I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Is it worth it ???
Price is definitely a factor. The M20 going in and out of 4WD hard is kinda normal, sometimes you have to move the jeep a little while trying to shift at the same time. A Scout II I have does this. Every jeep is a little different.
Don't look at mileage too much with a vehicle this old, it means nothing. We once owned (back in late '95) a 1988 VW Cabriolet with 30K on it. WOW, we thought, only 30K, it still has a lot of life left. What a piece of junk. It had been out on an island it's whole life so everything was corroded and quirky. Finally sold it outright (gal who bought it was hooked on them and didn't mind us being so honest about the problems) and bought the TJ, much better investment.
The engine sounds like timing, which is an easy fix. But then again it could be the carb. Have a mechanic look at it, some are willing to travel if they know it'll bring in a little extra $$$ by them getting the work, of course, the shady ones will make work for themselves, so when you get one you trust, stick with them.
Overall it looks like a nice jeep, post back what the asking price is and we'll be able to make a better determination.
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
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