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Re: What do I need to look for in a jeep?
You'll get more for your money if you buy a Full-Size Jeep or a Mid-Size Jeep. The short-wheel-base (SWB) rigs are a high-demand vehichle and carry a higher price. They are also more likely to be beat to death by the time you get one. Check out what sort of J-10 or pre-84 Cherokee you can get for $3k. I bet you it will have a 360 V8, a durable trans, and 1/2-ton axles. The mid-size Jeeps (87-01) will have the same (or better) drivetrain as the SWB but be thousands less, and are less likely to be beat on (don't even consider an '84-86. For that matter, you shouldn't bother with anything less than a '91 in the mid-size or Wrangler areas).
For a little info... my first Jeep was/is an '89 YJ Wrangler. 2nd worst Jeep ever built ('87 Wrangler is #1). Crappy Peugot transmission, crappy carb system, crappy rear axle, odd spline count for the x-case, crappy gearing in the axles, crappt/tacky plastic dash...I could probably go on.
It's a great platform to build from though, and I'm swapping in almost everything from ::drumroll please:: a full-size Jeep. 360 v8, HD auto-tranny, HD x-case, D44 axles (1/2 ton where stock SWB axles are 1/4 ton). It would have been wiser of me to buy a FSJ to start with and slap a Wrangler body on it [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]