.
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.
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)
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