Originally Posted by badchad
I'm looking at a 1985 CJ7 which will be my first jeep. Can anyone advise me on mechanical issues or problems I should look for before purchasing. I know the the gas tank has been replaced, due to a leak and that the valve cover has also recently been replaced. Thanks for the help.
Check for rust, check for rust, and check for rust. Check the frame and make sure it is straight and solid.
Check for any rust bubbles under the paint.
Check to make sure body mounts to frame aren't rusted out.
Check to see which gauges work and which don't.
Take for a good long test drive.