Hey all, so I've been a lurker on the forums for way too long and I figured this would help get my butt in gear and get some work done!
I purchased a 1998 TJ with a combination of Grad/18th birthday money and aid from my parents. I loved it, but something inside me has been changing and I fell in love with the CJ series, specifically the CJ5. After nearly six months of pestering and arguing and pleas with my parents I have finally got them on board. I proudly displayed my '98 Wrangler on CL and with patients I got her sold. $7,200. After paying my father back for fronting me on a few repairs, and purchasing my new toy (pictures below) I have $2,000 dollars to make her mine at the moment, but always working and still dependant on parents for most things so will have some money always set aside for my CJ (:
Also I need to name her but no idea as to what yet.
On the ABSOLUTE need to do list is:
Full engine and mechanical cleaning and tune up. (not my forte )
Address the cancer on the tubs outside (will probably lead to a paint job)
Rhinoline/Line-x/Amraguard the inside of the tub
Clean the dash area, gauges, loose wires, new steering wheel, remove stereo spot
Locking Console with stereo, and figure out the best way to install speakers into the CJ5
Install a back seat and hopefully be able to afford to reupholster all of the seats to match and be weather proofed. (current front seats are not)
Feel free to give me some pointers(PLEASE) and I hope you all enjoy what progress will be slow, but hopefully significant.
First thing I did after I brought her home was take of the soft top and put the bikini top on!
She looks really good in this picture, really dirty though, needs a bath, and a new windshield(tomorrow at 4pm!)
Under the hood, I'd like to figure out how to get rid of all of these hoses and the vacuum, I'm sure their is a way to do it. If anyone knows, point me in the right direction!
Is this discoloration normal in a CJ5 in this area or is it something I should be concerned about?
She's a little dirty underneath, and you can tell she is dripping oil. Gonna get under here tomorrow and clean her out to see how the mechanical side of things down here really are.
Back side of the tub(carpet still down) can see the bits of cancer forming in the edges, gonna get her cleaned and lined here in the next couple of weeks.
Began pulling the carpet back to ***** the tub underneath it, doesn't look to bad! Any one know what the five bolts in this picture are for? I think they're for a seat?
I want to get into the gauges, get some decent back lights and get the temp gauge and fuel gauge working again. Hopefully somehow filling the stereo hole since I plan on putting one in the console.
She's really rough up on the fire wall area, wires everywhere. I am not the best with electrical side of things, but I hope to get this all cleaned up, as for the fire wall, the tub liner should clean it up and halt and damage.
Wow, it looks so different with a 4 cylinder under the hood. Nice find, and welcome to the obsession. Before you ditch the air cleaner there is an attachment you can add to that one that will run up to the front grill area, creating the 80s cold air intake. Awesome that you already have power breaks and steering.
Search to forums for "Adventures Under the Hood". Great reading on all the tubes and such under the hood, then you can make an informed decision on what you should try and remove, or keep. Take lots of pics and label all the stuff that comes off. Some of the old emissions stuff is worth a lot to our friends in California that still need to run it.
...Before you ditch the air cleaner there is an attachment you can add to that one that will run up to the front grill area, creating the 80s cold air intake. Awesome that you already have power breaks and steering....
I wasn't ditching it! Was just gonna replace the filter inside of it, but now that you mention it, I should probably look into the attachment you mentioned, and after test driving 8 CJ5s, I really enjoyed the 77-83s with the Power steering over the ones without
Not a bad idea, I am going to take it down to a local shop where I have free use of pressure washers and what not. Plan on strippin all but drivers seat, drive down, remove, wash tub really well, lift by the bumper with the fork lift and clean the underside. Need to find that leak and get it fixed :/
Be super careful using a forklift. The tank is right near the rear bumper. Tilt the forks all the way back and chock the wheels. If lifting from the front, same deal. Just hate to see the forks slide into the gas tank or your steering gear.
BTW, they are making repo Levis air fresheners in your color on Ebay.
I've also learned that sometimes... when people don't agree with you .... its best to hold them down and kidney punch them till they agree with you
Well with the lift I trust the man doing it, He's my father and has been working around semis and loading and driving and dispatching for the past 20 years. I appreciate the heads up and will be sure to let him know though!