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Unread 04-01-2015, 01:16 PM   #1
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The Breckenridge Redemption: A Build Thread

On December 31, 2014, my ZJ was stolen by one or more cowardly, ignorant & dishonorable people out of my apartment parking lot while I was visiting family, less than 2 weeks after I purchased my new KL. You might have read about it in my thread during the search: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/m...tolen-2929761/

On January 10, 2015, I towed it 150 miles from Breckenridge, TX, damaged and dirty from the long trip it was never supposed to take. With wedding and home costs in the future, I took my final ride on March 6, 2015 (http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/g...riend-3057129/).

But she won't die that easily. Her redemption from abandonment on a dead-end road in West Texas, to the trail-worthy & show-stopping ZJ that it always could have been, will be achieved.

With the support and encouragement of my family I decided to begin restoring my ZJ and keep it road worthy so that it doesn't deteriorate from sitting. and bring it to status as a trail rig & show vehicle. My basic plan is this:

1. Function: Repair windows & ignition, basic items that were damaged during the theft. Catch up on maintenance, do some overall checks, and officially transfer the title from my dad and get a "title-only" application so that it doesn't need insurance or registration.
2. Security: Install a basic alarm & immobilizer to heavily discourage future thieves, and keep shrouded and hidden behind locked and monitored gates and garages at all times.
3. Cosmetic: Detail and restore interior dirtied and damaged from the theft and long use. Do a full strip, sand, and respray to a deep, black pearlcoat, with original pinstriping and sentimental dealer decal where my uncle sold it to my dad.
4. Performance, Trail, & Show Readiness: To be done as time and funds permit, do all the things I couldn't do when I was in high school and college and it was a DD, like installing a lift and repairing/replacing worn and leaky components, and so on...

Updates to come...

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Unread 04-01-2015, 01:17 PM   #2
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Unread 04-01-2015, 01:17 PM   #3
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Action log snapshot for phase 1, lists all individual actions that take time or money to track use of time and budget. As of 6/14/15
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Unread 04-01-2015, 02:20 PM   #4
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Just wanted to post so I am subscribed. Can't wait to hear what you do. I'm sitting on a 1992 XJ that is the same way, and pretty much everyone thinks it should be scraped. I just can't bring myself to do it.
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Unread 04-01-2015, 04:08 PM   #5
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As far as the ignition, they most likely only broke the tumbler. Mine broke on it's own years back from a heavy keychain. It's SUPER easy to replace, take out the ingitiion module, there is a pin in the back, you pull it and the tumbler comes out. The dealer had a new tumbler at the time for like 15 bucks. Any plain old locksmith can code the tumbler to your key. I paid 30 bucks to get mine done.

I think honestly you could probably just pull one from the junkyard as well, and have a locksmith code it to your key.
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Unread 04-01-2015, 07:23 PM   #6
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This is what I have...I'm guessing it's just the cylinder...like $40 on rockauto.
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Unread 04-02-2015, 11:47 AM   #7
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you'd have to probably get a whole new ignition switch too.... GO to a JY and pull it. very easy to do. You'll need the security torx to take off the plastic panel...

looks like this when you pull it

here is the video on replacement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab40F_kIN6s?t=1m19s
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Unread 04-02-2015, 02:09 PM   #8
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I decided I'd just buy a new one along with the cylinder from rockauto. That'll be the first thing I do. Drawing up a list of items to get from the junkyard...I want to try and balance getting as many things in one trip as I can and not spending too much time down in the bad part of town, by going really early when they open around 7-8 and being out of there by 10-11. I don't mind shady-looking working class folks, but from my experience, thugs without jobs and looking to do harm usually sleep in...

Also posted my current budget, schedule, and list of things to do first.

Fiancee said we would have to think about it...but if I can get the Jeep cleaned up by the 31st she would be open to riding in it....
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Unread 04-03-2015, 01:05 AM   #9
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I decided I'd just buy a new one along with the cylinder from rockauto. That'll be the first thing I do. Drawing up a list of items to get from the junkyard...I want to try and balance getting as many things in one trip as I can and not spending too much time down in the bad part of town, by going really early when they open around 7-8 and being out of there by 10-11. I don't mind shady-looking working class folks, but from my experience, thugs without jobs and looking to do harm usually sleep in...

Also posted my current budget, schedule, and list of things to do first.

Fiancee said we would have to think about it...but if I can get the Jeep cleaned up by the 31st she would be open to riding in it....
nice list! i love you organization!

You have an awesome fiancee! my wife wouldnt ride in my jeep. it ended up being delegated to carrying booze and other stuff to the reception
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Unread 04-03-2015, 11:45 PM   #10
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Had to push back my aggressive schedule...I realized my KL in the shop has most of my tools :P. so I can't do any junkyard runs till I get it back...not till late next week. Might be able to do the ignition since I have some household tools, screwdrivers and drivers like that. Planning to do that day after my parts arrive.

Still a pretty aggressive track though, I'm confident I can be through with Phase 1 before May. Might make a Phase 1A if I find any major problems, like I suspect she needs an alignment or possibly some suspension part replacements from my last time driving, thanks to the thieves. Might be some bent stuff...but we'll see.
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Unread 04-05-2015, 12:22 PM   #11
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how do you like your kl?? im consdiering one for a daily driver..
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Unread 04-05-2015, 05:39 PM   #12
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how do you like your kl?? im consdiering one for a daily driver..
It's great, I mostly chose it for capability and fuel efficiency/comfort. It's no Wrangler when it comes to capability, but it's great for a little of everything. And you won't find anything with the same interior refinement and features at that price point. The transmission issues are a little overblown on the forums, though nagging and I had to bring mine in a couple times for it...I would recommend it.
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It's great, I mostly chose it for capability and fuel efficiency/comfort. It's no Wrangler when it comes to capability, but it's great for a little of everything. And you won't find anything with the same interior refinement and features at that price point. The transmission issues are a little overblown on the forums, though nagging and I had to bring mine in a couple times for it...I would recommend it.
I can't recall from the various threads, have you taken in yours yet for the transmission replacement? It seems inevitable for KL owners.
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I can't recall from the various threads, have you taken in yours yet for the transmission replacement? It seems inevitable for KL owners.
I have not needed a replacement...it hasn't totally failed like others. Kind of uneasy about it though.
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Unread 04-08-2015, 11:35 AM   #15
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serious? they need to be replaced?!
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