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Unread 05-15-2003, 07:56 PM   #1
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1978 CJ a Good Buy?

I'm still in search of my next Jeep.

Been looking at 1997's, but there's a 1978 CJ7 here in town that looks interesting, 350 rebuild, auto tranny (assuming TH350) listed as hill climber (haven't seen it yet, so I don't know the specs).

They have it for $4500, but I have no idea how to price these things that old, no comparison.

First of all, was the 78 a good year, and what do I need to look for in terms of pricing/value?

I have a bead on a 1995 YJ for around the same price...I know they are two totally different animals, but any advice would be appreciated for a CJ newbie, I've only owned a YJ before.

Also, I'm pretty sure the CJ7's don't have back seats, right? Can you add them?

Thanks.

KD

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Unread 05-15-2003, 08:29 PM   #2
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cjs are fine jeeps. i myself had one for awhile but traded out for a yj just because it was a better daily driver for me. they do have a backseat or should for that matter, unless the guy got rid of it. it is the cj5 that has the limited back room. it also comes with a seat but there is not much room to put anything. from my experience they are good. there is a lot more play in the steering wheel than newer jeeps and the ride is a little rough but that can be fixed with upgrades. other than the carburator blowing up in my dad's face when we tried to rebuild it ( he had no eyebrows for quite awhile) it ran ok. all in all they are fine if they have been taken care of.
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Unread 05-15-2003, 09:25 PM   #3
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Thanks, that's the info I was looking for. Interestingly, I've got 2 97's and the CJ in the "works" right now, talk about dicotomy (sp?), it should be interesting, but at least I know how to work on a Chevy 350 engine, so we'll see.

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Unread 05-15-2003, 09:31 PM   #4
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good luck with it. post some pics when you get it
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Unread 05-16-2003, 11:06 AM   #5
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**Update**

Well, it was a little too rough for my taste, needed timing and transmission work, plus paint and glass. Not even close to being worth the money.

Plus, the guy had mounted the exhaust system way to far outside and I burned the heck out of my calf getting out to lock the hubs (sign from God? ).

So, got to keep looking, thanks for the advice.

KD
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