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Jeep Wrangler, Jeep CJ-7, SUV
#34 of 63 Re: 1981 CJ Superstar?? [cactusgabby]
Jun 11, 2009 (3:03 am)
So much depends on condition. Could be anything from a $30K restoration to a $100 rust bucket.
To find comparable Jeeps you'll need to research magazines and eBay over a period of time, and remembering of course that there's always a difference between asking and actual selling price.
#35 of 63 Re: 1981 CJ Superstar?? [mac24]
Jun 11, 2009 (6:15 am)
Thank you for your reply. I'm not too familiar with this situation. When you say $30 restoration, do you mean that is what it would cost to fix it up? He is asking $3,000. He has taken care of the engine but the body is junky looking, as far as faded paint. Not a whole lot of rust. It has been in Phoenix, Arizona. My husband and I are thinking of purchasing it from him and restoring. Thanks much!
#36 of 63 Re: 1981 CJ Superstar?? [cactusgabby]
Jun 12, 2009 (3:21 am)
("Could be anything from a $30K restoration to a $100 rust bucket".)
When you say $30 restoration, do you mean that is what it would cost to fix it up? He is asking $3,000.
(Mmm.......$30K = $30,000. )
Three thousand dollars sounds like a lot to me for a Jeep in need of restoration, even if the engine has been 'taken care of'.
Whats' your objective? If you want to end up with a beautifully restored older model Jeep, then buying one that someone else has done the work on will be much cheaper than restoring one yourself.
If you want an inexpensive Jeep runabout, you'll get a much better value in a later model.
If you want the fun and experience of restoring an older Jeep then this may be the way to go. However, unless there's something exceptionally wonderful about this one I think you need to negotiate a substantially lower price, and even then you'll be amazed at how much you'll eventually spend on the project.
Just remember that fully restored vehicles at the lower end of the market (under $100K) sell all the time for much less than the cost of restoration. Most people restore them for pleasure rather than profit.
#37 of 63 Re: 1981 CJ Superstar?? [mac24]
Jun 13, 2009 (7:27 am)
you answered our questions. we are novices at this. it helps to get advice from someone who has experienced something first hand. Our main thing was if we pick up the Jeep cheap, would restoring be a big cost and it sounds like it could be depending on how good of condition we want to make it. thanks so much for your help.
#38 of 63 Re: 1981 CJ Superstar?? [cactusgabby]
Jun 13, 2009 (9:41 am)
...................if we pick up the Jeep cheap, would restoring be a big cost and it sounds like it could be depending on how good of condition we want to make it.
Glad that helped. Don't let it put you off owning a Jeep though!
#40 of 63 Re: 1997 jeep [pauljon1957]
Jun 22, 2009 (5:09 am)
Price sounds decent. Have it checked out by an independent mechanic. If you can look it over, look for signs of wheeling. Also check to see if you have any manifold cracking - the 97's were prone to that. Pound the catalytic to see if it rattles.
Aug 01, 2009 (3:13 pm)
for a 2001 Wrangler. Where's the best place to buy a good quality top ?? Thanks! Paul
#42 of 63 Re: bikini top [pauljon1957]
Aug 02, 2009 (2:43 am)
Would prefer a 'no - drill into the windshiled' model.... if there is such a thing. thanks!
#43 of 63 Re: bikini top [pauljon1957]
Aug 03, 2009 (8:45 am)
Bestop is the only game in town IMO. Quadratec, JCWhitney, etc all have pretty much the same price for Bestop stuff.