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Unread 12-16-2002, 09:59 AM   #1
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Question 1979 Cj-5

I'm looking at purchasing a 79 cj-5 V8. Anybody have any input or suggestions on what to look for?

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Unread 12-16-2002, 12:45 PM   #2
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Hi, where at in VA? Jeeps around here are famous for skin cancer (rust). A little rust is acceptable but you don't want to buy a Jeep with terminal cancer unless you plan on swapping out the tub. I'd give the frame a good looking over (especially around the spring mounts.. for cracks). If it has a lift and bigger tires, I'd give the steering a check (check steering box mounting, tie rods). Have someone get in while vehicle is sitting still and turn lock to lock while you watch steering components. Check the fluids looking for anything out of the ordinary (oil in the coolant or vice versa). See if engine has been warmed up prior to you getting there (might be a sign of a rough running engine when it's cold). Fire it up and listen for knocking, also watch for excessive blow by coming out of the PCV system. Look for excessive leaks from engine, tranny, transfer case. See if you can wiggle the driveshafts (looking for any slop that might mean bad ujoints). See if there's excessive slop in the differential yokes (might indicate bad bearings, worn gears). See if all the lights, horn, wipers..etc work... remember, here in VA we gotta pass inspection and all that stuff has to work (including defroster and parking brake). Write down all the stuff you see wrong with the Jeep. Figure out how much it's gonna cost to fix it.. double that figure and you'll be close... Take a disinterested 3rd party with you when you go look at any vehicel because they'll see all the shortcomings..
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Unread 12-16-2002, 12:52 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help!! I'm taking a third party (Jeep Owner) with me as I am not much of a mechanic. Just looking for something to tool around with and do a little off-roading. I appreciate your input! I will take all those things into consideration.

By the way, I live in Lynchburg, the Jeep is in Big Island

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