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View Poll Results: How much money have you sunk into your FSJ?
Over $10000 162 15.21%
$5000 - $10000 270 25.35%
$2500 - 5000 261 24.51%
$1000 - $2500 231 21.69%
Less than $1000 141 13.24%
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:56 AM
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Join Date: Jun 24, 2017
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Eh, what the hell. Ive probably spent and will spend the least or at least close to the least of anyone. I bought it because a buddy at work who knows my jeep addiction said it was going to the crusher if I didnt come get it. Got it for use in the bad weather and to drag my ZJ (lets not discuss that total ) to the trails and back, and also, these things are just cool. Here it goes.

Spent -

$150 - purchase
$20 - for a buddy to spend 2 hours helping me drag it out of the woods
$50 - fluids
$10 - bungee chords
$??? - my time

sub total - $210

Going to maybe spend -

$150 - get a title
$500? - odds and ends

sub total - $650

total - $860

Waaaayyyyy cheaper than my wifes car and 1000xs cooler. Even she is warming up to it.
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:43 PM
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350 Buick
Join Date: Aug 28, 2010
Location: 49410
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Originally Posted by itselliot
I just sold Gertrude(1990 GW) for ,.....I think>>>>>>a small profit after 6 years of dialing her in. It was fun,.....and now I can focus on the J20.......I think I have both A.D.D. and on.

The J20 is pushing $ wiring as of today and no interior......
Painless wiring will add ~$600 this month.
If the PM's are full,...try e mail!
616 four 03 44 0 five
'78 J-20 401 Q/T not quite stock anymore....Frame off Resto Mod..Super Cab nearing completion. SOMEDAY
"90 GW 360/727/229/3:31s 2" lift (SOLD in 2015)
'78 CJ7 Built from Scratch over a 7 year span.
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Old 11-28-2017, 07:55 PM
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Join Date: Jun 19, 2017
Location: NoVA / Dallas
Posts: 45
Still in the works... But probably close to 10k +/- before it is semi decent.

I'm starting with a good body but the rest is rough.
1983 Cherokee Pioneer - in progress LS 5.3 w LS9 cam, NP208, & SM465
1968 J2000 Gladiator truck
1973 J4000 truck (organ donor for Cherokee & J2000)
1971 C-10 w 5.3 LS swap
1979 Porsche 911SC
Daily: 2007 Cadillac DTS
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:23 AM
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232 I6
Join Date: Jan 29, 2017
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Posts: 48
I still refuse to answer these questions, because it would require me to total everything I have spent on it and I don't consider this necessary information...

I got it for a grand.... then fixed the tcase... then redid brakes, doing suspension, got some headers... gonna get a title for it...

"But it's so cheap!" <-- My ongoing justification for everything. Don't wanna know if it's true.
1976 J20 "Plain Jane" - Original 401, TH400, BW1339
Build thread:

Jeep looking for new home:

My Honda was my motivation to finish my Jeep Now it's just reality.
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:29 PM
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232 I6
Join Date: Mar 24, 2018
Location: Cairo Ny
Posts: 29
I have saved every reciept. Just took over an hour and totalled it up and my wife looked like she was going to point blank me in the face with a grenade launcher haha $22,486.14 plus shipping and handling where applicable, not counting my labor over the last decade, and thats not even bodywork yet..well, what can i say, its a never ending labor of love.
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:09 PM
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327 Rambler
Join Date: Jul 21, 2016
Location: oregon
Posts: 612
My J10 Golden Eagle is going to be right at 27 k when it's finished. it will be show quality but I'm pretty sure even at that I'll be upside down in it. and of course that's allowing nothing for my time.

I don't care I would have spent more if I had needed to. I've wanted one of these since I was 16 and couldn't afford a new one.
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:49 PM
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Join Date: Jun 08, 2005
Location: Land of froot loops and cukcoo-nuts, CA
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probably spent WAY more in gas past decade+ that I’ll ever have into them.
Bought both cheap, I just drive ‘ shiney or expensive bits.
Doubtful that’ll ever change?
‘88 was $1500 in ‘05, ‘90 was $500 in ‘11.
Maybe $2000-$2500 into them additional over years?
Probably more for insurance as well?
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:55 AM
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Join Date: Oct 17, 2003
Location: Chino Valley, Arizona
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Which one???

My Cummins J20 project/ work truck came in under $5500. It's been my DD since Xmas eve and it's getting 15.5 MPG on average weighting in at 8500#s.

Did I say how much fun it is to drive???

46 cj2a

51 Willys p/u
'51 Willys Parkway Conversion
'74 CJ5
'75 J-20 Wrecker
'75 J-20 Cummins service bed
'77 J-10 p/u
'79 Cherokee
'88 Grand Wagoneer
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:25 PM
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230 Tornado
Join Date: Sep 26, 2017
Location: netherlands
Posts: 13
just got it last year , and building it now, so here is what I have in it, and what is still planned:

5500 purchase (rust free everything works, and in Europe)
1000 new weatherstripping all around (was leaking on every seal!)
150 new electric mirrors (still looking for switch, only thing that did not work!)
500 new seats and bench (scrapyard, but cleaned up real nice)
600 new carpet
350 retrosound radio
250 new speakers
makes 8350,-
and countless hours already put in and still to go..
and now the fun part:

-1250 for selling the well running AMC 360, revised gearbox, transfercase and axles. (sold but still on the car)
2000 for the just bought wrecked WK 5.7 hemi that will donate its guts (wiring, computer, engine, trans, transfer, axles and front subframe) to go into this!
200 for a pristine razor grille (lucky!)
800 new 7" led projector headlights from the new JL.
and a long autumn and winter until this si all bolted on, wired up and working

with some additional unforeseen, we will be close to 12 to 13K to have this thing running and driving with its 2009 WK donated drivetrain! excited to start this build soon!

if it's meant to be, it will be..
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:13 AM
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350 Buick
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Location: California
Posts: 1,415
More than it's worth
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Old 06-17-2018, 06:42 AM
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230 Tornado
Join Date: Oct 05, 2015
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 11
I am self employed, so I keep track of everything.
I bought my 84 a few years ago. The interior and the body were completely restored, but it did not run, in fact it was towed to my house.
Traded my 2012 JKU for it + $32,000.
Including the cost of purchase ($4,000) I have into it:
As a result of this purchase I have sold in Jeep stuff:
Some of which I sold to you fine folks.
I wanted to spend about $10,000 so I am close. Only thing left is an aw4 swap.

Someone offered me $25,000 for it. I said double that and maybe. It is the only one like it in the world!!!
1984 Grand Wagoneer - Howell TBI, NV241, 6" Frankinlift, Detroits front and rear, Warn 8274 , 35 MTRs and soft leather

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Old 06-18-2018, 07:32 PM
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232 I6
Join Date: Dec 16, 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 97
Found listed in east Texas for $250. seller replied that he needed a few days to get it out of pasture. I arrived with trailer and cash, he drove it on and off I went.
Rebuilt tranny-900
Rusty's 6" lift-900
Under hood-tune up, alt, batteries, 100 oil changes from sludge
numerous license plates for holes in floor, soon hei dist.
Pure deer lease vehicle-not highway legal, but fun!!!
Possibly most reliable of 3 vehicles at the lease, other 2 being '83 bronco 2 and '85 Montero, but they are just scared little toys
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Old 06-23-2018, 12:41 PM
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230 Tornado
Join Date: Nov 19, 2015
Location: Berkeley Co, WV
Posts: 15
Bought the beast to drive in the snow in WV. Due to "issues" it say and leased a truck. Got deployed half a year later.
Originally it was just supposed to be wheels and tires, then new door panels, then new muffler, then radio, but now I am considering using it as a DD until it gets real hot out, so now it's EFI, headers/exhaust and fixing the puddle left whenever I turn the key off....and chasing down every electrical gremlin known to man. J.E.E.P. is holding true!
- Mac

89 Grand Wagoneer - Work in progress

Deployed to support the Jeep
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:34 AM
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Location: Maryville TN
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Do you want me to count beer drunk while working on them? I could probably pay off my mortgage if I had all the money back I have spent on FSJ's and just the beer drank while working on them....
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Old 08-05-2018, 02:37 PM
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Location: Toms River, NJ
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This thread started years ago. I replied then but since its hanging round I'd have to add another 3k to my total. Closing in on that 10k mark real fast.
For Sale Custom built reproduction Rhino Grilles me for details or email

1982 Cherokee Chief 258 6 cyl, AX-15, NP208, mopar mpfi, hydroboost brakes.

1983 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 258 6cyl*SOLD*
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Old 07-03-2019, 02:51 PM
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Location: Arizona
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Crazy money!

To look at my Cherokee you wouldn't believe me.
After adding up all the receipts from the last 6-7 years I have spent $1.83,
an ACE Hardware coupon and McDonald's gift certificate.

I know, I know. Your saying " How'd ya get it so nice?"

Just goes to show you too can have a crappy looking Jeep for almost no money!!
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:59 PM
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Join Date: Jan 18, 2011
Location: United States Wheeling WV
Posts: 51
1967 M715------ $18,500
Purchased it for $4500.
Spent about $14,000 more in parts and materials.
Heck, the new reproduction wiring harness alone was $1,300

All labor was my own except for the machine shop work on the Tornado.
2016 JKU Black Bear (daily driver)
91 Grand Wagoneer (in storage)
67 Kaiser M715 (frame off restoration)
64 US Army CJ3B (frame off restoration)
66 M416 trailer (original "nice" condition)
Two unrestored 56 Willys trucks (one a pickup, one a stake bed)
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Old 12-16-2019, 10:31 AM
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Join Date: Jul 17, 2017
Location: Arizona
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I'll get back to you when the day comes I don't spend anymore on it.

I can say that it would be a LOT more if it wasn't for Jsinajeep!!

Thanks my friend in Globe!
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