I just wanted some thoughts/advice from what I learned to be a very knowledgeable bunch of Jeep owners. I’ve owned 4 over the years, currently have a ZJ and have been looking for an” XJ project –daily driver” Jeep that has ability to do some snow, etc.
I have a friend with a small car lot and repair shop and a possible deal. There is a 87 XJ Wagoneer available to me with nearly 300K miles, engine runs but engine/trans/interior in fair condition at best, however, body and exterior (glass, paint, etc.) almost in excellent condition, no rust, no work.
Out back is a 93 XJ Country (no engine/trans), bad body, excellent interior and a drivable 97 XJ with low mileage engine/trans (87K) but the body looks like it went through a pinball machine the wrong way. The 87 and 97 run.
I have access to lifts, power tools, equipment and help. I can get the three XJs for $1500 or less total. A lot of what I don't use (tires/wheels/doors, etc.) can be sold to offset some costs.
Also, I was an aircraft electrician in the service, I know my way around a wiring diagram, etc. The thought was to combine the three using the 87 XJ Wagoneer body, 97 XJ engine/trans/drive train and wiring and the 93’s interior components.
I am semi-retired and would love to have an old Wagoneer with a lot of updated components in it, along with a few mods and updates, as a daily driver. Obviously there must be barriers and or obstacles, hence I wanted the groups thoughts and would appreciate any pros or cons on taking this on.