OK, here's the game plan...
First things first, the working bits...
1- Get heater core and blower put in, shiver me timbers!
2- Locate and eliminate that knocking on rough terrain, I don't think its a dwarf in my transfer case, but who knows!!
3- Fix, replace or discard the vacuum actuator. The solution that has been most prescribed by people who wheel is just create a solid axle, one that is locked in all the time. This would be ok I guess, there won't be a ton of HWY travel on this rig, BUT, if I can fix or replace, I will.
4- Seller indicated a problem with the computer in regards to starting, so far, I haven't seen it, if it DOES occur I will trace and fix.
5- Small thing, but given the wind sound on this rig when I drive, I gotta get the stereo fixed lol
6- Another small thing, but the wipers stop at half mast, I think its just a small matter of adjustment, whatever, I gotta fix it, its irksome lol
7- Hand brake is not engaged at all. It depresses but does not engage, found this out the hard way when I engaged it while in neutral and rolled back in my driveway lol. Weirdness at play, brake light goes off, BUT if I press reg brakes all the way to floor, light comes back on. So, investigate, adjust or replace hand brake.
8- 4 wheel drive light is on all the time despite of shift position, could be a connection thing, either way, would like it working.
Once those things are addressed its time to move on to the other items
1- Start to clean up, repair, patch and fill the areas that need it. So far I have only identified one spot that will require possible cut and sheet metal, rest should do fine with scrape, sand and fill.
2- Attach the stock tire carrier and remove tire from roll cage.
3- try to adjust drivers side door so it is more flush to frame, right now it catches on hardtop on open and close.
4- get up in under, clean, sand and try to apply rust paint to chassis and belly as much as possible.
5- Paint, going to rattle can it for now. Here's the paint scheme overlaid on another jeep. The puzzle piece camo will come later and will be on the green areas, I think it should look a-ok!
And then its the down the road stuff. I want to get a little lift under this girl, nothing big, she is not, nor will she ever be an extreme off road machine. But I figure a 1' body lift and another inch of so from an extra spring would be nice. At the same time I want to install a better shock than the stock ones that are in it. I do believe they may even be the originals if that's even possible! And of course, new rubber on black offset rim, nothing big, 31's are about as big as I would want to go, if that even.
Annnnnd that's about it for this Jeep. Now none of this will be done quickly. I am a complete and utter newb when it comes to things mechanical and bodywork is something I have NO experience in. I want to try and do as much of this myself as I can, though I imagine I will also be relying heavily on the aide and advice of others. It will be a ton of fun for Gabe and I and I am sure all who are involved!
Sorry about the lack of pics though, my camera is busted and it'll be two weeks before I can replace it! Trust me though, once the pics start coming , there will be no end!