yes G Beasley, it is turning into quite the project but i refuse to just part it out like i see so many others doing when their jeeps get bad. not my style. as for the welding part i have 2 great guys who are experienced welders and teaching me little by little. one welds MRI machines for phillips and the other is a custom fabricator thats builds spray foam trailers for constractors. i also have a laid off bmw/gmc tech at my disposal and a few other guys that just love to wrench.
Ryanv- i dont know where to start as far as time and $ goes but i'll try to inform you best i can...
project was suppose to be to repair floorpans with replacements, fab sheet metal for body mount rot holes in floor, monstaline interior, cut out and patch frame rot. i purchased gears figuring while my jeep was down i'd put those in and a SYE with cv shaft. figured it would take 3-4 weeks. we started during my spring break from school, second week of march.
progress was slow at the start, and the further along we got we noticed my rear section of frame was worse than we thought. cracks along the bottom of frame. from side hole to side hole, right where it begins to wrap around the axles. this was probably caused by wheeling it with the rust weakened frame. i was looking into getting the safe-t-cap pieces from autorust, like $370 for the pair, but i decided to look around online. i also piked up some temp work as ab order picker in the cooler warehouse, 3rd shift 40 hrs, while going to school full time, which really cut into my garage time and sleep but i knew the money would be needed for project rotbox later on...
found an ad on craiglists, a junkyard in mass had a yellow jeep tub with "a few dents but in good shape" and a rear section of a frame where trans skid ends to rear bumper) that was left over from a low speed front end collision. frame was an 04 that had less than 20kmis on it. so i said f**k it and off to massachusetts we went to get this stuff. when we got there we found a ton of jeeps and other really nice vehicles but the place was a mudpit and rather disorganized (worse than most junkyards anyways) the tub had been in a low speed rollover onto its side and the frame had to have a body taken off it. just about every torx stripped and the owner was dead set on keeping the tailgate off the yellow tub which put us back an extra hour drilling out the bolts. i got the tub for $250 and frame for $300, which was still to high IMO but i already sunk $120 of diesel fuel into the truck and decided i wasnt going home empty handed.
on our way home we get the call that dave's (my welder buddy who owns garage my jeep is in) brother matt was in a really bad motorcycle accident and was being airlifted to albany med. skinny pedal down most of the way back to new york!!! 5 miles from NY border i get pulled over by a mass statey. i tried explaining to him what happened to matt, that i was in a truck with no cruise control, and that there were cars passing me down the hill where he said i was speeding, but he did not care and gave me a ticket for 82 in a 65. first speeding ticket in my 5 years of driving $170 bucks. i knew i shoulda tried to get the tub and frame cheaper!
matt had hit a car head on when his bike slid out on a sandy corner. he broke both his legs, his arm, dislodged his pelvis almost 6 inches to the right, his helmet was ripped off his head, he had brain swelling, they removed part of his spleen, his gall bladder was mush, one of his liver vessels that connected to his liver had collapsed, he had bad road rash, and lost a ton of blood. he was in ICU in really bad shape for a week and half and they released him to another section of the hospital. he started talking again about a week ago. all his surgeries are done and he started light PT yesterday. He is healing fast and they expect him to make close to if not a full but slow recovery.
So this obviously slowed work on the jeep down quite a bit, we are getting back into it now.
we had to use the skid steer as a wedge to winch the jeep around a cavalier and onto to the trailer. the skid steer was buried half way up the wheels in mud.
dropped the fuel tank, and started to take the transfer case off in the next to picks. gettin it down to bare bones
picked up a new cherry picker from auction so dave said why not get the motor/trans out so we can get at teh whole frame
"4 low, 2nd gear, skinny peddle on the right"
bought not built, broke, then rebuilt
you thought you had rust?
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