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Unread 05-20-2013, 09:49 PM   #1
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So.. I bought a beater jeep

It's a '76. The suspension is shot. The seats smell like cat piss. For better or worse, its in my garage. As my uncle said after I handed him $700: "it's your problem now".

The good: no leaks. No rust. Original tub. Average miles (130k) on 258, 3 speed.


The bad: needs new seats. Straight pipe wakes the dead. Electrical nightmare. Suspension shot.

Lots of work ahead..

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Unread 05-20-2013, 10:14 PM   #2
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A perfect Jeep

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Unread 05-21-2013, 02:27 AM   #3
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You were able to drive it home?

That';s worth $700.00
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Unread 05-21-2013, 02:40 AM   #4
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You forgot to add no shift knob lol. Looks like a good base to start from buddy congrats
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Unread 05-21-2013, 05:26 AM   #5
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A good deal but it always amazes what PO do to the original dash and wiring. Where do they go? Its not like I take my Ford F150 pickup, that has 180,000 miles on it, and decide to rip out the dash one day for the heck of it!
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Unread 05-21-2013, 06:45 AM   #6
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I had to have it shipped unfortunately ($699), so it was $1400 total.. Didnt drive it mostly because of the micky mouse electrical work. I re-grounded a few things and now it starts every time... But there's a short somewhere and I have to unhook the battery. Also, forgot to mention it needs a new fan. Looking for one from a ford contour, I hear they're a good fit.

First thing Im going to do is burn the seats. They're making my garage smell like an animal shelter.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 07:47 AM   #7
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First thing Im going to do is burn the seats. They're making my garage smell like an animal shelter.
Haha, I don't what's worse sometimes, cats or mice I know exactly what you mean, I've had mice in my cars making a mess, and I had a cat take a dump in the driver's seat of my sandrail.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 12:49 PM   #8
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I had to have it shipped unfortunately ($699), so it was $1400 total.. Didnt drive it mostly because of the micky mouse electrical work. I re-grounded a few things and now it starts every time... But there's a short somewhere and I have to unhook the battery. Also, forgot to mention it needs a new fan. Looking for one from a ford contour, I hear they're a good fit.

First thing Im going to do is burn the seats. They're making my garage smell like an animal shelter.
my '79 uber-project (sold due to not enough time) started to really stink my garage up....found an entire family of dead mice inside the driver seat cushion. ugh that was pleasant. i probably sat on them a hundred times before i found it...
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Unread 05-21-2013, 01:01 PM   #9
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I never thought I'd say this, but Im sure glad its just cat piss on my seat.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 01:21 PM   #10
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I would love to say mine smelled like cat piss when I picked up the jeep..... I had a snake in the seat bottom that was very happy with where he was and was not keen on leaving
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Unread 05-21-2013, 01:59 PM   #11
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An entire nest of red wasps can survive a 150 mile trip at interstate speeds, no problem. For some reason, they don't get upset and come after you until AFTER you've pushed the heep in the basement and closed the door.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 02:12 PM   #12
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She looks pretty decent for her age. Nice roll bar. We had one here that was in a lot worse shape. The guy wanted $2700. It was a rusty piece of crap. He wouldn't budge $1 on the price. When he said no to $1500, I got in my Jeep and left not saying a word. It was still there 9 months later. He finally moved and I haven't seen it since.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 02:21 PM   #13
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I don't think she looks too bad either. Looks like a good place to start something special. Oh yeah, bought one one time that some chickens had been roosting in. Chicken crap and feathers everywhere, but that wasn't to bad. It was the egg that had been in there for no telling how long that I didn't see that got crushed. It would gag a maggot and make a buzzard puke.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:59 PM   #14
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I don't think she looks too bad either. Looks like a good place to start something special. Oh yeah, bought one one time that some chickens had been roosting in. Chicken crap and feathers everywhere, but that wasn't to bad. It was the egg that had been in there for no telling how long that I didn't see that got crushed. It would gag a maggot and make a buzzard puke.
in the phillipines, they call them balloots, and those people eat them.. you can smell them a block away when they crack them.. and chicken poop isn't much better.. holy crap, some of these stories are funny... snakes, chickens, cats, red wasps, mice.. geesh.. I started laughing at the original post, cat piss on the seats.. then you guys finished me off...
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Unread 05-21-2013, 06:10 PM   #15
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Pictures may be deceiving but that Jeep looks like a really nice piece. Way nicer than what I have to work with.
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