Posted by: Mark Polk | 2013

Jeep MJ Build

This is a build thread of my son Tyler’s first vehicle. He was working on a very limited budget so every dollar spent needed to be considered.

I think it’s important to teach children responsibility and the value of a dollar at an early age. When our son Tyler was 15 I told him I would match the dollar amount he invested in purchasing his first vehicle, and that we could work on the vehicle so it would be ready when he was old enough to get his permit. A few additional conditions were:

1) I would provide free labor, but Tyler would buy all materials and parts required to repair the vehicle.

2) Tyler would have to attend a Driver’s Training class at schoool before getting his permit.

3) Tyler would need to save six months worth of insurance and have gas money in the bank prior to getting his liscense.

The Search for a Vehicle:

We started checking Craigslist and looking in local sales ads for a good first vehicle for Tyler. Our goal was to find something that was fairly economical, easy to drive and would provide some protection in the event of an accident. After a couple of months of searching we ran across an ad for a 1987 Jeep Comanche pick up truck.

Tyler's first vehicle, a 1987 Jeep Comanche

Tyler’s first vehicle, a 1987 Jeep Comanche

The owner was asking $2,200 for the truck. The truck was in good condition. There was no rust anywhere and the interior was in decent shape. The truck had a rebuilt 4 liter six cylinder engine with low mileage, and an automatic transmission. The tires were old and would need to be replaced and there were some cosmetic issues like small dents, but nothing major. After test driving the truck I made the owner an offer of $1,700 that he eventually accepted. Tyler paid $850 and I paid $850. We drove the truck home and put it in the garage.

Read our next post when we come up with a plan for tyler’s truck build.

Click here to go to next post:  Tyler’s Jeep MJ Build – The Plan

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