Unrelated to my build directly, but I may be adding a new Jeep to the family. I stumbled upon a 1991 YJ with 168k miles today.
It's not perfect but it's in OKAY shape assuming it runs and drives (didn't talk to anyone today, will tomorrow though). When I saw it I thought of my Dad. He's a 64 year old Vietnam Veteran, and he's the sole reason I got into the "Jeep Thing" with my very first vehicle purchase. Back in the early 70s he had his first Jeep which was a '59 CJ-5 paired with a 283 and a Borg Warner 3spd. He always talks about how awesome it was, it had pipes coming out under the doors. It was an ugly baby **** green and had red leather seats out of a Trans-Am, but he loved it. He got rid of it, but not for long as a few years later he picked up a brand new CJ-7 that he had for a number of years until he sold it. At the time he had an Iroc-Z and a Motorcycle as well as a few other toys and he simply couldn't move cross country with all of them. To this day he always talks about his Jeeps, and though he doesn't have a real Jeep, he's still very biased to the brand. He's had 3 Liberty's and loved them, but he's been talking about getting a second car for around town.
He's talked on and off about an econo-box but I had the discussion with him today, that as many miles he drives, that the cost of an econo-box would MORE than offset what he saves in gas, and he'd end up spending more money in the long run. On the other hand, I have difficulty imagining he wouldn't absolutely LOVE having a topless, door-less Jeep to cruise around in on nice days.
As for the YJ, the guy has 4000 stamped on the windshield in front of his business (not a car lot), which is WAY steep considering the condition. Paint is covered in rock chips, interior is shoddy at best, but under the hood looks fairly clean and overall there's no body damage/rust. Frame is solid/clean as well. Am thinking I may through 1500 his way and see if he's willing to bite. According to NADA it's worth 1870. KBB says it's worth 2100. I don't intend on going higher than 2k with my potential offer, but if I can snag it for that or less, I very well may (assuming it runs and drives, if not then I may be able to get it for even less.)
Sure it doesn't have circular headlights, but if it can help someone that I've always deemed to be my hero, grin from ear to ear, then it seems more than worth the money.
Unless of course someone has a running/driving 5 or 7 in South Louisiana they're willing to let go for 2k.... lol
Anyhow, feel free to leave your input/questions on this potential idea/purchase.