Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Granite State
buying a cj7...need advice
My advice, I buy and sell a lot of Jeeps here and there, any working rust free 4 wheel drive is worth a $1000. 83 didn't offer alot, but if it runs and drives decent, it could be worth it, depending on how much rust has started. Does it have a hardtop? do all the lights and guages work? Does it have factory axles (AMC 20, axles 2 piece?)See if the guy will let your mechanic look at it. An inspection is well worth your time and $ verse spending $3500 and then finding all the issues later on. I would have your mechanic check the fluids as well, clean fluids are a way to tell and you can see if they recently have been filled. Compression test is a great way to tell a motor. The Oil pressure is normal by the sounds, not sure on the miles, but if she pulls up the hills and doesn't smoke when you get on it, it is reasonable. Check the rear frame over, a typical spot is under the passenger rear by the front of the spring hanger, very common, easy to fix. Ask for receipts of recent work or parts. I buy most Jeeps for around a $1000, hem and haw and barter at your best, "I will need to think about it after I look at the other one today and get back to you" works pretty good and I only have $X amount on me, come right out and ask half for it, it usually works pretty well.
85' CJ7 Laredo, 383 GM, Turbo 350, NP 203. SOA, 2" frame lift, 34" TSL swampers, Dana 30 open, AMC 20 w/ detroit locker, 4:10's, 1 Piece Mosers, 35" boggers to abuse when needed.