Thanks for all the input guys, As far as where ill be driving it, itll mainly be a summer/light trails/beach ect... No huge rock crawling for this rig. Ive got a MASSIVE list of things to sort through and inspect inside and out on this thing and all the info on here has definitley helped.
As of now my main concerns going to look at the thing are
- Definitly give the frame a twice over, Checking for deep set rust especially around the rear supension pieces.
- Give it a good test drive, diffrent gears speeds watching rpms and looking out for any wandering of the front end.
- Shackel length on the front and rear is clearly a HUGE aspect. so ill be measuring those and making a judgement.
- And as long is that is all good and checks out i can start looking at the details of the rig!
So worst comes to absolute worst suspension wise id be looking to replace shackles and possibly a set of new leaf springs?
well it doesn't have enough lift for the tires. you see how close they are to the fenders. offroad the tires wold chew the fenders up and sit them out. especially being glass. personally I think 36's are too much. I'd just go with a 33 x14.5 and leave the springs
Ill be there around 4 pm tommorow. i plan on spending ALOT of time underneath it and doing quite a number of measurments......
Outside of all that, i feel as though ive completely overlooked the motor... it has the stock 258. Seeing as these things can be rebuilt like its nobodys business. Any places in perticular i should look/listen for noises or leaks?
Take a piece of paper and a pencil to write down speeds and tach. readings. I would also take a GPS to correctly check speed. It probley would also help to have a friend help (saftey).Check the glass front clip for interferance with the front tires when opening. See how good the instlation is on the tub to frame, look for quality!
1957 WILLYS pickup,
1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac.
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ.
Great idea about the speeds and cross checking it with a GPS. Definitly plan on doing that one.
Cant wait to get down there and see it tommorow. Ill be sure to let you all know how it goes and if im rollin back in a new 79'
Those wheel arches are too narrow for the tyres which I take as a sign of a half complete build.
It is tempting to jack up a Jeep and insert some large tyres which gives it a certain look but there is a lot more work to do to make it perform on road, such as gearing, power, steering and bodywork. The bodywork is easy and relatively cheap and required in most parts of the world so why not?
I was passed by one today in Port of Spain in Trinidad which appeared to be similair to your spec. I say passed but if I had broken into a trot I could have overtaken it as the gearing and engine power did not seem to match the wheels and jacked suspension and it must have been a pig to drive on road. It did not have wheel arch flares but the owner had invested in a semi-camouflage paint scheme and netting.
It looked nice.
The price is right IF the chassis is straight and not riddled with rot. As the back end has been replaced it may have had rust issues in the past, most have, so make sure it has been properly fixed.