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Unread 07-13-2007, 01:31 PM   #1
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1980 CJ7- Is it worthy trying to save??

Found a 1980 CJ7 for sale- hardtop, full doors, great interior, about 60k original miles on it...... been used for plowing a driveway. well, i took a look at it, and i don't think that frame would be able to push that plow anymore. but like i said, the interior is great, there is the regular rust on the body, newer tires, clutch.... for a first time repair/restoration, is it worth $2000? my plan is to purchase a good running CJ that needs some work, but can be driven without major worries. i don't mind the body work or paint, but should i just stay away from something that needs a frame?

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Unread 07-13-2007, 01:41 PM   #2
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You can buy a frame from Q-tech. And being in the north, if the rust isn't bad, I'd go for it.
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Unread 07-13-2007, 01:42 PM   #3
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It really depends on how bad it is. You need to have someone who knows what to look for. If you have pics, we can give you the internet advice. I should have replaced my frame the last time, but don't want to pull everything just yet to do it. I just weld in what I needed to get by. It also depends on your skills, availability to tools and budget. $2k to me is high if you know you have frame work or possible replacement.
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Unread 07-13-2007, 01:47 PM   #4
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the last time i saw rust this bad, it was on an old VW bug....
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Unread 07-13-2007, 02:34 PM   #5
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It will probably cost you close to $3k between the frame and moving everything over to the new one. Then you have the chance that stuff will break or just need replacing. Tell him you want to bring it to a mechanic for an inspection. If not just offer him $500 to $1000 for it. Good luck
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Unread 07-13-2007, 03:18 PM   #6
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he'd make more parting it out- the seats, doorss, tires, rims are all excellent-
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Unread 07-13-2007, 03:35 PM   #7
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Well I know how hard it is to find a clean cj in CT, but if it has no frame you have nothing to work with. $500 to $1000 is tops, he's not going to get 1000 for tires, doors and seats, he'd be lucky to net $500 for everything parted out, and then he's gotta strip it to sell it. Make him the offer for $500 and if he says no, give him your number and tell him to call you when he's ready to make a fair deal. Hell, I bought a good frame and drivetrain for $1000, and I still feel like I got ripped off, but at least I waited and convinced him that $1500 was too much for a rotted '79 cj-7. Know when to walk away and save hundreds, if not thousands.
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Unread 07-14-2007, 01:24 AM   #8
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It will probably cost you close to $3k between the frame and moving everything over to the new one. Then you have the chance that stuff will break or just need replacing. Tell him you want to bring it to a mechanic for an inspection. If not just offer him $500 to $1000 for it. Good luck
I agree, by the time you've thrown a new frame at it you might have well have spent 4-5k on a better one.

2k for a cj with a shot frame is wwwaaayyy to much, as for parting it out he'll get no where near the amount he originally paid for the parts and then he's got to get rid of all the crappy bits left. Make him a realistic offer and if not walk away and buy a different one.
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Unread 07-16-2007, 10:10 AM   #9
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Found one, but...

It's red- i hate red jeeps. it's an 84 cj7 with less than 40k on it, needs body work, and frame looks good from the pics. and it's 1500. now, i want a steel blue cj7- the thing would need to be painted anyways, so maybe i should just change the color if i were to get it?
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Unread 07-16-2007, 10:24 AM   #10
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There is that famous saying "puddy and paint, make it what it ain't"

Skies the limit on paint colors
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Unread 07-16-2007, 01:06 PM   #11
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Amen to that, mine will probably end up being 04 Mustang Orange.
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