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Unread 08-12-2013, 05:57 AM   #16
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money invested in an old jeep is like money invested in a new hot girlfriend

you do not count the money,

if you count have to count the money, you cannot afford either jeep or new hot girlfriend.
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worst situation is to have a wife and small kids, then get an old jeep. (bad news)

kids getting ready to ride the bus to school their little shoes have holes in them, wife's dress or shorts is dirty and also has worn out holes,

but, you can not let them into the garage as you have a new box setting on the work bench, full of new jeep parts.

been there done that!!!!!!!!

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Unread 08-12-2013, 06:13 AM   #17
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My spend is just over $10000 so far. Including buying it and a back to bare frame rebuild, would have spent much more had I not been able to do almost everything my self

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Unread 08-12-2013, 06:17 AM   #18
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I'm right at 4500 for my jeep then about $16000 in my body off home built restoration... That's parts alone, no labor
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Unread 08-12-2013, 07:09 AM   #19
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I could start adding things up but it would probably be a low estimate and honestly I don't WANT to know. But its been fun. Enjoy it , that's the key , when its not fun anymore, it's time to quit. Having said that, I curse mine often and I am quite addicted.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 07:33 AM   #20
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I could start adding things up but it would probably be a low estimate and honestly I don't WANT to know. But its been fun. Enjoy it , that's the key , when its not fun anymore, it's time to quit. Having said that, I curse mine often and I am quite addicted.
I knew to the penny for a while. I tracked everything, down to bolts and washers. I've stopped updating it in the last month or so now that it is road legal.

Edit: updated: $8,911.31 and $458 in tools.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 07:52 AM   #21
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I'm torn on this one....

On one hand, I like the fact that a 17 yr old is motivated to work on an old CJ. It should be a good experience, and he will learn a ton.

On the other hand, dumping every spare dime into a 30-year old rust bucket is probably one of the worse financial moves he could make. Cheap and reliable transportation was what I needed at his age, not a money-pit. If he were my son, and he was dead set on owning a CJ, I'd urge him to save for one that was already built to his liking.

Just one ol' farts opinion.

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Unread 08-12-2013, 07:56 AM   #22
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Sorry kid... there are some things of which we do not speak. Like someone has already said, this is one of them.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 07:56 AM   #23
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this almost sounds like a project asking for information. but its all good. i've probably spent close to 7K, both the purchase and all the "stuff" i've bought for it. That doesn't include all the new tools i needed to buy to start the rebuild.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 09:19 AM   #24
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all this is just parts. I do all but machine work unless my kj gets a trans flush.

02 kj= $5,000 it has a lot of crap. 4.10 gears, tera low 4:1, hd shift kit in 45rfe. OME springs, skid plates, detroit trutracs f+r, 32s
60 cj5 willys= $6,000, almost complete frame off between my great grand father and me, little sister driving it now. needs a floor welded in thats it.
83 cj7= just aquired $=TBD noone but my hands will touch it, still learning every day.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 09:33 AM   #25
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Not an investment but hopefully it is an appreciating asset. So you wont get your money out it but you might get 10% of it . I am under 4K all in had it for maybe 6 months. I think I will be over 4k by October. My fear is that there is some exponential relation to time owned and money spent.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 09:47 AM   #26
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i have about 2200 in my 81 including the purchase, but I cant put a price on my time. if I added it up according to what I charge other people for the work I do I would put it around 12k
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Unread 08-12-2013, 11:05 AM   #27
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I have about $1400 in tools and materials (stuff I didn't need to buy) and already $400 in parts and I am still in tear-down mode. By the time I am finished, I think it will be close to 9.5K invested with the biggest expense being a paint job. I haven't estimated any other expenses such as miscellaneous bolts, paints, lubricants, gaskets, etc. that will be needed either. I am going to try and reuse as much as possible, but some things just won't hold up that well after 30 years. I think I have a conservative estimate and could get it done for cheaper and not replace some of the parts. However, it is easier to replace them now at this stage than later when it would be a bigger PITA. I don't need to drive this, so I can afford to take my time. Another poster made a great point, how much of your time is going to be involved?
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Unread 08-12-2013, 01:21 PM   #28
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Unread 08-12-2013, 03:43 PM   #29
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81 cj7. Purchase price $2800. 95 YJ tub $300. New front and rear axles $300. YJ roll bar and windshield frame $300. Paint $300. See the trend. Lol I'm probably about $6000 in and didn't make it pretty. It's my toy. Was afraid to make it pretty and then I wouldn't want to get it dirty and that's what they're for! Remember.... J-ust E-mpty E-very P-ocket. But dam is it fun!
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Unread 08-12-2013, 04:46 PM   #30
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I am with many others and a number is just that. Without a visual my number means absolutely nothing compared to any other based on the initial condition at time of purchase, objective (DD, Rockcrawler, Ice cream getter etc.) and current condition. I paid $7,000 for mine have put roughly $2,500 in it (tires, seats, random work you get the point) and I drive to work some days, to the neighborhood pool on the weekend and reasonable trips around (usually less than 100 miles). It only has 65,000 original miles, has A/C, 304 with headers and sidepipes, hardtop and shiny professionally done repaint.
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