Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Port Orchard, Wash.
Get in touch with your local military vehicle preservation association (MVPA) group. They would be a fantastic network source to turn to. Generally they tend to be more restoration-minded though. You didn't say how you were planning your build--restoration or refurbishing. If the former, they'll be able to help you a LOT. If you want to update a lot of the components, they can help with some. But from the sound of it, you want to keep the F-head, eh?
I think you got a fantastic deal. There aren't any good shots of the tub floor, but it looks fairly sound from what can be seen. And the mileage is probably original. The military really doesn't put too many miles on them before they end up getting auctioned off. My M715 had 13,900 or so when I got it. About the same with most of the others I've seen, too.
I'd love to hear more about what you intend to do--keep it stock, 24V, military restoration for parades and such? Build it into a reliable daily-driver type Jeep you can take 'wheeling? Or some hybrid of the two? Either way you go, enjoy!
'04 Grand Cherokee