Basically I built this jeep in high school back 2002 through 2004 and drove the piss out of it till around '07ish. In '07 I parked it in my garage and let it sit for about 6 years. I pulled it out last year and got it running for my wedding. Used it in my wedding and started kind of driving it again. How ever, the jeep is in major need of some work. The rear axle housing was cracked on the pass side outer bearing area. Got new to me wide track axles and swapped them out. Started driving it around and realized that either I was really ignorant when I was younger or this thing has deteriorated while sitting in my garage. I made a list of to-do's for my jeep and every time I take it for a spin or get under it- it seems to grow. How ever I am going to start a thread so that I can get advice and tips from fellow cj'ers as I go.
Below is my list of stuff to buy, do myself, or wish list (already gave it to the wife to start Christmas shopping from). I started this list last week in excel spread:
CJ 5 TO DO LIST
fix turning raidus- have to re-center pitman arm to steering box DONE
Fix frame- I have a cracked fram on front driver side by the brake line
oil change- been about a year and about 10-12 miles since the last one.
hook up gauges- only gauges that work are the speedo and tach,
lube tranny & t-case- also need to check seals
fix front drive shaft- my front driveshaft seems to have the splines froze up.
re-pad roll cage- I want to put pipe insulation back on my cage.
fix the fenders rattling- fenders came from quadratec and the spot welds have broke.
service axles- change oil.
windsheild wipers- they haven't worked since I owned the jeep. Would like to fix. I have all the parts (it's all that junk inside the frame).
adjust rear brakes- just need a li'l adjusting like any other old drum setup
fix lifter ping- like most 304's. I'm going to do it when I put new headers on.
axle seals & bearings- my axles came with new seals, might as well put em on.
repaint up underneath- this jeep still looks good even with a 11 year old paint. So I like to keep even the underside glossy.
repaint rocker guards- my home depot hammered paint is flaking off.
steering stabilizer- new axles came with stabilizer, but I don't like the mount. DONE
bolt down front seats- I might be missing a bolt or 2 in my seats...
adjust front suspension- 4wp did my lift when I was a senior. I don't like the way the welded my front shackle mounts, Now that I have built and installed a lot of suspensions I can tell just by looking I don't like it.
Items to buy:
Parking break Cables- the axles I bought had the cables cut.
exhaust system- needs everything. I want a stocker set up 2 in 1 out style.
top w/ doors- would like to buy another top for my cj.
radio- I plan to buy a year 1 stereo. They are so cool.
speakers rear- not sure what kind to do yet.
speakers front- not sure here as well.
Shocks- need a little longer travel shocks. I want bilsteins as well. Stainless...
cb antenna- I need a new one. I robbed the old one off for my JK.
motor mounts (2)- needs atleast one, but if I'm going to do on I'll do both.
cig charger port- so I can plug in phone chargers and a gps.
Carb rebuild- needs the carb rebuilt, but I have a guy that is going to do it.
replace all u-joints- I don't remember the last time I did u-joints on this jeep.
radio antenna- it's been broke since I bought it, it's time for a new one.
Dash Knobs- been missing most of them since I have owned the jeep.
windsheild tie down strap- lost it over time, would like a nother one.
winch- I just want one of the $300 8k winches from either tsc or northern tool.
center console- just that a cheap console.
rock lights- would like some sort of led lights underneath.
4.56 gears- I have the gears just need the install kits. They came out of my old axles.
new shifter knob- I have one from autozone that I bought in h-school, I want a normal one now.
build custom rack- one that goes over the spare tire to put a cooler on or a jerry can.
Chromolly shafts rear- maybe one day do upgraded shafts in the rear.
spot lights for bumper- Something led... cheap from amazon or ebay
Back up light- also cheap
Optima Battery- If and or when I get a winch I will also upgrade to an optima.
a few pics for motivation:
w/ my dad's jeep right after I did the axle swap:
just finished detailing my cj and my crawler...
One from back in the day: