Hello all! I've been a long-time lurker and am glad to have finally joined the community!
I have recently inherited a 1995 Jeep Wrangler Sahara edition from my father. Long story short, the car was a Chicago vehicle for most of its life, and has been living in a garage in southern Florida for the better part of the past 10 years. Aside from having sentimental value, the Jeep received an entirely new engine before coming to Florida. (He heard a tick in the engine, and being under warranty, the dealership somehow decided to completely replace the engine).
Since I'm currently up north and don't yet have possession of the vehicle, I asked a friend to check her out and do a tune-up. Upon raising the jeep up, he discovered some serious rust to the underbody, mostly the frame and leaf springs. I haven't had a chance to view the under-carriage myself, but you may view pictures here: http://imgur.com/a/RJblW
. I was told this vehicle is very dangerous to drive in it's current state.
I've searched the forums/read a considerable amount of posts with people having similar problems, although I feel my situation is a bit unique. I was told the under-carriage would need to be sandblasted before a complete quote could be provided, but should expect between $2-3k in work.
My question are:
1) Does this quote seem accurate? If not, more/less? What other problems might I be facing?
2) I intend to drive this vehicle from FL > Denver and use it as my daily driver (repairs of course happening before that drive). Seeing how it has a fairly new engine, would you recommend fixing this vehicle vs buying a different wrangler? My budget being $5-6k (Sentimental value aside)
3) If selling the vehicle is preferable, how would I rank this in terms of KBB value?
Looking forward to your advice!