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post #31 of 42 Old 09-24-2015, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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I'll take a hard look at that when I get down to see it. Thanks for pointing that out.

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post #32 of 42 Old 09-24-2015, 07:28 PM
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if the doors work well that sort of eliminates the mid/rear frame but if it impacted an embankment/approach maybe the front frame bent. I agree the hood looks a bit off.
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post #33 of 42 Old 09-24-2015, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Any easy way to tell if the frame is slightly bent?
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take it to frame and body shop.
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post #35 of 42 Old 09-24-2015, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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I'll take that as a no then. Was hoping I could drop a straight edge on of and look for a gap somewhere.....

If it is bent, it don't look like its going to be folded anywhere. I don't think it will cause me any issues. Wouldn't want to make a crawler I wouldn't think, but hiway and forest road use should be fine. Maybe some adjustment to my alignment to keep it straight on the road.
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yes, alto I doubt it is bent... might be more a rust issue at the body mounts... there used to be hundreds of old '70s Chevy pickups running around rural Alberta with bent frames from plowing nose first into a field, embankment, approach. CJs, leaf springs all around... just like those old Chevys... as long as everything is in balance even with a bent frame your CJ8 will do everything you ask of it.

A twisted frame is a different story.
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post #37 of 42 Old 09-26-2015, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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So... I am now the proud owner of this CJ8! After a tough round of negotiations, I let him talk me down to $3000. Poor guy has twins on the way and has to sell off his toys. Frame looks absolutely solid to me. Some minor rust between the rear cross member an the bumper. Any sag you might see in the pictures is most likely due to the rotten body mounts. I could see no evidence of a collision of any sort. Found out today that when he started it and got it running the other day, that it was running of 5 year old gas �� runs like a champ though. All I need to get it on the road is to fix the brakes and rewire it.
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gotta love old school technology. eliminate the computer and if the gas lights up with a match so will the motor.

awesome deal !! a CJ8 with all the parts, original for $3K... awesome deal !!
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Yeah. I felt a little dirty only paying $3000. I know its worth more. although I have discovered a couple things that are no longer stock. I think the seats came out of something newer (they look brand new almost) but they still have the jeep logo on them. Had a weber carb, that came with it, but the po put the original carter carb back on. He swapped some of the electronics off the weber onto the carter. All I'm all I'm happy with it. Now to find a T-18 with the granny gear to drop in it....
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post #40 of 42 Old 09-26-2015, 10:36 PM
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Yeah. I felt a little dirty only paying $3000. I know its worth more. although I have discovered a couple things that are no longer stock. I think the seats came out of something newer (they look brand new almost) but they still have the jeep logo on them. Had a weber carb, that came with it, but the po put the original carter carb back on. He swapped some of the electronics off the weber onto the carter. All I'm all I'm happy with it. Now to find a T-18 with the granny gear to drop in it....
When you do the t18 it'll be one of the best mods you have ever done I absolutely love mine and it's a dream in the woods
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post #41 of 42 Old 09-26-2015, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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I knew needed a T-18 when I started down the gravel road in 1st/ 4lo and hit 20 mph at idle with no brakes..... That was a little hairy. Course, its idling really high, but still. I'll keep the T-5 (I think that's whatviy is, the 5 speed?) For original equipment sake, but while its mine I'm gonna want that low gear.

Speaking of, I was trying to search the online inventory of my local yard, but couldn't figure out which of the listed trannies for a random ford was actually the correct T-18. Anyone have some advice on the yr/make /model I'd most likely find one in, and what kind of ID a wrecking yard would put on one?
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post #42 of 42 Old 09-27-2015, 07:48 AM
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I'd definitely be getting the carb straightened out before swapping transmission. I would creep along in low range at idle, barely moving the speedometer. Have yet to try it with the efi...

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