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Looking to build a trail only rig and found a CJ5 (don't know what year). It's already been started and has a lot of mistakes to fix. The motor is a 383 stroker with homemade motormounts out of 1/4" plate. (I coulda done the welding better on my 110 mig I use for bodywork). The tranny appears to be a NP435 or something along those lines. (Unless AMC made a bell housing that bolts up to a Chevy). The T-case crossmember has been dropped and welded in place with 1/4" plate. The axles are stock and so are the springs, shackles, and steering, brakes. (infact the front suspension is on the bumpstops right now). The only thing it has going for it is a good frame, body and rebuilt motor. I would end up redoing pretty much everything to make it worth it. The guy is asking 5000 for it. I'm thinking of offering 2000-2500 for it. Any advice on how to get em down to a reasonable price?

I would keep the motor, and body, box the frame do a saginaw conversion and atleast D44's but probably 60's and 35" or 38" Swampers.

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let it sit for another 9 months, and when the guy finally figures out it isnt a dollar/dollar return he will drop the price to get out of it.
 

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Pretty much my thoughts... especially since there is a running, driving CJ5 with a top nicely restored for 4,000 in the paper. Granted no V-8 but a lot more complete. Guess I'll save my $$ for now and do some more mods to the TJ.

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I say look for a pile of crap for cheep and go from there. You sound like you know what you are doing and want to build it your way so don't spend the $$$ on something that is in good shape. Go for an older registration so smog is never a problem.
 

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Yeah I've got a good idea of what I want to do with it and how I want to build it. I guess it's just finding a good base. Hafta do some more looking around... have a couple options now.

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Hey Tmbr, Ive got a 5 Im lookin to ditch too, and guess what, Im also near Chicago, Tryin not to piss in DUGS cheerios here since hes helped me so much <IMG SRC="smilies/blush2.gif" border="0">, but I HAVE TO MOVE THIS THING! <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">
 
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