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post #1 of 7 Old 01-26-2008, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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What would you expect to pay for this work?

Vehicle: '84 CJ-7

I have no shop or much in the way of tools (or motivation in the winter), so I'm having a local shop perform some work on my Jeep for me.

I'll be collecting all the parts (except steel, welding rods, etc.) so labor is mostly what I'm concerned with.
Here's what I need done:

- Rebuild my 4.0 to 4.6 stroker
- Remove 2.5/T-4, drop in 4.6/new tranny/adaptor
- Install new springs, outboard springs, SOA
- Remove old steering stuff, install new high-steer componentry with J-10 box, build reinforcements
- Install full-width axles (lockers, tires, wheels are already on the axles)
- Slap on aome frame reinforcements
- Install new driveshafts (what will those cost me?)

That's about it...so what kind of labor do you think that is worth? How many hours? Do most shops work by the hour, or by the job?

Also, this Jeep is virtually rust-free and only has 90k original miles on it, so there shouldn't be many hang-ups or surprises.


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post #2 of 7 Old 01-26-2008, 01:59 PM
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Also, this Jeep is virtually rust-free and only has 90k original miles on it, so there shouldn't be many hang-ups or surprises.
That's what you think. I would guess it would be around 10k or something like that, I may be off. That's why we all do it ourselves.
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That's what you think. I would guess it would be around 10k or something like that, I may be off. That's why we all do it ourselves.

well put. lol
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-28-2008, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Any other auggestions/input/ideas? Am I missing anything?

- Red '84 CJ-7 - I'll build it someday! I have the parts, but no shop and no time! :(
- Black '78 J-10 - rollin' on 37s and SOA with front/rear Detroits, high-steer, etc.
- Green '93 ZJ - Crusty old PARTS-GIVER TO THE CJ!
"Six in a row makes it go"
...and a driveway full of Subarus...
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Any other auggestions/input/ideas? Am I missing anything?
I would say you are missing a lot of stuff, just sounds like a vague approach to me, IMO. No offense.
You forgot cooling, wiring, springs, hangers, guages, manual or auto tranny?
t-case and adapter depending on what tranny, driveshafts custom built are about $250 each. As for welding and fabrication, you are looking at a ton of work to set it correctly. Don't forget shocks and spring perches, brake lines, fuel pump, etc, Alot goes into a complete change over.
Estimated charge would be close to $15k to do it, if not more.
Save the CJ for a better day and buy a YJ all built up and trash it. Seriously, why ruin a CJ in that condition is what you stated?

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I hope the shop you're using is use to doing that kind of work. If so, they should be able to give you a quote. It won't be cheap. If it were me, and I was going to spend that much money at one time, I'd look around for one already built. I bet you would come out way ahead in money, time, stress, ect. You could keep the rig you have or sell it to recover some of the cost. JMO

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funny thing about custom work like outboarding your springs and a soa..There is no set time amount for it..So they can take there time and pass it on to you..
I agree that you could buy one done up like you want for way less..The jeep your building is standard for west coast rigs it seems..

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