need advice on buying a \"yj\"
A buddy of mine just bought two 1987 cj-7 jeeps. I went boggin' with him and his wife - and now i want a 4x4. Before I slap down cash, I need some advice from experianced 4 wheeler's. I want to get a cj-7 jeep like my buddy-so it will be easy to work on- but I don't really care, I just want a boggin' machine that will not be street legal and won't cost much. I can get a (lifted)ford '78 4x4 pickup standard trans for $1500 or a (lifted) '90 dodge ram automatic 4x4 for $2500 or a 90-ish jeep "yj" -(if there is such a thing) 4x4 2.5L 4cyl for $2500.
the first two are in good running order, but don't have big tires even though they are jacked up 3" to 4". The jeep has a short wheel base, but no brakes and is in a state od dis-repair - but it runs and has boggin' tires on it allready. All I want to do is go boggin' in the mud for as cheap as possible, but still be able to keep up with my buddie's cj-7 with super swampers. (no-one wants to be left behind when you could be out having fun!)
My question is this:
Should I buy the Ford (which is the cheapest, but has the longest wheel base) or the Ram (which has a big block 8 in it, but it is an automatic) or the jeep (which is only 4 cyln. but has no brakes) or should I hold out and keep looking? The max I want to spend is $3,000.00 (4x4 and tires)
-Just getting into this sport, so any and all advice is welcome