If I got a really good deal ..? It's a 1978 CJ5, and when I bought it, was basically stock. Stock axles, stock gears, stock body, etc.
It has 24,000 original miles, a new paint job (kind of half-***, but okay), "new" front seats, "new" tires and rims, diamond plating, new f/r leafs, a new radiator, rock sliders, f/r metal bumpers, a new carb, one-piece AMC 20 axle conversion, new shackles, and I paid $2,500 for it. (and frame is straight)
No back seat, it's a 304 V8 (which I don't mind much), a 3-speed (hate it!), missing a bolt here and a bolt there, ALL bushings were shot, no stereo system (at all), no spare tire, body has some rust, and the gas gauge doesn't work.
So, as I've been taking things apart, I've:
Replaced all the body and suspension bushings, dropped the gas tank and fixed the gauge (also replaced all hoses), put in a new back seat, drained all fluids, and a bunch of little things.
Now, what I'm working on! (continuous project it seems)
When I first brought it home, I decided to be a dumb-*** and accidentally drive with the E-brake on ..but I knew that wasn't right. So, I pulled the ol' AMC 20 apart, and found that the seals were leaking. Thus, I went through EVERYTHING. Replaced all bearings/seals, breaks (w/ break parts), cleaned everything spotless, bought new Crown axles, replaced fluids, and flushed out the housing. Also, had to buy new shock boots, because the others were bent, because ..comes to find out, when the previous owner had it, the passenger side two-piece axle separated, thus dropping the passenger side of the Jeep on the ground. SO! Eventually got everything back up together, and purchased a used T18a transmission for $1,200 (including shipping), and is still sitting in the garage. I'll keep the old Dana 20 xfercase.
A few weeks later, I saw a Craigslist add for a Dana 30 front axle, and an AMC 20 rear axle (same set-up I already have), with 4:88's, and they're wide-trak! For $550, for both! So, I jumped on that deal, after doing the calculations of figuring that it would be almost 2x that cost to buy gears and have them installed in what I have. The axles are also set-up for SOA, so I though that was an advantage too! I would get a nice lift, and not have to spend a horrible amount of money on it. So, I ripped the old out, and slapped the new in, after popping the top off of each and inspecting, everything looked great. The front axle has a Detroit locker, but the rear is open. I cleaned them up, had to buy new U-bolts, extend both drive shafts, buy new lugs, shocks, pit-man arm, and brake lines. Everything went smoothly, until I came across my drag link. It was hitting my spring when I turned the wheel to the right too far ..so now I'm in the process of saving up for a Z-link drag link set up. (then both axles will be completely done!) I ended up selling the old pair of axles, and a five set of 33" tires for the cost of the axles plus a little. So really, I only paid for the price of the work done on my old AMC.
While I'm waiting for my Z-link, I went ahead and dropped my old tranny. And, guess what I saw! NEW CLUTCH!
Everything went smoothly with the drop, and I now have two transmissions sitting in the garage.
I'm pretty sure that's all that's happened so far ..and I got a whole bunch of goodies for Christmas! So, that'll all be going in soon too.
Through all of this! You
tell me if I got a good deal
P.S. sorry this was so long!