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Old 12-03-2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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Should I buy this still???

Sorry for the amount of threads I've posted recently. I think everyone has started to ignore my previous one with the amount of updates I was giving (sorry about that).

I finally made some progress with the guy I'm looking at buying my Jeep from until today.
He was supposed to take it to a shop we scheduled to have a mechanic check it out but went to a different shop.

They told him that the axle seals were leaking, trans seals were leaking and the radiator was leaking.

How much would it cost to have these fixed? I would've said forget it a long time ago with this guy but the amount of upgrades on it is hard to say no.

Help me out please?

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Old 12-03-2012, 04:57 PM   #2
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For a second, I was worried that your "Should I buy this still???" meant you were about to go into the moonshine business.

The axle seals (pinion and/or axle shaft seals) are not too expensive to have replaced depending on how many are leaking and which seals are leaking. Each axle has three seals but if an inner seal in the front axle is leaking, that alone is a couple hours of labor right there. The radiator will probably run $300-400 if you have someone else replace it, and the tranny seal is probably more like $500 if it's only its output shaft seal that is leaking. You're probably talking about 1-1.5 day's labor alone for all of that.

Leaks aren't cheap if you're not going to fix them yourself.

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:01 PM   #3
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Worst case scenario, how much would we be talking?

Should I still get the Jeep? We're still going to try and find out if he will take it by where we asked originally.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:08 PM   #4
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If it's at a shop that says it has those leaks, they should give an estimate to repair it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:10 PM   #5
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Ok, Got more details on what is ACTUALLY wrong.
-Radiator is leaking
-Rear Trans seal is leaking
-Front Axle is leaking
Thoughts?

He said he won't go any lower than $7,600. I sent him something saying it will be $1,500 plus labor to get everything fixed. If he could take it to the Ford Shop, we could see if those are really the problems.

Hopefully he will agree...
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I'm not going to look for your other posts but if I remember correctly, this is the yellow Jeep with an Atlas transfer case, right?
If so, that jeep should have a lot of desirable upgrades.

Here's why I think that.
Typically, an Atlas t-case wouldn't be a early build upgrade. By the time somebody installs an Atlas they probably have already regeared, added lockers, maybe upgraded axle shafts and addressed rear axle if a D35 was stock.
That and to fit the atlas, upgraded driveshafts are required (at least the rear, not sure about the front).

If I was in your shoes, it would have to be in really bad shape or really high priced to get me to walk away.

Just my opinion.
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I'm not going to look for your other posts but if I remember correctly, this is the yellow Jeep with an Atlas transfer case, right?
If so, that jeep should have a lot of desirable upgrades.

Here's why I think that.
Typically, an Atlas t-case wouldn't be a early build upgrade. By the time somebody installs an Atlas they probably have already regeared, added lockers, maybe upgraded axle shafts and addressed rear axle if a D35 was stock.
That and to fit the atlas, upgraded driveshafts are required (at least the rear, not sure about the front).

If I was in your shoes, it would have to be in really bad shape or really high priced to get me to walk away.

Just my opinion.
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This is the main reason I'm still trying to work with the guy is because of the transfer case as well as it having a D44 rear and upgraded gears.

Yes, this is the Yellow one with the Atlas tc.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:02 PM   #8
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Is this going to be a daily driver or toy? If I remember right it has a salvage title? Nice transfer case, but high $$$ for its flaws.
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Is this going to be a daily driver or toy? If I remember right it has a salvage title? Nice transfer case, but high $$$ for its flaws.
Yes on the rebuilt title.
It's going to be a semi-daily driver. I only live 10 minutes from work so I'm not going to be putting in much of a commute but until I get everything sorted out to pay my insurance, It'll probably sit for maybe a month or so (only driven every once and a while) which will give me time to get it worked on/work on it.

Also, add on the TeraFlex suspension to the transfer case.

The ball is in the guy's court now. We called the Ford shop and had a ticket made out so ANY mechanic can check it out. All he has to do is get it over there and we have a deal. Just want to make sure the frame isn't bent. He said $7,600 is his BOTTOM number even if it does have problems.
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Haven't seen the other thread, but how savvy are you under the hood? You could differ a lot $$$ by doing it yourself. Especially the radiator.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:33 AM   #11
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If I were you, I'd put 6000 in an envelope, and hold it up. Tell him "There's $6000 in here, do we have a deal?" People have a very hard time turning away cash when it's in front of their face. When I bought mine, the guy wanted 3800, I gave him 2400 cash. I brought an extra 500 bucks with me just in case he said no way to my original offer, but he took it with no questions asked.

It's worth a shot, the worst he can say is no.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:20 PM   #12
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He would probably say no. He just flips cars and said this was his lowest. Also, I think I've pretty much pissed him off because I'm finding this stuff out and I don't want to lose it.

If it were someone just trying to sell it. I would probably do that.

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