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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 03:13 PM
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Help with buying a CJ7 (Worth?)

Hey Guys,

I am looking at buying a CJ7 and I wanted some input in regards to what you think this vehicle is worth. Here is the info I have so far.

1977 Jeep CJ7

Corvette V8 350 Rebuilt less than 30 k ago
Adjustable Electric fuel injection by HOLLEY
New electric fan

Automatic T400 Hi 2x4 hi 4x4-lo4x4
B&M Mega Shifter
Dana 44's front and rear 3.73 Gears
Limited Slip (rear)
Locking Hubs.

Rancho 9000's with extended Shock mounts
Front Shackle conversion
33'' BFG Tires, Like new Comes with full size spare
It has YJ springs and it has a lift... I need to get more details on this part.

Steering servo
Full Hard top (including metal doors)
Bikini Top
Full Role Cage
Safety center console
Stereo cassette

Vehicule conditon:
Very little rust, small paint (rust) bubbles under the door frames, 2 dings in the hood. The floor is very solid as all of this Jeep.

Here are some pictures... I am trying to get some more.

I appreciate any input on what you think a fair price would be assuming everything is in good working order.

Thanks in advance,
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 05:13 PM
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Those links don't work. It goes to geocities and says, "page not found". Maybe, they sold it already. L8r,

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That's depends on a lot of things like the condition of the drivetrain/engine, who did the swap on the engine/axles/lift/etc. It is easy to do a half ass job on some of this stuff and end up with crap. I would advise taking it in and having the engine checked (compression, etc) or doing it yourself.

how was it driven? was is a show jeep or an offroad jeep. It sounds like mostly show (no lockers) so that is good in the sense that the tranny, Xcase are probably in good shape.

I would be concerned about rust-look around the wheel wells and the interior where the along the edges above the fenders. I looked at a jeep that had "new" paint but they had basically covered all the rust along those edges with putty then painted over it (you could see bubbling). rust is like iceberg-what you see is the tip.

anyway, I'd say if it checked out maybe 10-12K??

for what its worth
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 08:38 PM
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That depends a lot on what it is worth to you. It sounds OK, But any CJ takes work. The other thing, maybe the big thing, is who is going to work on it. How comfortable are you working on this, cuz it isn't gaonna be easy to find a mechanic who will work on something this modified. How much are you willing to work and tune the EFI? What if there is a problem with the engine harness? How much are all of these mods documents, so you know what you do to fix stuff and don't have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what the PO did.

Are you comfortable with what you are looking at? The rig sounds nice to me.

I always look to ebay for aprox value:

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I don't think it is considered a show jeep. I definitely have seen some show jeeps and they are running anywhere from $9,000 to $19,000 depending on what they have done. This one has seen some off road and has a few minor problems like the gas gauge doesn't work and the RPM gauge does not work... both which I can fix.

Basically I think I can get it for about $2,900. Seems like a good price if everything is in good working order... other than what I have already mentioned. I know if I were to price it based on the parts that modified it then I easily see $2900... almost new 33" tires, wheels, Corvette 350 engine, TH400, Holley Fuel Injection, Dana 44's etc..

I don't believe it would go for what you mentioned, because it isn't a show jeep... and in all honesty I don't want a show jeep... I want one I can go 4 wheeling in and not worry about loosing to much money as I ding it up.

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I think for 2900 it looks like a pretty good deal. As long as it runs well. Is that cage tied into the frame? If the cage is tied into the frame I would say take it home with you. That would lead me to believe that the PO knew what he/she was doing. And the jeep is probably put together pretty well. Any one who would go to the effort to put in a full cage probably wouldn't half ass much of the drivetrain. But those are not words to live by.
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If it's the setup your looking for then it's a good deal. It costs more to build a trail rig than it does to buy someone elses problems. (I mean that in a loving way, all CJ's are one thing after another, that is why we like them so much.) You are right, if you started over and tried to build that jeep, to the point it is now, you would be way over $2900. But is it the setup that you want. It seems to me that it takes alot more money to build a trail rig that what it will ever be worth to someone else, but if you build your own the you can have everything exactly the way you want it. Always remember, it's only money!
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1. Yes the Jeep would be worth the money,
2. IF it fits your needs, and
3. Bank account.
4. I'd buy it... if I had a job!
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As per my previous post, that's a really good deal if it checks out with no major problems. Also like someone said, if you feel comfortable working on it, because all CJ's end up with problems:P
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