1983 Jeep CJ Laredo
I am looking to buy a 1983 Jeep CJ Laredo. The CJ looks to be in great shape. I test drove it this past Friday and loved it. No rust that I could see. Here is the information the seller gave me about the car.
"As promised, I'll attempt to highlight a few of the high points on the vehicle. I have a stack of receipts, so it there is anything further that you would like information on, please let me know. I'll see what I can dig up. Also attached is a CarFax report that I ran prior to buying the Jeep and a few pictures that show the soft top on the Jeep. I bought the Jeep in July, 2007. The previous owner did most of the restoration work which included a rebuilt engine w/ fuel injection, body work and paint job. As you saw, the Jeep is rust free, however, is not "show" quality. There are a few things that I should disclose. All of the gauges do work, however, I have little faith in the gas gauge. I fill up when the gauge shows 1/2 a tank left. Plan on about 200-250 miles per tank of fuel. The valve cover gasket is leaking. I will try to get to that when I return next month. If there still appears to be oil leaking, it is either the rear main seal or the rebuilt transmission. I do not suspect that the real main seal is leaking as I inspected that when the transmission was removed. There is AC in the Jeep, however, the compressor is leaking. In order to repair the AC correctly, it needs to have a R-22 to R-410a conversion done due to the freon regulations. The blower on the AC still works. The T-5 transmission was rebuilt with a new bearing and synchronization kit on 8/12/2010. The gears are original, however, show little wear. The transmission has a 12 month / 12,000 mile warranty. This was not a fly by night rebuild as it cost over $1000. The transfer case is a Dana 300 and is the industry standard for Jeeps. The engine was swapped out in May, 2004 by Precision Engine Rebuilders here in Houston. The engine in the Jeep is a 258 AMC inline 6 cylinder. A Howell Fuel Injection kit was added to replace the carburetter in April, 2006. This was a $1200 add-on, however, makes all the difference in starting the Jeep. A Davis Unified Ignition was added as well. A BestTop Tiger Top in Nutmeg was purchased in 2001 and is in good condition. The top does show some wear, however, does not leak in a rain storm. The plastic glass is clear, however, there are some scratched on side windows where the top rubs the plastic glass. The jeeps was lifted with a 4" ProComp lift kit. It has a Dana 30 Front End and an AMC 20 Rear End. The read end has a 4:10 gear ratio. From what I know, the body was in rough shape prior to the body work. The windshield frame was replaced along with new floor pans and kick panels. I added the original Laredo decals purchased from Austin Jeeps, however, I am very disappointed in the installation. They were done completely wrong, however, can easily be removed with a hair dryer. The Pathfinder ATR 33-1250R-15 tires were purchased new in 2001 from Discount tires. At that time, there was 161,000 miles on the Jeep. Currently, there is 172,577 miles on the Jeep. The tires have a 55,000 mile warranty. I do not how long the warranty is good for, however, from my experience, Discount Tire is pretty good at honoring their warranty."
My questions are:
What other question could I ask the seller?
What is a fair price for the CJ?
Is there anything I should watch out for the next time I check out the Jeep?
Could I use this Jeep daily? (8 miles one way, 8 miles back)
Any other advise whould be great.