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Re: Old willys
Modify or restore depends on it's current condition, your skill, your toolchest, your patience, and the depth of your pockets.
No matter which you do, it is certainly a good experience to own and work on an old flatfender.
If he doesn't think it's worth much, don't offer him much. If he's a buddy, he'll want you to get it for a "good buddy" price, not what he thinks he could get on the open market.
Prices for these things vary by area and of course, condition.
Here's something for comparison: Two years ago, I sold my '48 CJ2A here in South-Central PA. It had 46K miles, 12V conversion, some rust on pass side/under toolbox/spare carrier, engine started but overheated, jumped out of 2nd gear due to chipped tooth, two bad wheel cylinders, had a Warn OD, no top. It sold for $1900.
I've seen others mechanically better but with much worse sheet metal sell for ~$500.