I figured I'd introduce myself and my beater. First, I have to say, that if you find a Wrangler in N.E. Ohio that has a solid frame and drives well, it seems to be worth about $3000. I bought mine in June with 185k miles on it for a little bit less than that, and it came with a terrible and incomplete spice Bestop soft-top, a bikini top that has snaps on the front of it and a solid hardtop with hard doors, defrost and wiper.
I made do most of the summer with the bikini top that I screwed into the windshield frame. I managed to locate a nice factory top with most of the hardware (save for the windshield flanges) but mis-=matched back windows. The drivers side worked fine, but the passenger side seemed to be from a best-top top. Also found two perfect black half doors. Scored all this and a 4 brand new 16 inch tires for $200. The exhaust was also shot, so I picked up a nice cat back from Summit. Its the Dynomax system, and given the chance to do it again, I'd probably go with something a bit less aggressive, as its pretty loud, but it sounds decent. I should probably mention I have a 2.5 with a 5 speed, and I'm quite pleased with this powertrain.
I located a set of spice windows (the top is black) for cheap, so I picked those up because they work. I will keep an eye out for the passenger side black window.
Here she is when I brought her home.
Here she sits now, with the soft top and my dharma stickers
It has some pretty nasty rot in the doglegs
I needed some tunes, so I located this super clean pioneer for $35 that has all the features I need in a jeep.
And did some hacking behind the dash to fit some super tasty Kicker 5x7's.
Shot a screw through the upper support to make up for the lack of windshield flanges
Here's my little helper last night with the stereo and speaker install.
Tonight we installed some Cavalier seats. Out of a low mileage 04 coupe.
My list of serious concerns are the terrible driver's side floor rot that has been temporarily patched with...rusty metal, the giant holes in front of the doors and the terrible back brakes. The mismatched tires and porous steering box are also on the list.
I'd like to actually replace the tub if I can find one reasonably local and put a slight body lift on it, as I like the way it drives not sitting too high. I also don't care for a lot of tire noise so I'll probably just go with some 235/75/15's or somewhere close to that size. This is my daily driver and I'll have a 2wd truck as my back up.
I'm actually getting pretty good mileage. I average 21 mpg of mostly in town, but not congested driving and I've had a couple of 24 mpg tanks in there too.
Anyway, that's my Jeep. I love reading everyone else's stories in here, but I have no intention of going that far, save for perhaps a tub swap. If there are those of you with advice for this new jeeper, I'd welcome it.
Thanks for reading,