Back in 1998, I got this 82 CJ7 for $500 with brand new tires on it. Needed some body work, and the paint was crap. Very quickly (like, it took us a day to "fix the body" AND spray bomb it) it looked much better. I drove it until the trans exploded on the highway (that was NOT a fun thing). I ended up selling it as is to someone I knew, and ever since then I've wanted another one.
Fast forward to right now. I have had my 89 Jetta GLI for ten years and I barely drive it anymore. A guy in Seattle has agreed on a price with me, and and money from that will go straight into a CJ7.
Now here are some questions, since I have been out of the loop for 16 years:
What do I need to look for when buying a CJ7 nowadays? I know, frame and body rust are bad. What else?
I am mainly looking for another 82-86, trying to stick with the wide track and dana300 because that is what I am used to.
I still don't want any automatics, so looking for a 4 or 5 speed is key.
My price range is around $5000, give or take. I've seen some REALLY nice CJ's pop up around here (New England), but I am not ready to buy just yet.
I have no problems finding one down south and towing it back up here, do I need to do anything special to tow it behind a truck?
Here's the former, in all her crappy body work and Home Depot Orange spraypaint: