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should I buy Dad's Willy?

Discussion in 'Rocky Mountain Region' started by blazenwhip, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. blazenwhip

    blazenwhip 1/2 ton status

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    My dad said he'd sell me his Willy's Jeep. It's been sit'n in his garage for years. He put about 10G's into it. It's ready for wheel'n and one step closer to crawl'n. Family dicount....5G's! What do you think? It's not a Blazer but it's all Chevy inside! VDO gages, 5pt harness seats, whinch, 2 jerry cans, spare tire, pwr steering, CB. Rear is locked not front. My only complaint, against myself, is that I've bitched about everyone having a jeep, and now I have an opportunity to buy one.
     
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    Got Pics ????? What axles etc ?

    Chevy drivetrain is a plus , makes spares and repairs easier on trail :D
     
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    no pics, sorry. Not being to familar w/axles, I couldn't say for cetain. They look small to be honest. It has clearance issues-he's ate up the rear 1/4 pannels with 33's. The tub is whilly's, but with a CJ fiberglass hood.
    I'll have to find out. I stopped asking ?'s about it along time ago hoping he would sell it to me some day. He never went for it until now. Persistence! I always drooled over it walking through his garage. Same with my Blazer, bought that from him.
     
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    I assume you're talkin' about an old CJ of some sort....

    Problems you'll have wheelin' old jeeps will be in the following areas:

    1) old stock axles are weak and hard to get upgraded/new parts
    2) some older trannys can be troublesome
    3) frame cracking / breaking
    4) stock steering (and sometimes hodge-podge add ons) sucks.
    5) old original drum brakes are nowhere near adequate!

    Also keep in mind that the short wheelbase can be a handfull w/ todays large boulder trails....

    But other than that... Jeeps can be lotta fun too!... Jeeps are just as much fun to wheel as Blazers...:thumb:

    Marv
     
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    blazenwhip 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks for the tips. It helps me with a lot of ?'s to ask of the "old man."
     
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    sick... sick and wrong....

    im sorry, i could not resist... BUT i have to agree with what marv said.
    hard parts that are hard to find.
    Grant
     
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    Actualy, If he put $10,000 in it already, it may be setup pretty good.
    When I put different axles on mine, it fixed probs 1, 3, & 5 that Marv listed.
    We are already used to frame cracking with the chevies. :(
    Also there was another recent thread where a few ck5ers said they might prefer starting with a smaller vehicle next time, because the trails out here are pretty tough on full size bodies. :blush:
    The biggest problem I've found in upgrading, is that the drivetrain length is much more critical, unless you stretch the wheelbase. :grin:
    The best thing is, you get to keep the blazer clean. :cool1:
     
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    It is a nice set up. He use to go wheel'n alot in it w/ a Jeep club. Then he got another toy, a Vette, and the Jeep just sat. He's since got rid of the Vette too though. I wish I had some pics. He wasn't afraid to use it. So it's not one of thoes wanna-be wheelers. It's got some character in the form of body damage. I hope it works out that I can purchase it!
    And you're right, I can keep my Blazer clean.
     

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