Well, not really much of a newb, but I am new here and I wanted to introduce myself to the group. I've been reading here for a while, but haven't posted anything yet.
I recently re-inherited my 90 YJ that was my first car in high school back in the mid-90's. I gave it to my brother when I went away to college and in three years I don't know that he so much as checked the oil once and grenaded the motor. When he left for college my parents took the car back and used it as a runabout around town. When my wife and I moved to MO, my dear old mom was petrified that we didn't have a 4wd car for winter and so one day, without warning, it showed up on a truck outside our house.
It's a bone stock, 2.5 5-speed, and I figured it would be a good project. So now with 255k on the clock, it's in pieces in my garage. My parents live on the coast, so it had a little body rust and a leaking winshield frame to go along with crappy paint and four mismatched tires. I'm planning on a cosmetic restoration on a budget, with some mechanical enhancements in the future.
So, short story long, I'm new here. I appreciate the wealth of knowledge, and I'll try to give a little back when I can. I'm by no means an expert, but have had a bit of auto mechanical and restoration experience and can hopefully contribute to the forum in some meaningful way. Wish me luck with the resto!
welcome aboard, and welcome to Mo!
if ye need a hand, there are a few willing idiots, i mean volunteers, in the middle of missouri...
1998 XJ on 37's.JK Rubi axles with chromo shafts and ctm's, 4:1 transfer case, etc etc etc.
2003 Range Rover HSE, 4.4 Quad Cam.
1998 Range Rover with a 6.0 LSx
1994 YJ, 4.3/700R4/OME SOA, etc
Western Star 4900EX 4 axle.
4.3/700r4/new frame buildup (YJ).... http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/swap-offically-underway-324622/
It's good to be here in KC. Fortunately, the rust I've found is exclusively surface rust on only a few parts of the body (corners of the hood, door), so it hasn't been too bad to fix. No frame rust that I can find, so that's nice.
It sounds pretty ghetto, but I'm trying the $50 paint job technique with rustoleum. I've seen some good results guys have gotten on average cars. I've got 4 coats on it now and it looks like it might turn out pretty decent. It's not show car paint, but it'll do for an occasional weekend and winter driver. It does take a little bit more gruntwork to turn out right though. I'll let you guys know how it works.
Martin, I might get some numbers for 'volunteers' from you in the future. I'm looking to throw a lift on it, probably this spring, and may need an extra hand or two.
Welcome to the board and to the area.
Give me a yell if ya need help sometime.
I am in the KC area also.
Also come out of a trail run sometime. The closest legal trail is probably Kansas Rock. It has several levels of trails if you want to give it a try.
Sold : 93 YJ, 33s, 4.1, HO 4.0, AX15, d300 flipped
Building 90YJ. 37s, 5.38, 350, 4L60, np241, d44-ARB, D60-spool