A little over a year ago I jumped into the Jeep world with the purchase of a fully retsored '73 CJ5. Sold it a few months later with fear of being in over my head with long term maintenance of an older vehicle. Now I am sitting here kicking myself. Thankfully I lost no $ in the process, but now fear never finding another that I like as much. Here's a link to it when I registered here on the forum.
I can kind-of relate. I wanted a CJ real bad, found one that was supposed to be fully restored and perfect. Didn't know what I was looking at, bought it and started uncovering issues from there. I had ZERO clue what to do (and still hardly have a clue). I wanted to get rid of it and the wife helped me realize that I should keep it and just take baby steps with it. Have fun.
Now I'm learning bit-by-bit and having fun when I work on it. Plus I've got room in the garage for it, so it isn't taking up space that I don't have.
Anyway, what I'm saying is I know how you were feeling....I also bet that you can find another one that you'll like just as much, if not more, if you look around a bit. Good luck to you my friend......
-KJ Newbs / Jersey
1983 lime green CJ7 - 258 with DUI & Weber, Crane cam, 2" lift, MTs w/ BFGs
2010 2-Door, 6-Speed Black JK Sahara - Teraflex 3" Coil Lift with Front Lower and Rear Upper Flex Arms - Bilstein 5100 Shocks -JKS Front Adjustable Track Bar - Teraflex Front Knuckle Gussets - Rock Hard Oil Pan/Engine Skid - Rock Hard Transfer case skid - Rock Hard Evap relocation Kit - Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers - MBRP off-road exhaust - AEV Pintler Wheels - GoodYear MTR/K 35x12.5x17 - Detroit Track Loc Carrier up Front - Yukon 4.88 Gears - Cobra 75 CB with Cool Tech bracket - Die-Tech mirror relocation brackets
Remorse is my middle name. I buy old trucks or whatever, then I get buyers remorse, so I sell them, then I am kicking myself for selling. Hang in there, it took me a while to find the jeep I wanted, but now it's cluttering my garage. I don't think the jeep bug is something that will ever leave ya!
This time don't buy a fully restored one. Once you build it yourself you will never want to part with it. Beside the fact that you will be so far underwater with it you could never get your money back. It makes keeping it an easy decision.
'76 CJ7 Quadra-Trac 304 2.5" superlift 1" body lift 33" DuraTrac's
2014 Grand Cherokee Altitude
What were you thinking..haha..that is a nice jeep. I feel it to some days I wish I would have never traded my bike in for the Rzr4 but once i plant my but in the rzr and a cold drink in my hand kids playing in the creek I know i made the right decision..plus I got a big raise this yr and going to buy a harley this spring or summer
Not to make you feel worse, but that was a nice CJ. As far as the fear of long term maintenance, what was to fear? I'd love to have my Jeep to a point where all I had to focus on was maintenance. I'm a long ways off from that. We all probably have that vehicle that we regret having sold. Mine was a super clean '84 Bronco XLT that a guy flew in from Ontario, Canada to buy. As others have said you'll find another. Looking forward to seeing it when you do.