Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Logically yes this is a good idea for the reasons you state. However, you are not considering the emotions that many of use start to feel for our Jeeps. I made the same mistake.
The old CJ7 was rusted out, the seats were literally falling through the floor. The engine had major scratches on the crank shaft. The Frame was soft in places, and the rear axle still had 2 piece shafts, the transmission was making noise in reverse and the front ring gear had chipped off most of the outer corners of the teeth. About the only thing that was in good shape was the Dana 300 transfer case.
I looked at it and my plans to to a SOA, 4 speed truck transmission, Dana 44 front, one piece shafts or Dana 44 rear, Rebuilt 258 with 4.0 head or complete 4.0, EFI using Mega-squirt or 4.0 MPI. And said why do all of that work and still have to fix the frame and get a new body.
So I sold it and got a 95 YJ. Logically this was the right thing to do. Better engine, Frame and Body, and I could still to all the other improvements. Not to mention Better heat. However, every time I see CJ I feel sad I sold the Old 7, and wish I still was driving her.
So to answer your question. Yes, it is a Good Idea, But you will regret it!
I will start using Metric only when the duodecimal system is adopted!!