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Unread 04-20-2002, 02:56 PM   #1
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WOW! I found an add for a 1974 CJ5 for $1600, and even after seeing it am considering buying it! LOL. I'm relatively new to Jeeps, this being my first one. I've seen CJ5's in magazines, and new the wheelbase was shorter, but, WOW! I saw one for the first time in real life, and it blew me out of the water! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> TINY! I have seen CJ5s in mags. before with 44" tires, and was just boggled when I saw it up close, how can you fit 44s?! Like I said I'm still thinking of buying this Jeep. It's a '74 you can tell. The paint is very worn and cracked but not rusty, and I am willing to invest the TLC. The guy selling it let me drive it. Very cool! 3 speed manual. A couple problems with this Jeep. It is old, I was hoping to get a second vehicle to drive to work, (YJ is getting street to be undriveable on the street( aggresive offroad tires etc.) not sure this would be a good vehicle for that. It has a homemade hard top, that I'm sure I could get fixed. But the big thing is that my mom doesn't want another vehicle in the driveway. SIGH. But I want it SO bad! HELP! Not that anyone can give me any advice here... oh well...It was an awesome Jeep (had a snow plow too)only needed a new master cylinder, I had thought of taking the 304 out of it and possibly the tranny too, but after seeing it I knew I didn't have the heart too. SIGH...I can afford it too, WAH! I wish we had a bigger driveway. I could always park it in the yard... why did it have to be so cool?! Stinkin mom. Oh well, suppose she's right. Maybe not. Haven't realy decided if I should get it or no. I still might. I could probably convince her to let me get it. SIGH, WHAT TO DO??!! Somebody just tell me to buy it and then I will, LOL. Not sure what help I can realy get from posting this. Oh well. Post if you want. SIGH! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Unread 04-20-2002, 04:34 PM   #2
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Just buy the frig*in thing! LOL Tell her that's what a driveway is for! (Or is that a parkway?)

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Unread 04-20-2002, 04:54 PM   #3
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Nope, driveway. We have 2 vans (the one is my dads work vehicle(very junky)my sisters car, and my jeep. Our driveway is full with these 3 vehicles. I don't see the problem with another Jeep though. I've taken to parking on the lawn with my Jeep anyway. I think she just doesn't want our yard to look like a bunch of hicks live here. By the way, if I get another Jeep, I'll have to take out a loan. I'm not opposed to this since my funds are'nt as bad now that I got a decent steady job ($6.34/hour),whith room to advance, the other kid that does the same job as me makes $11 an hour. If I take out a loan, I'm gonna get some extra money and get a good size tool set, and a floor jack, maybe then I won't have as much $ going to my mechanic(very honest and nice personal friend though) since we realy have no tools to speak of, 1000 crescent and 1/2 open end wrenches unsorted.lol. Just wish I was more mechanicaly experienced though. Oh well, we'll see. The seller hasn't had a whole lot of response yet, and I doubt he'll sell it for a few weeks anyway. SIGH...I can hear that Jeep calling my name. If I buy it I think I'll have a permanent cold during the winter. 1 Jeep with a somewhat shoddy soft top, and one with a homemade, but sturdy hard top, unfortunately the doors don't fit on it. You do the math. I should mention I only live 2 miles from work, however, you have to drive on the highway to get there.
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Unread 04-21-2002, 06:34 AM   #4
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If you have to take out a loan, don't do it. Best advice I can give you, is, whatever you do, do it with cash. It's a second vehicle, you shouldn't be taking a loan for it unless absolutely necessary. Once you start digging the "loan hole", it gets deeper and deeper. Don't use any credit cards especially.

Been there, done that, takes a while to pay them off, if ever for some people. I'm in real good shape now personally, because I got rid of all my cards. The only loan we have now is our house, which is a write-off on taxes anyway, and that is the only loans that are worth anything....mortgages & home-equities that you can write your interest off on (especially when your 30-yr rate is 6.5% <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> )
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Unread 04-21-2002, 07:31 AM   #5
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Jeepguy, I think you may be letting those 44s and testosterone get the best of you. If the guy hasn't had much response on it, and you don't think it will sell in next few weeks, why do you think that is? I don't know what the jeep market is where you live but I rarely see anything worth a damn under $2500. You also said you weren't mechanically experienced. I have a feeling this vehicle needs someone who is. it sounds like it may be a money pit (even by Jeep standards).
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Unread 04-21-2002, 08:00 AM   #6
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4wheeler4CJ is right. No reason to go into debt for a quarter of a century old vehicle that needs work.

Now with that said, I have found a SWEET M38A1 for 1,600. (insert drooling face here).

"uh... honey, have you thought about taking an extra job?"
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Unread 04-21-2002, 06:22 PM   #7
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West,

Right on the nose about that CJ needing someone mechanically inclined, not declined. Anything with 35" or larger tires is a machine only for the mechanically inclined, 44s ESPECIALLY! LOL <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

And, ooze, I envy you, I love the M38A1's! What kinda shape is it in? They have a real strong frame! Also, they were rated the best of the models supplied to the military in all years, performance & durability-wise.
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Unread 04-21-2002, 07:07 PM   #8
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It's got the usual problems. Leaking rear axle seals etc. Other wise it appears to be in excellent condition.

The engine purrs like a kitten.

Paint it olive drab slap a big white star on the hood name it "sarge" and go.

Again, (insert drooling Face here).
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Unread 04-22-2002, 12:22 PM   #9
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Holy Sh*t, ooze, buy that one in a heartbeat! Man, axle seals always need to be done on an older CJ sitting around, LOL, that's nothing!

Get it before I do!
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Unread 04-22-2002, 02:37 PM   #10
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I hear ya'
Can't though. The bad thing is now i drive right buy it, OOPS! (There goes that little voice again. I mean BY it every weekend).
Heck I wish somebody would get it soon. That way i would'nt think about no more.

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Unread 04-22-2002, 06:47 PM   #11
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Yeah, after looking at it again, I'm not going to get it, unless of course he's willing to come way down on the price, which I doubt. I thought there were only a couple things wrong, but I noticed antifreeze on the cylinder block, so I think the block might have been cracked. Oh well it was an educational experience, plus it was a blast to putt around in for a few minutes. Oh well I decided the $1600 would be better served in my YJ. Get a lot farther quicker 'mod'ing 1 Jeep than mod'ing 1 and rebuilding another. Oh well..... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
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Unread 04-23-2002, 10:24 AM   #12
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I think Jeepguy just grew up in front of our very eyes!!!!

I think we have all been there at one point or another. Love at first site, mind goes blank .... must own, I need that vehicle. You are a better man than me Jeepguy cause I bought mine! It took 5 years of work to turn an old plow Jeep into a show Jeep. Regrets? some...incredible Jeep? Oh yea!!!

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Unread 04-25-2002, 02:39 PM   #13
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Yeh, sometimes it's best to step back and think a minute, then either you realize the right decision or something happens to force the right decision, LOL <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
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Unread 04-26-2002, 06:43 PM   #14
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Yeah, I guess I'm not gonna buy it...sigh...BTW it didn't have 44s, I was just saying I've seen CJ5s with 44s before, and can't understand how they fit. Oh well...sigh...It was still a cool experience. Someday..............................
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