Jeep is pretty clean considering it's age and the fact that the previous owner had it for 10 years. . .he swapped a 350 SBC/TH350 out of a '77 Chevy P/U truck in and bought an 18 circuit wiring harness for it. . .wired the engine/tranny and had a crossmember/skidplate from a 90's YJ Wrangler to support the tranny/xfr case, but hadn't modified it so the tranny/xfr case was supported by a jackstand and the truck sat out in the sun for the last 2 years.
We got it back to the house and I got the crossmember cut to fit the frame and drilled the holes to mate up to the tranny/xfr case mount so now it's all supported properly. . .the truck fires up with some starting fluid sprayed in the carb, but I'm not getting fuel from the tank to the engine at the moment.
It needs a little work, but it's in driveable condition. . .the fuel lines are a mess and will be one of the first places that I address for safety (hard lines with flexible hose as the joints between pieces of metal line. . .zip ties for hose clamps some places and nothing in others!). . .the lights and the guages aren't wired up yet either.
We were gonna hot-rod it and chop the top, channel the body over the frame, Z the rear of the frame and slam it low, but the body is rust free (minor surface rust in like one place) and complete so we changed our minds and we won't be cutting the body or the frame. . .we will hold onto the stock axles as well when we swap in some bigger ones so that if we ever sell it they could be put back underneath. . .it would have been nice if the guy still had the original engine/tranny, but for $800 who's complaining! It only took me one day to fix the major problem with it (the tranny crossmember) and probably just a little fiddling around to get it running proper>
Best investment in a project vehicle that we have ever made.
So everyone knows we are gonna keep the body and we will be building it to look all WWII'ish. . .some will like it, others won't. . .to each their own, but everyone should be happy to know we aren't going to cut a perfectly good body up!