Well I have gone a couple years with no Jeep after a nasty divorce while I was in the Marines. After a few cars I finally made it back to a 77 Wagoneer. Well what I picked out was a rust bucket with a good motor and failing tranny. After I did alot of upgrades the tranny failed me one too many times. So I decided to let her go. That started a few year drought where I didn't have a car of my own at all. Just used a company car for a daily driver which I am lucky enough to get as a perk from my job. Fast forward to about 3.5 weeks ago. I came across a 79 Jeep CJ-7. It ran good and even started well considering the weather at the time of 15 degrees. I could see some body damage and cancer bubbling up below the paint in places but overall it was in very good condition. After some negotiation I drove her home from the dealership.
Some things didn't work right off the bat. The Speedo was broken, the fuel and temp gauge weren't working, and the dealer told me the 4x4 didn't work. However on the test drive home I locked the hubs and the 4x4 worked fine (think the dealer didn't know a dang thing about locking hubs). The passenger rear shock had its shock body and plunger pulled appart. And the radiator was leaking at the seam on the top.
I got her home in this condition and it was an interesting 28miles in the dark.
In the past 3.5 weeks I've got the following fixed:
-New radiator installed
-Speedo fixed by installing new cable
-Skyjacker shocks installed
-HEI distributor installed after she was VERY hard to start twice in a row
-Overflow bottle installed after I found they were using a coolant bottle with a hose stubbed into it for overflow
What I have delivered or being delivered but not yet installed:
Twin stick kit
CCFabs Tube fenders
Spyder Trail Stinger
Here are some images as she sits now. From now on I will take pics as I go.
This is me putting her to work two weeks ago pulling logs out of the woods for firewood...