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Unread 06-23-2014, 01:28 AM   #1
YnotJ92
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Hey all....

So I figured I'd start a build thread...

I'm completely new to Jeeps. I've taken my primary car on the beach a few times this summer and for a crossover, it did VERY well... But I found myself flirting with the idea of buying off road rims/tires to make it more offroad worthy, and then I realized it will still be a crossover (even if it is very capable for what it is) and I don't want to do something stupid and mess it up....

So I started looking for a used piece of something to use as a beach/mess around vehicle... I never thought I'd own a Jeep, and I never really liked them, but my buddy just bought a 2014 Wrangler Unlimited and its pretty cool... Needless to say, as I started learning a bit about them I grew more intrigued, and once I test drove one with the top down, I was hooked.... So I started searching Craigslist and found a bunch of junkers (2 that I saw in person were completely disheveled) in my pricerange. This one looked a lot more solid....

The guy wanted $3700 and we settled at $3250.... Here is my 1992 2.5/5mt Jeep Wrangler with (apparently) 75k original miles (although it has 31" tires so I'm not sure how badly that throws off the speedo/odometer):

It needs a few things...
-There are a few parts on the frame that I think need welding/patching due to rust... Also there are a few spots on the floor inside the Jeep that need the same
-Many of the suspension bushings are bad
-The shocks are bad
-It needs at least one body mount bushing
-It needs a motor mount
-The center of the OEM skid plate is kinda rotted where the tranny sits, so I need to replace the skid plate
-The trans grinds in 2nd, 3rd, 4th but the guy at the tranny shop wants me to replace the skid plate and motor/trans mounts and see if that doesn't clear it up
-The oil pressure guage fluctuates between 40 and pegged to 80 while driving (I think that means I need a new oil pressure sending unit?)
-The temp guage doesn't move at all
-The driver's door and rear hatch lock don't work
-There is a heat shield underneath somewhere that is rattling
-I also want to replace the seats and do some other fun things to it.... Stay tuned

I'm planning on bringing the car to Orange County Jeep Works in Middletown, NY in a week or two to have Mike up there help me with the rust issues, and shocks and most likely (if I can afford it) bushings and such.....

My goal is now to fix it up and get it into great shape and not have it as a "mess around" vehicle so much as a second car/vehicle that is badass that I can do what I want with

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Unread 06-23-2014, 01:44 AM   #2
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My first "mod"... Stripping the interior and cleaning it out real good! I threw out the carpets because they were kinda nasty... I'll be ordering a new set from Quadratec once I start getting this thing fixed up a little bit:
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Unread 06-23-2014, 05:10 AM   #3
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Predict you will ether gain an immense amount of mechanical knowledge or achieve an empty wallet.

With the skidplate and frame rotted the way they are you can be sure to find more structural issues besides the obvious.

My advice ? Unless you have the time, talent and resources OR a hefty bank account I`d clean it up real good and sell it to someone who does.
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Unread 06-23-2014, 05:20 AM   #4
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I wonder how many times the "Fire" bucket has been used in the second pic.

Good luck with your new jeep. It will be a fun & frustrating adventure but that's how most are.
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Unread 07-06-2014, 05:49 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I was quoted $1000 for a Jeep mechanic to replace the skid plate and weld in new frame rails in the skid plate area, and weld in a new frame piece by the right rear spring shackle.... I think that's a reasonable/good price so I am going to keep the Jeep....

Last night I installed my new Bestop Safari top!! Eventually I'll get the SofTopper frameless soft top.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 09:39 PM   #6
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judging by the pics the jeep looks like a nice base to build on. not sure on that price though.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 11:11 PM   #7
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judging by the pics the jeep looks like a nice base to build on. not sure on that price though.
Thanks! Which price are you referring to though? The price I paid for the Jeep?
I just spent $1669 on Bilstien shocks, OME springs, New u bolts, sway bar bushings and end links, new shackles and bushings, moog steering stabilizer, a new skid plate, new auto rust frame rails and right rear frame piece, mesh grill protector, rear view mirror with map lights, and roll bar led lights. So this Jeep is def. A keeper
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Unread 07-08-2014, 08:31 AM   #8
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The speedo can be regeared for the tires for $10. Its just a plastic gear on the speed sensor.
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Unread 07-08-2014, 03:29 PM   #9
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Good point. I may do that. For now I have gotten used to adding 10% to whatever my speedo says as I'm driving.
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Unread 07-08-2014, 06:51 PM   #10
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The speedo can be regeared for the tires for $10. Its just a plastic gear on the speed sensor.
its more like 40 on the jeep parts houses. I found a chart to determine gears/tires and figure out the tooth count I needed, then got it on ebay for about $12
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Unread 07-11-2014, 11:54 PM   #11
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Thursday was a busy day for me.

I washed/waxed the Jeep for the first time since I bought it a few weeks ago... Installed the black grille screen, removed the big tacky green "Keep calm and chive on" sticker from above the "Jeep" logo on the passenger's side in front of the door, installed the two Rampage LED roll bar lights as dome lights, removed the ugly OEM spare with the tiny spare tire, and most importantly, received the final frame piece needed before I can have the frame repaired... The new skid plate. Now I've got both frame rails, the right rear shackle frame piece, and the new skid plate.....
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Unread 07-16-2014, 12:22 AM   #12
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Received some of my suspension parts in the mail yesterday..... 4 New spring shackles and hardware, new spring bushings, new sway bar bushings and end links.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 12:41 AM   #13
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Looks like your off to a good start and good luck with the frame repair. Have you thought about removing the sway bars? I don't know what the bushing cost but it would save you some money to spend on other things as they pop up

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, removed the big tacky green "Keep calm and chive on" sticker
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Unread 07-16-2014, 01:05 AM   #14
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Looks like your off to a good start and good luck with the frame repair. Have you thought about removing the sway bars? I don't know what the bushing cost but it would save you some money to spend on other things as they pop up



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Lol.....

Yeah I'm used to driving sporty cars and even my SUV handles pretty darn sporty, so I need as much stabilization as I can get because you can classify my driving type as spirited... This Jeep will spend more time on the street than anything else (although I'm looking forward to getting it fixed so I can spend as much time as I can with it on the beach before winter).... So I'm going to keep the sway bar on for my safety.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 01:28 AM   #15
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The body looks pretty good in the pics. So if you can keep the frame rust under control it should be a nice daily driver. I know road salt in NY in the winter can be a killer on vehicles.maybe have it under coated in the future.
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