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post #1 of 15 Old 01-26-2014, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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need help with decision about buyn this jeep...

Need some advice with possible purchase of a 1980 cj7 with rebuilt AMC 360. Some concerns I have is that the hard top need refinishing and some cracks filled. Top also needs a back window that had been removed because glass was broken which I could replace with plexiglass I think. Engine and body seem sound. The only gauge that works is the speedo. Not sure if others are broken or just not hooked up. Same thing with heater, he says if it was hooked up he believes it works. He bought jeep from his buddy to finish the work.

He wanted $4000 and I can buy it for $3400. Good paint. One more question is should the flywheel have a cover over it that keeps dust (dirt!) out? Need side pipes that He has not installed and doesn't have, but oh my it sounds great the way it is now lol!

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-26-2014, 09:29 PM
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If you can get it for $3400 then I would jump on it. I would go ahead and allow yourself another $500 for the piddly stuff you will run into. I'd also go ahead and try to find a soft top while you rehab the hard top since you won't need that until around October. You can probably find a rough one for a few hundred. Or....being in SC, get a $50 bikini top and keep the doors on it. Bundle up until it gets warmer.
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-27-2014, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply!

I think I am going to jump on the deal. The jeep was painted a year ago and the rebuilt 360 sounds amazing.
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-27-2014, 07:50 AM
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use "cat hair" (get it at the auto paint store) to fill in deep cracks in that roof, then you can bondo over what's left.. the flywheel has an inspection cover that fits over the lower side, yes you need that, keeps all the crap out of there..

I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like the passengers in his JEEP!...
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post #5 of 15 Old 01-27-2014, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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On second look...

Well I looked at this jeep again today, and it has had floor pans welded in to replace well rusted original ones. Also the tub has had many places that are rusted through and covered up with metal that has been welded into place. Looks like someone took bird shoot to the tube and covered it up with sheet metal welded in or riveted. The back of the tub where the backseat sits is a piece of sheet metal that has been pop riveted to the old tub.

Always pays to go back for that second look in the light, instead of a dark garage with dim lights! Darn it! Other than those minor things, just kidding, huge things the engine sounds good!

Pic attached of sample of rust...

Oh well the search continues...
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post #6 of 15 Old 01-27-2014, 01:55 PM
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i'm sure your search will be short. there are still plenty of them out there. might consider widening your search area. many times it has paid off driving an extra couple of hours (or more) to get what i wanted at a good price.
good luck to you.

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post #7 of 15 Old 01-27-2014, 03:24 PM
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If you can get it for $3400 then I would jump on it. I would go ahead and allow yourself another $500 for the piddly stuff you will run into. I'd also go ahead and try to find a soft top while you rehab the hard top since you won't need that until around October. You can probably find a rough one for a few hundred. Or....being in SC, get a $50 bikini top and keep the doors on it. Bundle up until it gets warmer.
I wonder how you can say this Jeep is worth $3400 with out seeing pictures of the frame, tub, and other areas. Not even to mention the non working guages.

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I wonder how you can say this Jeep is worth $3400 with out seeing pictures of the frame, tub, and other areas. Not even to mention the non working guages.
In my area, the Jeeps that need a fair amount of work will get $3400 easily. If the engine is strong and the compression is good then everything else is easy enough to fix or replace. Sheet metal and gages would not prevent me from getting it.
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Was this a red one in Greenville? I think I saw this one

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post #10 of 15 Old 01-29-2014, 05:40 PM
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I would not touch it! Keep looking.
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post #11 of 15 Old 01-29-2014, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Was this a red one in Greenville? I think I saw this one
Yes.
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I would not touch it! Keep looking.
Going tomorrow to finalize a deal on another one. Can't wait to bring it home!
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post #13 of 15 Old 01-29-2014, 08:41 PM
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I would not touch it! Keep looking.
Copy that, you don't want someone else's poor work to fix. That patchwork pic you provided looks like very sloppy work, and would kill the deal for me. Or drive price down another couple notches.
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post #14 of 15 Old 01-29-2014, 11:16 PM
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At least you have seen now where they all rust. Th roll bars were put on before painting, so you will usually find a repair behind the front seats. The top leaks and you may well find the back floor is rotted. Any carpet is like a sponge in a CJ and the floors and sides adjoining the floor will rot. You will struggle to find on ethat is not rusted.

However that does not excuse a bodged repair. If bodged in one place then it is probably bodged where you cannot see, like under that glossy new paint.

A retub is not that difficult if you can find a donor.

I would not worry about gauges, they rarely work but are not expensive.

All in all it was worth buying if the price was right and you were interested in a tub off rebuild. Otherwise find one that someone has fixed.

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post #15 of 15 Old 01-30-2014, 02:16 PM
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I'd keep looking, for $3400.00 you can find a Jeep in better condition. Good Luck!
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