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Old 12-26-2012, 07:03 PM   #31
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What guy felt bad? The guy that sold it to you, cmon!

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:10 PM   #32
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No, the guy at the auto body shop was the one that felt bad for me.

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Old 12-27-2012, 07:58 AM   #33
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Copy that, yeah. Hard way to learn a lesson.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:51 AM   #34
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Sorry about your jeep man.. I have had little experience in these types of cases but not in my jeep thankfully. If I were you, I'd pull that winch out, lights, and possibly the bumper and sell the rest of the jeep with the idea of purchasing another jeep to stick those parts into. You will probably rack up a large bill at the body shop and will probably leave you with big headaches in the end. It might just be easier to sell it and purchase a new tj
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:44 PM   #35
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How long have you owned it?Bought at used car lot? Private sale?Any legal recourse? I got porked on craigslist private sale for my son.Payback will be soon!Got BALLS for payback?
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:49 PM   #36
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How long have you owned it?Bought at used car lot? Private sale?Any legal recourse? I got porked on craigslist private sale for my son.Payback will be soon!Got BALLS for payback?
I dont think theres much for legal recourse unfortunately. He bought it knowing it had a reconstructed/ branded title. Sucks i know
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:02 PM   #37
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I dont think theres much for legal recourse unfortunately. He bought it knowing it had a reconstructed/ branded title. Sucks i know
The guy that sold it knew he had a rookie and porked the kid.Maybe the guy has 1/4 of a heart and help the kid out?Guess assholes have to eat to.Salvage title covers the deal.Sell the hardtop probably leaks bad.Buy softop,hope body shop can help then runit.Sell the full doors their useless if they don't line up.Sorry kid can't do payback you didn't do your homework.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:04 PM   #38
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Perhaps after you get the estimate for repair you can find a TJ that has absolutely nothing going for it, maybe one without a motor and/or trans, etc. just drive your twisted jeep and hunt for a theft recovery that has been fully stripped. Buy the frame and tub and get to know your new jeep very intimately.

The feelings will go away long before they turn to "good" on a deal like this, you just gotta find the most solid plan you can to make the best of it. Dust yourself off and roll with it. Easier said than done, yet possible. Good luck.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:32 PM   #39
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You've got some good advice here from people with much more experience than I have... I may be crazy, but if the motor runs well and if it's tracking straight down the road, I would probably live with the fitment issues, drive it and hope for the best. It still looks like a better vehicle than some my friends and I had in high school/college. Years ago we drove some not so great vehicles because that's what we could afford at the time. Just remain vigilant on parts wearing early or unevenly.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:35 PM   #40
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man that sucks but I agree. If it runs good and drives straight keep it and have fun
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I wasn't stupid when I bought it. I had it inspected, checked over, etc and everything checked out. I just never thought to have a body shop look at it. The shop that inspected it checked the frame like I asked and they said it looked fine. I'm not really mad or pissed off since I know I got it fairly cheaper than what most stock Wrangler's are going for around here. I would be lucky to find a Jeep with this low of mileage with a hard and a soft top for under $12,000. I'm more bummed than anything just knowing this will set me back some more.

Thanks for all of the advice and words of encouragement so far. I've considered looking for another frame/body but I want to see how much it will be to fix it as it sits before I really start searching.

Biggest thing for me right now is to get my truck sold to get some of this debt off my back before I start digging myself deeper.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:45 AM   #42
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Frames run about 2k if I'm not mistaken. Now, transferring everything, although I've heard it wasn't that hard, looks like it would be a bitch.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:19 AM   #43
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Frames run about 2k if I'm not mistaken. Now, transferring everything, although I've heard it wasn't that hard, looks like it would be a bitch.
Yeah, I'm factoring in the trouble I'll go through doing a team swap just because I know it could be a huge pain.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:30 PM   #44
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If the tub is racked too it seems like a 2.5 with mechanical issues for $3-5k might be a halfway sane idea. Take what you need to swap, part out and scrap the rest. Prolly end up costing $2-3k plus a good chunk of your time and some skin.
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Here's a video update of everything:
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:14 PM   #46
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Bummer dude. Id still peddle it and move on, and quit dumpin stop leak in yer radiator. Its just gonna EFF other stuff up also. Where exzactly were those shims, were they between the hood and the hood hinge?
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Bummer dude. Id still peddle it and move on, and quit dumpin stop leak in yer radiator. Its just gonna EFF other stuff up also. Where exzactly were those shims, were they between the hood and the hood hinge?
I hardly put any in the first time and it stopped. I didn't use the whole bottle like it said to so I'll pour the rest in once the radiator fluid gets a little lower.

The shims were between the hood hinge and the body bracket (I guess that's what you would call it) that the hood mounts onto.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:43 PM   #48
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Copy. Would be unfortunate if it were to sustain severe damage in a tragic wheeling accident!
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You've got some good advice here from people with much more experience than I have... I may be crazy, but if the motor runs well and if it's tracking straight down the road, I would probably live with the fitment issues, drive it and hope for the best. It still looks like a better vehicle than some my friends and I had in high school/college. Years ago we drove some not so great vehicles because that's what we could afford at the time. Just remain vigilant on parts wearing early or unevenly.
Agree 100%
You got a 13 year old jeep with a salvage title for a decent price.
It looks good,drives straight runs ok. Spend 2K for a body shop to try to straighten the frame? now thats crazy talk.
You did fine. Do some more research before messing more with the shims,looks like with some know how you could get things fitting good enough so only a close examination would show problems.
Drive it have fun and stop getting upset over it. Looks decent, if the price was right Id buy it even knowing everything you showed.
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This is crazy. Sorry to hear about your problems.
I thought mine was bad because I had to rebuild the ECU to get it to pass emissions
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There is no body lift on this TJ, in answer to your question in the video.
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There is no body lift on this TJ, in answer to your question in the video.
I dont think it matters anymore considering this thread is a year old if not more
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I dont think it matters anymore considering this thread is a year old if not more
That's weird. Someone else had posted and it got bumped to the top. I read the whole thing and posted my response. They must have deleted their post in that time. When I posted it was at the top of the pile, just below the stickies. Hmm...

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