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Unread 08-23-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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97 2 door XJ Worth $600?

Would value your input. Have an opportunity to buy a "project" 97 XJ 2 door with an almost rust free body (just surface rust from rock chips, etc.) although it does have several minor dents and dings. The PO bought it for parts and was going to scrap the body but realized after he pulled the motor and trans prior to cutting it up just how rust free it was underneath and here in Iowa that's a rarity. He's basically decided to sell it as a project rather than scrapping it just out of respect for what it could be. It's gonna need a lot of work but I'm thinking the rust free 2 door body, HP D30 front axle and 29 spline Chrysler 8.25 axle in the rear are worth at least the $600 he's asking for it. Wife thinks I'm crazy (what's new) but I think it's got potential....give me some ammo to go convince the wife.

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Unread 08-23-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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So basically it just needs a motor and trans to get running? Sounds worth it. Talk the guy down to scrap value if that's what he was going to do anyway, but even if you can't I'd go for it. Motor and trans aren't hard to find or hard to work on/install.

Hard to really say without seeing it, but a solid unibody is worth ~$500 to me. You could easily part out what's left for that and scrap the body for a profit if nothing else.
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Unread 08-24-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
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Hmm guess the question comes to if you want to pay 400$ less then you would for a decent running one... To me I would rather pay 400 more for one that has the motor and tranny in it and hooked up but I guess I'm just extra lazy
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You had me at rust free 97+ 2 door. Go get it now, motor and trans are easy to find, easy to work on and cheap.
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Unread 08-24-2013, 08:01 PM   #5
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Guess I wasn't clear on my original post. The original motor and tranny come with it, the PO just strapped them to a pallet after he pulled them. The motor wasn't running when he bought it as a parts vehicle but it did turn over he said. Bottom line, sounds like most of you think its worth the $600 as do I. I know it's possible to find drivable XJs for a grand, but the fact it's a 2 door and rust free is what tips the scale for me. Thanks for all the input, you've helped me decide to go pick it up tomorrow. Here's the add if you're interested in seeing it (it says $800 but he said he'd take $600) http://waterloo.craigslist.org/cto/3930269554.html
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Unread 08-24-2013, 10:26 PM   #6
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Yeah I've heard that 2 doors are hard to find everywhere else... I can't really add any advice with that though I can't go one day without a 2 door passing me by seems I must be in the twilight zone where it's land of two door xj's... Even passed up three of them when I was looking for my first xj because I like having 4 doors

Guess its a matter of opinion 600 bucks leaves you plenty of spending money for any minor things you might need to get it going again so it's not like you would be paying more or less than a normal price in the long run so it's all up to you on if you want to build or buy but sounds like you made up your mind so if you get it keep us all up to date on the build good luck with it man
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