I posted this here because I'm not in a position to buy a new vehicle right this moment, just testing the water.
I've always loved the CJ8's, what's the going rate for a CJ8, any year. I know this is a loaded question and price will be based on location, condition and urgency of seller to get rid of the vehicle. But what's a ball park range?
Also is it possible to put a Wagoneer drive line (360/727/229) in a CJ8? Is it long enough?
My parents just bought one. 81 model with 134k miles. 4.2/4spd. AC Jeep. Hard top and doors. Bikini top.
As far as rust. Couple of small holes in the floor boards on both sides. About the size of the drain holes in the tub.
Mechanical issues. Missing one of the lock out hubs. Bushings missing on sway bar bracket and links.
Electrical issues. Headlights don't work, wipers don't work. and not really sure what else electrical does not work. Like I told my dad last night, electrical work is above my pay grade. That is left up to my brother.
What I have done so far. Completely rebuilt the front axle less new gears. So basically I replaced every bearing and seal in the front axle. New brake pads and calipers. Rear axle was fine.
Front spring shackle bushings where pretty much gone. Body bushings cracked. So we added a 3 1/2" Superlift springs, had them off another Jeep(YJ Springs), Replaced all the body bushings. Pulled motor, new gaskets, oil pump, timing chain and gears and new water pump. Went with a MC2100 carb.
New shocks to work with springs. 33x12.5x15 Duratrac tires.
Dad bought it for $4000.00 He will have a total of $7000.00-7500.00 in it when we are done. I don't think this is going to be a bad price for basically a refurbished, don't really want to say rebuilt, CJ8 that is going to ride, drive and off road very nicely.
Located in Lubbock TX where Jeeps just bring mad money down here.
Maybe that will give you a bit of idea.
In regards to the driveline you have a couple things to check. The manual trans have a longer bell on the waggy's which can't be used on CJ's. Id guess the autos are different but may not be. Always want to confirm correct front axle drop. CJ's are passenger...I think some waggy's are driver.
I'd use a Dana 300 case which should bolt right up.
It's red too.
It may be me, your $$ and labor, but that's a lot of work for 4K.
Love the scramblers, especially with the half top. Good luck on the build.
Cj8's are pretty high. They made less because nobody liked them. It is expensive to restore. If you aren't wanting to spend that much a cj7 is a better option. If you don't want that much time then look for a nice one for around $10k.
It's red too.
John.. I really don't think 4k was a bad price for this 8. Body and frame in good shape. 6cyl with air is another plus. Like I said it is for my parents who are in their 60's and I want to make sure there are no problems with it. They will keep it up in Ruidoso, 4 hour drive from here, at their cabin in the mountains and I sure don't want anything to happen to them or the jeep. Would really suck if it broke down on them out on a logging trail or something. So a lot of what I am doing is just preventive maintenance on the old jeep. Plus I really enjoy building stuff. I own a wrecking yard and it gets pretty monotnis(sp?) taking vehicles apart day in and day out every week. So me and my employees are having a lot of fun with this one and it also builds moral.
Plus I really don't think having 7000-7500 in a Scrambler that is pretty much been rebuilt is a bad investment. And as far as my time and labor, working on these things are a great stress reliever after a long day dealing with customers. Beats the hell out of a membership at a gym LOL
Thanks for all the replies. I like pickup trucks and SUV's and I've owned several Wagoneers and have always been interested in the J-trucks. I'm thinking after I finish my old truck and my JK, a scrambler may be next.
I asked about the waggy driveline because I need at least one vehicle that's an automatic in case I break a leg one day or if a friend or family member needs to borrow a vehicle and can't drive stick, I'm still covered.
I had looked long and hard for a decent Scrambler. It wasnt an easy thing to come across. Though not all that popular in their hey day ( '81 - '86 ) they have become VERY popular with the " love those older jeeps " crowd. Their now very collectable which just drives up the value. I FINELY found one at a classic car dealer in Prescott AZ who had one on consigment. I paid a decent price for a CJ-8 that is in extreamly good condition. Other then a few very minor issues, like a temp gauge that doesnt like to cooperate and no working radio ( told you these things were very minor ) being from the desert area all its life and well maintained to boot, its in above average shape in all areas. It has the 4.2 258 with the SR-4 trans. Dana 300 transfer case, dana 30 front, and AMC 20 rear axles and both work flawlessley without leaks. Engine does have the old carter BBD carb, which has had its issues over the years from what Iv read, but this once seems to be running in what Id say good condtition. On the coldest of mornings ( I live in up state NY ) its takes a couple turns of the key and a pump or two, but she fires up, and once warm, purrs like a kitten with perfect idle. Alittle sun fade on the red / copper matalic paint, but thats the desert sun for you. Nothing bad. But like I had said, it was a LONG hard find... I looked at MANY others from around the country that were going for outragaous money that werent in nearly the condtion mine is in... So you have KEEP looking... their out there... I paid under $ 10,000. Iv seen alot of beat up ones out there for well over that price range. Dont settle for just anything... try to stay with stock units as ones that have been built up have usually cost the builder a fortune and they try to recoupe those BIG bucks in their price... Pay a decent and fair price... and build YOURS up if you wish. Im leaving mine near stock. I want that SCRAMBLER ride, and look Just as it came back then... and I got it. Best wishes... Colin. NY
its all about condition and luck finding one.
i passed on a lot of rust buckets. i think it will cost more in the long run if you buy a rotted one. i got lucky found mine for the same price as those BUT! it was from colorado. rust but not much
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