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Unread 03-07-2015, 08:02 AM   #1
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On the fence....new XJ or rebuild my ol trusty ruster.

I can't weld. Not to say that I don't want to learn and actually looking into buying my first welder, been researching. That said, my 2000 XJ is suffering from North East Ohio Rust as well as falling ice damage that smashed up the two driver side doors. Rockers are shot as well as some other parts of the body. I'm looking into picking up another XJ...114k on odometer, a few minor dents. Probably $4,000 and starting over.
I'd have to move the the geared and shafted axles as well as the sye and most of the armor. I'm thinking TnT long arm vs my dropped RC kit too.
Question is start from scratch or try to rescue my Rusty but faithful rig that I owned since new?

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Unread 03-09-2015, 05:30 AM   #2
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I was with buying a new rig and swapping parts over until I saw "owned since new"
If you truly owned it since it was new I'd keep it and rebuild it.
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I was with buying a new rig and swapping parts over until I saw "owned since new" If you truly owned it since it was new I'd keep it and rebuild it.
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Very few people can say they have owned their XJ since it was new.
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Unread 03-10-2015, 12:07 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I'm going to keep her. 15 years and she's still running no matter how much I cut her cut her up, bolted on, swapped out and ran her rough. So, now I'm taking a little course in welding and picking up a Hobart 140 MIG welder. I've replace the rusted out rockers, it's pretty bad.
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Unread 03-13-2015, 08:49 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input. I'm going to keep her. 15 years and she's still running no matter how much I cut her cut her up, bolted on, swapped out and ran her rough. So, now I'm taking a little course in welding and picking up a Hobart 140 MIG welder. I've replace the rusted out rockers, it's pretty bad.
Good choice! On keeping the jeep and the welder, I own a Hobart 125 with mig conversion and it gets everything I need up to 3/16s done. I really wish I had gotten the 140 though.
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