Before we begin I should warn everyone to push their expectations into 4-low. I am not here to impress--I just want to share my journey with everyone and maybe get some tips along the way.
I purchased a YJ (perfect condition) a few years back and we have had many adventures together. The first day of owning it I smashed the hood up after I took a nose dive into a grass covered pit and had to be pulled out by the owners of the property (who did not want me there
). The second day I got stuck between two pines and a deer fence and scratched the steel off my paint on both sides.
I was young, naive, and thought that the stock tires and Jeep logo could get me anywhere.
Since then I have been wheeling with Jeep and FJ clubs, and have a bit more wheeling experience under my belt...and a couple gallons more maturity (though I might still be running close to empty
Sadly, I was forced to sell my YJ as I was on a month long business trip during our move, and my wife had no way of bringing it down. I let my baby go for a shocking $2400. Here is a picture of it just a few weeks before I sold it:
Fast forward to now. I found a CJ7 ad on craigslist with your typical CL lingo. I drove an hour out, and despite having no truck, trailer, or mechanical knowledge...picked it up.
Looks pretty decent, huh? Well most ad pictures do.
Two more I took when I got there:
After paying the guy a little extra to tow it down, and staring at it in my driveway, I realized what trouble I was in. I design and build computer chassis...I don't own any tools save for stuff like calipers, a small drill press, and some screw drivers...and I certainly don't know how to do anything mechanical except change oil.
After staving off a panic attack, I decided I was OK with making the time and money investment to get it running.
I got to work unbolting the interior (including removing the riveted patch panels), and then started panicking again:
Guess its time to go to Harbor Freight and buy some tools! Speaking of buying stuff...I will be making a spreadsheet that documents every nut and bolt that goes into this rebuild, and sharing it with you guys.