Does this estimate seem reasonable?
This is my very clean, stock 1981 CJ7, 258, D30/amc20, D300, and SR4 tranny. My father was the original owner. I bought it from him in 1993. The clutch is getting spongy, but otherwise she's 100% operational. Only 88K original miles.
After researching until my eyes bled, I finally settled on my wish list for Phase 1 of my build. My list included:
1. One piece axle kit with 4.56 gears for both axles.
2. OX lockers front and rear.
3. SR4 to NV3550 transmission conversion.
4. 4" spring lift with 2.5" springs and shackle reversal on front
5. New shocks
6. High quality wheel spacers to widen the stance a bit.
I'm not equipped with the necessary tools, nor shop space, to do the work myself, so I took my list to a local 4x4 mechanic for an estimate.
I was a bit overwhelmed by his $11,400 bid. It appears he's charging $90/hr labor rate, and he's also marking up the parts, as well. There's also a mysterious "Supplies" item for $211, whatever that is.
Does this seem like a fair price to you? If so, I'm afraid I'll have to bag my build plans on this jeep, as my budget is $12K and we haven't even gotten to the engine, or cosmetics yet.
JEEP - Just Empty Every Pocket
Any thoughts, or advice, will be most appreciated.
Last edited by Matt1981CJ7; 06-01-2011 at 08:33 AM.