CJ5 good buy?
I am looking at getting a Jeep and found a 1975 CJ-5 for 1500. It has a spring over and is running 35", that's the good part. The bad is that it needs body work (may need replacing) and the owner says it leaks coolant from the freeze plug in the back of the motor. He says it runs. It has a 304 and 3-speed tranny, dana 44 rearend.
Now I am looking at fixing this up and doing a engine/tranny swap and the body work, but being my first Jeep, is there anything specific I should look for? I checked the frame real good for cracks and I am going to drive it this weekend.
Any imput would be helpful, I have been reading the info on off-road and doing as much reading as I can.
My last 4x4 was a Suzuki Samuria with 31" and I need to get back back into something I can wheel.