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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-29-2001, 01:42 AM
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which jeep to buy?

im sure this will spark some debate, but thats not what im tryin to do. ive decided to get a jeep to rollover and tear up before i do it to my $30K truck. ive been lookin at ads, but what are the advantages/disadvantages to the various models(cj7, cj5, etc.)also, i dont want a 4cyl. from what i gather, the inline 6 is standard? probly lookin at early 80s models. ive also seen a number of jeeps with a 304 v8. any suggestions? all help will be appreciated. this will be an off road primarily vehicle....excepting to drive around and show off now and then. it wont be a daily driver. thanks in advance

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Re: which jeep to buy?

I only have one thing to say really and that would be to get a cj7.
I've had a 5 and a 7 and the seven is much nicer to "live" with.
Hardtops are nice too!

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Re: which jeep to buy?

There hardtops for CJ5's, they are just unglier then sin, and hard to find!

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Re: which jeep to buy?

Look for a 1980 CJ-7 then, they had the 304, the T-176, stronger front hubs, and the D300. Don't discount the '77-'79 though, those were also good years with the T-18.

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Re: which jeep to buy?

With your eventually modified truck, since you already have a diesel longwheel-base, i would make a small strictly off roader. CJ-5, 304 or 258, and play with tranny/transfer combinations. Think lots of low gears. By the time you get that thing together you should have a pretty firm grasp on all the inside stuff.
The CJ-7 offers a bit more space, and is definitely cooler looking, but you have plenty space in the truck, and you should be able to piece together a nice rig. No hard-top!!! (doors and sift-top are extremely negotiable as well) That's what your truck is for. The CJ-5 should be fun.


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Re: which jeep to buy?

I would say buy the best Jeep that you can find for the money you want to spend,I don't know any body who doesn't like thier jeep no matter what model it is. The only reason that I can think of to tell you to stay away from a certain model is that if you not good at fabricating you might want to stay away from a CJ-5 because they don't make as much stuff for these as they do for CJ-7's and YJ's.

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Re: which jeep to buy?

I think the '91 or newer Wranglers are good starting points. You get a great engine with the 4.0 High Output, the AX-15 is a good transmission and the NP-231 is a tough x-case. There are plenty of lift kits available for it, and the wider (and much stronger) frame makes axle swaps that much easier. The tubs are galvanized or something which makes them more rust resistant as well.

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Re: which jeep to buy?

Just my 2 cents:

Early Jeeps: Great for restos and fun.
CJ5's through 1975: Great rigs, especially '72-'75, but hard to get hard tops for, and other body goodies.
Late CJ5s: For tight trails, absolutely great.
CJ7's: Way nicer on the highway with more room than the CJ5.
YJ's: Much "tamer" jeep. Good especially if you put on a CJ Grill to get rid of the square headlights (I'll be hearing from H8 now!)
TJ's: Tamest on road jeep. Just awfully pricey!

Now YJ, careful what you say about them ugly hardtops for CJ5s! I've got one of the old metal coffins, and it's great! Nobody asks to borrow my Jeep! There is a guy making fiberglass hardtops for old CJ5s, and they look REAL good.

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