Originally Posted by LumpyGrits
OP-how much of a mechanic are you?
OP sez "I am curretly scared of it, I admit that."
I say-Why in the hell did you buy it then?
Also sez "but the blood pressure goes way down after stoping and shutting the engine down."
Sell the dang thing-You'll never be comfortable with it.
I'm 63+ years old, and drive my Jeep every chance I get!
Not a pro by any means, but not scared to dig in.....have rebuilt motors and did a frame off nut and bolt on my last project.
I am NOT scared of Jeeps......I would be scared of anything in the unknown condition this is....when done going thru it and becoming familiar with how all the systems work and confirming everything.....I will drive it like any other ride without any other fears than that of a normal ride.
I will be fine with it..........just some of the work I have fixed and seen done on this ride has me wondering if the axles have been welded back together in 3 pieces or it has wooden gears in the transfer case.....I will feel much much better once I confirm everything for myself.......
I was just wondering if there were inheret design flaws or known issues that are unique to the Jeep......that are big things to watch out for.
Just looking for a heads up on Jeep stuff that might not be known to a new Jeep user.
Such as the pintos gas tank explosions.....or the 66 chevy truck with the gas tank inside the cab behind the seat etc...
I can assure you given this Jeeps current state...some one as yourself who knows about Jeeps would not even want to drive it or if you did, would not get back in it..........this is not Jeep fear, it is just good common sense on my part,which even driving this thing shows a lack of.
I was driving it before the steering box rebuild which allowed the steering wheel to be turned over 1/4 of the way each direction without any tire movement........foolish, yes....but sometimes the only way to find things out is to drive it .
The only way to know if it shifts fine and does not whine in high is to give it a test run..........last drive is home tonight to give it a good going over now that I know what to look at based on observations made driving it.
I appreciate all the info and will use it.......just trying to convey this is not Jeep fear....this thing in its curret state is a borderline death trap.......just looking for stuff that I might not have thought of or would have no way to know if I have not worked/owned a Jeep before.
Such as with a little sanding and shake testing I just discovered some loose rivets and frame cracking around the rear shackle frame mounts and also some welding....apparently this is a problem area to look at on Jeeps......
I appreciate all the info soo far............