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Re: 1964 Jeep?
On a '64, brakes are weak and steering is dangerous, if original. But that is standard fare for any CJ prior to 1972. Steering is fairly easily ugraded to a Saginaw unit, using later CJ parts. Brakes are just as easily upgraded to 11" drums. Front disc is an optional swap, too. If the ford engine, probably a Pinto engine, is in good shape, it will perform well in this CJ. An easy swap for more power is a Buick V6 of the 225 or 231 type. These are nearly bolt in, as the 225 was a factory engine beginning in 1966.
This CJ will probably serve you well on mild woods trails, but mods will be needed to run any tires over 31", or for mud/rocks.
$3500 for the condition you describe is too much in my opinion.You need to do more shopping. Look for a '72 to '75 CJ5. This will have an open knuckle Dana 30 front with 11" drums or possibly disc, a flanged Dana 44 rear, much stronger than the 44 in this 64.Gears will probably be 3.73. It will also have Saginaw factory steering,and possibly a factory V8. For $3500, you can find a nice one of these, that won't need as many mods just to make it roadworthy. Then you could lock and regear the axles to low to mid 4's, slap on a 2.5" lift, some mild shackles, an easy body lift, some 33" tires, and a Tera-Low kit for the model 20, and you'll go just about anywhere.
One rule of thumb I often recommend to people interested in buying their first Jeep: if you haven't researched Jeeps and the used Jeep market for 6 months, you're not ready to buy a pre-AMC Jeep. (No flame intended)
Let us know what you decide.