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Old 07-29-2015, 10:46 AM
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94 YJ is it worth restoring?

Hello all, I have been trolling for quite some time and finally joined today. I have always wanted a Jeep and the time has come to possibly pull the trigger on one in the near future

I have been looking for a while for a solid platform for a frame off restoration mainly for the right CJ7 to come along. My goal is a nice summer fun vehicle lifted with a 6 or 8 cyl. No serious off road intended.

Good thing is my wife wants one more than I do so no fight there.

I have found a 94 with the 4.0 and automatic, from the pics it is all stock , it has 170k on it . He wants 1500 and may take less. He said it recently started stalling and he wants out of it.

Is this a good platform to build off of or am I better waiting for the right CJ? Anything I should look for if I go look at it?

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The unfortunate thing about the YJ is it's the red headed step child of the Wrangler family. You could put the same amount of time and money into an older CJ and end up having a higher resale value than on a YJ.

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At $1500 it's a steal for a YJ but prices vary by region.

Rust, rust, rust is the biggest problem to look for floor pans and frame.

As far as mechanicals for that price really not a worry.

Best ones you find to build are pure stick never been messed with

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I may just buy it , get it running properly and flip it at that price also. Then have a few extra bucks to sink into the "right" one.

Seems as $1500 wranglers are rare and there is a couple bucks to be made if its not a candidate for my project
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Yeah, I loved my YJ, awesome Jeep.
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If your going to resale for a profit I'd look for a CJ, but if you want a daily driver for you or your wife, or even a weekend cruiser, I'd go with a YJ. Just be careful about rust. I'd look for a manual transmission if I were you though, because where's the fun in owning an old vehicle, if you cant shift it yourself.
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I agree Earl, a manual 6 cyl is my choice if I am getting a yj/tj.

I am looking to build one to keep so resale is not a big issue to me. I want to make sure I do it right the first time and not get halfway thru a resto and want something different
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I'd go for a YJ then. It just seems to be a friendlier enviroment, I mean heaters, AC, radio, some of that stuff probably isn't doing very well in most CJs.
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Go for it. I'm just finishing restoring mine ( frame on) and it turned out pretty good. I learned a lot and most of the money spent was for new aftermarket parts and paint. I'm still sorting out a few pieces but should be back on the road soon. As far as resale value, I was real surprised at what they (YJ's) are going for here in TX. I don't plan on selling mine but boy do I get asked a lot.
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$1500? I'll buy it if it's not rusted to pieces...

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