I have had everything but a CJ and am looking at one currently. It's a 75 CJ5. Small lift with great tires. Runs and drives great. New paint, etc. Odo shows 85k so more than likely 185k I would think. 4.2 liter.
So I see CJs from $2000 to $8000 and would just like a good way to judge the value. It seems to be more varied than YJs and TJs, etc.
Crawl under and look at the metal, especially where panels meet and body meets panels, look up in the rear wheel wheels where the roll bar is bolted and look for rot, check gauges, electric, and steering for pull or swerve. Make sure you put it in 4x4. If all looks good go for it just go over it, there's always a surprise or two on a thirty year old vehicle
That looks like just a plain CJ-5 with questionable value. The paint job looks fairly new and done in a hurry. It looks like it just got taped off and sprayed which would make me question the quality of whats going on under the paint. Most everything looks stock, with perhaps a mild lift.
The biggest things you want to look at is what kind of rust does it have, check the usually places, floor pan, frame body mount areas, by the rear hangers. Check the suspension and steering hardware, tie-rods, bushings, and ball joints. Any huge leaks coming out of the steering box, engine, tranny or transfercase. Does it have a full top and doors? All of this stuff adds up.
I see CJ7's for 3-4k without a top and doors and ****ty tires. Those three items alone can easily set you back 2k so it really depends on what you want out of the vehicle and how much it will cost you to bring it up to a reliable rig.
Thanks for the replies. As far as the paint it does look like it was done in a hurry. I know it's at least a year old though. Mechanically it drives really well. It made a trip to Amarillo Tuesday. The floor pans have been patched so I know that there were problems at some point. There aren't any doors or a top. I'll check out the roll bar attachments.
I've gatta agree the tire do look to big for the lift. I'd check for tire rub in a turn from wheel stop to wheel stop as well. It does look nice with room to personalize it to you. Just be sure to put it through all the gears and try 4wd. Check linkage and wiring. And maybe even run it in for a quick compression test to make sure things on the inside are good to go. Honestly I wish I would Have on my 83 4.2
I thank you and believe me my Jeep definatly thanks you cus otherwise I'd be turning a wrench with out a clue. :)
Thanks. I am actually looking to buy one though and this one is in the $4000-4500 range. If it's a fair price I'll probably move on it.
Sorry, I read your original post too fast.
As mentioned, take a hard look at the underside for evidence of rot, especially the frame.
When you schedule to test drive it, ask the owner to avoid starting it for few hours before you get there. That way you can check for proper operation of the carb/choke on a cold start. Pull a couple of plugs and check for fouling, or evidence of ignition problems.
Obviously, any grinding as you run thru the gears should be a warning sign, both in 2WD and 4WD. Lifted CJs are notorious for wandering all over the road if they aren't setup appropriately, so pay close attention to how well it tracks and returns to center on a turn. Watch for any smoke coming out the tailpipe, especially when you get on it a little.