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Unread 10-02-2013, 03:24 PM   #16
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Unread 10-02-2013, 04:03 PM   #17
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That CJ would interest me more than the first one.

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OP, do you have to pass a smog test.
BTW, ain't a darn thing 'wrong' with a 4 speed.
Also, if you a buddy that is an LEO(cop)hav'em 'run' the VIN. Just to be sure.
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Unread 10-04-2013, 12:06 PM   #18
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living waayyy up north in the rust belt, the fiberglass body would be my pick. as you're in Florida, may not be that big of a deal. as others have said, on the second one, i'd be looking real close behind all that diamond plate as well as the frame (especially the rear cross-member). good luck to you.
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Unread 10-04-2013, 12:30 PM   #19
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Thank you all for the advice. Heading out this weekend to begin the search. I also found a CJ8. Pictures to come.
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Unread 10-04-2013, 01:15 PM   #20
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Can anyone advise on this CJ7? I was wanting a manual but this V8 automatic looked promising. Not worried about the paint job but listed a bunch of stuff that is new. Just wondering how a v8 is in the CJ7. Body is original.
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Unread 10-04-2013, 03:51 PM   #21
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SBC motor. Wonder what tranny was used?
Looks like the firewall was cut to 'clear' the dizzy.
Need pictures of the driveline.
That motor will tear up those POS, OEM 2 piece axles PDQ, if you play much with the 'fun' pedal.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 05:34 AM   #22
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I still prefer the second Jeep because it appears mostly stock.

That camo thing is another FrankenJeep that someone pieced together.

Never underestimate how many things a PO can screw up. Look for the CJs that haven't been molested.

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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:54 AM   #23
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The search continues. Thanks for all the heads up on what to look for. Didn't realize it would be this hard to pick out the right one. I will be testing this one out on Saturday. 1985 cj7 with inline six. Family owned since 1985. Hope it goes well.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 10:01 AM   #24
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As always, there are a lot of great opinions/recommendations posted here already.

That said, you need to select the CJ that is going to be 'right' for your needs/desire.

Some like to buy projects and work on them, while others want to buy a solid CJ that is capable of DD duties and/or some light wheeling.

I strongly recommend that you read the below thread, as it has a ton of great info:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ke...hread-1040550/

Personally, I would read, read, and read some more on these forums so you know what you're getting into.

It comes down to your budget and what you are looking for.

Many here can attest that you can quickly get 20k into 'restoring' a CJ that may fetch a whopping 7k when you go to sell it.

On the flip side, there have been members here that found an original 'barn find' CJ that yields 15-20k.

Here is an example of a clean/original CJ-8 Scrambler going for 27k:

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/4046529193.html

"1983 All original Jeep Scrambler. 35,000 original miles. Really clean, never stored or outside beyond drive time. Has original tires, seats, paint, nothing has been changed or modified."


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Unread 10-11-2013, 10:58 PM   #25
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SKT,

Thanks for the link. I have been reading and know what I REALLY want to accomplish. I'm getting a jeep that I intend to keep and pass on to my kid. I hope to do a lot of stuff myself but know my limits. With the help of fellow jeepers I should be able to accomplish this. I'll let you know if I do get this jeep.

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Unread 10-11-2013, 11:00 PM   #26
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BTW. Thank you for your service. My brother is back and being promoted next week. Go ARMY!
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Unread 10-12-2013, 07:17 PM   #27
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Unsuccessful day. The advice that I have received has proven to be helpful once again.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 09:44 AM   #28
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Al,

Apologize for the delayed response, somehow missed your last posts.

Speaking for all of the Soldiers of this great Country, we sincerely appreciate the support!

There is a wealth of knowledge and postings on this forum. I often refer people in your situation to Kens refurb thread, as He really did his homework prior to purchasing a CJ and his detailed write-ups/pictures are second to none!

Having personally owned/restored a lot of CJ's, I would recommend buying one as complete/original as your budget will allow.

According to your profile info, you live in FL. Toy Box Jeeps ( http://www.toyboxjeeps.com/ ) has a good reputation with selling clean/restored CJ's. May want to visit their shop and talk with them. They might be able to help locate a CJ that meets your needs.

Doing so should permit you to drive/enjoy the CJ immediately. It's inevitable that there will be issues that surface which will allow you to work on it (again, see Kens thread). Also, the market seems to be the strongest for original/unmolested CJ's.

Understand you may not planning on selling it, but life throws us curve balls sometimes, and knowing that you are puting money into could yield you some cash is always reassuring.

Keep us updated on your endeavors and good luck!


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