The 82 was the first year of the SJ series, sporting a snarling 1000 cc powerhouse and 4spd. This model does not have disc brakes in the front, and ofcourse the axles are narrower than the 86 and up "Samurai". Is it a harp top or soft top?
For $1000, I hope its mint, or you get the guys g/f for a week.
you can get a and late 80's samuri with under 100,000km for about $2000 i would sit back and wait a little longer.
I would expect to find an 86-89 Sammi with reasonable KM for under $3000, but don't wait for an under 100KM for less than $2000 unless it has rust holes clean through it. Stay away from the sj, over time you will just want to upgrade to sammi parts anyway. The last sj I bought was an 84 (disc brakes) with a very good body for $800. That was 6 years ago.
There are tons of sammi's down on the coast. Patience my friend.