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Unread 05-31-2014, 08:07 AM   #1
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Anybody want a stray niner (almost free)

*** UPDATE - JEEP IS GONE - PICKED UP BY IT'S NEW OWNER ***

I have an extra vehicle - a 1998 5.9L ZJ, bright platinum with extensive hail damage and a rough running engine. Nearly all of the suspension items have been replaced in the past year, new rear wheel bearings, and both difs have been serviced, new tires, and new stereo head with backup camera. It has a clean green Oklahoma title, though it was a total loss on insurance due to the hail damage (about a 100 small hail pings on all body panels).

I don't want to deal with people on craigslist and I just got a huge project that's going to take up all my time for the next several months. I'll make more money selling it and concentrating on the project than I will in fixing up the ZJ and getting a better price.

Actually, I said almost free. I've changed my mind. It is free. BUT, you have to live close enough to Oklahoma City to come inspect the car yourself (or have another poster on here act as your agent). I want it to go to an ZJ enthusiast who might be able to bring it back to its days of glory or who needs the parts to bring their own ZJ back. To clarify - I will not ship.

The car will drive around the block and could be driven to a local mechanic's shop, but anything more than 10 miles and I would recommend a trailer.

If you have any questions (which should be much more than what time can I pick it up - remember it's FREE) post them here so that anyone else who reads this can see the question and answer.

Okay, so you wondered what you were going to be doing today when you woke up - you're going to be spending your day trying to figure out how to go pick up your free niner and get it out of my garage.

And since this will probably be my last thread on this forum, I want to thank everyone who's contributed to the forum and especially to those who've done the how to write-ups - you've saved me hours and hours of frustration over time.

Oh, and I forgot - you can pick it up today (5/31/2014) or it will end up being next weekend (starting 6/6/2014).

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Unread 05-31-2014, 08:27 AM   #2
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I would LOVE to come get this jeep, but I live up in Michigan so I don't think it will happen for me.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 08:28 AM   #3
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Been looking for a donor/wreck Niner for the drivetrane... wish i were close enough to take advantage of your generosity.

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Unread 05-31-2014, 08:31 AM   #4
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There will be a lot of guys out there just like you raprider - hate to rub salt in the wounds, but it's RUST FREE. Something you guys in Michigan haven't seen in a dozen years or so.

Keep 'em coming - the pain expressed at not being able to go pick up a free niner is the only payment I'm getting out of this deal.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 08:48 AM   #5
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Do you have any pictures of it? It's gonna kill me seeing it and not being able to get it
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Unread 05-31-2014, 08:53 AM   #6
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i wish i had a trailer, i would be there in a heart-beat. i could think of all kinds of things i could use off of it for my wife's zj and my mj.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 08:57 AM   #7
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Dammit. I'd be all over it like white on rice.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 09:58 AM   #8
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Any idea what's wrong with the engine? How many miles are on it? Does it have to go to a poster here? I have family in okc that could pick it up?
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Unread 05-31-2014, 10:14 AM   #9
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Do you have any pictures of it? It's gonna kill me seeing it and not being able to get it
Hopefully, I am successful in posting pictures.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 10:19 AM   #10
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Hmm.....
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Unread 05-31-2014, 10:23 AM   #11
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Any idea what's wrong with the engine? How many miles are on it? Does it have to go to a poster here? I have family in okc that could pick it up?
It was running absolutely fine. We took it on a 120 miles trip the day before. It has 186,000 miles. It didn't seem to be having any trouble, then the next day, 5 miles from home it started running very rough and jerky while my son was driving it. I picked him up and took him on to school and then that afternoon, I cleaned the IAC valve and got it limped back home. Since have thoroughly cleaned throttle body and replaced IAC.

No billowy white smoke from exhaust, no milky oil. Harmonic balancer does not wobble. My guess is distributor/electrical issue.

I don't care how it gets out of my garage, but I want it out. I said earlier that another poster could act as your agent to inspect the vehicle, but I really don't care if it's a poster on this forum who helps you out, it can be a family member who lives here near OKC, but I would like for it to go to an enthusiast who will do the right thing.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 10:35 AM   #12
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Anyone want to get this for me? I'll get it by the end of June!!!
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Unread 05-31-2014, 10:40 AM   #13
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Wow! That still looks nice. I thought it was going to LOOK totalled.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 10:45 AM   #14
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I want it.. let me look at having it picked up next weekend if someone doesnt beat me to it.
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Unread 05-31-2014, 10:47 AM   #15
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Wow! That still looks nice. I thought it was going to LOOK totalled.
FYI - the pictures from above are pictures from today. You can't see the hail damage in the pictures, but it's there.

The interior is not bad. There is a 1 inch seem in the drivers seat that is coming apart. The headliner is falling down. All of the plastic is in good condition with the exception of one a/c vent on passengers side. It still has the spare tire cover in the back which is on an OEM wheel with old rubber.
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