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Old 01-13-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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1979 CJ7 vs. newer TJ

Hey guys-
I am new to the forum and had a question. I currently own a 1979 CJ7, the tub is rusting all over, including the body mount sections. Was looking for any advice anyone might be able to offer, trying to answer the question if it is worth putting so much cash into the CJ ( will need body tub, gas tank, possibly fenders, and should have the frame sandblasted and painted if the tub is off) or should I sell it and buy a newer (2004ish) TJ and save some of the expense? Engine and drive train are in good shape, all stock yet with the 6cyl engine. Didn't know if the CJ has better drive train components than a TJ, or are they about the same?
Thanks,Alan.

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Old 01-13-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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i like the classics but try posting this in the tj forum

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Old 01-14-2013, 08:05 AM   #3
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Sounds like the CJ will be a lot of work.
I'd put on a YJ tub; clean, repair and coat the frame while it's apart.

Are you prepared to undertake this project?
I did one like this, including complete rewiring. It was my first big project.
It took me about 75 days total to get it driving again, working on it alone most evenings until 11 pm, and weekends.

If you're not prepared to commit to a project of this size, you'll be better off with a TJ (look for a good used Rubicon)
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:30 PM   #4
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Sounds like the CJ will be a lot of work.
I'd put on a YJ tub; clean, repair and coat the frame while it's apart.

Are you prepared to undertake this project?
I did one like this, including complete rewiring. It was my first big project.
It took me about 75 days total to get it driving again, working on it alone most evenings until 11 pm, and weekends.

If you're not prepared to commit to a project of this size, you'll be better off with a TJ (look for a good used Rubicon)
I would love to get a CJ in the future. But i would keep my TJ. I think serve completely different purposes. I use my TJ as a DD tho. It guess it depends on your situation
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:33 PM   #5
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Rebuild the CJ. I have a 2006 TJ rubicon and love it. But i spent an entire year restoring a 74 cj5 for my dad. And the CJ puts a smile on my face the entire time I drive it anywhere. The CJ has a feel to it that my TJ does not. Flat metal dash, slow shifting truck 4 speed, huge three spoke wheel I love it. Jeep CJ's are becoming very valuable. So, my vote is rebuild yours! Or, keep it and Work on it while also getting A TJ rubicon to drive as well.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
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I had a TJ for a few years and it drove great. Was dependable and had all the amenities of a modern car. Then I rebuilt a CJ and even though it doesn't have everything that a TJ has, I still love driving it considerably more than the TJ. I rebuilt the CJ from the ground up and it is a part of me now. Granted I have a JK as the family mobile, but the CJ is what turns heads and makes me feel like I own the road.

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