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Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:12 pm
by TheRebel
Hey guys, knew to FSJs, not new to wrenching. I’m looking at buying my first FSJ for $1500. She has a bit of rust, but was running well when she was parked a little over a year ago. Mostly original. I’m happy to pay the $1500 as I think it’s a fair deal, (been wanting one for a long time) but just want to get some expert opinions. Thanks!
Also I’m in California ImageImageImageImage

327 with 90k. ImageImageImage


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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:44 pm
by Stuka
I personally would not pay $1500 for that. Jeep trucks just don't go for much when in good running condition. Much less in that condition.

Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:29 pm
by 44bz
I paid $1600 for my 68 with 327 and t18. It was running and drivable but needed maintenance on everything. If it was me I’d offer less. Also clarify the trans - an original 4spd should have reverse to the right and up not down as the knob indicates.


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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:14 pm
by TheRebel
Not the original trans. Owner is a good friend and told me a little over a year ago, he was driving it daily to Glendale which is an hour and 20 from here. I’ll take that with a grain of salt.

How much do you guys think would be fair? I based the $1500 off scouring autotempest for a few days.

Frame is surprisingly not pitted with rust, but I do have a fair amount of body work to do.

I just turned 20 this month, but have been wrenching for the past 3 years apprenticing at a local restoration shop.


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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:18 pm
by 44bz
Well here’s another example of basically same as what you’re looking at:
https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/ ... 17220.html

Selling prices seem to vary a lot...


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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:53 pm
by swampedge
Keep looking for a better unit. Rust is a deal breaker. Remember if it’s rusted to the door handles you’ll have twice the money in it than if you shipped one out of the south west. That green CL truck is just about right on the money. Long beds can bring the same money as short beds but they have to be pretty darn nice as far as condition of body. I buy them and ship them all the way to the Orlando/Cocoa Beach area of Florida if that tells you anything. Cheap rate is .78 cents a mile but sometimes I pay 1.00 a mile. I average 2,500 to purchase and then 13-1,400 to get it here and I’m still ahead of the game because I don’t have to replace sheet metal. Maybe a spot in a floor here or there. Jim


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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:57 pm
by swampedge
swampedge wrote:Keep looking for a better unit. Rust is a deal breaker. Remember if it’s rusted to the door handles you’ll have twice the money in it than if you shipped one out of the south west. That green CL truck is just about right on the money. Long beds can bring the same money as short beds but they have to be pretty darn nice as far as condition of body. I buy them and ship them all the way to the Orlando/Cocoa Beach area of Florida if that tells you anything. Cheap rate is .78 cents a mile but sometimes I pay 1.00 a mile. I average 2,500 and that’s a super straight unit with a mint tailgate to purchase and then 13-1,400 to get it here and I’m still ahead of the game because I don’t have to replace sheet metal. Maybe a spot in a floor here or there. A pristine tailgate is worth 3-500 bucks all day and that’s what you’ll have to pay for one if you don’t luck out on one from someone’s backyard. Jim


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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:58 pm
by swampedge

Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:43 am
by mud89
J3000 well optioned : 327ci V8, "custom cab" trim, chrome bumper
Mirrors specific for towing
Engine number on the alternator bracket will give you a build date

Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:09 pm
by candymancan
Id keep looking, everyone knows my 90 Grand Wagoneer and the rust adventures i went through on it, but it was just the floors and some parts of the frame in the rear that were easily fixed.. But if the body is rusting that much i wouldnt bother it would be alot harder to fix all that.

Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:26 pm
by TheRebel
Thanks all. I passed due to your recommendations. I found a new one that I am looking at now. Wish me luck!Image


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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:34 pm
by 44bz
What’s the story on that one?:)

Don’t get discouraged. I think the first one you found would’ve made a decent project and the rust didn’t look that bad to me but $1500 seemed high.




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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:39 pm
by TheRebel
44bz wrote:What’s the story on that one?:)

Don’t get discouraged. I think the first one you found would’ve made a decent project and the rust didn’t look that bad to me but $1500 seemed high.




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This one has a running 327, 4 on the tree, and original interior that honestly is in great condition. Owner by an older gentleman who was in the process of getting the clutch replaced, and the mechanic who was working on it died before finishing it.

I tried tracking down the camper shell, and I got the name of “Shell City Campers”, but that’s all I came up with.

California car so very minimal rust

The first one I posted was an Idaho car, with really bad rust. (Worse than pictured)


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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:41 pm
by 44bz
As far as I’ve seen the column shift manual trans was a 3spd, not including reverse. It looks like a cool truck and I dig the canopy.


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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:45 pm
by TheRebel
My bad. It’s a 3 speed.


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Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:44 am
by candymancan
That one looks pretty badass.. but id remove the shell on the bed.. Never been a fan of those on pickups.. but thays jusy me of course.

How much does he wants for it ?

Re: Am I getting a fair deal?

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 2:43 am
by swampedge
So how did your truck turn out now that you’ve had it for a little while?


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