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Unread 08-17-2013, 10:16 AM   #16
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You said you have a 4.2? Why not sink the 9k into yours? Engine swap?

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Unread 08-17-2013, 12:04 PM   #17
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HECK YES!
Build up the one you have. Then it's done the way YOU want!
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Unread 08-17-2013, 02:37 PM   #18
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heck yes!
Build up the one you have. Then it's done the way you want!
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Unread 08-17-2013, 04:01 PM   #19
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I bought an 85 Laredo in pristine original condition (except for paint fade). All original, from the second owner (who had it for twenty plus years), with all factory Laredo amenities. No butchered wires or hacked mods. With it's hard top/doors, a new soft top, and a bikini top. The door key fits the glove box lock, the center console, and the rear hatch. Automatic, factory/dealer A/C, cruise control. I paid $4,000.00.
It takes patience. I bought it when I already had a pretty good 83 Laredo which I also bought for $4,000.00. I sold that one later for $4,500.00.

What's with that robot voice in the video ad, .
4k plus paint to get rid of paint fade = 7k plus

Did you buy these in 1995? I don't see these at these prices around my area.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 04:02 PM   #20
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HECK YES!
Build up the one you have. Then it's done the way YOU want!
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I'm just wanting the v8.....swap seems expensive
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Unread 08-17-2013, 04:16 PM   #21
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You said you have a 4.2? Why not sink the 9k into yours? Engine swap?
I would buy one with the swap already done and sell the one I have. Think I could get 8k or so where I live for the cj I have now.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 04:27 PM   #22
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I'm just wanting the v8.....swap seems expensive
A 258/6 to a AMC V-8, is one of the easiest swaps out there.
It a bolt in deal....
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Unread 08-17-2013, 05:17 PM   #23
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I'm sure the info is around, but what kind of hp should I expect withheld amc v8? I was always thinking of going to the 350 because of extra power.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 05:44 PM   #24
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$8K for a CJ? That's a chunk of change. It is doable, but Jeeps are quirky in that a Jeep closer to stock will bring more than one that's been "customized". There are exceptions of course, where you find one that has been worked on so well and professionally that your doubts are removed. But even then it's usually a money losing deal for the seller.

You can see how we hesitate at this Jeep; it's only about $1K more than what you think what your Jeep is worth, and with all your questions about your Jeep, no offense but it doesn't sound like it's reached perfection yet. As it is, the one you were considering had better not have ANY rust on the frame.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 06:04 PM   #25
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"and with all your questions about your Jeep, no offense but it doesn't sound like it's reached perfection yet."

Very true, its not even close to perfect. A lot of my questions are based around familiarizing myself with the jeep and not neccisarely issues or concerns

i think we just have a fundemental disagreement as to what a "perfect" cj is worth. One with a recently rebuilt engine, trans, new frame, and fresh paint among other things. but id be the first to admit im new to this and i may be proven wrong over time. I'm only basing the value off what I saw people asking for while I was buying mine. Im also basing this off selling several newer cars in my area above kbb. Obviously these were asking prices in my area, who knows what they actually got for them.

I paid 7800 force jeep not long ago and still feel it was a good buy.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 06:16 PM   #26
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I'm sure the info is around, but what kind of hp should I expect withheld amc v8? I was always thinking of going to the 350 because of extra power.
How deep are your pockets?
My sons AMC, 401 Interceptor motor with middle of the road mods, so we could still use 'pump gas' when we want. Has put mucho hurt on many a BBC in the sand dunes.
Plus, the 'boy' can DRIVE......
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Unread 08-17-2013, 06:26 PM   #27
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Msmall, what background do you have as a auto mechanic?
The questions you ask, tell me(us)that you haven't 'turned' many wrenches.
Is this correct?
Nut'n wrong, if your just learn'n--we all had to learn at some point.
FWIW: I've turned wrenches both on aircraft(A&P)along with cars/trucks for 50+ years.
In this line of endeavor, OCD is a blessing.
LG
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Unread 08-17-2013, 06:32 PM   #28
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Msmall, what background do you have as a auto mechanic?
The questions you ask, tell me(us)that you haven't 'turned' many wrenches.
Is this correct?
Nut'n wrong, if your just learn'n--we all had to learn at some point.
FWIW: I've turned wrenches both on aircraft(A&P)along with cars/trucks for 50+ years.
In this line of endeavor, OCD is a blessing.
LG
Correct, the only mechanical work I've ever done is on my harley. This is my first vehicle I plan on working on myself. But I'm having a good time thus far. Forum is helpful for the most part. I'm 29 and a sales professional and have always been interested in cars. My first car was a jeep and I've always loved them so figured this may be a good starting point....but time will tell.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 06:41 PM   #29
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Then you should look into some local Jeep clubs, with folks that have turned a wrench or two. So you get the best "hands-on" learning.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 10:17 PM   #30
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Quick update but I passed on this. Also I was offered 8500 for mine but shot it down. I think in my area I can get 9500 and break about even.

I'm looking for a finished jeep that is for driving around on nice days. Not taking them to the trails.
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