Well let me introduce myself first. My name is Bob and I am a Jeep nut.
I have owned 2 Wranglers in the past a 95 that I installed a 4" Trailmaster lift and alot of my own goodies on. I sold that one off about 10 years ago because just had to have a blue Dodge Stealth RT, gotta love the twin turbo AWD. Met my wife in that car cruising the "strip" something about that car.
The second was an 02 with 6" and 35's, warn bumpers, blah, blah and some blah.
Current project is another 95 I loved my first one, everyone remembers there first time. It was just an awakening that happened in that thing. I have not been the same since owning a Jeep.
Well onward bound for my journey that lies ahead. My current one was a little rusty when I got it through trade. I use the term little as a broad term.
A teaser pic of the rust I had to deal with.
Yeah a little rust my Northern Ohio salt covered roads, right they say. This thing was wasted. I was actually worried when I started opening it up. But the frame was in decent shape for my area of expenditure which was an 83 F-150 that I had up for trade, which had seen a long unhealthy relationship with the salt in it's time. I had an sweet tooth for it too I think.
The thing I did like about this Jeep was the fact it had a 4" lift already (mind you it has sagged and sits at about 3" now) 33" BFG AT's and a 4.0, Ax15 combo. Which is what my first 95 was, it even has the Hurst style "T" shift handle like my first did.
Here is a couple pics of how it looked when I got it. Note the custom "flat" fenders made with some street signs.
Not my cup of tea.
The red stripe of what the PO called sheetmetal at the bottom was actually 1/8" plate covering all the huge rust holes hidden behind. I knew why it was there I have been down this road before. What lied beneath.
I would deal with this all in the end.
The windshield was non existent, my wife and son rode in this almost an hour back to our home. Real troopers they are, thank God they had their glasses on.
Gotta love a woman that is willing to ride behind that for an hour and never "B*@*%" once about it. Looked over at her on the drive and she would smile, she knew I would fix it soon enough and She couldn't slap the grin off my face at that given moment.
The mount for the windshield frame was shot as well.
Like a surgeon prepping in time of need I was build my strength for the mission that lie ahead, the more I dug the more I saw this was not just flesh wounds but a trauma case. I would have to dig deep on this one, and must have it done before the snow flies in Han**** County.
The oil pressure was not steady on my way home with her. It would go from 5psi. to 40 psi. I figured the oil bypass spring was going on it, or the pump which could all be check when I pulled the pinholed rusty oil pan down.
Which I cleaned "J-b welded" and painted back up. I am doing this all on a budget and have to stay within it. plus the rust was not internal on pan just 2 pinholes which I ground to bare clean metal.
After installing the new Melling high-volume pump my oil pressure now sits at 35-40 idle. I am happy with that. 55-60 at 2000 rpm.
I knew I would be needing more parts than I could afford so I set forth finding a parts Jeep I could get. I ended up finding an 89 4 cyl 5 spd. I traded my 78 Yamaha XS650 for this Jeep. The bike had a hole in the right piston it had decided to do this on way home from looking at the Jeep I ended up trading it for.
(It had fenders on the front I stole them and didn't take a pic of that)
Since I have given away the secret of the fenders here you go. I stripped "Olive" of her front skirts to give way to legs that had not been shaven in many years. I had to break out 80 grit to rid her of the nasty appendages growing below.
After a whole weekend of cleaning, patching with steel, and painting. Olive actually had rather sexy legs up front again.
Now on to the sight glass on the front. I need glass on there or I would not see for long. I had to rebuild the windshield mount on her again. This task for involve the red steed placed outside my garage.
There was alot more weld involved than shown in pics. I have a hard time stopping to take pictures while working, that would involve washing my hands of there hard earned dirt.