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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-22-2001, 05:49 PM
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J20 Should I buy?

So I saw a a 1980 J20 for sale in Southern California, it says it has a new V8 and auto transmission in it. The clock said 190k on it (seams like a lot). It looks like it's been through hell (plenty of rust). But it looks like it has a D44 or smaller in the front, and maybe a 60 rear or somthing preaty large. It looked like it had a little lift on it. There were blocks in the back, and some lift company shocks all around, and some larger then stock tires, wasn't really paying attention the size, 31's maybe? I don't really know anything about J trucks, so help me out here, I have an XJ with a 6" lift that I use for my daily driver, and some mild-hard wheeling. I love Jeeps, and I would like to have a J truck that I could A. use as an occasional drive, B. nice to have a big bed for transporting things that wont fit in the Cherokee, and C. I wouldn't really care about it as much as I do about my beloved Cherokee. (ie if I rolled it, it wouldn't be so bad, considering I've already rolled one Cherokee!)

So anyhow, it said 3,500 dollars on it. It seams like a lot to me, especially since the mileage (though the "new" engine/tranny makes be feel better about that) and the rust. It could use a paint job, but since it's going to be a beater when I go wheeling, I'll just get it earl shiebed or somthing .

Thanks for your help. I don't know how often I check this so, if ya could email with any hints, tips or suggestions.
My email is:
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Oh, and sorry for the 10million word essay

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-22-2001, 07:17 PM
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Re: J20 Should I buy?

Dear Jeeper, looks like for 3500.00 the truck in mind is a can of worms waiting to be open. Keep searching and be wise as to what is a good deal. I always had CJ's and wanted a Full size Jeep. I kept looking reading the local papers and here in Texas we have aweekly mag sold at Circle K's which are like 7-11's and it is called Auto Trader, Truck Traders, they always carry good deals on FSJ's. My dream deal came in the form of a 81 J-10.360c.i.,727,np208,44frt,amc20rear. First glance the truck was total olive drab missing pass. window and flatter than a lowrider but what sold me on it was the fact that the owner was the local Jeep dealership top ASE mechanic and had rebuilt the 360 and only had about 8000 miles. It also had Fact. air and power windows. Oh and the price of 900.00 was not bad! I talk the owner into 700.00 because I needed to get an insurance binder to be able to move it home. After new lift kits frt./rear, SOA to the front end and removing paint from the grill I have installed a set of 15x12 eagles and 39" Mickeys and the list goes on. This was possible because the foundation was low price and did'nt have too many problems. So take your time and look carefully. I'am a ASE cert. heavy truck diesel mechanic and feel free to email or reply any time for advice, good luck Jeeper over and out-BorderBandit!!!

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