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Old 02-20-2012, 08:31 AM   #1
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cj-3b starting to research

hi all, i just put my 05 for sale. and i'm starting to research on what'll replace her. I'd like to get into a flat fender. i'm not sure on pros and cons of the different years, how easy is it to get or match up parts such as axles, transfer case, transmission, engine. any help would be fantastic.

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Old 02-20-2012, 08:55 AM   #2
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What is your end result? Trail rig?

'76-'86 CJ5, CJ7 and CJ8 are the most commmon cj's and have the largest selection of aftermarket and replacement parts. However I don't consider these to be flat fender models.

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Old 02-20-2012, 09:03 AM   #3
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mostly a driver on the weekends. but some light trail. been in mud before not my style, fun to watch though. it would be just some outings on old logging trails and such.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:02 AM   #4
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Well here are some important dates. This is all factory stuff.

Disc brakes on front not factory until '77 (option in '76)
V8 til around '80 (started around '72?)
Sway bars in '77
CJ7 was from '76 to '86
Wide track axles '82 up ( about 4" wider than narrow track (76-81)
Dana 300 ('81/'82)

You have a rubi unlimited now. Awesome jeeps. My recommendation will be a CJ7 with a 258 and a 4 or 5 speed and widetrack axles.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:07 AM   #5
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yeah its a nice rig for sure, but selling to clear up some bills. i work from home so i don't need two rigs, and the wife has a xj we're working on slowly.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:09 AM   #6
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i like the look of the old flat fenders, its just cool. However i was originally thinking about going to a cj8.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:12 AM   #7
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True 'flat fender' CJs are quite old, and because of that they're usually a bear to maintain and the ride quality/power is rather poor. People get into jeeps like that because they have a passion for the history. If your goal is a classic jeep to have a good time cruising around town in with light trail use those would be a good fit for sure, just be aware of the cost and time needed to keep something like that up. If you're not really that into spending your weekends tinkering with a 55 year old engine, then what Dempsey said is also great fun. We've both got 76 CJ7s, and have nothing but great things to say about them. (except his is much farther along and I get jeep envy every time I see his profile pic)

What CJ were you thinking about getting? Or what year range at least? If you aren't too familiar with them, take a second and read the Wikipedia page on 'Jeep CJ', it lays out the differences pretty well.
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i was originally thinking about a cj8 because of the wheelbase. but i really like the idea of tooling around town in an old flat fender as well. this is still very early in the what the heck to buy stage.
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i was originally thinking about a cj8 because of the wheelbase. but i really like the idea of tooling around town in an old flat fender as well. this is still very early in the what the heck to buy stage.
Oh I understand. I research a ton myself. Just be prepared that a CJ8 in good condition will be very close to what your rubi brings in price.
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[QUOTE=CJPete;2052495] If you're not really that into spending your weekends tinkering with a 55 year old engine, then what Dempsey said is also great fun. We've both got 76 CJ7s, and have nothing but great things to say about them. (except his is much farther along and I get jeep envy every time I see his profile pic)
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