|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 - 11:22 am: ||
Thinking about trying to "trade" my Buell for an older Jeep Wrangler or CJ of fairly equal value. This would get me by until I can fix my truck. I dont want to, but this one car and a bike thing is getting old.
Anyone have suggestions of what to look for or stay away from when talking about older Jeeps?
|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 - 11:26 am: ||
Most if not all body work can be fixed or replaced. Look at the frame very close and pay close attention to where the shackles meet the frame (especially in the rear) as they have the tendency to rot in those spots.
|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 - 12:41 pm: ||
Yeah, what Hammer said. I had an '80 CJ5 and just before I got rid of it I could push a screwdriver through the frame at the shackle hanger without much effort.
|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 - 01:00 pm: ||
good info! thanks.
all info is appreciated!
|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 - 03:32 pm: ||
Xbmacon what is with the truck?
the old jeeps are big fun ,and brand name says it all ,Just Empty Every Pocket
between the fuel tank and skid plate is also a place for a lot of rust!
|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 - 05:40 pm: ||
Brothers--guess I should have elaborated. Over the holidays the oil pressure took a sudden dive to "0" and started a knock almost immediately. The oil pump is expensive to change just to find out the rest of the motor was damaged.
Not sure its toast yet, but a rebuilt 03 dodge 4.7 v8 is $$$.
At 104k miles, its a bit disheartening.
|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 - 10:29 pm: ||
Tavis, check the simple things first. Change out the oil sending unit. Oil pressure drops if they go bad.
|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 - 11:16 pm: ||
black..Thanks, that was my first check. The pick-up screen was clogged but i didnt see metal (leaves hope).
|Posted on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 12:56 am: ||
1. drop pan
2. remove main and rod caps
3. install new bearings, retorque all caps
4. replace oil pan (and oil pump)
5. refill with heavy weight oil
6. trade vehicle in
If you look in the "about nothing" thread, I just scored an old Jeep. 4.0 / auto / 4x4 / 4 door 92 Cherokee. $450 because the guy overheated it.
I know 4.0s, it takes more abuse than that. An hour checkout and I found:
NO bottom end knocks
#1 spark plug electrode was hit by something solid.
With #1 at TDC I could see shiny spots on the piston crown through the plug hole - something hit it, too.
Compression was 0/60/70/105/110/135.
Diagnosis: blown headgasket, one dropped valve.
Already scored a complete head off a running 4.0 for $100. Another $90 for a head set (gaskets n stuff).
For $640 and an afternoons work, I'll have a great ol' beater truck.
And roll-up windows.
I LOVE my Wrangler, but it's not worth two $hit$ in weather like this (12 degrees). Even with cardboard covering 3/4 of the radiator, the "tent on wheels" never warms up inside. Stone reliable, goes anywhere...but I have better weather protection geared up on the Ulysses.
If it were me? Go 4.0 with EFI. Avoid the 4.2 carb engines, they're...finicky. I'm glad my XJ is an automatic; replacing the hydraulic clutch (and slave cylinder) on the YJ was a bitch. Look for rust. Line-X is your friend (my whole YJ interior is sprayed; no carpet). And don't get one for fuel economy (but if you have a 4.7 you already understand that!).