I couldn't take driving around with a broken driver's seat any longer, after all I do have a back injury. Got a smoking good deal on these RRC seats from ebay. After their refund for shipping one seat at a time, total was under $400 for both. Somewhere along the line, I picked up OEM center console for $20:
I was getting a bit sick of my stock dinky front bumper and been keeping an eye out for one on CL. They typically go for $400+ around here and I didn't care to spend so much. One day I found this beast for $140, relocated the Hellas as well. Very solid shop fabricated custom front bumper with bull bar and winch mount:
Friend from work gave me his old Warn front diff cover that same night:
Went on another shooting and offroading adventure, came back with a broken pressure plate, slipping torque converter and busted transmission mount:
The following maintenance was performed at my buddy's shop right before he got fired:
- new torque converter
- new steering box
- main seal
- oil pan gasket
- OEM coolant flush, thermostat
- new transmission mount
- new brake booster
- new master cylinder
Jeep was starting to really run good, almost everything possible in terms of maintenance has been done at this point.
I was in the market for a hard top and some full doors, great opportunity came up and I took advantage. Guy on CL sold me full CJ doors, two piece aftermarket hard top, rear seat, rear bumper from TJ, fender flares, and a few other small items for a complete package deal of $500.
I thought it was well worth the buy and brought everything home:
I tried on the doors, but didn't really like the look:
So I decided to sell everything for profit. I sold the doors for $500 and the hard top for $550, got another couple of hundred for left over parts. Used the profit money for OEM hard top Bestop fiberglass door tops for OEM half doors.
The hard top was a trip out of town, but I couldn't pass up a perfect condition from a 94 for only $600:
Picking up the top at some antique furniture shop 2 hours away:
Bestop fiberglass door tops were bought from a forum member around $300 if I recall right. They weren't the right color, nothing a rattle can won't fix:
Next on the list was a real rear bumper with tire swing out. I researched and looked, nothing what so ever in my price range.
Was down at Hard Rock 4x4 Jeep hospital buying some door inserts when the owner offered this Crown auto bumper for under $300:
I was all over it, absolutely love the way it looks along with fitment and quality:
Got a set of 1" shackles I temporarily ran:
They offset the caster too much so I switched to Bserk boom shackles: