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Old 01-15-2010, 09:26 PM   #1
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Unhappy Nedd help...bought a rust bucket!

Ok, I bought a rust bucket. What should I do. Can I just clean or would I need to replace. Please give me advice.

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Old 01-15-2010, 09:30 PM   #2
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Pics would be nice... What part if the jeep?

Notice you're from nc what part?

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Havelock, NC on the coast.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:39 PM   #6
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Is the lift of the jeep itself bad? or should i left the shocks? Im so confused. I thought that this thing was lifted by the shocks until my buddy showed me those little pipe things lifting the jeep. Its rusty aint it!
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:40 PM   #7
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Doesn't look like a "rust bucket" to me. But you've got one huge body lift and possibly a leak in your front pinion seal.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:43 PM   #8
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That's it? Where's the rust???? If you wanted to get anal about it, spray it down with purple power degreaser, let soak for a few minutes then powerwash the living hell out of the undercarriage. After that you can go with several different ways about this. You can simply take a wire brush and scrub then spray with undercoating or get yourself some rust inhibitor and follow directions then simply paint it your color of choice (black I hope) or you can buy a product called POR-15 which is pricey but it will last for id say 20 years atleast if applied properly. The problem with POR-15 is that it is UV light sensitive so you would need to apply the top coat they sell. I know its not really sunny under there but some light does get down there. You can also scrub prep as stated above and use a spray on bedliner material as well. If you go that route id suggest taping off all of the bolts so if ever needed you can get them off. The bedliner is pretty damn thick and would just prevent headaches in the future. If it were my jeep id just scrub and shoot some undercoat under there. Thats always been my weapon of choice. O and dont forget a stainless steel exhaust to take care of that issue. Either way you got yourself a decent jeep. If you want to see a rust bucket i'll go snap some pics of mine before I finish doing the bodywork/ paint. Hope this helps a bit.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:47 PM   #9
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Is the lift of the jeep itself bad? or should i left the shocks? Im so confused. I thought that this thing was lifted by the shocks until my buddy showed me those little pipe things lifting the jeep. Its rusty aint it!
You're not going to find agreement from all on whether a body lift of that size is okay or not. Yeah, your jeep is a body lift and not a suspension. I'm not a fan of them, but there are people who run them fine. Shocks have nothing to do with lift other than they have to replaced with longer ones when you install a suspension lift, ie, longer coils.

Don't worry, for back east, that isn't that rusty. I expected large portions of the tub to be rusted through when I read the thread title.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:48 PM   #10
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ok, maybe I overreacted. I've never bought a 10-11 year old vehicle before. So I should just clean the underbody and put a coat on it? Any suggestions on cheap but good shocks or springs?
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yea, I removed my back seat and took off the bracket that hold the seat down. Whille doing that...all four bolts snapped.
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how much of a lift you think that is?
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:51 PM   #13
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If you just want stock coils, you can usually get them off someone who's installed a lift. Hell, I had a set laying around for a couple years. Check the local craigslist, or once you have fifteen posts here, post up a wanted ad. You never know.


edit to add.... maybe a three inch body lift?

And what you do now depends on what you want to do with the jeep.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:07 PM   #14
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Well, here's my plan so far.

1. Driving 6 hours away to get a halftop for 200 bucks. I like the style and my current top is in really bad shape. Took me almost and hour to put it back and...well I couldnt get it back up. I know that some people with halftops has leaking problems. But I see what I can Do with it.

2. I want to get step rails since I bought this this lifted already and i'm only 5'3. My wife maked fun of me when I try to get in.

3. Fix my leak. The previous owner says that its a a/c leak...not sure what he meant.

4. Figure out what I need to do about my clutch/flywheel??? I tend to grind going into 2nd and slip out of gear.

5. GET RID OF ALL MY RUST.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:18 PM   #15
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With the issue of grinding and falling out of gear in 2nd, it may be because of your body lift. When the body is lifted so much, the transfer case angle is changed. The shifter lever may be hitting the back of the opening for your shifter assembly. The easy fix is to cut part of the body out towards the rear of the opening to allow proper shifter throw. The proper fix is to remove the body lift (looks to be a 3"). If the Jeep is to be a daily driver/weekend warrior, you can get by without any lift at all. Jeeps are pretty much a good mountain goat for going places you think they shouldn't. The Jeep looks to be in pretty good shape and should provide you with a lot of fun times. There are several people on this forum that will happily share info/experience with you without being sarcastic, so ask away. I sure did. Good luck and keep us updated.

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Old 01-15-2010, 10:28 PM   #16
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yea, I removed my back seat and took off the bracket that hold the seat down. Whille doing that...all four bolts snapped.
Go pick up a can or four of PB Blaster...it's similar to WD-40, but it works MUCH better for breaking free old rusted nuts and bolts. Spray it on the day before you intend to work on your vehicle...heck, hit it 2 or 3 times that day even. Then spray again an hour before you start to work on it...and spray again when you begin working on it. It helps a TON and you'll only snap off the really stuck bolts...lol

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Well, here's my plan so far.

I want to get step rails since I bought this this lifted already and i'm only 5'3. My wife maked fun of me when I try to get in.

3. Fix my leak. The previous owner says that its a a/c leak...not sure what he meant.
Check these out if you want steps AND protection if you take it off-road...traditional step rails will not hold up to off-roading I've heard. They're made for one thing. Stepping in and out of your Jeep. Hang em up on rocks or branches a few times and they're toast.

http://detoursusa.com/dropkicks.php

Rock sliders on the other hand are designed to protect the body from dragging against rocks and stuff...and these particular ones also function very well as a step I have been told.

You can also pick up some decent "Oh shit" handles to attach to your roll bar that you can use to help pull yourself up.
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Looks like most of the rust is surface rust. Go buy some spray on rust ender, I used one I think it was end rust or something like that, turns black when it drys.. then paint over it with rustoleum and you will be good to go.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:52 PM   #18
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i like to get up close and personal, show that rust whose boss. go buy yourself a bag of steel wool and feel the burn.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:58 PM   #19
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ok, sounds like some hard and fun work for me
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you'll have plenty of fun working on your jeep man. i feel as if its addictive, i can't stop upgrading and fixing things haha enjoy looks like you've got a nice starting point
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Old 04-18-2010, 06:20 PM   #21
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here's a rust bucket I looked at while searching for mine



and this is the good side

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