Back in 2000, I was a dotcom kid - thinking I'd always be flush with cash... didn't happen.
In 2014, my 2000 TJ remains my daily driver. And mainly because I left her with a relative for a few years when I was in NYC, she's got that "ghetto" look.
I bought her with the full off-road package - Dana 44 front and rear, went for everything minus the "Sahara" package - I just didn't care for the look of it.
Anyway, she's got the bad engine - the bearings are bad, and she struggles to retain oil pressure. My mechanic suggests I just drive her 'til it blows, then he'll find a more reliable replacement.
As for the overhaul - I'm not sure where to begin, which is why I'm hoping for some advice. Do I get the new engine first, or is it cool to just "drive her 'til she blows" and go ahead with the new paint job?
For the new paint job, I've been quoted $2500 for a complete repaint - I don't really know much about it, but it seems like a good deal. For that, I'll be having the interior painted with the liner, and the interior repainted - the dash, the faded rollbars, the works.
I'm also planning to a sort of duo-tone with the liner on the exterior - the same slightly darker green liner on the grille, around the windshield, and a couple of inches all around the bottom. Then the forest green on the hood - pretty much everywhere else.
On all of that - I'm thinking of using Photoshop and just "painting" the Jeep myself, to see how it'll look. Also so the bodyshop guy knows how I want her to look.
Anyway, on the paint side, I've been promised that she'll look "brand new" - so $2500 for a new vehicle seems like a good deal?
Because she's a daily driver - and may always be - she's completely stock, and probably always will be.
So thanks for any advice or ideas. I'd really like her to look sharp - as I'm newly single
- but I am a bit worried about getting her painted before the engine blows, not knowing what exactly happens when an engine blows. I've just been told it will happen.
Also, the top is destroyed - not sure what to do about that. I usually keep the top off all spring and summer - so maybe I can save up for a new top by next winter.
Thanks again for any help or advice.