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  1. #1
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    Worthwhile repairs to look for in a CJ?

    This may be difficult to pin down, but I'm going to ask it anyhow.

    A long time ago, a friend told me to "buy someone else's project" rather than spending a great deal of money building my own project, because the $10,000 that somone spends on a CJ (or any similar project) will never be totally recouped. I'm shopping for a basic 1980 to 86 CJ-7. I'm less concerned with a high lift, big tires, or off-road capabilities. I'm more concerned with basic reliability and driveablity. Of course the frame has to be in good shape. I have read countless CJ ads and see many where the owner has replaced components in the ignition, steering, braking, electrical, and other systems. Or course engine and transmission replacements are common as well. I get the impression that many CJs have been sitting unused for a couple of the years, and the owners have made basic repairs to get the things running so they could sell them.

    So my question is this: When buying a CJ, are there any specific replacement parts or repairs I should look for, or is that really too broad of a question because when you're talking about a 25+ year old vehicle, they're all different? I would like to pick up a CJ that's basically driveable without having to dump a ton of money into some of the basics, and I'm wondering if there are any specifics I should look for that wouldn't be obvious. I don't expect to pick up a CJ without having to do some work on it, but I'd like to get one that someone else has already made many essential repairs to. I just need to know what to look for that might not be obvious.

    Thanks!

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    I would recommend as stock a vehicle as you can find, preferably one that has been maintained.

    Reality says that any vehicle is driven to the limits of it's modifications so the wear factor is very high on modified and lifted vehicles.

    I have also seen way to many butcher jobs on lifts and modifications to ever buy someone else's work.

  3. #3
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    i would agree get one as close to stock as possible and you dont have to worry about someone elses hack job...

  4. #4
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    That's a great point about botched work. I can see the value of buying a vehicle that as as stock as possible, and it explains why great looking stock vehicles command higher prices.


 

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