Hi, everybody. This is both my first Jeep, and my first attempt at doing anything serious on my own, so comments, suggestions, "please for the love of God don't do that, you have no idea how wrong that is" and observations are not only welcome, it's why I'm here.
Back in September, my wife & I got hold of an 87 XJ, Wagoneer Limited as it says in the title. I had no idea what it was...it runs, got me from point a to b, and since I needed a DD, that's how I was using it. Besides, we got it for free, since the previous owners had only paid $600 for it and were planning on lowering it, putting slicks on it, and turning it into a drifting racer.
Their 9-year-old son dubbed the thing Seamus (why, I've no idea), but it was amusing, so while I don't know if I'll keep the name, that's what it is for now.
It has had limited use - 190k miles, the lion's share of which were being towed behind a motorhome...it has what in 1987 would have been all of the bells and whistles, but it's had a lot of neglect lately. The headliner inside has been ripped out, the carpet is moldy and I'm sure the floor underneath has rust issues...I haven't dared to look. The engine has issues, and while it doesn't have a softball sized hole in the block like one thread on here I saw, the previous owner had overfilled the oil by about 3 quarts, under the theory that if he took the dipstick out while the engine was running and it didn't look like it was totally full, then it must need oil.
I have no idea how long it had been run with no coolant, as the coolant reservoir was DUSTY inside, but at least the wiper fluid reservoir had plenty of antifreeze, so I guess that's a plus. The electrical system had several shorts, one of which I finally found when the wiring harness in the back door caught FIRE, and the previous owner had gotten irritated with the placement of the switches for the front bumper fog lights and spots, because he ripped the switches out and cut all the wiring. Also...anything that didn't come from the factory has solid red wiring. All of it. It looks like spaghetti in there.
I cleaned it up, replaced the back brake drums, pads, springs, cylinder, and brake lines, drained out the oil (that was interesting...he also apparently thought that the 9-10 OBVIOUS oil leaks must mean that he was running out of oil...I wouldn't have put it past him to fill the block with it, to be honest.) and replaced it and the filter, put some stop-leak in, and did a few other small things to make it safe to drive, and all was hunky-dory until December, when in pounding rain, I slid into the back of a BMW sedan...the back end of it was crushed, and as you can see, the Jeep appears to have at least noticed. I figured it was time to start actually improving it....so here goes.
Just about to start.
My lights! Noooooooooooo
I got the grille off through a combination of swearing and brute force, and I'm having trouble getting the bumper off. This is on the passenger side, and I can't find it in the manual (at least not yet) - what is it? It's in my way.
The bumper brackets, by the way, are bent inside from the impact, and I'm having some trouble figuring out a good method of getting it off that doesn't involve an angle grinder (which I don't have anyway).