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Unread 04-25-2008, 04:21 PM   #1
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My build thread for those of us with low budgets!

I like to think I am good at getting stuff cheap and putting stuff to good use so after I got my jeep at a great price I decided to build it as cheap as possible, as I have lots of other expenses being in college and all. I hope people post there cheap ideas or if they find great deals on things!

So my story:
I bought the jeep January 3rd, 1999 TJ 128400 miles 4 cylinder 5 speed 3 tops, hard, soft mesh bikini ripped vinyl interior, all for $3500
I bought new tires and rims for it that week for $250
Bought a top duster windjammer and safari at the same time for 100
Bought new seats for $175 BOGO and had a friend make up brackets for free.
Bought a $4 can of spray paint and painted my fender flares black
bought a center console from the junk yard that cam from a police car for $20
Got a 3 port 12 volt outlet from the junkyard for free
Right now I am looking at buying windshield mount lights and brackets for $40
Also looking at take down lights and bar for $140 but not sure if that is a good price or if I should spend that much
I got the cb from a friend but not sure if I will keep it or get a newer one.

It is nothing special, but I hope more gets added soon and some people throw their ideas in on how to build on a budget. I search craiglist daily looking for good deals and JF looking for good deals, next I need lockers...

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Unread 04-25-2008, 04:29 PM   #2
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Nice, man it looks like you're heading in the right direction. Just make sure you don't go too far when sacrificing quality for price... you may regret it in the end and end up paying more than you initially wished
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Unread 04-25-2008, 04:31 PM   #3
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how are you getting the lights and mounts for $40??
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Unread 04-25-2008, 04:33 PM   #4
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how are you getting the lights and mounts for $40??
Wanted ad on craigslist
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1978 international scout - being built
1998 Cherokee sport 4.0 auto
1957 CJ5 - restoring back to stock http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...54#post5168554
Bikes:2000 Ducati Monster 900: 2001 CBR 600 F4i: 1980 CB 900
my build http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=550786
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Unread 04-25-2008, 04:39 PM   #5
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well good luck with that. let me know if you can get it
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Unread 04-25-2008, 08:24 PM   #6
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Sound like my kind of friend. Just put a 4" lift under my 99 TJ with the tires for under 800 bucks. This is with a set of Tomken Lower controll arms that are adjustable. Some of the parts off e-bay and some off the Jeep Forum parts forum too. Today i picked up a Ford 8.8 for $50 complete. Just need to get the brackets and do some welding.

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Unread 04-26-2008, 06:48 AM   #7
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WOW $800 for the lift and tires! That sounds like a good deal! I will get a lift when I find one at the right price. I would suggest spray painting your fender flares. I used Krylon Fusion paint for plastics $4 and makes it look alot better!
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Unread 04-26-2008, 09:35 AM   #8
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deffinatly crawlin this thred, i'm in the same boat. poor highschool kid who wants a nice jeep but has a limited wallet. keep it comin,
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Unread 04-26-2008, 09:40 AM   #9
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deffinatly crawlin this thred, i'm in the same boat. poor highschool kid who wants a nice jeep but has a limited wallet. keep it comin,
Lets see some pics maybe some of will have idea on how we can help you get it lookin good, thats what I am hoping for. I found a great way to find cheap stuff is a wanted craiglist ad, does not always work but I have gotten some great deals that way!
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1978 international scout - being built
1998 Cherokee sport 4.0 auto
1957 CJ5 - restoring back to stock http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...54#post5168554
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Unread 04-26-2008, 10:23 AM   #10
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will do, get out of work at 5 but i'll try to get some pics after that. basically bone stock for now...but like everyone, i have big dreams...and a small wallet...
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Unread 04-26-2008, 06:22 PM   #11
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Definitely making it yours! Keep it up
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Unread 04-27-2008, 04:32 PM   #12
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I tell ya if ya want to go on a budget you have to look at friends, E-bay and Craig's list. Another friend called me on Friday and wanted to know if I wanted a Ford 8.8 for my jeep. I said SURE if I pay what they paid for it. He said YEP. So for $50.00 i have a complete Ford 8.8 with all the brake lines and cables. I does have the drum brakes but it can be converted to disc too. Will have to look for that next.

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Unread 04-27-2008, 06:52 PM   #13
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I got the light bar and windshield mount lights today for $185.







I am selling the windshield mounts because they do not work with the light bar. I was very disappointed. However I was still able to use the lights. If any one wants the brackets let me know.
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1978 international scout - being built
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1957 CJ5 - restoring back to stock http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...54#post5168554
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Unread 04-27-2008, 07:03 PM   #14
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are these the same type of brackets that you would use to put KC Slimlites on? if so, how much shipped to 02050?
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Unread 04-27-2008, 07:04 PM   #15
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I like it. We have the same color jeep...which is pretty rare from what I've seen
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