Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Fillmore, California
You don't know what the new paint is hiding...you do know that you have some rot in the floorboard...It's a very common technique to paint a rust bucket once you have slapped some bondo over the rot...you won't know the difference...It's still a pig in a poke...the tranny is an unknown and if it's been worked on, and you don't know if it's been rebuilt, that would be a concern of mine. No matter what, the Carter carb WILL give you problems...It is a twenty year old vehicle...if the owner used a 2" body lift to fit those 31's without a suspension lift, that's the cheesy way to to...
Look at it like this...what's it gonna take to get it where you want it to be? You know this...yer gonna have to replace the carb with a decent intake system, whether that's a Weber or Motorcraft, or a $1200 Howell FI, or a $2500 Mopar FI. Yer gonna want to clear those tires right, so figure AT LEAST $800, maybe more, for a suspension lift of any quality...and by that, I mean OME, RE, or BDS... Ya better figure on rebuilding the auto tranny, and while that's happenin', resealing the transfer case...just had that done a month ago, cost me $1851.21 for both.
You'd also better figure that there's some significant rust and/or rot under that paint job...a much better deal would be to find a Jeep with an original or seasoned paint job that would show you exactly what you had...be highly suspicious of a new paint job, I know I'm repeating that, but it's very important.
So, put all this on paper, and figure what it would be worth when you're all done, and go from there...but do be very cautious...