New to the forum. Was going to look at an '85 cj7 on Monday. Was wondering if anyone has some advice for me. What should I be looking at or for? Any advice is much appreciated. What I know so far is: rebuilt motor, straight six; new clutch, motor mounts, hoses, fixed leaks, etc...very little rust on the body. Thanks in advance for the help and advice.
Ditto on the roll bar mounts. 95% sure they will have either been patched or will need patching. An easy job but it blows "rust free" claims out of the water and allows you to mutter about safety in roll overs, elk tests, what about ma kids etc etc.
Apart from that rust is common along the bottom edges of the tub sides, floor pans and on the frame around wheelarch areas.
Electrics are often not working, the fuel gauge and temperature gauge are prone to failing. Not big bucks to fix. Have a look at whether the wiring has been butchered. It often is and is then a pain to sort out.
Interior is quite durable but look under car-pets (yes, some people put car-pet in a CJ) that are moisture traps and at the condition of the seats, seat belts and door panels.
If it has a top then check it for rips and tears and the condition of the clear plastic and hardware. A good make like Bestop will have repaiarable clear plastic. A bikini top is $70 and is not a substitute for a $700 full top. A hard top is desirable and worth about $500 second hand in good nick with steel doors.
That being said, does the fiberglass tub make it less valuable? What are the pros and cons to a fiberglass tub? Is it better to find a jeep with the logo stamped on it? Not in a rush to buy a jeep. I want to buy the right one. He is asking $5500.
The fiberglass vs. steel tub is an endless debate.
Personally, I don't care for fiberglass, mostly because it's not original equipment. As for value, who's to say. For a guy in the rust belt, a fiberglass tub may be more valuable then to a guy in a dryer climate.
Whenever I see a fiberglass tub, I speculate the Jeep has led a hard, hard, life....the original tub was probably either rusted beyond repair, or it was wrecked.