well if i was looking to buy a Cj(?). the south west would be the place to find them with least rust. but as a DD without some major updates? your hopes on finding a bolt detective, thats funny? I would check AZ auto traders. For sale, search with net. Face it any Jeep that old will need work unless its a restored, or one of those that Jay Leno might have in the back yard with 10K on it. Finding stockers is getting harder to find.
Driving it back? from az would test how road worthy it was. Anything that good wont be cheep for an old car/Jeep.
I have had a cj2a/ cj5, the newer Jeeps are better stock. BY FAR. They get more complicted as they get newer. But you can take a Tj/Jk across the country and not feel like you drove a covered wagon.
good luck finding your Cj