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Old 03-30-2018, 04:11 PM
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1993 Jeep Wrangler Sahara (Buying Advice)

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I found a 1993 YJ Sahara for $2,800. It's 6cyl, 4x4, automatic with 134k miles. It comes with a hard top and they say that there are no known issues.

The owner has had her for 10 years. I was advised that the frame had issues, so they cut out the bad spots and welded in high quality patch pieces. I'll have to ask about the floor boards.

The body has a couple of holes. I haven't done body work but I'm not opposed to learning.

I'm looking for a Jeep to drive around town during the summer and slowly turn it into a rig that can battle medium trails.

I have my own thoughts about it but I'd like to know if you believe the Jeep is priced right. Of course, I'd give it a thorough check if I were to see it in person.

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With out seeing photos of the interior, frame patch work, and general undercarriage it's hard to give an opinion.

If I were looking for a YJ the things I would look for that sometimes aren't apparent are as follows...
  • Frame rot near the shackles
  • Rot near the rear cross member
  • Floorboard rust, also near the mounting points for the front of the rollbars
  • Jerry rigged wiring below the dash
  • Windshield rust
  • Spotty suspension install

Once you peek at these areas other stuff will come to light.
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Just by looking at the pics provided, if I were to bid that repair, I would replace both sides of the tub. I don't see any reason to patch them. That Jeep needs two complete sides.

That said, I would expect to find rust holes in the floor, rotted body mounts and perhaps other structural damage.

If it runs out OK and the frame repairs are done properly, I'd say it's priced around what's reasonable.

Just remember, you can't make ice cream out of horse manure. Well, you can, but you end up with horse manure flavored ice cream.
Once you start chasing rust, one of three things happen.
1- You give up and sell the Jeep
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2- You become an expert at replacing and refinishing rusted panels
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3- You do a half way patch up job and the rust comes back through the first patch before you finish the last patch.

Read IRQs post over and over and follow his advice.

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