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Unread 12-21-2007, 07:41 PM   #1
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Wrangler Build

Edit: Started as a resto but the jeep bug bit me and its turned into a DD/WW...

Hey everyone, i just want to start out by saying that I've always loved jeeps and im so happy this is my first car, and being my first car im probably going to ask a lot of stupid questions.

Okay, so moving on to the jeep...

I bought it from a dealer for $1,850 w/ a hard top and 147*** miles






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Unread 12-21-2007, 07:45 PM   #2
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thats a heck of a front bumper ya got there. it looks like a good start though. just remember to take advantage of the search feature and the FAQ section they both help a ton with the newbie questions.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 07:45 PM   #3
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For the past couple weeks I've just been stripping it down, cleaning it off, and finding more and more problems with it. Painted over the floors with Rust-o-leum the day i got it and i still need to patch up the holes.





Also here is my seat belt

from what i've seen this is a pretty common occurrence too...

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Unread 12-21-2007, 07:48 PM   #4
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For the past couple weeks I've just been stripping it down, cleaning it off, and finding more and more problems with it. Painted over the floors with Rust-o-leum the day i got it and i still need to patch up the holes.





Also here is my seat belt

from what i've seen this is a pretty common occurrence too...


click free, if you have any questions about rust repair get a hold of rustywrangler. he's doing an awesome job on his rig
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Unread 12-21-2007, 07:48 PM   #5
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thats a heck of a front bumper ya got there. it looks like a good start though. just remember to take advantage of the search feature and the FAQ section they both help a ton with the newbie questions.
Thanks

Yeah, I'm so happy I joined this because w/o the FAQ i would be completly lost.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 07:49 PM   #6
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Hey everyone, i just want to start out by saying that I've always loved jeep and im so happy this is my frist car, and being my first car im probably going to ask a lot of stupid questions.

Okay, so moving on to the jeep...

I bought it from a dealer for $1,850 w/ a hard top.



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Unread 12-21-2007, 08:31 PM   #7
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Thanks for the click free!

Just a couple more pics...


my cracked bell housing, so defiantly going to need a new transmission

The 4.2 with the carb, of course i stalled 3 or 4 times on the way home with this.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 08:39 PM   #8
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Thanks for the click free!

Just a couple more pics...


my cracked bell housing, so defiantly going to need a new transmission

The 4.2 with the carb, of course i stalled 3 or 4 times on the way home with this.
There you go
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Unread 12-21-2007, 09:40 PM   #9
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Thanks sleddinjeeper

Here are some future mods im probably going to do, nothing fancy (small budget)
New window frame*
Patch Floors
Patch Fenders
Debating on Heurculining inside and bottom of tub
EDIT: passenger windshield hinge, i broke it

If $$ permits
New Tailgate (Gash in it)
Economy lift (add-a-leaf and new shocks)
New radiator (drivers side mount broken)

*I havent taken down the window yet so ill post a pic of the rust and rot when its down.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 10:27 PM   #10
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do the nutter bypass it is amazing on how your engine will change for the better and its cheap/free
its in the *** section
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Unread 12-21-2007, 11:15 PM   #11
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I think he means FAQ...clicky
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Unread 12-22-2007, 07:57 AM   #12
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I didnt think the nutter bypass was street legal. I live in Mass so there really isnt any good places to go off-roading anyways so im using this for mostly a daily driver.
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Unread 12-22-2007, 10:34 AM   #13
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I have a 1990 with the 4.2. It came with the Carter. It's mostly a DD.

The number one, best thing I have done to my Jeep is the Nutter bypass. It makes the absolute difference in drivability, quick starting, smooth driving...it really makes all the difference, and takes about ten minutes.

The second best thing that I've done is replaced the PoS Carter carb with a Motorcraft2100. I'm one of those guys that overpayed the Ebay guy for a MC2100, but it was basically a direct bolt-on, in excellent condition, and easy to tune.

If your local laws will in any way allow it, seriously think about the Nutter/Carb upgrade. It turns it into a whole new Jeep, and makes you realize that the 258 is actually a pretty darn good engine.

And, if you're going to/have to keep the Carter, make this site your friend:

http://home.sprynet.com/~dale02/home.htm
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Unread 12-22-2007, 10:53 AM   #14
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Okay, I'll look into it more

Maybe ill just do it after i get a new sticker

Lunch-time update: Took the window down and broke the passengers hinge in half




Here is the frame rust...
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Unread 12-22-2007, 11:38 AM   #15
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jeepkid I saw the photo with the seat belt end rusted off...that happens to alot of tubs, when I welded mine I added some 1/8" steel bar down there tied to 1/4" steel underneath, so that if you get hit by someone head on it will hold the tremendous forces generated in an accident. I want to make sure you don't just tack in some sheet metal there and call it good.

Also I am from MA, PM me if you want to know more about state inspections and engine mods etc. I might not answer til after the 25th though.
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