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Unread 07-12-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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Prospective CJ5 owner. Need advice!

Hey, all.

So, I sold my JGC last year and have been dormant on here. Driving a soul crushing sedan and need some adventure back in my life.

I'm looking at buying this CJ5:

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I have to admit that I am NOT much of a handyman when it comes to cars. What are the pertinent questions I need to ask before buying? What kind of costs do you think I should expect?

Any general pointers? Good idea? Bad idea? Thanks for your input.

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Unread 07-12-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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way too expensive with a shot tub 2-2.5K max IMO
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Unread 07-12-2013, 02:52 PM   #3
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"Tub has rust, but so far gone it can't be saved".

Unless this is a typo and he meant the opposite, don't even THINK about it unless you're ready to pump another $3000+ into it after you buy it.

I bought a rusty hulk once, and would NEVER do it again.

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Unread 07-12-2013, 03:15 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure that's a typo and he means that the rust isn't too bad.

That's a pretty normal price around here ( texas).
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Unread 07-12-2013, 03:23 PM   #5
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I asked about the rust, to which he replied "There is a little rust on tube, easy to fix."
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Unread 07-12-2013, 03:56 PM   #6
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In that case, go for it!

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Unread 07-15-2013, 11:17 AM   #7
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I took a look. Tub pretty bad and rusted through in one spot.

Looking at this alternatively: Link
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Unread 07-15-2013, 11:34 AM   #8
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I took a look. Tub pretty bad and rusted through in one spot.

Looking at this alternatively: Link
I like it. Especially the vice grips in the ignition
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Unread 07-15-2013, 12:29 PM   #9
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I like it. Especially the vice grips in the ignition
Ha! Had not even noticed.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 06:43 PM   #10
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Ok, here's here's the deal. That CJ7 needs a new carb and ignition switch. Can someone ballpark cost and headache associated with these fixes?
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Unread 07-16-2013, 06:49 PM   #11
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The carb cost can go anywhere from $200 to $1000. It is all based on your wants/needs. Ignition switches are fairly cheap but can lead to other problems. I wouldn't let either stop me from buying one.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 06:57 PM   #12
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You can get a weber carb for $200-$250 and its not very difficult to install and get running right.

The switch is about $15 and is as simple as unplugging the old one a d plugging the new one in... As log as you can get your hands on it. It's right on top of the steering column behind the dash. I changed mine the other day in about 15 minutes.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 08:22 PM   #13
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It's probably not the switch but the key tumbler but still around the same rice to fix.


CJ7 is much more roomier than a CJ 5

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You can get a weber carb for $200-$250 and its not very difficult to install and get running right.
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It already has a Weber on it.

Probably needs to find vacuum leak...
And rotate that Fuel filter the right way...
And update that distributor....
Horn button and both wipers would be nice also....

Did you hear it running yet?
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Unread 07-16-2013, 08:29 PM   #14
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I saw the weber on it, which was why I stated the price of a new one. Of course he could probably just rebuild the current one for less.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 08:35 PM   #15
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Ahh.. I see

I hope he can see it running, or trying to run before he buys it though.



On a different note ,I'd like to point out that dirty Webers don't work either.. Just like dirty BBD's.
Sorry, had to point out dirty carbs are all the same...
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