81' CJ7 rust bucket value
Came across a rusted out 1981 CJ7 Renegade for sale. The entire body is rotted out, but the frame I am not sure of. It feels fairly solid but who knows until it is sand blasted clean.
The 4 speed manual tranny was recently rebuilt, the transfer case is supposedly okay. The engine runs. I Can't drive it because it has no seats, and the clutch is not adjusted properly. It looks like someone hand made some lift shackles for it. The mirrors are missing, the windshield is cracked. The tail gate won't move. All the knobs on the dash pull off the shafts. The tire carrier works okay.
Both the gear shift and transfer case levers pulled clean out of the tranny / xfer case when trying to operate them. There were no pins and nuts holding them in place. The headlights lights work but the right turn signals and all brake lights do not. It had power steering but manual brakes, that do not work. It has manual locking hubs on front axle.
It does have a full cage ( welded to factory roll bar) and a built up front winch bumper of some sort. It has 5 new generic 31x10.5x15 LT tires and chrome spoke wheels. It has a Clifford intake and Motorcraft carb. The emissions stuff is gone. It has a soft top and doors, but didn't see any frames for the top?
So, what is this thing worth in present market conditions? I had a deal sight unseen for $1200 but decided to re-think it after actually seeing it. I was told it runs good, had a rebuilt 5-speed and there was fender rust but the body tub was clean......... wrong on all counts.
I was just going to use it as a to work and back vehicle and slowly get it trail worthy over time. But this thing was not even close to being drivable right now.
What is a somewhat suspect rolling chassis worth these days?