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post #1 of 9 Old 02-10-2020, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Mj MJ Questions (Worth it? What year? Pic-heavy)

Alright, so I was offered this MJ for scrap price. Dirt cheap. It doesn't run, and hasn't in years, but it's virtually rust-free and as far as I can see, the only missing parts are the bumpers and tailgate.

I think this would be a cool project for my oldest daughter and I to work on, and we could wheel it until she's old enough for it to be her first vehicle. I'm not sure I can say no to this for scrap price.

The door sticker is worn, so I can't see the model year. The underhood sticker implies that it's an '88 with the 4.0. It appears to have TBI. I didn't know the 80's Jeeps had TBI or the 242 in them. I have a picture of the identity plate if anyone can translate that.












So do you think it's worth it?


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According to the VIN it is a 1988 with a 4.0L MPI engine.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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I think it looks good for a Daddy /Daughter project. I would just look into parts availability or interchangeability and what technical information is available.
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Thanks guys.

I guess I should clarify my question: if I were to decide that I didn't want to work on it anymore, would I be able to sell it for a decent price? I don't know much about MJ's, but I don't think they are very common, especially in the 4wd variant. I don't know what the demand for these is like.

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to the right buyer, it's worth whatever they'll pay.

To me, the beds are too hard to find in straight condition and the unbody has bad damage on the passenger side. It's all fixable, but a lot of work. You have the right engine, upgrade the cooling, change the trans, axles. etc.

$600 cash is what I would ask for a non-runner in that condition. May be someone will buy for parts, but it would take a serious buyer to try and bring it all the way back. Maybe a fabricator could make a Truggy??

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What I can tell you from stalking Ebay and Craigslist is that tailgates and tail lights seem to command a premium.
I don't know if these guys are getting the prices they are asking but.....
Thinking one of those the sum of its parts is worth more then the whole deals.
Also pretty sure I am looking at a Dana 44 rear diff.
Find the right person might be able to get a pretty penny just for that.
Plus looks like you have one good tail light so.....
While I would love to save them all saving that one would not be in my skill set.
But would consider parting it out instead of selling whole first.
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Luuca, he wants about a quarter of what you said you'd ask for it.

I'd turn it into a wheeler. I'm not overly concerned about fixing the body, or a tailgate. I'd probably put an exocage on it to keep my girls safe, lift it a little and put 31's on it. Maybe swap out the D35 for an 8.8.

If the engine isn't shot I'm pretty sure I could get my money back out of it pretty easily, so I think I'm going to go pick it up this week. He really wants it gone.
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Luuca, he wants about a quarter of what you said you'd ask for it.

I'd turn it into a wheeler. I'm not overly concerned about fixing the body, or a tailgate. I'd probably put an exocage on it to keep my girls safe, lift it a little and put 31's on it. Maybe swap out the D35 for an 8.8.

If the engine isn't shot I'm pretty sure I could get my money back out of it pretty easily, so I think I'm going to go pick it up this week. He really wants it gone.
I looked at the body damage, etc., and thought wow. A big project. I understood though that we are dealing with a poster that may be willing to take a welding class to conquer some of that on the cheap.

Seriously, I take it that it is around $150 purchase price. It has to have enough parts in a part out to make money if nothing else. Then again, my situation is unusual. I have lots of space for part outs and such. I have close to 5000 sq ft of indoor storage between my 5 outbuildings and could up it another 1200 in a weekend cheaply by adding a loft to my big barn.

A daddy daughter project is priceless.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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Luuca, he wants about a quarter of what you said you'd ask for it.

I'd turn it into a wheeler. I'm not overly concerned about fixing the body, or a tailgate. I'd probably put an exocage on it to keep my girls safe, lift it a little and put 31's on it. Maybe swap out the D35 for an 8.8.

If the engine isn't shot I'm pretty sure I could get my money back out of it pretty easily, so I think I'm going to go pick it up this week. He really wants it gone.
if its going to be a trail rig, why not. No worries about dents or paint.

The engine should fire up after some basic restarting work, like pulling the plugs and turning the engine by hand, oil, cap/rotor etc.

for $150 If I had room for another jeep, I'd buy it.

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