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Unread 10-30-2013, 12:46 AM   #1
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Shoestring, Junk-Yard, Handmade

Shoestring, Junk-Yard, Handmade is the theme of my project.

(The sub-theme is "When was your last Tetanus shot?")

The subject of the project is a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, I6 w/SelecTrac.

Before:


Latest work: Freshly painted junkyard brushguard, used fuel tank, new fuel pump.


Link to my photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69611863@N04/

Known Obstacles:

1. Not running

2. 130K miles

3. Came from NY; lots of rust underneath





4. No maintenance records

5. It's in the next town over. Update: Had it towed to my apartment.

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Reasons to take this on:

1. It was free

2. I always wanted a Jeep

3. I like a challenge

4. Need a vehicle for camping and tubing trips

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Work I've done so far:

1. Replaced fuel pump and strainers (Bosch from Rock Auto)

2. Replaced fuel tank and skid-plate (Junk-yard)


3. Installed new battery (Duralast)


4. Had it towed to my apartment

Long-term goals:

1. Moderate lift

2. Better wheels and tires

3. Optimized for camping

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Unread 10-30-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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Good luck with that. I had one of those Jeep projects a couple of years ago that I kicked to the curb in about 11 months as that turd became a money pit. Free is usually free for a reason I found out. I wish you better results than I had...
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Unread 10-30-2013, 01:25 PM   #3
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Good luck with that. I had one of those Jeep projects a couple of years ago that I kicked to the curb in about 11 months as that turd became a money pit. Free is usually free for a reason I found out. I wish you better results than I had...
Get out of here, you Debbie Downer! Don't rain on my parade!
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Unread 10-30-2013, 02:01 PM   #4
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Im in the midst of free project myself i say stick with it til shes fixed mine still needs a new radiator and new axles new fender hoos and rear hatch glass
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Unread 10-30-2013, 02:06 PM   #5
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Sounds like it will be a fun project! Good luck I will be following this
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Unread 10-30-2013, 02:31 PM   #6
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Get out of here, you Debbie Downer! Don't rain on my parade!
Yeah you go for it. It will be worth it if it stops one more WJ going to the junkyard. ..........that guy? I bet that even his blood group is B negative!
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Unread 10-30-2013, 03:39 PM   #7
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...that guy? I bet that even his blood group is B negative!
Ah, that British dry wit.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 12:21 AM   #8
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No photos today We're enduring a tarantula rainstorm (hour seven). So I've been looking up all the songs Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys have sampled on youtube for the past three hours. Finally got my teething baby to sleep so I could wash bottles and clean the kitchen. Get paid tomorrow; will see how much is left over after paying bills. My prediction: Not much.

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Unread 11-10-2013, 10:04 PM   #9
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Bump for photos. Finally! Spent the afternoon removing the downpipe and cat from my 2002 Jetta turbo. Replacement parts on the way from germanautoparts.com, should be here Friday. Family coming to visit this weekend, but I should be able to knock out the installation Saturday morning. I should post some pictures of the Jetta on my flickr account... I'm always working on that beast!

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Unread 11-10-2013, 10:17 PM   #10
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The rust is a little concerning. But it looks like s fairly solid rig.
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Unread 11-10-2013, 10:31 PM   #11
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The rust is a little concerning. But it looks like s fairly solid rig.
Yeah, I don't like the rust either. There's only a couple of bad spots, and it won't get much worse here in central Texas. I just want to get it running and reliable so I can go tubing and camping next summer. And I'll keep a close eye on the budget and post my expenditures in this thread as I go along.
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Unread 11-10-2013, 10:33 PM   #12
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That thing looks like mine underneath! haha
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Unread 11-10-2013, 11:55 PM   #13
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With the exception of the few rust spots that things pretty clean - body's straight / interior looks good (and that's pretty much my favorite WJ color) FREE = score!
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Unread 11-11-2013, 01:07 AM   #14
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With the exception of the few rust spots that things pretty clean - body's straight / interior looks good (and that's pretty much my favorite WJ color) FREE = score!
"a few rust spots" .....slight understatement me thinks!

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Unread 11-11-2013, 07:26 AM   #15
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I hope you don't drive with that bottle of brake\power steering fluid stored there.

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