They put a lot of different tranny's in CJ's The best manual (imo)is the T18 4 spd, but they had a T150 3spd that came with the 304, and those seem to hold up well too. Later you had the T176 4 spd (decent, but shifter setup sucks), T5, T4, and SR4, which were all marginal tranny's at best with a 6 cyl, and are risky with a V8, although people have done it. You should be able to get a decent used tranny for $2-300. Good thing about CJ's is any shadetree machanic can work on them, and they would be good to learn on. TJ's are too modern for your average billy bob to work on. The axles you mentioned are really heavy, and if the rest is in good shape it might be a good one to own, but I can't see somebody asking 10K for a jeep that isn't street ready (although it's really easy to put that much in one). If you are gonna put that kinda money in a CJ you would be better off finding a stocker for 3-4K and using the other 6-7K to mod it exactly like you want it (again IMO)
85 CJ7 258, borla header, Team Rush, MC2100 ,optima batt, Warn 8274, agr super box 2 & pump, T5 w/ B&M shifter, centerforce 2, superior 1 piece axles, warn hubs 2.5 in lift, 31" BFG MT
85 CJ7 258, A/C, T176, MC2100, Team Rush, Warn XD8000i, superwinch hubs, 3in lift 31" BFG AT/KO
Last edited by wm69; 08-17-2003 at 11:49 AM.