Re: CJ-7 Q-Trac vs Dana- 20
The more jeeps, the better [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]. Really though, which jeep is in the best overall condition? If your thinking about buying the other jeep for $1,500 just to get one working jeep out of the two I wouldn't do it. It'll be a pain to make your auto into a stick. You can pull your th400 and have it rebuilt for $250-300 and put a new chain in the q-trac for $100-150. Both will be fresh and probably never give you any more trouble for what your using them for.
Now the flip side. Are you sure the motor in the other jeep is a 232? If so, as you probably know, that wasn't a factory option. Who did the rebuild? Any receipts? Do both jeeps have the same axle gearing? 3:54s were common, but if the jeep your thinking about buying has 4:10s that could be a deciding factor. Is this jeep in better overall condition than yours? How does it compare with yours as far as frame cracks?, rust?, body mounts rusted? leaking/burning oil? etc. If the motor is strong and the rest of the jeep is solid and in better condition than yours, I wouldn't worry so much about the t-150 or D20. Around here you can pick 'em up pretty cheap. The Dana 20 t-case is cast iron and all gears...pretty stout. But it does have a crappy low range. You can get a good used D20 here for $50-75. About the same on the t-150. In fact, I see you in Texas, my bro-in-law has a t-150/D20 combo he'd probably sell if your interested. So you might buy the other jeep and sell yours.
Just some rambling thoughts.
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