I have not taken on a project like you are but everything I have heard and read.....figure out your estimated budget and then add alot more on to it. Good luck and enjoy the time with your son!
Corrosion could be it but I have seen worse work. Clean it and try it.
You can't think of the "neutral safety switch". Could be bad or gotten disconnected.
Possible bad fuse?
Broken wire in the column?
When you turn the key a small rod moves on top of the steering column, something get messed up...
Pretty sure the wheel base was shorter or just about the same, not longer. Everything I have ever read anyway. I had a CJ6. It was complete and a basket case and got $1000 or $1500 for it, can't remember.
More pictures would be helpful to see what kind of modifications/holes have been drilled into the body. Looks clean but the picture is not much to go on.
I am guessing you blurred out the fire company name to prevent somebody from swooping in and buying it before you can figure out what it may...
Yes, I am an identically twin, Bas157 on here is my twin brother. He has a CJ7 so he is not on here alot. I have identical twin nephews who are 22, I have a tough time telling them apart when I see them, at least until I know who is who that day then I just remember what they are wearing.