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Old 06-01-2019, 02:20 PM
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Looking at a YJ in need of a lot of work

For those of you that have restored these YJ’s, what are we talking as far as overall expense. Looking at one that runs (well currently not starting, but has started) but could prob use new engine/tranny, paint job with rust repair, possibly electric, etc... He’s at $1,500 on price. I know there isn’t an exact total cost due to not knowing what problems there may be, but at $1,500 to purchase, is it a risk worth taking? I’m not looking to make it a show Jeep. I would want it for weekends/summer fun...

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These Jeeps are money pits even in the best of circumstances, my advice would be if your questioning it keep looking.

There is one out there that will tick all the boxes for you, you just need to be patient and expand your search area.

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Old 06-01-2019, 02:55 PM   #3
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I wouldn't go so far as throwing an engine, tranny, and frame at a YJ to use for weekend fun because for the 5k neighborhood you could get one ready to play. Why would you want to throw 10k and a whole year of weekends away before play?
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Pass! It's smarter to spend more money on a jeep in better condition. When you buy a cheap junker intending to restore it you will spend far more and have a lot more work involved in getting a junker back into decent condition. A friend of mine just tried this with a rusted out 92 that runs well with zero mechanical problems. We have been working on it for the past year and he has about $8000 in it and the frame has more patches in it than a quilt.



It's a strong runner and a fun project but in the end even he knows he should have bought a better jeep to begin with. He is currently looking for another YJ with a clean frame and tub to swap all of the upgraded parts onto and sell the junker off.
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Depending on the build, 2.5/4.0/4.2, engine, tranny, and transfer case, gear ratios in the axles, Hardtop, full doors, etc. $1500 Might not be a bad investment for donor parts....If you know what you're looking for.
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Depending on the build, 2.5/4.0/4.2, engine, tranny, and transfer case, gear ratios in the axles, Hardtop, full doors, etc. $1500 Might not be a bad investment for donor parts....If you know what you're looking for.
Agreed. I have bought a number of YJ’s in the $1500-$2000 range for exactly that purpose. A couple that I drove home.
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Thank you guys for the comments. A lot of it makes sense! I don’t know if the engine/tranny needs replaced I was more looking worse case scenario. It’s the 4L 6 cyl. He has already replaced brakes, drums, etc... When I asked how many miles he said odometer is stuck on 150,000. That’s concerning to me... I don’t mind a project, but def don’t wanna be in it for $10,000. I haven’t seen the frame and didn’t think about that as well. If it’s completely rusted I would pass for sure.
In a perfect world, I would want to get it painted, new tires/wheels for starters then just work on her over time.... obviously make sure it’s mechanically safe..
thanks again for the comments. I need to do some more digging on it and then decide to go for it or walk away.
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For 1500 I'd take it. A paint job could be had for cheap. I did mine myself for less than $250 to include all the supplies. Soft top could be found on craigslist and so could a used engine. I'd offer 1250. I did my restoration

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