Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Leitchfield, KY
Well, had a stretch of bad luck here lately with things. The Jeep has been great, but it appears my Mustang project will come to an end early on, and Im telling this tale here because it will be affecting the Jeep in a positive way.
So I picked up the car through auction using dealers license, dropped it off at the shop I was going to be doing the frame work at and it sit for a couple months. Temps have been below freezing, and one thing I didnt think to do was drain coolant on the car. I checked and seen that antifreeze was present but at the time had no idea how cold it was going to be, so I never gave it another thought.
Tuesday I go to start the car to pull it inside on the frame rack, and smell belt melting. Hopped out and seen the waterpump wasnt budging, and upper rad hose was froze solid. Uh oh. Removed belt and pulled inside to thaw out and assess the damage the next day. Well, Im clearly very unlucky, drained the oil the next day and found more water than oil. Hard freeze busted the block. FML.
Lucky for me I didnt have a lot of money in the car, and it has plenty of good parts. Had tossed the idea of swapping in a new motor but its really not feasible and will push me past the point of being able to profit if I chose to sell it when it was fixed. So Ill be parting it out, and based on my figuring, just selling the main parts (fenders, hood, wheels/tires, tranny and rear end) should bring enough money in to where I can still profit off the car thanks to a low buy in price.
With the money I get from the part out I will probably start buying cheap fixer uppers to clean up/ do basic maintenance and flip for profit like I used to do before my daughter was born. Since XJ's are still in good demand here and Im already super familiar with the platform that will probably be the majority of vehicles I buy. So if all goes to plan be ready to see a world of XJ's popping in and out this year in the thread.
This affects MY build in that the profit turned on each one will help fund the build along faster, and help me keep things off the wifes radar haha.
All this aside, Im getting a good amount back on taxes so I plan to pick up some of the needed things Ive been off. Including
*HD Offroad Engineering stiffys.
*Tcase/belly skid - considered making my own but really like the look of Dirtbounds belly skid and its only $175
*Metalcloak/Currie control arms
*Doublesheer trackbar, probably IRO
*Do my rocker replacement.
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