I have been looking around to purchase a project Willys Jeep to work on with my dad. I'm graduating NYU in May, and would like to do something with him, and learn more about auto mechanics along the way. I've owned a 2001 TJ and now I have a 2door JK, needless to say I love Jeeps.
I have been looking around for cheap Willys that I can actually afford, that don't need tremendous amounts of internal work (as in the are already running) and am looking forward to hopefully turning a CJ5 into an M38 look-alike. (Military history is my passion.) I know there are several differences, but as far I have studied, the early CJs are very similar overall to the M38/M38a1.
I recently stumbled across a project CJ5 on craigslist. The asking price is $1000 at this point. The person's daughter is selling it because her father is having open-heart surgery and can't finish his initial restoration. I am heavily interested, but want to educate myself as best as possible before any commitments. Could you guys help me? The daughter says its running, but the battery is most-likely dead, and it has a flat tire (may just need air.) In the pictures I was sent, visible replacement parts can be seen so obviously someone was restoring it at one point it seems. There is no rust externally or any real body damage as well.
I asked more detailed questions concerning the function of the key components. But seeing as this is not the true owner, I don't know if she really knows much -- I plan on checking it in person soon.
What are some of the key things I should look out for? Are there things that should make this purchase a no-go? Basically, what would you ask yourself or do? I want all the advice I can get.
Here are the pictures I've been sent so far: