Paid $2500 for a great running Sahara 4.0. Ditched the ragged out soft top and cruised the countryside for several hours for the past few days. Have been smiling ever since. I will need to cut/weld in a new rocker panel and driver's floor pan but other than that, it sure feels like money well spent.
(1) photo in the gallery. Frame is solid except for the front section on the passenger side. I ordered that piece along with the rocker and drivers side pan that was nearly non-existent. 178K miles. All stock. All gauges along with the a/c work. The shift indicator even functions!
Just received my new drivers side floor pan, drivers side rocker, and ART-102 front shackle frame piece from Quadratec. I am going to take a stab at cutting out and replacing the pan and rocker but I am leaving to frame work up to a local shop. The weather is starting to cool off here in KY so it looks like I will be swapping my time on the mower with time in the garage soon enough. I should be an expert tack welder once everything is back together.
Took the jeep down the road a few miles after finishing mowing this evening. Red and orange maple leaves swirling around in my wake as the sun fell below the horizon. Motor runs great. Have some slack in the transfer between gears but quiets down if I slow-release the clutch. Hardly noticed the chill in the air with the heater on and top off. Still makes me smile each time I catch another gear. Only a few more weeks of decent weather before winter sets in. Heavy frost this morning with a repeat for tomorrow. Still smiling thinking about the next trip down the road in the Jeep. Life's simple pleasures. Looking for a lift kit now.
Spent some time this evening prepping the Jeep for the frame and body work scheduled for this coming Monday. Found a local race shop that can cut and weld in the frame piece, pan, rocker and prime the raw metal for $400. I couldnt have bought the welder and consumables for that amount. They will take care of some of the other rough spots while they are at it. Still looking for a used set of 225/75s to get me through the winter or at least until I put the 4" lift on.