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Unread 07-18-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Question Should I buy a "needs new engine" WJ donor?

I found a WJ that has a good price tag (800 asking). I am considering making the buy instead of constantly seeking parts at the JY. However, this WJ (limited) might not be a good buy (hence the thread).

I have not called the number listed in the ad yet because it's late. But this gives me time to ponder the buy and to inquire with everyone here. What I can see is:
No body damage
No lift
stock Silverblades
No to package
No V8 on the rear
Factory foglights

So, is a blown L6 WJ limited worth 800 bux just based on this info (I too have the L6)? I can't get a good rear axle from it, I can only look for aftermarket mods under the hood (doubtful) and interior parts. Of course I will fish for a lower price too when/if I call.

What do you all think?

I will eagerly accept any advice or help I can get. | Built Not Bought # 736
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Unread 07-18-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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I'd say it would depend, can you get it lower, what you want to strip and keep for your needs, and what you can sell off in parts that you don't need to keep. Start a list of what you want to keep. Beside it what you don't and want to sell, and then scrapping what's left. Does it make sense $$ wise? if yes, go for it, if no, wait and find another one that better suits your needs to do the same thing with.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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Id buy it if it was the same color as mine

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Unread 07-19-2013, 09:19 AM   #4
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Can we see this said Ad?
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Unread 07-19-2013, 10:01 AM   #5
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If you need a lot of parts, especially body parts, or are willing to have a dismantled heep parked around for a while, go for it, but I think it's a shame to part out a car that is fine other than the motor. You should see my last two donor Jeeps, both rollovers Hoping to pickup one from the insurance auction on Monday that looks like it hit a tree or telephone pole at ~45 mph.
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Unread 07-19-2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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You could make you $$ back parting it AFTER you take off the parts you need.
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