Like the title says it is a manual tranny rust around windshield and on rocker panels. It has a soft top which looked to be in pretty good shape. I really don't know too much have to go down tomorrow when the guy is in. What should I look for as far as common problems? How much you think it should be? Thanks
Try and get some pictures and post them here, especially of the frame around where the leaf springs mount, etc. Normal rust areas on a CJ are pretty much everywhere, but mainly the under the windshield, behind the front seats where the roll bar goes into the frame, floorboards, fenderwells, and behind the tail lights where mud gets kicked up and nobody hardly ever cleans it out.
The main problem with buying a CJ is that it always ends up turning into a money pit. Other than that, you can't go wrong.
1986 Jeep CJ7 4.2L I6 T176 (restoration in progress)
1961 Willys 4x4 Wagon L-226 I6 T90 (restoration also in progress)
It is hard to put a price on a CJ without seeing pictures, knowing what is wrong with it, and what has been updated on it.
The main thing to look at is the frame. Look on the inside of the frame rails behind the rear wheels and the rear spring hangers. The front of the frames are usually preserved from the engine leeking oil on them. If the frame is rotted out beyond repair then it is basically a parts Jeep IMO.
If the frame looks good then I would look at the other areas that SuBHaVeN mentioned.
Pics would be very big help. And as posted above those areas mentioned are CJ rust out areas. Just like buying any used car or truck. You need to go over from top to bottom. Does everything work, are parts missing, how many back yard fixes does it have? And key IMO is to hear it run and drive it. Be sure to start it cold since that's when it will show more trouble it has.
When you need some parts, go back through Certifiable Jeep's site and click on one of his referral links to show him some love. Doesn't cost you anything and helps him keep up a great CJ referrence site. I'm in no way affliated with Craigs site, but it has helped out on numerous occasions.
He wanted $2,500 it had a chevy 350 in it and I wasnt looking at spending that much. Thanks for the help hopefully I can find one cheaper. It has 75,000 on the clock but the motor had 25,000 and a new rocker crawler transfer case.