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Unread 07-11-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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Buying a used 1986 CJ7

Hey all!
So I've found a guy that is willing to sell me his 1986 Jeep CJ7 with 4x4 for $900..
I've never purchased a new car and I\m wondering what type of questions I should be asking him, as well as what I should be looking for when I go to check out the car?
As much as I want to just trust the guy, I can't just go by his word... How much do you think this Jeep will reallly cost me? and how hard do you think it will be to get it fixed up? (if it needs it)

I'm looking for people who have like worked with/or are specialized in fixing up Jeeps and because this is an older model, im just worried that it will end up being a big fail.

If you can think of any other info about the Jeep, you can just add it into your answer... I want allll in info about it that I can get.

Thank a bunch guys!

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Unread 07-11-2012, 08:37 AM   #2
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Look for rust on the frame. And the body.does it run? $900 is cheap so I would think that it is going to need a lot of work. It depends on how much work you can do yourself .if going to pay someone to do the work for you. You mite want to wait until you can find something in good shape that you would not have to dump a crap load of money into.and if you do buy it and find its too much work you could always part it out and make your money back or even make a profit. It's just part of the game.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 08:48 AM   #3
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Unread 07-11-2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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$900 is WAY too cheap. Why?

Look everywhere on the frame for rust. Look under carpet for rust. Be suspicious of bedliner. Bring a magnet and look for Bondo on the body. Unless the Jeep is pristine everywhere else, be suspicious of a new paint job.

Has the engine been swapped out or is it still original. If swapped, by whom?

What kind of shape is the wiring in? Do all the switches work?

Has it been wrecked? Follow it down the road and see if it tracks straight.

Check the 4WD and the hub locks.

$900 is scary cheap IMO.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 09:49 AM   #5
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I am sure it will need quite a bit of work for $900. That is insanely cheap. If you aren't mechanically inclinded I would probably pass because if you have to pay someone to do the work, it will cost A LOT
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Unread 07-11-2012, 09:50 AM   #6
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$900 is a non running parts jeep price. You really need to find out more. In the long run it is ALWAYS cheaper to spend more on the initial purchase than spend less and try to get something road worthy. You can easily spend big $ just making it road worthy.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 10:22 AM   #7
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as mentioned, check the frame for rust/rot!!!!!! surface rust is ok but if you see cracks or rotted out holes, PASS! especially on the rear of the frame near the springs and rear cross member at the bumper.
check the body for rust. if you cant afford to buy new panels and weld them in, PASS! there are options for body swaps at around $300-800 which solves that problem pretty quickly though.

again, check how well it runs, drives, tracks, 4wd, steering play, suspension.
all can be fixed but are you willing to do the work yourself like the rest of us? if not, it'll cost too much.
ive done every bit of work on mine. purchaced for $1800 and im at over $4k now and still need a body swap, paint, and suspension. i havent done anything to make it pretty yet.

We're not trying to scare you away, just educate you and prepare you for an in depth project vehicle that we all absolutely LOVE!

take a ton of pictures and post them up here for some in-depth advice.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 10:26 AM   #8
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Post the pics you have.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 10:31 AM   #9
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okay heres the picture i have for it... they say they have never been in an accident and its all the original parts inside... they have been driving it around to make sure it worka but i personally havent driven it.
they are selling it because it was his fathers and they are moving so he cant afford to transport it with him... he has vehicles of his own and doesnt need this one... i dont mind putting money into it, and he wanted $1200 but i brought him down to $900... i just feel like its an aweaome price and if i need to put money into it for stuff under the hood im okay with it.. i just dont want to have to replace the WHOLE thing.

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Unread 07-11-2012, 10:35 AM   #10
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First, It's a Jeep.... Not a CAR.
Second, If that's $900 you better be running over their right now with cash in hand and no questions asked.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 10:37 AM   #11
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Hardtop and doors are worth over 1/2 the asking price. If nothing else you could probably buy it and flip it and make some $$ on it.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 10:42 AM   #12
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^x2

is this going to be your first vehicle ever?
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Unread 07-11-2012, 10:45 AM   #13
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Buy it. Like the others said, you could easily part it out and make money on it. Chrome front? Laredo?
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Unread 07-11-2012, 10:50 AM   #14
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Find a mechanic. Hopefully a friend. If not, who does your matenance on your family cars? Ask if he'll go w/you to check it out, and be prepared to give him a few bucks for his time. Ask your mechanic if he'll be willing to do SOME work on the jeep...if it needs it.
I agree that $900 dollars looks good. Look at the rear differential. If it is just a round ball, that's OK. But if it has a drainplug at the center/3 o'clock position, that is a highly sought after Dana 44 piece. That along w/the doors/top etc...could help you recoup your cash should this project not work out.
If you pass, take more pics, especially the underside. Somebody else here may want it! Heck, I'd give you a finders fee. And if you list it here, get some $$ from the owner too.
Good Luck!
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Unread 07-11-2012, 11:44 AM   #15
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^x2

is this going to be your first vehicle ever?
My first Jeep.. but i have a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville right now ( I HATE THAT CAR : )
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