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NDWRANGLER 10-10-2008 03:38 PM

Looking at an older CJ
so i'm completely new to jeeps looking to get myself a daily driver project vehicle. i found a wrangler with a chevy V8 in it not sure what size over all the vehicle is not in that bad of shape the owners want $1000 for it just throwin a thread out there to see what some people with experience with the vehicles think about my idea.

Thanks ahead of time for any advice

jpdocdave 10-10-2008 04:58 PM

welcome to the forum. the title says older cj, but you saw a wrangler? $1000 for a running jeep is great. check for rust, a lot of them are rotted out. let us know what year you are looking at, and we'll help ya with what to look for.

NDWRANGLER 10-16-2008 01:02 PM

k so i got a phone call today from the guy and it has a 283 chevy small block and the transmission case is cracked and he will take 750 for it. It is rusted out but i'm not to worried about it because i went to school for autobody and have the tools and know how to replace the pretty much flat sheet metal it already has 31 inch tries and we just got about 8 inches of rain up here and he left it sitting outside and i went and checked it out the day after and the soft top did not leak at all

jpdocdave 10-16-2008 01:39 PM

check the frame, they tend to rot out towards the back and at the body mounts.

NDWRANGLER 10-16-2008 10:08 PM

thanks i'm going to look at it tom i have the money and plan to buy it i found a tranny i can have for free so if other than the frame being rusted out what else should i look for i'm plannin on redoing the whole thing including a 350 small block. anything else i'm mechanically smart so i'm not worried about fixing things as they go wrong to

jpdocdave 10-17-2008 09:08 AM

just make sure the thing is worth the work, if the frame is rotted it usually isn't. check the body out real well, floor boards, rockers, windshield frame. beware of diamond plate covering, usually hiding something.

Piet 11-04-2008 06:24 PM

Look for frame rot by the spring shackle mounts.
If therre is.... walk away.... unless you love to weld..... alot.... and alot

lost 11-04-2008 06:30 PM


Originally Posted by Piet (Post 279373)
Look for frame rot by the spring shackle mounts.


and check the body mounts

jgano23 11-04-2008 09:03 PM

CJ's are freakin great. i love mine it takes a lot of abuse on the trail. FYI CJ's are notorious for the guages not working, especially the fuel guage. just keep that in mind when you are looking at it cause you'll probably have to fix 'em.

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