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.
1966 CJ5A, mods are coming
1966 Wagoneer, bone stock
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.
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.
Have'n you along, is like loose'n 2 good men
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.
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.
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!
__________________ 1981 CJ-7: Fresh 304, NV4500, Twin Stick Dana 300, Dual Tops, 33" Mud Terrains, etc.