I've also got a trhead, something like "&3 wagoneer, what can you tell me" going, although it is not as extensive as Marns. I did a floor board repair and gas tank repair "on the cheap." They are on that thread and may be of help to you. My ride is headed for the tranny place next week to evaluate plugging up the leaks and a fluid cooler. I am already afraid of the bill but we'll see.
It depends on what your intended goal is. It seems obvious you are not going for a 'factory concurs restoration', which is a good thing if you are on a budget.
Are you going to daily drive it? Weekend fun cruizer? Mild trail rig?
Lots of things that can be done, these are great rigs to 'make your own'.
Bj's offroad is a good place to start to see what types of things are available. They probably have the 'most complete' selection in one place and their web site is pretty easy to use.
The engine is probably a 360 or possibly a 401.
If it's an automatic, the transmission is a TH400. Great 3 speed tranny.
Automatic will have a quadratrac transfer case. Good case but certain parts are no longer available.
It should have d44 axles front/rear. Good axles with plenty of parts available.
Overall a good combo for a fun weekend car or trail rig. As a daily driver if you have to go long distances the gas might eat up your wallet.
So you should be able to just freshen up the drive train. Tuneup/fluid change and not spend too much money.
That means you can put a little cash into a spring lift. Your springs are probably pretty tired anyways. Some decent shocks and bigger tires. That will make it a fun driver and decent trail rig.
Did they get rid of the d20 in 74 or something?
I have a Turbo 400 automatic and its mated to a Dana 20 t case.
Alright guys i have another question if anyone can answer it... the ignition locks in any car but it is a son-of-a to get it unlocked... I don't have the money now to buy a new one or and the junk yard don't have one.... (P.S. got her fired up and out for a drive the other day... sounds good and don't leak anything.. Thanks for all the Help!
Are you saying the ignition cylinder is jamming up?
That's like a 10 dollar part at autozone. Includes new keys too. Takes about 25 minutes to replace it. Rent a steering wheel puller while you are there. Super easy.
Well see it take a lot of elbow grease and a lot of kicking the dirt and cussing! I was talking to my dad and he said try putting some WD-40 or something for now and see how much a new part is... if it is only 10 bucks i'll have to run in to town and order it!
PS i'll get some pictures up some time this weekend or next week?
THANK YOU THE HELP...
Well I just got the word my shop teacher is letting me bring her in to work on it... Haha getting a grade for working on her... I'll have to put some pictures up. I also found a way to save some money on floor pans... I'm going to use some old hoods I have lieing around the farm... It will save a few dollars.... Also does anyone know if there is anyway to fix the latches on the tail gate?
I used doors off of old Heating and Ac roof top units to patch my floor. I have another minor question. I suspect someone has cut off the end of the oil dipstick on my 360 or replaced it with a different one. Could you measure your oil dipstick from where it stops at the top of the tube to the bottom and where the full mark is at? No hurry on that, just if you think of it while you are around working in the engin compartment.