Its been a while since I have poisted on the forum so figured it was time to get everyone caught up on what has been going on. I sold my pride and joy 1998 Jeep Cherokee about two years ago to my good friend in northern PA. (Pic and build thread below)
As part of the deal with my friend he had a 1997 Jeep ZJ that he was going to scrap due to a blown transmission that he replaced, but could not get running again afterwards. I already had two new tires on my XJ so for buying a matching pair to make for 4 brand new tires he gave me the ZJ. I basically bought the ZJ for $300 and still sold him my xj for $4500. Not too bad of a deal. Here's me making the swap at his house.
The Jeep was in overall amazing shape. It was originally from Virginia so there was no rust to be found on the body at all. Some prior work had been done on the passenger side rear quarter panel and had the clear coat de-laminating on the panel. In addition my friend had just hit a deer with the jeep prior to blowing the transmission causing the hood to be damaged, and the springs to be sprung, along with the mount panel and front bumper being damaged.
In order to get the jeep running again, i narrowed the issue down to the PCM computer being fried. I replaced it with a refurbished unit off of Ebay. It fired right up, and i registered it on the road. Upon driving it for a week, the junkyard transmission blew as well. At that time i had considered parting it out or scrapping it. Coincidentally at that time, my girlfriends 2000 dodge intrepid developed a few new problems as well. In addition to it being rusted out, it had developed a fuel leak above the exhaust manifold. we decided to use the money from selling her intrepid to have the transmission professionally rebuilt in the jeep, seeing as it was in much better shape than her car.
After rebuilding the transmission we drove the jeep for a year with minimal work, a new header panel and headlights and a ziptied bumper, it was not the prettiest jeep on the road but it got us from point A to point B. In the last 2 weeks I decided that for our initial investment of the jeep being so low, it would be worth our while to put some money into it and keep it from being just another rotted out jeep zj on the roads of western NY here in the rust belt. So i set out to fixing any rust that started and dressing the jeep up to last for years to come.