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Old 10-21-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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Newbie, looking for buying advice

Sorry if this is the wrong forum.

Hi all. I've been reading a lot of threads here over the last 2 months and you all are immensely helpful.

I'm a first time jeep wrangler buyer. I've wanted one ever since I had a concept of owning my own car and have decided to take the plunge. I'm not looking for a rock climber and prefer to just rock as close to stock as possible. Been looking for a couple of months and seen a lot of crappy jeeps. That being said, I think i've found a winner, but would like your opinion.

I live in Boise, ID and Wranglers are fairly popular, so I expect to pay over book. I'm currently looking at a 1987 yj, 6cyl, 4.2L with 118000 original miles. Beautiful original paint with no chips, scratches, or rust. No Rust at all in fact around the body or frame. It leaks not a drop of anything, has new seals installed all around. Comes with 2 sets of doors, half and full, the full metals are black and the halfs match the maroon paint. It has upgraded audio, 5 tires all matching and close to new. Rhinolined tub, original seats and high back racing seats, stock back seat. No AC, but that's fine. Heater, 4wd and all other systems work. Hard top, soft top, cover and bikini top.

This thing is awesome, and I want to buy it. My only concern is it is a carb, not FI. Not a huge deal for me, but emissions testing may not like it. I belive it is the carter carb, but I'm not entirly sure. I need to ask him.

I guess my largest question is what would you consider a fair price for this vehicle? The guy is asking 7000, but I'm confident I could get him down to 6500. Many of the jeeps I've looked at in this price range are not nearly in as good of condition and often have 150k+ miles, even the tj's.

Also, the carb, I presume I will have to rejet it on account my location is 2000 ft lower in elevation than the city it is coming from. Am I correct?

Your input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Here's a couple of pictures.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
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Sounds like anice rig, better hop on it before it sells.

If it's passed emissions before what are you worried about?

118K isn't squat for the 4.2l inline 6 cyl.

Whats the repair cost exception in your state, $200?

IF you fail get a brand new muffler and call it a day.

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repair exception is 200$ yes. The emissions where I live are not state wide. My county has emissions standards but the county the jeep is currently in does not have emissions.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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The carter carb is a serious pain. My 89 YJ and 85 CJ7 were both equipped with a carter carb and neither rig ever ran properly.

Price seems reasonable for a mint condition YJ. Depending on smog laws you may be able to install a motor craft carb in place of the carter.

Personally, I would save an extra couple grand and buy a TJ. I recently bought a near perfect condition 2006 TJ with 79k miles for 10k. Deals are out there if you are patient and willing to search beyond 250 miles from your pad.
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I've looked at or have had people look at every 87-00 Wrangler 6cyl for sale within 300+ miles of my city for the last 2+ months and most of them have major work that needs done. Whether it be transmission, engine, paint or body. The ones that don't have major, multi-thousand dollar issues to fix are even more over book than this one and likely have over 175k miles.
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