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Unread 03-08-2014, 07:43 AM   #1
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1986 CJ7 - Has 314k - Thoughts?

Thinking about getting an 86 C7 with 314k. What are you jeep heads first thoughts.

Bad idea? Future problems? Too many miles?

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Unread 03-08-2014, 07:55 AM   #2
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You are gonna wind up fixing, rebuilding, modding, or replacing stuff anyway, so it really comes down to the current condition of the Jeep, what is the asking price, and what your vision of what a finished project is.

I paid $1800 for my 1983 that ran...barely, and with unknown mileage. Its an ever evolving project, and 2 years later, I'm in it for about $10,000....and counting.
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Unread 03-08-2014, 07:56 AM   #3
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Only the odometer has that many miles for sure. Everything else could have been changed at one point or another. Do you have anymore information or pictures of it? It's really hard to give you advise on what you've given us.
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You are gonna wind up fixing, rebuilding, modding, or replacing stuff anyway, so it really comes down to the current condition of the Jeep, what is the asking price, and what your vision of what a finished project is. I paid $1800 for my 1983 that ran...barely, and with unknown mileage. Its an ever evolving project, and 2 years later, I'm in it for about $10,000....and counting.
That's exactly what I don't want to do. I wanna just be able to drive it on the weekend. Maybe 3k per year.
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Unread 03-08-2014, 07:58 AM   #5
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Only the odometer has that many miles for sure. Everything else could have been changed at one point or another. Do you have anymore information or pictures of it? It's really hard to give you advise on what you've given us.
http://martinsburg.craigslist.org/cto/4357295585.html

That's the link above.
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Unread 03-08-2014, 07:58 AM   #6
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First thought? That a CJ made it 314,000 miles! That's got to be a record. I didn't think a CJ frame would make it that long.

On a more serious note... I never really think about miles when looking at CJs. Maybe because I'm on the east coast where rust gets'em long before miles do. It's always just been about how little rust it has.
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Unread 03-08-2014, 02:25 PM   #7
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Better be real good with a wrench.
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Unread 03-08-2014, 02:58 PM   #8
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My opinion - not enough information (via pics and description from the ad) to make a buy/don't buy decision. MOST CJs sell for $500 to $25k....at $3k there are definitely things that need to be fixed to make it reliable. Next step: pay a qualified older mechanic (preferably someone familiar with carburetors and AMC engines) $50/100 bucks to look it over thoroughly...and go from there. Could be THE BEST $$$ YOU EVER SPENT. At least THEN , you'll have a better idea of what you are getting into. Again, just my opinion.
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Unread 03-08-2014, 08:39 PM   #9
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An 86...it might have a DANA 44 rear. That's a plus.
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Unread 03-08-2014, 08:50 PM   #10
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take a look at the rear frame if you go look at it your self in my opinion. I am not sure how WV treats their roads or if it was never washed after a snowy/salty drive then the rear frame is sure to be next to non existent. If the rear frame is solid then theres another piece of mind. As it looks unmodified in the pics, it could just be a true high miliage jeep as ive seen few yjs with close to that amount of miles. I am sure the carburetor has been rebuilt though.
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