Re: $8000 good price for CJ7
The Deal is a bit high for a normal CJ7, but that doesn't sound like the run of the mill CJ7, Dan pointed out that in places you can get a decent CJ7 for quite cheap, but you will be paying out the noise to keep it running, not to mention many older cjs have allot of rust. Around southern ca, you can get a good CJ7 fair paint, no rust, good engine, even with MPI I see em anywhere from 5K to 8K
Specifically for the Jeep you are looking at, if its put together well, then 8K is a fair deal. Find out, is the engine really new, or rebuilt it, who did the work to the jeep, was it professionally painted? If it has a new body, and engine, the whole jeep will have been rewired. Check out the electrical very thoroughly. Also some weak spots I see in the Jeep, 2" lift shackles, They hinder handling and can make the jeep quite unstable at high speed. Also the 3" body lift causes allot of strain to the mounts on the body, even though it is new, check around the body mounts for cracking, and if you do get the jeep, look to reinforce those mounts. Also is the Tranny stock? are the axles stock, these may be weak links behind a high power engine, even though they have detroits, the stock 2 piece axles are weak, also you can spin the housing, if its not welded to the carrier.
Bottom Line, don't let your heart beat out your brain, be objective, get the thing thoroughly checked. If its good, its a more then fair deal.