You'd feel fine if you know what I paid for it.
I have an issue... I'm left brained. There was a base white model on the lot in 1995 (last year
) that I wanted soo bad i had the lump in my throat when my dad told me no. They've just always been my fav.
I always like to try and buy new, and take care of... always been my motto. So, to satisfy that left brain I was considering buying all the pieces and building me a YJ (but with possibly a 4bt).
Alyways, I saw this one posted right after Christmas my wheels started turning. It was as close to new as I'd ever get. True I paid out the nose for it, but most nice YJ's still fetch top dollar. However, I have no plans to ever sell this one. Hopefully my kids will enjoy driving it when I'm too old to.
I feel ya on the fix everything I broke. I consider myself a "jack of all trades", but DEFINATELY a "master of none." I can do what I have to, but lots I'd rather leave to a professional.
Like you were discussing those axles. I was quoted $1800 to do it all and keep mine (and that's a real good shop). So I start thinking, I spend a weekend pulling my old ones, and prob a weekend putting new ones in (that's 4 days...). Then I pay him $100, but he's 3 hours away so I also burn another couple tanks of fuel. Then I prob have to at least re-do brakes and such (where mine look like new). That crap adds up fast...
I've made two trips soo far to Destin, just cruising the beach. Made my day. Haven't been able to make a ride yet with the local Jeep club as they've only gone weekends I've worked. But hey, I get a kick out of taking my daughter to tee-ball practice in it.