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Unread 07-16-2014, 12:31 PM   #1
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Requesting advice on damaged Wrangler!

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!

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Unread 07-16-2014, 12:49 PM   #2
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Where is it at in southern Florida. There is a in Stuart here on the forum that is a rain man when it comes to YJ's.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 12:53 PM   #3
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Ft Myers / Naples area
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Unread 07-16-2014, 01:08 PM   #4
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Its about 100mi. but I think it might be worth the trip for you to get in touch and have him look at it. You will never and I mean never find a better person to tell you what's up and to fix it.

PM him:
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Unread 07-16-2014, 01:23 PM   #5
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Ft Myers / Naples area
You're in my neighborhood....
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Unread 07-16-2014, 01:26 PM   #6
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the springs are fine, new ubolts are probably in order though. there are patch plates for the frame where the shackles bolt on. If you know someone that is a good welder this could be a really cheap fix(at least to get driving. I have seen people drive them far worse.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 01:47 PM   #7
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x2 Goob It doesn't look bad to me at all. Like I said. PM Max. He is the best there is and prices are good. You need it running and fixed you are lucky enough to have it close to him. He does nothing but Jeeps. That Jeep has sat around for a long time and he can go through it and tell you exactly what you are dealing with and how much it will cost.

This is Max on Youtube dealing with a Jeep inspection:
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Unread 07-16-2014, 02:38 PM   #8
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Thank you for the referral! Pm'd Max!
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Unread 07-16-2014, 04:49 PM   #9
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You will be glad you did. Post back and keep up updated.
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Unread 07-17-2014, 09:52 AM   #10
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Will do!
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Unread 07-21-2014, 10:26 PM   #11
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Frame time.......
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Unread 07-21-2014, 10:32 PM   #12
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Did you get in touch with max?
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