12-19-2017, 11:58 AM
WF Supporting Member
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: SouthEast of Denver
With that mileage, the question is "How has this vehicle been maintained?".
My '87 has about the same miles (bought it 4 years ago with around 160K) and the motor is still quite serviceable. The straight 6 has 7 main bearings and relatively thick cylinder walls. Sometimes we call them "tractor engines" because they are low RPM engines with good torque. Low RPMs = long life.
What I find with purchasing older vehicles, is that the PO tends to defer maintenance until something goes out and ends up selling the older vehicle cheap, just to get rid of it. Usually a good position for the buyer to negotiate an attractive purchase price.
Then the new owner goes ahead and takes care of whatever needed repairs and deferred maintenance and has a useable vehicle. (Hopefully).
When I bought mine, the Jeep needed front brakes, a starter, tighten the manifolds, a carb and a timing chain. With those fixes, the Jeep became reliable and fun to drive.
By doing all the work myself, I kept the costs within my budget.
I think my experience was typical.
Depending on what the rest of the Jeep looks like (excluding the body damage) the price seems a bit high but not out of reason. It might be a bargain if the rest of the Jeep is really nice.
The biggest YJ killer is rust. The frames like to rust at the rear, where the springs mount and in the middle where the skid plate/X-member bolts. Check those areas carefully. Other areas to check for rust are the front frame spring mounts and steering box area. Also, pull up the floor mats and look at the front floor especially at the bottom of the "A" pillar, and climb underneath to get an idea of whatever rust the body mounts may have.
If your son is interested, it'll make a great father/son project.
Good Luck, L.M.
"Wrangler....It's not just a vehicle, It's a lifestyle".
1987 YJ-4.2L-Standard Shift- Re-manufactured Carter Carb-2" body Lift-31X10.5X15 BFG KOs-190K Miles No back seat.
HEI distributor with computer and all related relays and wiring removed.
12K Badlands winch with dual batteries.
Warn front bumper. Matching imitation Warn bumper on the rear.