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Unread 05-05-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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How much would you pay for a dash?

While scouring the local scrap yard last week, I came across a toasted CJ sitting off in the weeds. Looking it over and found nothing of any value, except maybe a power steering pump and brackets for a 4cyl.
The dash caught my attention. It was in very nice shape. The guages were all intact and in excellent shape. The switches, lights and knobs were all there. Nothing hacked, cut or rusted. Surprising since it was sitting open to the elements.
A worker called the owner and asked him if he would be willing to sell the complete dash. He said yes, but they were closing in a few minutes. So I didn't get a price.

What would you pay, rolling the dice on whether anything actually works or not??
I have all cheapie aftermarket gauges, and wouldn't mind returning the dash back to stock. Especially since mine has a big patch over an old radio cutout.

I'm thinking if I can get it for $40-50 I may take a chance.

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Unread 05-05-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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If it were mine I would ask $50. And take $40 cash, If the gauges are not trash that's a bonus to you.
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If it were mine I would ask $50. And take $40 cash, If the gauges are not trash that's a bonus to you.
That's about the price I was thinking I would be willing to take a chance on.
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Unread 05-05-2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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I paid $100 for an uncut Laredo dash, and I thought it was a steal. If it's a base model, $50-75 + a ride is what it'd be worth on eBay. Gauges - again, if it's a base model - $50-100 for all. Considering that, if you can get it for $50 you'd be in pretty good shape.
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Unread 05-05-2013, 05:17 PM   #5
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I paid $100 for an uncut Laredo dash, and I thought it was a steal. If it's a base model, $50-75 + a ride is what it'd be worth on eBay. Gauges - again, if it's a base model - $50-100 for all. Considering that, if you can get it for $50 you'd be in pretty good shape.
I didn't notice anything that stood out. Almost certain it is a base model.
Laredo's would have a tach and clock, correct??
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Unread 05-05-2013, 05:36 PM   #6
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Yep - tach and clock, though I think Renegades had them as well. If the one you're looking at has them as well, tack on another $150 or so in value.
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Tach+clock =Renegade w/options (mine) or Laredo. Heck I paid $25 just for the sheet metatl dash in mint shape. Painted it and it came out greater than expected. It was the biggest flake I could shoot! Sorry to hijack/show off, but I'm in the final stretch and feeling good, walking tall, and dreaming of chicks throwing undergarments at me!
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Unread 05-05-2013, 05:55 PM   #8
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Sorry to hijack/show off, but I'm in the final stretch and feeling good, walking tall, and dreaming of chicks throwing undergarments at me!
Nothing wrong with that.

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a good chance the running gear will sport 4:10 gearing if it was a 4 cyl that is desireable as well
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a good chance the running gear will sport 4:10 gearing if it was a 4 cyl that is desireable as well
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a good chance the running gear will sport 4:10 gearing if it was a 4 cyl that is desireable as well
I took a peek at the rear axle just to see what it may be. It was a NT AMC 20.
The Jeep looked to be late 70's by the NT axles, and small front shock mounts.
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I took a peek at the rear axle just to see what it may be. It was a NT AMC 20.
The Jeep looked to be late 70's by the NT axles, and small front shock mounts.
Sounds like its an 80 or 81. 4 cyl wasn't available until 80 and NT axles hung around through 81. Should be the GM engine I believe. if so, take a look at the transmission shifter to see if its straight. Some of those came with a T176 that will bolt to aSBC
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I didnt realize that the clock and tach were package options. I figured my '83 was a base but I have both of these gauges, maybe after year xx they were standard? The clock is broken (hands fell off) but the tach works great. I didn't notice anything from the VIN decoder when I checked that a while back.
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I didnt realize that the clock and tach were package options. I figured my '83 was a base but I have both of these gauges, maybe after year xx they were standard? The clock is broken (hands fell off) but the tach works great. I didn't notice anything from the VIN decoder when I checked that a while back.
No they were never standard on a CJ. There is nothing in the VIN to say Base, Renegade or Laredo either.
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No they were never standard on a CJ. There is nothing in the VIN to say Base, Renegade or Laredo either.
But you might get some insight from the trim codes, which are just under the VIN - 1J 5EB etc.
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