Let's help him get/pay a better price. What are his price talk down points.
I have an 85 Laredo. That one is missing the graphics/decals. The front seats, not original. No side entry steps ($100.00 any day), no front driving lights, floor carpet missing (rear wheel well carpeting is there, I think). We did not see under the hood, or the condition of the wiring (if it has been hacked)
Mine has everything (original paint looks decent). I paid $4,000.00 but that was after a patient search and already having another good 83 Laredo.
Guy sent me pictures of the underside and it looked pretty good. Now we all know in a CJ you have to poke around and hammer on stuff to make sure that rust isn't hiding, but from the pics he sent it looked like it was a pretty solid Jeep. Again, not a collectors item by any stretch, but a good solid Jeep with a lot of options on it.
I'll stand by my assesment of $6-7K tops around here. I'd offer him $5K, top out at 6K if I were looking and an in-person inspection didn't reveal any major problems.
Remember, a T5 usually means 3.31's. A Dana 44 with 3.31's = $750ish
Hardtop and doors $$$
Laredo steering Wheel, factory console with lock/key, clock tach, Laredo grab bar $$$
Chrome Wagons with BFG's $$$
Superwinch hubs $$
Lots of options on that Jeep, that if bought separately would add up quick.
85 CJ7 258, borla header, Team Rush, MC2100 ,optima batt, Warn 8274, agr super box 2 & pump, T5 w/ B&M shifter, centerforce 2, superior 1 piece axles, warn hubs 2.5 in lift, 31" BFG MT
If that Jeep does not work out, I do have a 1986 CJ7 Laredo. Its never been off-road, is all original except for a Weber Carb has been installed - I still have the original carb. It has less than 3k miles on it. The only issue is the tranny slips a bit. I am in CO but can deliver. Its purple with all stainless steel. If interested, let me know. I'm putting it on Craigslist and Ebay as soon as the mechanic, a firefighter fighting forest fires here in CO, is back and I can pick it up - he was looking at the tranny. Although the purple paint job is awesome, there are some scratches.
So, test drove the CJ yesterday. Mechanically it is sound! A few things to do but not much. I almost forgot just how loose the steering is on the CJ's! Been 12 years since I sold mine. Couple of things I have to think about, first is that the drivers seat would not go back far enough. It was already hitting the roll bar so I may have to swap out he seats. Some minor surface rust, nothing to bad. Undercarriage looked nice. I guess I have some decisions to make!! Thanks for the replys, will keep you posted.