Is it really worth it? It's a '69 and if I remember reading right, it's repro metal. So, repro metal, and some questionable mechanicals....
So now, questionable CJ5's are worth what a very restorable MB/GPW's are worth? I'm REALLY confused by some of the recommendations coming out of the collective board these days. Really I am.
Questionable brakes = $200 - $300 easy, not to include the specific e-brake parts, who knows what they will cost. Also consider that when you get that far, you'll check bearings and seals...that's another $200 you aren't considering right now. Then you've got the steering issues, that you your self are all over.
I think you may have blinders on to the fact that the engine runs strong and it LOOKS pretty! I say, undress the sexy red paint, and visualize it under a tree with a skim coat of surface rust.
My thoughts can be seen elsewhere on the forum. Repro metal is a serious, HUGE detractor of value. Would you be willing to pay $5 - 6k for a running gear in the same conditions as the one we are talking about now? I say, if he won't meet your range, keep looking, and studying.
I bought the first CJ5 I looked at. I was lucky to sell it, and it was a MESS! It looked pretty good, like this one, and drove well, but underneath, it was a MESS! These jeeps are just old enough that they get dumped by owners who are tired of their toys nickel and diming them to death. Sounds to me like this one may be well on the way to that fate, and there's probably A LOT you don't know about it.
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