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Old 06-15-2013, 11:04 PM   #1
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Good buy for a mud/weekend toy?

I was looking on craigslist fir a good jeep to ride around on the weekends and play in the mud when I'm home from school. Came across this 1980 Jeep (looks like a CJ7) with a 1984 mercedes diesel 5 cylinder for 3000$. I'm going look at wheneverI get home in a couple weeks looking to purchase it. This is the only picture I have on it but the guy said the interior needs new carpet and seats and upgrade the gears (running 37s with 3.08 gears ) is this a good deal or not? Thanks!
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:42 AM   #2
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That's a hard question to answer without knowing how well the conversion was done as well as how the Jeep's been treated overall.

Frankesteins are always iffy coming into from the outside, if for no other reason than you walking into unknown maintenance issues as well as unknown maintenance supply lines.

For what its worth, the Mercedes name for that engine is OM617.952 and it looks to put out 125 HP and 180 LbFt. I don't know enough about CJ drive trains to say what would be a good gear set against that motor and tire combination.

Looks like there are quite a few variants out there though:

Mercedes OM617 Diesel conversion kit now available! - IH PARTS AMERICA

Mercedes OM617 & Variants - Sponsored by 4x4Labs.com [Archive] - Cummins 4BT & Diesel Conversions Forums

Mercedes OM617 5 cyl Turbo Diesel engine swap to Jeep Wrangler YJ conversion - Diesel Bombers

All in all, I would say to pass on it. From the stand point of you being in college, I think you'd be better off going with something a little more mainstream (mid 90's Wrangler) that you can thrash on and fix relatively easily/quickly/cheaply.

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Old 06-16-2013, 05:52 AM   #3
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I love CJ's (had an 84), but I'd run far from that one. Diamondplate doesn't mean trail armor on a CJ, it means rust cover, and there is no way those front tires don't rub and bottom.

With just the visible redneck engineering, I can't even imagine what a hack the engine swap is... If you have 3K, you have the budget for a pretty decent CJ. You'll spend another 5K getting that one right.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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Without actually seeing it in person, and checking out the Jeep completely, Nobody can accurately offer advice if it's a good deal or not.

BUT, a diesel CJ would be cool!
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