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Old 11-05-2009, 12:28 PM   #1
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Unhappy Rebuild OR Scrap Question

I am new to the forum, so if this is the wrong place to post this, please let me know and I will move my post.

My 23 y/o son has a 98 Wrangler Jeep. We bought it used almost 2 years ago. Since then, he has had trouble with the brake and fuel lines. A shop told us that the entire undercarriage is rusted and all lines are corroded to a point of needing replacement. The mechanic said the jeep must have been under water for a while considering all of the rust. He suggested we scrap the jeep.

BUT. The jeep starts every time and the engine is strong. I got a service manual and was going to replace the brake and fuel lines myself.

Does anyone have any advice on whether I should scrap the jeep or rebuild it?

Also, any tips on replacing the brake lines would be very helpful.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:43 PM   #2
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And did he offer to dispose of said jeep for next to nothing every thing is replaceable and not really expensive make it a project and do it right from front to back, gain knowledge and a little family togetherness. every thing I do to my jeep I get a great feeling of acomplishment doing it my self and it will bring the two of you closer together( you and the jeep)Remember all jeeps are is a project if your not doing this it will just be some thing else,TRUST ME!!

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Old 11-05-2009, 07:49 PM   #3
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you can do it,rebuild it never scrap a jeep,unless it crushed so bad it cannot be fixed
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:04 PM   #4
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Most used jeeps end up under water at some point anyway!
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:58 AM   #5
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Sounds like the mechanic wanted to pick up a cheap jeep. Brake lines aren't that hard or expensive to replace. If you're in the NE, a more likely reason for the lareg amount of rust is the liquid ice melter they spray on the roads in winter. That stuff is extremely corrossive. I had a brake line blow out from rust. Fortunately, it happened at start up, so there was no fire and no careening off a cliff or into a tree.

If you DIY it, make sure you use a tubing bender to bend the lines or they'll kink. I imagine a shop would do the whole job for a few hundred bucks. From what you wrote, there's absolutely no reason to junk the rig. Just fix or replace things as they require it, and it will keep going for a long time. It might cost a few hundred bucks and some time here and there, but it will be much less than a car payment, and you'll get to know your jeep much better.
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:37 AM   #6
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I replaced mine with a set from Classic, think it was around $175 for stainless steel all prebent, they are really nice and make the replacement a breeze.
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:41 AM   #7
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:16 PM   #8
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There is NO QUESTION .... Replace and refurbish the Brake System

My son (22) drives the 1999 TJ SE and I drive the 1999 TJ Sahara.

I am fortunate to be able to share the JEEP thing with my son and hope that you will also.
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:02 AM   #9
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Fix it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:30 AM   #10
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:08 PM   #11
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rebuild even frames are fixable if u love ur jeep fix it and then drive by that shop every day and honk.
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its a jeep thing u wouldn't understand
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:05 PM   #12
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I will give you five hundred bucks for that rust bucket site unseen!!!
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:06 PM   #13
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Just fix the issues and dont take it to that mechanic

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