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post #16 of 30 Old 04-27-2011, 06:12 AM
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right now scrap metal prices are high that jeep will sell for 350 scraped

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post #17 of 30 Old 04-27-2011, 06:34 AM
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if it were me i would turn around and run far, far away from that thing unless you can buy it for less than scrap price. The drag link loks to be heated up and bent to work with the crappy spring over, and lord knows what else is wrong with it. anybody who will do something butch like the wood blocks is highly likey to do alot of other stupid things that we have not even seen inthe pics. run away
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post #18 of 30 Old 04-27-2011, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to everyone for the help! I think I am going to wait a few weeks at least and then make him an offer if he can prove the engine runs, show me title is clear, and I can see that the frame is straight. If not, on to the next jeep!

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post #19 of 30 Old 04-27-2011, 08:33 PM
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You got $500 worth the parts there. I'd say if you can get it for $400-500 do it, if he can prove it to be running and titled.

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post #20 of 30 Old 04-27-2011, 08:37 PM
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I would not just pass, I would pass at full throttle!

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post #21 of 30 Old 04-28-2011, 06:14 AM
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Restoring a 32 year old vehicle is bad enough, but restoring a 32 year old vehicle that was in an accident would be extremely difficult. Through my restore of my 79, I've had a hard enough time just figuring out what's missing and what goes where thanks to my wonderful PO...i know i had to rebuild/box the frame from the transmission back plus i swapped on a glass body from nose to tail. It was a ton of work!

I can't imagine just swapping some of those parts and having a running vehicle out of that one. Before you know it, you'll have a garage full of jeep parts just from trying to fix one problem and finding another!

Also as Ken said, if you can, you really want to drive it. I bought mine with a blown head gasket and never drove or heard it run. The rear brake lines were disconnected, the front driveshaft was bent, the rear driveshaft was redneck welded, the transfer case had a chipped gear, the transmission had parts coming out of it. After replacing the head gasket, I found out I have a cracked block and it has tons of blow by. Moral of the story...it's nice when you can drive it!

I'd pass and find one thats closer to being drivable.Good luck!
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post #22 of 30 Old 04-28-2011, 10:35 AM
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If you bought a $3000 jeep instead of that one it would save you $5000. I figure that if you put $2500 into that one it would still not be drivable.

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post #23 of 30 Old 04-28-2011, 10:40 AM
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If you bought a $3000 jeep instead of that one it would save you $5000. I figure that if you put $2500 into that one it would still not be drivable.
x2 on that

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post #24 of 30 Old 04-28-2011, 10:44 AM
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Rebuild? no way!!! part it out! If the engine runs I would give $500.
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post #25 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 06:29 PM
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First take a tape and measure the wheels from front to back from center of the front wheel to center of the rear wheel on each side if it's not the same there could be frame damage. All it looks like to me is a parts vehicle.
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post #26 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 07:57 PM
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$2 to 250 dor a parts jeeps, or wear out the tires on your vehicile to get the He!! OUT OF THERE.

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post #27 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 08:14 PM
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From the photos I would guess the frame is bent and it has been through quite a lot of truma. The propshaft joint may have popped due to the great lift having reduced the splined length that was in contact and the crash has been severe enough to flex the entire vehicle and hey presto it has come out.

This may have been the same time the body tub acquired the flex and those curves in the tub near the doors. That looks like a serious flex in the chassis.

If you got it home and stripped the body off you could have a closer look at the frame and mechanics but I suspect you will just end up scrapping it and selling the few salvageable parts.

The PO did not value the vehicle, hence the messy lift etc. Pre accident it would have not been worth much, after the accident scrap value.

Now, don't let me put you off, it is just that there are better Jeeps out there in scrapyards. I would be surprised if the yard owner thought it worth starting the engine for you.

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post #28 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 08:27 PM
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So this thread is 8 months old. Did the OP end up buying it?

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post #29 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 08:30 PM
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Looking at his profile he has not been on in 3 months. By the looks of it he likely would have had a few questions by now if he bought it. Parts jeep all the way.

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post #30 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 09:05 PM
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Drat, missed that this was an old thread. Hopefully he passed on that pile of junk.

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