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post #1 of 21 Old 08-16-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Who got the best bargain?

Howdy all, my nephew just bought a kaiser jeep with a rust free frame for 1000 bucks and it got me wondering, who here got the best deal for their jeep? I bought mine for 3000 and it wasn't even running, i would post pics but don't have a camera anymore lol. Anywho, thought it would be neat if you post a pic and condition of your jeep as well as price and see who got the best bargain.

sorry if its a repost, searched but didn't find anything

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post #2 of 21 Old 08-16-2013, 06:46 PM
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Is it a "deal" if you have to drop $4K to get it on the road?

"Deal" is relative.

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post #3 of 21 Old 08-16-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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initial price, the amount you pay just to sign the title.
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-16-2013, 07:00 PM
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if you are happy with your, new to you jeep, then you got a good deal.

I have gotten some of those good deals on things in the past, then before I was finished, I wish I had never seen the project.

I just drive and enjoy my old jeep and not worry about the $1000's of dollars I have spent on it over the years.

an old jeep is just like having a girl friend that lives out in the garage, no matter what she does or wants, you find a way to get it for her.
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post #5 of 21 Old 08-16-2013, 07:55 PM
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Paid 5K for mine about a year ago in San Antonio TX. Probably got ripped off, but I love the damn thing. It's worth way more to me than the 5K. It's got rusty floor pans and leaks from every place possible (working on that this weekend). I have to keep 2 drip pans under it all the time. The paint sucks! And the engine is weak as cat piss (78 304 150HP). Of course I have huge plans to fix it up that will probably never happen, but it is a fun hobby and I wouldn't trade it for a brand new Corvette. Picking up a 360 next week! I'm like a kid at Christmas. Here are some pics.

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post #6 of 21 Old 08-16-2013, 08:13 PM
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74 year old guy wanted it off his property. 250 miles away from my house he was selling the ranch. I would say about 100$ in fuel 50$ to get a trailer brake controller and 7 pin plug, oh yea a 60$ power steering bump after i ruined it in my truck from backing up with a 6k lb trailer and full lock over a curb . 210$ total for a seized cj7 with hard top and doors + soft top and doors.
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post #7 of 21 Old 08-16-2013, 09:23 PM
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The more you pay in the beginning, the less you pay later on, and you save your sanity on problems you don't know how to fix!
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post #8 of 21 Old 08-16-2013, 10:20 PM
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Best deal is realive to when you got it. Bought my first '79 CJ with a 304 and 30k miles in '84 for $1700. Bought an '85 Larado in '90 for $3000 dumped over $5k into it and watched it rot in front of my eyes and after swapping the high dollar parts, sold it for a large bottle of Jaeger 9 years ago. My current '85 CJ had 75k; no rust (never driven in the winter and most of the miles were put on behind a motorhome) and I paid $3500. It runs better than ever; thanks to the guy posting above me it has all my Larado parts and I wouldn't part with it for a small fortune.

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post #9 of 21 Old 08-16-2013, 11:44 PM
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Gave $1500 for this. There was 2 th400's laying in the back one rebuilt one for a q-trac and a burnt up partially disassembled one for a Dana 20. And a Dana 20 t case. Swapped the good guts onto the shaft for the Dana and bolted it in

I'm in it for about $2200 now

Picked up this jewel for $350 last weekend

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post #10 of 21 Old 08-17-2013, 06:31 AM
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My CJ was given to me(yes FREE) by the original owner. The catch? He rolled it pretty hard. Took quite a bit of work to get it back together...

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post #11 of 21 Old 08-19-2013, 04:15 PM
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4" lift new condition
35" tires new condition
New battery
York air compressor converted to OBA
Ramsey winch
Bushwacker flares, new but not installed.
New paint.
AMC 360 V8
Fuel injected
Gears and lockers
4 speed with granny first
Rocker guards
Mickey T rims.
Twin sticked d300
KC off road lights
Chrome bumper
Billet wipers
Stainless hood hardware kit
Stainless mirrors
Rear bumper, rock crawler style with tire swing out.
Bestop Supertop soft top.
High back bucket seats with Bestop waterproof seat covers.
Sony stereo
Tuffy security center console.

If I told you what I paid you'd think I was lying!

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post #12 of 21 Old 08-19-2013, 06:00 PM
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1700. Primed the fuel pump and she started right up.

I don't feel like working on anything at this time so i sold my yj.
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post #13 of 21 Old 08-19-2013, 06:44 PM
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$1,100 with spare 4.2L engine, which it needed.

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post #14 of 21 Old 08-19-2013, 08:27 PM
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74 CJ5 - 304 - 2.5" Rancho suspension lift.

Came home on a trailer. Running two hours later. Drivable the next day. Been steadily improving it ever since.


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post #15 of 21 Old 08-20-2013, 12:56 PM
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$65 to xfer the title from my dad to me. Technically it was to be a gift to my daughter, who now wants a car with AC. Sheesh, kids these days. I drove it all over Texas when I was a teen with a crappy radio and damn happy that I had it. She said that she will drive it once I get it fixed up though.
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