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Re: Thoughts of selling the CJ
I hate to see people get discouraged when they run into problems.. As trailisman said, you generally won't get what you paid for it(I will refer to this again in a moment).. It seems the main three issues you are having right now are
1 - Electrical problems. I have had these too, but they have become few and far between. I have been slowly replacing & re-wiring my jeep for the last few months, and everything is beginning to work out well, and cost almost nothing.. The biggest thing is to start replacing your ground wires.. Start tracing them and make sure the *ALL* your ground wires have clean connections.. This will make a world of difference.. Or if you don't have the time to do this, then look into a Painless wiring system, and just re-do the entire thing..
2 - Your full roll cage. Take it out, cut out the main hoops, and rework it from there. Your options are endless. You will already have a bunch of spare pieces, you may have to buy some more tube, but the majority of it will already be there.
3 - 'Possible engine noise'. My engine has been making a *LOT* of noise since shortly after I got it. It's still running 2 years later, just burns a little oil. I spent a bit of money and bought another vehicle with the engine that I wanted (86 Grand Waggie) pulled & rebuilt the engine. Sold a bunch of other pieces, and have recouped that money with not too much work. Should have the engine in within the next month.. Problem solved..
Before you decide to abandon the project, consider what you will loose (I told you I would get back to this). How much will you lose on the sale (of course you may come out ahead if you find the right buyer). How much time have you spent fixing it up, and are you willing to give all that up?
I do agree that a M715 would be very cool, but you will probably see issues 1 & 3 with most old vehicles anyway..
Just my thoughts on the subject..