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Old 07-15-2010, 01:19 PM   #1
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what to expect from a CJ.....

My cousin came across a 70's CJ he might be interested in buying. Sitting for two years, needs battery, has fiberglass body, runs great, just needs some juice. My cousin is a mechanic by trade so he'll be able to deal with pretty much anything the CJ throws at him.
But my..or our question is, what are some of the "typical" CJ things he should look out for or be ready to deal with?

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Look for how well it was put together in general with the new body, then check the frame, spring hangers, and all the stuff you would normally check.

Myself unless it was going to be a street jeep I would not get a fiber body jeep. For trail use there are too many times the fiber has pulled off the frame and people have gotten hurt or killed.

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Old 07-15-2010, 01:31 PM   #3
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I'd look for something else. Fiber glass is for corvettes.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:38 PM   #4
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But for 1500 a good running CJ seems kind of worth it no? Fiberglass or not.
Besides it will probably see 75% street..25% off roading, light-moderate trails.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:42 PM   #5
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1500 is good for anything with two axles that runs.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:34 PM   #6
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exactly what I was thinking...Especially a Jeep
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:52 PM   #7
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having a cj is like riding a mule. they are uncomfortable and stubborn, but if you can get it to work it'll get you through anything.
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My 1972 CJ5 has a fiberglass tub, but fenders, hood, grill, and windshield frame, all steel. I do all kinds of offroading with it, including jeep jamborees...no problems. Just depends on how it is mounted and maintained. In fact, my tub is at least 25 years old from 4wd. If it is a 1976 and up, the frames go bad in the back, just like a yj. If it is pre-76, the frames are not boxed, they are open C-channel, and are known to bend and be twisted, but they last longer. Also, pre 76 are usually narrow track, 76 and up are wide track axles. Stay away from the 4cyl. Worse than the current 4 bangers in wranglers. Mine has the original v8, manual steering, and manual brakes...and I love to here people comment on what I do with it. I like it that way.

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