I guess ill introduce myself and tell you all my (in my opinion) crazy journey to jeephood. I am a young (only 22yr old) mechanically inclined guy that is coming from a almost wholey Honda background. For the first 4 years of my driving life I had a beautiful 2001 Prelude. I loved that car but given the economy right now another year of car payments
, premium gas, and absurd insurance rates just wasn't gonna work for me so I sold my Prelude. Now I did this without planning another car to use so this left me thinking of and debating a good way to get a good, reliable, fun and economically sound vehicle.
Then one night it came to me. A few months ago my friend had bought my dads old 97 wrangler from him for $800, now at this point the jeep was trashed. It needed to be stripped of a top made of plywood, safety glass, carpet and fiberglass resin, It had a huge hole cut out of the hood, had a smashed windshield, needed a new battery, mirrors, top, intake, windshield, and paint, and it had been sitting for two years.
So here we are two months later and my friend hasn't picked up the jeep yet, but he had payed for it. So I get to thinking. I personally know the frame and drivetrain is sound in this jeep, having helped my dad work on it for years so I decide to ask my friend if he has lost interest in the jeep cause I wanted to buy it back. And sure enough he sold it back to me for $600. At this point in my mind this guy is a retard, in everyone elses mind were both retards ( me for buying the hunk of shit and him for basically paying $200 for nothing.)
Now the next, and probably hardest job was stripping the jeep down and doing the body work. With help from my brother and dad I got the whole thing stripped and painted flat black (for now) in 3 days worth of work. I saved hundreds of dollars by fixing and replacing parts on my own, like the turn signal switch and relay and the windshield (which btw this forum was very helpful in walking me through those things).
As of yesterday I am done getting the Jeep readysearch to have it inspected and I have to say im very very impressed with how it looks and runs. Even after sitting for 2 years with the aid of a new battery she started right up.
So now begins my Jeep journey. I have a murdered out (all black) 97 jeep wrangler and so far I think I can say I wont miss my Prelude as I now have no car payment don't need premium gas (and will probably get the same gas mileage, no sportscar full coverage insurance, and I have a fun reliable Jeep.
Now for the money part.
Jeep - $600
Full replacement top - $700
Cold air intake - $150
Mirrors - $100
Battery - $80
Paint, Body filler, cleaning supplies, and other misc parts needed to complete the restoration - $250
Now $2000 for a good condition Jeep that I know inside and out. I think that is a very good deal. Let me know what you all think.
Future upgrades include building a custom sound setup, front bumper, foglights and a body and suspension lift.
Well that's my Journey. Thanks for any comments or feedback. I will be posting pictures when I get home. I am very sorry I wont have any before pictures. You will just have to imagine the most ragged jeep in need of a junkyard you can.