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Re: what to get?
Dude you gots a lot to learn. Definetally pick up a couple jeep books and start reading.
Here's the deatails about the different jeep designations (not 100% accurate i'm sure)
MB/ MA early military jeeps made by willys
cj5 (produced from 55-83 made by willys, kaiser, and amc)
cj6 (produced from around 55-74) it's a cj5 but with 20" added to the middle of the tub and wheel base
cj7 produced by amc '76-86
YJ Wrangler produced from '87-95
TJ Wrangler produced for '97-current
XJ Cherokee produced from '84-01
MJ Comanchee pick up version of the cherokee produced till '91
ZJ grand cherokee made from '93?-98?
WJ current grand cherokee
If i were you i'd pick up a '91-'95 YJ with the 4.0 engine and 5 speed or auto (depending on what you prefer). I'd say they are the best build up buys, they are getting harder to find in some parts though are still plentiful and have strong frames, bodys that arn't completely rusted out yet, 4.0 is a kicking motor that's fuel injected and ax15 5 speed or tf999 auto are pretty decent trannies. The earlier cj's are nice though they have major rust and frame streangth issues and the early yj's and '76-86 cj's have the carbed 258, 2.5L or 304 v8's that are ok but the fuel injected 4.0 is much nicer and having fuel injection makes wheeling on angles and non issues, the '87-90 yj's also have the pouget 5 speed which is a good boat anchor though it sucks as a tranny and they blow up weekly. That's my point of view i'm sure others will have different views. Defientally ask a ton of questions on this board. I'd post info about possible rigs on this board and have the guys tell you what they think about it (you might not always like what they say though it's usually good advice). One more thing about buying a 4x4 or jeep is stay away form ones that have been wheeled and modified. I know i wouldn't want to buy a jeep that was wheeled like i wheel my jeep. I push it hard every time i go out and put a ton of stress on it. I would stay away from anything that's been modified or lifted. Some people have bought lifted and modified trucks and have had no problems but that's not usually the case. Usually these trucks are being sold for a reason. I also like to know what parts are on my rig and if you buy a rig with a swaped in engine or custom something you have no clue what was done to it, how it was done (could be real poor craftsmanship), what parts were used (could be the cheepest and worst parts known to man) or what to order parts for when you have to fix it.