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Unread 04-27-2002, 11:34 PM   #1
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Need advise on buying a CJ!

Hello! Finally taking the plunge and getting the jeep i always wanted and figured it would be best to ask the experts! I am searching for a CJ5 or CJ7 and would hate to get stuck with a junker or major thrasher. Can anyone tell me the basics to look for, areas prone to rust, cracking, or how to spot major abuse? And are there any years or engines to stay away from? I have done lots of miles in 4x4 pickups so I know how to spot the obvious, just dont know the jeeps, yet.
Thanks a bunch! Shifter

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Unread 04-28-2002, 12:02 AM   #2
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There's not likely to be much rust on any So Cal Jeep. But obviously inspect the frame (actually crawl underneath the beast with a flashlight) and check body mount attachments, cracks in frame, etc. Foorboards tend to get rusty due to collection of water, mud, and other concomitant mixes of liquids. (I just wanted to say the word "concomitant"). Also, if the engine sounds/runs rough, some components may be worn out and a rebuild, if necessary, can be costly. When evaluating a potential purchase, the body and engine top the "how much $$ will it cost me to fix" category (for me, anyway). If you get a CJ with great accessories but terrible engine, for example, calculate the $$ needed for repairing what's broke and subtract it from the asking price (bargaining power!), but only if you're willing to inherit the headache of actually following through with the cost and downtime for repairs.

Beyond that, everything else sorta depends on which model and what you want out of your CJ. Axles and wheelbases are different, but again it depends on the intended usage (on road or off road?). If you're interested in a CJ for sale, take a mechanic friend with you and go for a test drive. Or, the next best thing, let us know about the particulars and how the drive went and we can go from there.

Welcome to the forum and Jeepin' world!
-alan (formerly from Irvine, CA)
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Unread 04-28-2002, 08:53 AM   #3
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Good advice Hippo! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

If you don't know anyone that is REALLY CJ savvy (not a "friend" who simply says he knows, I mean someone who has been "into CJs for a while, LOL), definitely come back to us with particulars about one you are interested in, this board can really give you a decent idea whether something is junk or simply over-priced, etc.

If you have a digital camera, take some pics, also, you could link them on here and we can take a look!
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Unread 04-28-2002, 10:58 AM   #4
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Alan and 4wheeler, thanks for the reply! Ok, sounds like just common sense stuff. I was afraid there might be a "black sheep" model or year to stay away from. Looks like I will be doing some shopping this month! Thanks again for taking the time to reply and I just might be posting some photos for your opinions and or amusement!
See ya, dave
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Unread 04-28-2002, 09:19 PM   #5
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Hey here are a couple of my own personal views,, having recently bought and having a few regrets,, but I still wouldent get rid of my jeep,, Go with a cj7 I have a cj5 and my friend has a cj7, after driving mine and his if you intend to drive on road much at all go with a cj7 the longer wheel base makes for a much smother ride and makes it less squirly ar highway speeds, next,, I have a 304 v8 which is a beastly brute of an engine and is realy OVERKILL!!! not that i mind everyone staring when they here it but,, the inline six isnt called the iron duke for nuthin,,, the six is cheaper on parts and will last longer, plus iwth a webber carb the low end torq
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Unread 04-28-2002, 09:22 PM   #6
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Hey here are a couple of my own personal views,, having recently bought and having a few regrets,, but I still wouldent get rid of my jeep,, Go with a cj7 I have a cj5 and my friend has a cj7, after driving mine and his if you intend to drive on road much at all go with a cj7 the longer wheel base makes for a much smother ride and makes it less squirly ar highway speeds, next,, I have a 304 v8 which is a beastly brute of an engine and is realy OVERKILL!!! not that i mind everyone staring when they here it but,, the inline six isnt called the iron duke for nuthin,,, the six is cheaper on parts and will last longer, plus iwth a webber carb the low end torq is awesome,, dont get me wrong I love my v8 its wickedly powerfull but I gaurentee a six gets better gas milage and another thing ,, GET A HARD TOP!! !if you can buy a jeep with a hard top to begin with you wont have to shell out like 1300 bucks later if you want one, you can allways hang it up in your garage in the summer. but buying one aftermarket or used gets pricey I am from california originaly and most of the jeeps out there are pretty rust free but look out for the beach buggys sometimes the guys that go to the beach all the time rot their jeeps out and sell them off so they can get a better on all in all Jeeps are awesome period but realy think about what your uses are going to be for it,, and what your long term goal for it is ,, if you can get a good deal on something that already has what you want on it you wont spend the bucks later,,
Just Empty Every Pocket,, and have fun in the hunt
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Unread 04-28-2002, 09:35 PM   #7
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I like the 1972-1975 Jeep CJ5's. I personally think they are the best CJ's ever made. They have a Dana 44 30 spline rear end and you can get them with a V8, I6 or 4 cyl. My good friend has a 1979 CJ7 w/ a I6, T-18, boxed frame and a hard top. If you ask him those were the best CJ's ever built. I dont think you can go worng with a CJ purchase but if I were to stay away from a particular model I wouldnt want the full time 4X4 CJ's.
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Unread 04-29-2002, 08:46 AM   #8
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2 quick things....I agree that the V8 is a little ovrkill, the 6 is a great dependable powerful enough motor. I have a '72 360 in my '77 CJ-7 and it spins tire in 3rd gear simply by stepping on the gas, LOL!

The Iron Due is not the 6....GM had a Pontiac 151ci 4-banger that is the Iron Duke...Jeep used it in their CJs in 1980 and 1981 before AMC built their own little 150ci. The GM motor was a superior motor, however, and more reliable.

Also, I do agree, the CJ-7 gives a far superior ride than the CJ-5 on the road, having driven many of both models. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
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