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Buying A 1976 Cj5, What To Look Out For

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by stephlaw084, Oct 22, 2017.

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  1. Oct 22, 2017
    stephlaw084

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    I found a thread from 2007 that was super helpful so I thought I would join and ask my questions. I have always loved CJ5 and got bit by the desert bug years ago. I finally have the opportunity to purchase what is being labeled as a frame up restoration 1976 cj5. 304 v8, rebuilt with crane cam, edelbrook manifold and carburetor, hooker headers, new wiring, suspension, interior etc. I've asked for axel info and vin (still pending). Currently asking 7k, good price? Anything I need to look out for? I'm handy at repairing, tinkering really, haven't done anything major. Thanks in advance.
     

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    rusty

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    Is that a glass body ? Need better pictures to be able help much. Just remember that a 76 is much different than a 75 and down.
     
  3. Oct 22, 2017
    wally

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    looks like a 'glass body, fenders, and windshield frame.

    also, if that picture illustrates the current condition of the jeep, then $7k is too much, no matter where in the US it is.
     
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    That approach may be many other things, but it is not "restoration."
     
  5. Oct 22, 2017
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    Hmmm that's what I was concerned about the supposed "restoration". I'm planning on looking at it tomorrow. Any specific questions I should ask?
     
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    stephlaw084

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    Guy stated he put 12k in it... However, no matter how much you polish a turd... Still a turd. That being said, what would be a "reasonble" ballpark figure.
     
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    wally

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    it isn't in completed condition if the pictures are an accurate representation (dash is not attached, seats are not completely installed, windshield is missing parts, etc) . therefore, it is still a bunch of parts, which might be in very good condition, even excellent. but, if it isn't driveable, and you cannot verify the operating condition of all electrical/gauges, driveline, brakes, cooling system, etc, i'd reasonably expect to sell it for $1500 to $3000. that's it. otherwise, as a seller, if you want more, finish it and then get more.
     
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    Very true ... incomplete projects typically sell for a small fraction of what the completed car would sell for. If the seller wants to make back as much as possible, he's going to have to part it out and sell the pieces individually. If he just wants to get out, he'll take a bath on the "investment." :coffee::whistle:

    Not so much of a problem in CA, but these Jeeps suffer badly from frame rot. A 'glass body is suspicious, since you should not need a body replacement for a Jeep that originates in CA. Carefully inspect the underside for repairs and rust.
     
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    stephlaw084

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    I believe it's completed & driveable. That is one a few photos of it available. Thanks for all the help. I'll ask about glass body and do a complete inspection underneath. If this isn't the one I buy, this is certainly a wealth of knowledge and I appreciate all the assistance.
     
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    fhoehle

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    In our neck of the woods that is a 3500 dollar Jeep. That's if it is driveable and useable and has a top
     
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    It has a boxed frame take a good light and look inside especially near the very ends. They rust from the inside out
     
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    The transmission cross member mounts are another bad spot.
     
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    HurricaneKustoms

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    The biggest thing to look for is problems or issues that you can not fix or repair yourself . Anything you have to sub out is more cash out of your pocket .
    Every Heep is different and every time I thing I have seen or found all the problems , another seems to show up . My latest project has been a lesson on patience.
     

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