I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: Sep 1999
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Andy - in all honesty, don't do it. Get a newer rig, and just don't beat the crap out of it.
I just picked up my 99' TJ, and I did really well.
Around here is rust-central also, and what I'm seeing be very common (and cheap) are YJs. 91-95, 4.0, 5-speeds, and autos, in the $1500-$3000 category. Even some TJs in the 4000-range. If it's a 4-cyl., even less. Mileage doesn't matter so much on a newer vehicle, and 100,000+ is really dropping prices these days.
Some of the best have hardtops and softtops, full doors, and they have been taken care of.
Anyway, good luck. I think you'd have better luck with something as a daily driver that's injected, and more modern. Less rust, less issues, etc.
Just my $0.02.
Old, noisy, slow, and just generally wonderful. Wheeling Jeep.
Less old, less noisy, less slow, daily driver Jeep.