I just bought a 1999 Sahara, its absolutely in perfect shape.
Searching Craigslist today though, I spotted a 1995 with the 4 cyl and 5 speed... The guy is unloading it for $1200.
I went and looked at it and it's no show winner, the tub is VERY rotted in spots. The frame is fairly scaly, but there are 0 holes in it.
My thought is that the seats, top, and other parts have to be worth the money by themselves, and a jeep with a good frame that starts, runs, and drives is a deal at a price that low...
Anyway, need some other opinions on whether I will be losing money on picking this up as a project if nothing else.
Definatly something as a project to play with but offer less $$. You can replace the tub and see what everything else looks like as you go. Judging by the extent of the rot, I'm sure youll probably find some wiring/connector issues as well. Perk: If you replace the tub you can do a body lift at the same time. Another thought is to talk to a local HS or college where they offer a class on body repair and either take the class or have some students practice on it for you ans see if they'll do it for free.
Great idea 4x, I was actually thinking of doing something along those lines. My family all swears they want to be involved in redoing a jeep, so this would be a low $$ way to get started.
There are a couple of others I am looking at, (now that it's become a family project), with less rust so hopefully less cost, but this old girl is still in the running.
I also worry about how a long term rebuild will affect their enthusiasm for it, especially in the winter in my barn
So, went shopping around today and found a MUCH better looking jeep to start with for the project, it's going to cost somewhere around $1000 more, but at least it has a repairable tub and a rock solid looking frame.
I figure as our first family "project", something we can ram around in fairly quickly beats something we need to start from a bare frame and start welding LOL.
Thanks for the advice and I'll post some pics when we pick it up.
As a project Tony, I actually went shopping for something that I could fix up. My TJ is in perfect condition, and I bought it because the deal was too good to pass up.
I have three teenagers in the house, and only one of them has any car knowledge to speak of, I am hoping the project jeep will catch the other two's interest as well.
Honestly, I've had my 97 TJ for a while, but before I found it, I was really looking into YJs.. Could never find one that was in drivable condition straight away, and always dreamed of rebuilding one. Never had the money but it always sounded like fun. IMO, it doesn't matter which jeep you go with, just make sure there's still some foundation left to speak of (frame, tub). That way you can be confident you have a chance of surviving, should something catastrophic happen on a test drive.