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Old 05-15-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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Talking First Car: Help me in my Jeep search!

Hello! I have always wanted a jeep and now that I got my first job, I can get my first car! SO, of course I am looking for a Jeep! I will be using it mostly as a daily driving car and a way to transport my kayak, bike, or wood (for building).

I found a 1985 CJ7 -->1985 cj7 jeep wrangler







However, there is some rust in the frame, the rear axle is rusted out, it needs a floor shifter, and a new battery. Those are the only things I need fixed immediately. Some cosmetics it would need: upholstering (I am good at sewing), doors, and a top. Also, how much is it to get a radio put in? I am willing to work on it if it is within a certain price range. I am not familiar with cars, but I am wanting to learn how to fix them up (specifically jeeps). For now, can anyone tell me how much it might be to get these things fixed? On a side note: what mpg does this year and model get? Also, is there a recommended way to fix rust? Thank you so much!

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Pretty much anything can be repaired, I just finished restoring a '43 Willys MB. There is lots of good info in our CJ section, BTW I like your driver's side floor mat but I need to say:

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Old 05-15-2014, 01:23 PM   #3
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I would steer away from that one and look for something in a little better shape.

Ugly is ok, but you want something mechanically sound. Then you can work on cosmetics.

What kind of budget do you have? If you can give us an idea, folks can give you some expectations about what you can expect to find in your price range.
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BeastMaster: That is hilarious! I have not heard that before!
George Ross: I know what you mean and I am nervous the mechanical issues might be more than they appear. I was thinking it might be cheaper to fix these problems than buy another one on craigslist that costs $3,000 (which I do not have) and works fine.
It's my first car and I am still working on the budget. I have earned a sure $1700 and it will grow as I cut grass, babysit, and family helps with small donations (I haven't finished high school so they are gracious in getting me prepared for the real world). That is why I wanted something on the cheaper side that I could fix over time. This CJ is selling for about $750 but do you think it's too much to take on? I am trying to get a mechanic-friend to go look at it with me.
Thank you for your help!!!
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Old 05-15-2014, 02:14 PM   #5
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Since its going to be your first vehicle you may want to look into the yjs too they can be found in decent shape for a reasonable price that's if you can handle the roughness of the ride though they have square headlights its still a jeep I love my 88 yj wouldn't trade it for anything in the world but in the end its your choice and what you like I would steer clear of that CJ though the frame rot would concern me
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I will keep an eye out for an yj thank you!!! I think I will take a pass on this one; I have until the end of the month to find one...
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[QUOTE=Beastmaster;10645386]Pretty much anything can be repaired, I just finished restoring a '43 Willys MB. There is lots of good info in our CJ section, BTW I like your driver's side floor mat but I need to say:

Warning: It's said that when ever you call a Jeep, a "car" a kitten dies.



Looks like its too late if you look at the driver's side floor pan. Poor cat.

Anyway, I would not get that CJ, even though I love CJs. The purchase price and repairs will end up costing more than your budget . That body didn't crack by itself, it needs substantial structural repairs.

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