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Unread 06-26-2013, 03:43 AM   #1
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Looking to buy a CJ, Need info.

Hello, I am new to jeeps. I am looking to purchase an older cj to play around with and enjoy with my family, I have always wanted a jeep now I think im finally going to make the plunge. My questin is , is there any years that are better than some? What should I look out for? Should I stay away from anything? I do work on cars and trucks as a hobbie, and have a fabrication shop so im not super concerened as far as fixing things. Like I said im very foreign to jeeps,any help would be greatly appreciated. thank you for your time

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Unread 06-26-2013, 05:10 AM   #2
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Hello, I am new to jeeps. I am looking to purchase an older cj to play around with and enjoy with my family, I have always wanted a jeep now I think im finally going to make the plunge. My questin is , is there any years that are better than some? What should I look out for? Should I stay away from anything? I do work on cars and trucks as a hobbie, and have a fabrication shop so im not super concerened as far as fixing things. Like I said im very foreign to jeeps,any help would be greatly appreciated. thank you for your time
personally they are all very easy to keep up. Rust will be your biggest concern. Frame and body. crawl underneath and check for bad rust. Frames will rot out

otherwise they are really simple. I would suggest getting a 258 straight 6 motor

THey are built like tanks, not alot of power, but they go forever. of course a v8 is really nice, i prefer the die hard 258 6 cylinder

Look for usual oil leaks, make sure it starts up without any blue smoke. If its a carb, give it time to warm up and then check for smoke

then get out there and have fun!
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Unread 06-26-2013, 06:00 AM   #3
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check the front and rear sections of the frame above the axles for cracks. if its already been plated then thats good.
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Unread 06-26-2013, 06:33 AM   #4
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My question is , is there any years that are better than some?
81 to 86 CJ's are called wide track axles which are said to be safer from a rollover protection point of view.
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Unread 06-26-2013, 10:35 AM   #5
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How good are you at turn'n a wrench?
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Unread 06-26-2013, 12:59 PM   #6
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I can turn the wrenches pretty good. I just don't really wanna buy a cj that's completely roached. I would love to find one in fairly good shape ( as we all would right?) I'm just at the stage of looking right now and curious on some tips to buying one. I have done a lot of rust work in the past and I can say I'm not a huge fan of it. I understand that cj's will have some rust, but I also have 2 small children that I would rather spend time with them and letting them help me with a jeep project. Thanks again guys for the info you have given me. Any more will be very helpful.
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Unread 06-26-2013, 01:16 PM   #7
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rust and front end problems.
just time and wear,

rusty frames
take it down a rough county road with bumps and uneven paved road surfaces, most old cj's with worn front end parts will be hard to keep between the ditches. Just a heads up.

if you are going to have your family in the jeep,

I recommend for your hard earned money a 1999+ model, you get the round headlights, but you get coil springs, they drive and ride much better for the family, also they a full overhead roll bar.

just my two cents.
as a owner of a 1984 model for many years, but my son has had two or three later models and man they ride and drive so much better, he even had one of those 4 door jeeps,
much better technology, but with a much bigger price tag.

remember, most old cj's are near 30 years old and most were abused, rode hard and put up wet.
good luck,
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Unread 06-26-2013, 02:29 PM   #8
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Google "PA Jeeps" and you should get to the PA jeeps web site. It has the 18th annual all-breeds jeep show for 20 and 21 July at the York County fair grounds which should be really close to you. I went in the past and they have all sorts of Jeeps that you can check out and ask all sorts of questions about. Some of them are for sale too.

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Unread 06-27-2013, 05:37 AM   #9
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buy one allready in progress of restoration

just be aware that cj's are all 25+ years old and IMO should all be considered a "restoration" as opposed to a "fix it up" type project. try to find one without rust that has allready been gone through. unless your wife and kids are really patient about you spending "HUGE" amounts of time restoring a jeep with very little drive time. im not being negative just honest. spend the money up front, ill say at least $5k and see if you can find a really nice one.
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Unread 06-27-2013, 06:22 AM   #10
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I would really inspect the frame if it has a snow plow mounted on it.
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Unread 06-27-2013, 06:40 AM   #11
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It's a little tough finding rust free CJ's in NEPA,but keep your eyes open they do exist, i have an 85 6cyl 4 spd that i take the family out in we use it for ice cream runs and cruising. Good luck in your search. Stick with the six cylinder all the transmissions are reliable ,but if you are planning on hardcore wheeling or rock crawling stay with the T176 it is a nice tranny for everyday and for offroad. Many CJ parts are interchangeable with YJ parts (87-95)wranglers.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 06:43 PM   #12
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It's a little tough finding rust free CJ's in NEPA,but keep your eyes open they do exist, i have an 85 6cyl 4 spd that i take the family out in we use it for ice cream runs and cruising. Good luck in your search. Stick with the six cylinder all the transmissions are reliable ,but if you are planning on hardcore wheeling or rock crawling stay with the T176 it is a nice tranny for everyday and for offroad. Many CJ parts are interchangeable with YJ parts (87-95)wranglers.


Thanks tbart, that's exactly what I had intentions of doing, just cruising and ice cream runs. Thanks for the heads up. In your guys opinions, are the older cj's easier to work on than the "newer" yj wranglers?
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Unread 06-30-2013, 07:09 PM   #13
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Not much difference in working on them, the later YJs got more electronics that are a PITA.

But the CJs have the classic looks inside and out, which is why they are worth keeping on the road despite their antiquity.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 07:53 PM   #14
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Check out this thread, for the win.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ne...inning-575783/

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Unread 07-01-2013, 07:02 PM   #15
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Beware of a buckled body in front of where your feet go in the door opening. A lot of them have been jumped and that is one of the tell tales. The frame will be bent badly at that point.
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