Ok, so here's my situation.... I have found two Jeeps lately that I can't decide which to get due to lack of experience with Jeeps. Here are the contestants and what i know of each. Price is not the issue here, quality is.
1990 Yj 4cyl manual. No rust, new 32" tires, decent interior, 80k mi on rebuilt motor, body has 176k. 3" lift (body), runs without any issue and comes with a New in Box Lockright for the front axle. Frame has been inspected and verified rust/crack free. Top has a 10" cut in it where someone broke in.
the other is
1979 CJ7, 6cyl auto, little bit of rust in the floorpans, but comes with new floorpans to weld in, new mirrors, other misc accessory parts, bikini top and soft top, 66k orig miles. mechanically is a champ, just needs some cosmetic (rust) repair on the body and floors. I havent got the chance to inspect the frame yet, but I will either tonight or Friday night.
For a project that may be used as a 'round town car and later an off road project, which would suit that type of transition better? I know that the YJ would need a new motor and tranny to withstand any serious off raoding, how about the CJ? They seem pretty competent with minor driveline upgrades i.e. axles, shift kits, etc... Any help on this?
cj's are cool, but you will be working on it a lot. depends how much money you wanna spend. yj 4 cyl you're gonna be changing motors, cj you can add fuel injection and be really happy.
i vote cj, and convert to fuel injection right away.
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Probably need to look at what kind of 4 wheelin you plan on doing in the future. The only problem with the CJ is that they don't have the strongest frames for continual abuse. For nostalgia purposes they are great and for light to medium duty wheelin.
Otherwise the YJ platform is becoming increasingly more popular to the builder crowd as far as trail rigs etc.... go. They are OBD1 so motor swaps are easy in them and they can be customized to only the limits of your wallet or imagination.
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