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Unread 11-21-2009, 11:21 AM   #1
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YJ... Worth restoring?

Hello,

I just bought my first Jeep the other day (1992 YJ Wrangler, 2.5L, hard top, manual transmission) for $500. The price was great, so I had to take it, even if I just drive it until it dies. Admittedly, I am a newbie but I really want to try a restoration (especially if it is recommended). I think I already have Jeep fever...

The body isn't in the best condition: the panels, door hinges, and front bumper have some rust rot, but the frame appears (to me) to be ok... I will be posting pictures soon.

Any and all opinions are appreciated... remember I am new to the Jeep world, so any advice would be great.

Thanks!

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Unread 11-21-2009, 11:38 AM   #2
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pics would help.

things to check for-

pull the carpet if it has any. check the drivers and pass floors. check the body where the roll bar mounts as well. these are common spots in the cab for rust.

check the frame all around for holes. check the rear spring mounts where they go onto the frame.

body isnt an issue. it can be fixed or replaced.

frame could be an issue.. if its too far gone sometimes its better to replace sections, sometimes its better to start with a different frame.

either way, a running jeep for 500 is a good start.

what are your plans for it as far as wheeling? light trails? mud? pavement only?

depending on your definition of "restoring" you might be in to spend a ton of cash... or you might only need to spend a couple grand. all depends on how nice you want it to be.

i wouldnt "restore" it. jeeps are meant to be ugly.

lets see some pics!
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Unread 11-29-2009, 07:53 AM   #3
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speepdaedeesi,

Thanks for the reply. As far as restoring goes, I would mainly like to get rid of all the rust (to begin with at least). I checked the inside for rust as you advised, and saw a patch around the mount point of the roll bar on the driver's side... it appears to be there due to the rust-hole in the body panel directly next to it. In addition, both body panels, the tailgate, the windshield frame and both bumpers are rusted out. I am going to be bringing the car to my garage as soon as I make space and I will take pictures and post them.
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Unread 11-29-2009, 08:04 AM   #4
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Does it have a rear bumper or is it the frame that is rusted out? Take a screw driver and hit the sharp end on the frame, see if any holes pop through. Especially on the rear.
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Unread 11-29-2009, 08:20 AM   #5
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I don't think there is anything wrong with keeping your jeep going, and treating the rust and other minor issues will help it last a lot longer. A $500 jeep is a great place to start learning how to wrench.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 02:39 PM   #6
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Congrats on your Jeep man! I've had mine less than a year, so I'm probably a newbie too.

So when I got mine I got out the Haynes manual, they are about $17 at your local parts store. With that I was able to figure out what kind of fluids I needed and how to check them or top them off, since this is the first four wheel drive I've had. I topped off the front and rear differential fluid, transfer case, and transmission. Then I also checked the radiator coolant and changed the engine oil.

You can fight the rust on the body with flat black Rustoleum spray paint. I usually prep the rusty area with a drill with a wire wheel attached, then vacuum and wipe down with paint thinner on a rag. Then the paint will stick.

A lot of people shoot the bottom of the Jeep with undercoating spray, and then take out all of the carpet and roll Herculiner truck-bed liner on the floor. That helps stop rust and protect the steel. I haven't gotten that far yet!

Also a lot of people remove the front and rear track bars that connect the axle to the frame. There is also a front sway bar that connects the front axle to the frame to limit how much the body can tilt from side to side. I have removed all of these on my YJ. Now when I drive over obstacles my Jeep suspension can "flex" and keep my tires on the ground.

I have installed new "lift" springs and shock absorbers, mine is rated at 4 inches of lift. I also installed a transfer case drop to make the drive shafts vibrate less with the new suspension on. That part had to be welded because the transfer case bolts were too rusty. A welding shop fixed it for me for $200. I used the Rough Country brand lift kit, it was about $550 with shipping and had everything I needed except the welding part.

My bumpers are rotten and so is my windshield frame, I haven't gotten that far yet either.

I am really enjoying learning about Jeeps and driving mine. When the weather is nice having the top down is just awesome.

Welcome to the club and good luck!
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Unread 11-30-2009, 03:58 PM   #7
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SAVE THE JEEP.

If you've got the "Jeep thing" save it.I spent two and half years chasing rust holes around my Jeep while I was "restoring it" It was worth every single second, bloody knuckle and mountain dew/cigarette fueled late night. You will be satisfied when you are done cause you can build it the way YOU want to. DO IT us YJers are becoming a threatened species

I went from this:



To this, in 2 and a half short years:



And Speeps' right Jeeps ARE meant to be ugly
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Unread 11-30-2009, 04:08 PM   #8
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SAVE THE JEEP.

If you've got the "Jeep thing" save it.I spent two and half years chasing rust holes around my Jeep while I was "restoring it" It was worth every single second, bloody knuckle and mountain dew/cigarette fueled late night. You will be satisfied when you are done cause you can build it the way YOU want to. DO IT us YJers are becoming a threatened species

I went from this:



To this, in 2 and a half short years:



And Speeps' right Jeeps ARE meant to be ugly

OMFG I LOVE YOUR JEEP..
and yeah man $500 for a running rlling jeep is awesome its always worth it.
good luck with everyhting. everybody on here knows a chit load of stuff to help with the process. dont be afraid to ask about anything. belive me. from my experience still being a noobie. its worth it asking about somethign stupid then dealing with a huge issue later.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 04:15 PM   #9
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Itd almost be stupid not to try to restore it. Especially if you have a love for the jeep. besides, a YJ is the best vehicle to restore. all you need is a torch, a hammer, and a hand full of wrenches (kind of kidding.) If you decide not to you can stick in my driveway and I will. Cant wait to see the pictures!
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Unread 11-30-2009, 04:18 PM   #10
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Restore it. YJs are pretty inexpensive to get looking good. Just be prepared for a lot of crappy work haha, its fun though.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 04:20 PM   #11
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(kind of kidding)

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Unread 11-30-2009, 04:22 PM   #12
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all you need is a torch, a hammer, and a hand full of wrenches
The only thing I think your missing is a cutoff wheel and spray paint haha. By the way OP, we aren't joking about this.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 05:56 PM   #13
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SAVE THE JEEP.
I Agree with NebraskaDizasta. "SAVE THE JEEP"

Mine from this


To this in 6 months



Restore it!!!!
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Unread 11-30-2009, 05:58 PM   #14
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give you 601$ for it
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Unread 11-30-2009, 07:13 PM   #15
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Check out the build in my sig, Its almost like driving a new car now. Worth the extra time and hard work
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