It's a 1978 CJ7 2 years since rebuild. SB chevy engine, TH400 tranny, Ford 9" rear axle with 4:11 posi. Toyota land cruiser front axle with four piston calipers. Two inch susp three inch body lift, new 33" mud kings, new battery and alt. Soft top and hard top. over $8000 in reciepts asking $5000 CanD (approx $3200 USD) OBO. The Jeep Looks great, I'll try to het some pics in, but, I'm a little worried about the swapped engine that I may have difficulties fixing things since all the parts are swapped in. I heard that there are plenty of these engines around and lots of parts available. I have to make a decision by the weekend. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Well advice is free. The real value is what you see in it.
I say don't buy this Jeep if you have any reservations about it. Is this your first Jeep? if so, get one that is totally stock. Use your time with it to familiarize yourself with Jeeps and what they can do, and more importantly, what you can swap in/out with other components.
If you are a first-timer, I suggest going with a close-to-stock setup, just for ease of use.
It sounds like a deal for what it is, but you're buying something built out of parts that weren't intended to go together. This could cause you some headaches if something breaks and you don't know the origional application for the part. Besides, building them up is the fun part - way better than buying the end result of someone else's project. Just my $.02
By the way, is that 85 caprice on a jeep chassis?
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A.S. you should watch the pendulum,your eye's are getting heavy.You are feeling very tired,you should not buy the jeep you should tell me were it is and give me the phone number of the owner. Just kidding, it sounds like a good eal and you can get Chevy parts any where. I'd check it over good and if you don't find a rusted frame or some thing bad I'd buy it.
Does Canada allow engine swaps into vehicles that never offered that engine? If so, I am surprised.
I have had real good luck with my swap. Of course it is not the same model of jeep.
The jeep "engine room" is plenty large enough to handle a small block bow tie. There are tons of parts (both aftermarket and oem), so you have the ability to modify. Why not?
I live in North Vancouver British Columbia, On the Rocky Mountains and we have some of the craziest off-roading here. This place is packed full of Swapped and heavily modified Jeeps and other 4x4s. The only problem is that they have to pass emissions testing, but a lot of these guys know little cheats to overcome that.
Mixed feelings here. Few of us here know about Chevy engines, so maybe you're asking the wrong folks. V8s are very nice, but get crappy gas mileage. It depends on what you want the Jeep for. Chevy parts, if needed, are much much more easy to acquire. Not sure the advantage of the Toyota axle....I'm curious as to why the seller is selling it. Read past the standard "oh, my wife's having a baby and we need the money" garbage. In the U.S., failed smog-check (required emmissions testing) is a great reason to sell, and the buyer inherits the headache.
Price really isn't bad, that is, if it runs well. But your experience w/ Jeeps is good, and your reservations about this one are completely valid. I'd suggest asking $800 less. Settle for no more than $500 less, and get answers to more questions. If they laugh at you, then don't worry--there'll be another epic Jeep sighting next week, and you'll be the better man on the lookout.
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I think I know the Jeep you are talking about .. wasn't it featured a while back in the Canadian 4wd magazine? It looked like it was well built! I purchased my YJ for $5250 stock .. and put another $5000 into it since then. My gas milage on my 350 isn't great (ok .. 6.25mpg) and the 267 is the smallest of the Chevy smallblocks. You can pop the 267 out, and put a 305 in .. or 350 .. or 383stroker without any headaches .. they are all "the same".
If you don't take it, let me know, and I will try to make a run for it! (checkin' over shoulder to see if wifey is reading this )
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